• New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge Reveals $45 Million Renovation

     
    POSTED August 5, 2016
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of New York Marriott

After more than a year, the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge announced the unveiling of its $45 million transformation, ending a three-phase renovation.

The third phase focused on renovating the 667 guestrooms to mimic the Brooklyn lifestyle, with urban-inspired color pallets, fabrics that emulate the culture and landmarks, and an art piece that zooms in on a piece of a mural that is located in the lobby.

 "Through the hotel’s total metamorphosis, we have accomplished our main goal: to provide an experiential journey into one of the most diverse, innovative and eccentric destinations in the United States and the world,” says Sam Ibrahim, general manager, “Our renovations are deliberate and thoughtful, allowing our guests to take home an authentic taste of the borough,”

The first phase worked on the bar, front desk and M Club Lounge. Phase two focused on the redesign of the Grand Ballroom—the largest in Brooklyn—and its 44,000 square feet of meeting space.

“We began as a leader in New York City hospitality and are proud to continue to set the bar incredibly high in terms of personalized service, innovative design, size and location,” says Joshua Muss, principal of Muss Development and an owner of the hotel. “When Brooklyn Marriott embarked on this $45 million project, we were determined to evolve with our transforming community and uphold our distinguished legacy of welcoming business and leisure travelers to Brooklyn.”

 

Los Angeles has such a robust food and dining scene, it’s rare to be the first at anything these days. But Benny Boy Brewing  appears to have pulled that off with its claim to be the city’s first combined brewery and cidery. Located in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, just minutes from downtown, Benny Boy is anchored by a spacious outdoor beer and cider garden. Groups are welcome. The 1,200-square-foot cider house is available for private events of up to 51 guests while a full venue buyout accommodates 300. 

 

If you’re considering Santa Barbara as a destination for an upcoming meeting, there are more hotels and restaurants than ever before, along with new flights into Santa Barbara Airport.

Here are some highlights. 

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Palihouse Santa Barbara, a 24-room boutique hotel in the historic Presidio neighborhood has opened. Offering a “vintage preppy meets American Riviera vibe,” total group buyouts are available, as well as outdoor entertaining space for intimate events.

 

By a number of measures, hotels are doing well in San Francisco.  For starters, occupancy rates, according to preliminary data, were 67.2% for the month of April, with average daily room rates just above $225. As the San Francisco Travel Association notes, those numbers point to the best-performing month for San Francisco hotels since pandemic restrictions were put in place in March 2020.