Marriott International has opened its fifth Renaissance hotel in New York City, and its first in the Upper Manhattan neighbourhood of Harlem.
According to the group, Renaissance New York Harlem is “Harlem’s first full-service hotel in 100 years”.
The 211-room property is located on 125th Street, on the site of the historic Victoria Theatre and close to the Apollo Theatre.
Elements of the original building have been retained including the outer facade, marquee, outdoor ticket booth and entrance staircase, and the hotel features custom, artistic renditions of Harlem icons including Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker, Louis Armstrong and Cab Calloway.
Facilities include The Victoria restaurant with signature dishes including shrimp n’ grits, hot chicken sandwich and pepper pot beef brisket, as well as over 800 sqm of events space across five venues.
The hotel will also be home to Evenings at Renaissance – nightly jazz performances at the bar’s grand piano, and local arts performances celebrating the culture of Harlem.
The unveiling follows the opening of the Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel in 2020 – both properties are owned by New York-based Lam Group.
Commenting on the news Jennifer Connell, global brand leader, Renaissance Hotels, said:
“Harlem is a historical epicentre of art, cuisine, music, and culture and is of the upmost importance that we stay true to the authenticity of the locale – from the details in the design to our daily programming and entertainment.
“In bringing the Renaissance Hotel brand to this famed neighborhood, we are inviting travellers near and far to enjoy all that this community has to offer.”