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.