As the $70 million restoration of the historic former Hotel Syracuse enters its next stages, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown has announced Paul McNeil as the new general manager for the renowned historical hotel located in Syracuse, NY, slated to open in Spring 2016.
As general manager, McNeil is responsible for all aspects of the operation of the hotel including ensuring quality guest experiences in the 261 guest rooms; managing the 43,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space including corporate group events; supervising the headquarters hotel for the Onondaga County Convention Center; and overseeing the hotel’s weddings and social events including a fleet of distinctive in-house restaurants.
"The former Hotel Syracuse, now Marriott Syracuse Downtown is fortunate to have a leader with Paul's experience and commitment to reopen this property and lead it with the passion and dedication to our community that other managers like Spencer Wallace exhibited in the past. As we become the Marriott Syracuse Downtown all of our team is confident in Paul's ability to restore this iconic hotel to its leadership position," said Ed Riley, owner of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.
A veteran hotelier with unique experience in major hotel renovations, McNeil’s career with Marriott began in 1985 when he helped open the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. In 2007, he served as general manager of the Marriott Trumbull Merritt Parkway, leading an extensive renovation at that property. Most recently, he oversaw the Boston Peabody Marriott‘s 2013 renovation. His experience with the company also includes appointments at 14 hotels throughout the United States, including San Antonio River Center, San Francisco Moscone Center, and New York Marquis.
A Buffalo native and graduate of the University of Massachusetts, McNeil and his family reside in Central New York.
The Marriott Syracuse Downtown (formerly Hotel Syracuse) is a historic hotel originally opened in 1924, located at 100 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, New York. The hotel closed in 2004, and now the Hotel Syracuse Restoration Company is renovating the property to integrate the landmark’s historical components with modern amenities – providing a unique, upscale experience for business and leisure travelers as well as a new local venue for corporate meetings, weddings and social events including a community meeting room for use by local non-profits. The hotel is also the official headquarters hotel for the Onondaga County Convention Center. The property will have 261 guest rooms, 43,000 square feet of meeting, wedding and event space including a completely modernized Imperial ballroom and two historic ballrooms, five distinctive in-house restaurants and bars, and eight meeting spaces designed to adhere to IACC’s strict requirements. The Hotel Syracuse Restoration team is dedicated to preserving the memories of the City of Syracuse’s past while creating a vision for the future. For more information, please visit www.marriottdowntownsyracuse.com
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Source: Marriot Syracuse Downtown