MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. NEW YORK CITY SKYLINEThe New York skyline officially is getting tweaked. Marriott International, Inc. has opened a combined 378-room Courtyard hotel and 261-suite Residence Inn hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The $320 million project is the tallest single-use hotel in North America. Located at 1717 Broadway, the 68-story building is just steps from Central Park and Times Square and offers quick access to Carnegie Hall, the Broadway Theater District, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall.

“This opening is a prime example of an ideal dual-branded hotel. Thank you to our long-time partner, Harry Gross and his family, this will surely be both brands’ crown jewel,” said Janis Milham, senior vice president of Modern Essentials and Extended Stay for Marriott International. “The new hotels’ contemporary designs and stunning views coupled with our friendly associates will surely make the property a great ambassador for the bustling city.”

The new hotels offers valet parking, 6,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center located on the 35th floor with floor-to-ceiling windows, and an outdoor sundeck for stretching, relaxing or seasonal sunning. Some guest rooms also feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of Central Park, Times Square and the Hudson River.

“We brought the first Courtyard by Marriott to Times Square, in the center of Manhattan in 1998, and these new hotels, the Residence Inn Central Park and Courtyard by Marriott Central Park, are the most innovative hotels we’ve built to date,” said Harry Gross, President & Chief Executive Officer of G Holdings.

The hotel boasts top-of-the telecommunications, including free international phone calls, digital systems and hi-tech wiring. Each room delivers 1.25 gigabytes of bandwidth with horizontal and vertical fiber optical cable network that allows for fast, extensive use on multiple devices at one time. Smart TVs offer 60 HD channels.

The hotel hasn’t skimped on decor. There are full wall murals throughout the hotel by renowned abstract expressionist artist, William DeBilzan.

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