A Hidden Gem on New York’s East Side

Marriott New York East Side
A grand entrance on Lexington and 49th

When planners think New York and Marriott in the same sentence, it’s most certainly the iconic Marriott Marquis in Times Square that comes to mind. But tucked away on Lexington Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets is its elegant cousin, the Marriott New York East Side. The charming 655-room property just underwent a major re-do of its meeting rooms, three of which have their own fireplaces; a sophisticated re-creation of its M Club Lounge; and the addition of a new fitness center.

The 55-story hotel was designed by Arthur Loomis, the same architect who designed the Empire State Building, in 1924. Period details are everywhere, most noticeable in its grand entrance of elegant archways and columns. And of course, the plus red carpet. Fashionable Lexington Avenue offers the feeling of an exclusive, upscale city neighborhood yet it is just a short walk from major attractions such as Fifth Avenue shopping, Rockefeller Center and Central Park.

The hotel has 18,000 sf of meeting space in 14 different rooms. Its largest ballroom can accommodate up to 400 for a reception. Truly a highlight for groups is the private Grand Terrace on the 16th floor. The 750-sf space can be used like an outdoor living room—decked out with sofas, cocktail tables and greenery—for a spectacular evening event high above the hustle and bustle of the city streets.

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.