SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - It's been a month since the Hotel Syracuse became the Marriott Syracuse Downtown and business there is off to a fast start.
Since Aug. 19, almost all of the larger venue spaces, like the Grand Ballroom, are usually full on weekends with weddings. Much of 2017 is already booked up by couples.
Marriott Syracuse Downtown General Manager Paul McNeil says, "Never been associated with a hotel that's had that big of a draw and I think people are looking to make memories and this is truly a place for that."
One of the attractive features for couples is an extravagant bridal suite with separate rooms for both the bride and groom with the space and amenities they need on their big day.
On the books right now, the Marriott has nearly 150 weddings; meaning some couples have been getting creative to ensure they can celebrate their marriage there.
McNeil tells NewsChannel 9, "There are interests in Thursday weddings, Sunday weddings; we actually have a wedding on a Tuesday, which you don't see a whole lot in a traditional hotel and this isn't a traditional hotel as you can see."
It’s not just the event spaces, but the rooms have been full too. McNeil says the hotel is seeing about an 80 percent occupancy rate of the available rooms with more still to come on line.
"There's been a lot of activity at SU from Move In week to Alumni weekend to football games as well as the social business we do have here and some of the groups we do have in-house." McNeil says.
The rooms are junior suites outfitted completely with Stickley furniture, couches, large foyer areas and modern bathrooms.
McNeil also says the hotel's three-meal a day restaurant, Eleven Waters is exceeding projections.
Still to come an Irish pub, steak house and presidential suite -- all set to come on line in the next six months.
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