This has been a fruitful year for Sam Chang’s McSam Hotel Group as the hotel development company was able to win Marriott International’s “approval” for five (including a “two-pack”) ground-up hotels, Mr. Chang told Commercial Observer.
“Marriott approved our first five Marriott products in New York City,” Mr. Chang said, noting that he has built hotels with a slew of other brands but “just had never done a Marriott product in New York City.” (His company owns two Marriott hotels in Indianapolis, but those were not ground-up development.)
The New York City hotels include a 350-room Marriott at John F. Kennedy International Airport (in the planning phase), the 225-room Marriott Fairfield Inn at 538 West 58th Street (opening in July), the 113-room TownePlace Suites by Marriott at 322-326 West 44th Street (opening in 11 months), a “two-pack” Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites (286 keys) at the bottom and Marriott SpringHill Suites (280 keys) at the top at 338 West 36th Street (construction just began) and a 190-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott at 100 Greenwich Street (opening in a year).
All of the hotels, designed by architect Gene Kaufman, are select-service, but for the one at the airport which is full-service.
“I control five hotels in JFK right now and they are [at] 90 percent occupancy,” Mr. Chang said. “JKF is isolated so a full-service restaurant gives people [an] advantage.”