• Hotel Spotlight: The Marriott Marquis

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

    A Times Square landmark makes dropping the ball (for planners) impossible.

  • Hotel Spotlight: The Marriott Marquis

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

    A Times Square landmark makes dropping the ball (for planners) impossible.

You don’t need to be in the meetings and events industry to know the New York Marriott Marquis. The Times Square landmark hotel, part of Marriott International's exclusive Convention & Resort Network (CRN), has hosted countless conferences, meetings and events. Chances are you’ve attended at least one event here before since it’s not all business; the hotel is a popular choice for the glitterati’s award show after-parties. 

But, you may not know that the iconic hotel, which just so happens to share frontrow seats to all of the action surrounding the New Year’s Eve ball drop, is almost a small city unto itself. “Each day, nearly 10,000 people come through this hotel,” says Kathleen Duffy, director of public relations for Marriott’s NYC market. With nearly 2,000 guest rooms and over 100,000 square feet of divisible function and banquet space, the hotel is poised to handle events for as few as 15 attendees to galas for 2,400.

While ballrooms (there are five!) and meeting rooms are plentiful, planners seeking a more out-of-the-box experience for their attendees can choose from some of the hotel’s more unique spaces. Broadway Lounge doubles as a buzzworthy space for events, thanks to coveted views of bustling Times Square. While the space is open to the lobby’s open atrium setting, “there are sliding doors to make the space more private,” says Duffy. The Marquis Theatre, a 1,600- seat Broadway theater, can also be rented for private events through the theater’s management company. Of course, the rotating rooftop restaurant is always a good choice if you’re looking to plan a meal with a view.  

A new hotel flag is flying in Manhattan. Pendry Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Pendry Manhattan West, the brand’s first hotel in New York City. In collaboration with Brookfield Properties, the hotel is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and features 164 luxury guest rooms, including 30 suites, with interiors by Gachot Studios.

 

The Smyth Tribeca is welcoming guests again, this time as a newly independent hotel. The 100-room hotel first opened as a Thompson Hotel in 2009 and was rebranded an AKA property in 2018. Now, after being closed since March 2020, Smyth Tribeca will be run by Highgate, a real estate investment and hospitality management company.

 

With high-tech, low-touch amenities like self-check-in at airline-style kiosks and deliveries via YO2D2, the hotel’s friendly resident robot, YOTEL Boston is well positioned to welcome meetings back comfortably and safely. Now as part of its “SmartStay” safety measures, the property, which has 326 guest rooms, or “cabins” in YOTEL lingo, has introduced a second robot, Vi-YO-Let, to offer UVD-grade sanitization and disinfection throughout high-touch public spaces and selected rooms.