City’s Tallest Hotel Coming to Broadway and 54th
Matt Chaban Jan. 4, 2011, 5:12 p.m.
New York is jam-packed with more tourists than ever. Fortunately, here comes 634 new hotel rooms to house them all in what’s set to be the tallest inn in town.
Technically the Mandarin Oriental inside the Time Warner Center is taller, but since that’s a big ol’ mixed-use project, with apartments, offices and even a mall, The Observer figures that doesn’t count.
Granted the new 716-foot Marriott planned for Broadway and 54th Street, which was discovered by Curbed, is not one singular hotel, either, but two: a 30-story Marriott Residence Inn set atop a 24-story Marriott Courtyard built over a 20,000-square-foot retail pedestal. Up on the tippy
top of the building appears to be a three-story circular restaurant with a forest crown (take that, Boom Boom Room).
The project is dubbed the Marriott Central Park, so you can imagine what the views up there will be like.
The development site was assembled by little-known hotel developer Harry Gross, and Curbed notes that the project’s building permits were just approved, though a construction timeline is unclear. A fact sheet from architect Nobutaka Ashihara notes
a 2011 completion, though that seems pretty fast for a project of this magnitude.