Marriott International is bringing its upscale Renaissance Hotels brand to a new market: Harlem, New York City.
Marriott debuted the 211-key Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel Wednesday, expanding the brand to what it calls “one of the world’s most iconic neighborhoods.” The hotel represents the fifth Renaissance property in New York City, but the first in Harlem.
The hotel is located in the Victoria Building, previously home to the historic Victoria Theater on 125th Street, steps away from the Apollo Theater, and features the original landmark marquee.
To showcase the site’s rich history, the Renaissance New York Harlem’s design combines the “vibrant spirit and rich culture of Harlem with the polished glamour of the Harlem Renaissance era,” Marriott said in a release.
Design elements throughout the property, conceptualized by New York-based AJC Design, include iconography of Harlem honoring musical legends like Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker, Louis Armstrong and Cab Calloway.
The hotel’s restaurant, The Victoria, also pays homage to the neighborhood, with food and beverages inspired by “the cultural landscape of Harlem,” Marriott said. This includes modern global cuisine with tastes from the Gulf Region of the American South.
The property also features a bar that hosts nightly jazz and local arts performances as well as more than 9,000 square feet of meeting and event space spread across five venues.
New York real estate developer Lam Generation owns the Harlem hotel and is familiar with the Renaissance brand, having also developed Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel. Real Hospitality Group manages the property.
Renaissance Hotels’ portfolio encompasses more than 170 properties in nearly 40 countries and territories around the world.