Tompkins Weekly Staff
ITHACA – At long last, Marriott’s planned hotel has opened in downtown Ithaca.
The 11-story hotel — dubbed Ithaca Marriott Downtown on The Commons — is located at 120 South Aurora St., on the 8,000 square-foot triangular lot off of Green Street at the east end of the Ithaca Commons.
“This hotel makes sense on so many levels. In the spirit of community sustainability, it is strategically located in the heart of downtown, next to public transportation, parking, and city infrastructure,” said DIA Executive Director Gary Ferguson. “It is a classic in-fill project, occupying a former parking lot left over from urban renewal days.
“It activates the street, bringing food and beverage activity to a previously quiet area,” he added. “It will have a significant economic impact on the Downtown community, adding 66 new jobs and up to 55,000 new guests each year. This is a project that has been worth the wait.”
Mayor Svante Myrick noted that the hotel has created 66 jobs.
“The city of Ithaca’s goal is to be the best small city in America. The best place to live, work and visit,” he said. “This hotel opening gets us closer to that goal, because this hotel is unique … It will benefit a lot of people.”
In addition to 150 guest rooms, the $32 million hotel development includes amenities such as a restaurant, fitness center and three conference/event rooms, marking it the first full-scale Marriott in the City of Ithaca. On-site laundry services and valet dry cleaning are also provided to guests and free WiFi is available in the hotel lobby. In addition to those amenities, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to Ithaca College, Cornell University and the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.
The restaurant, Monks on the Commons, will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and feature American cuisine in a casual atmosphere.
“We look forward to serving more than 55,000 visitors a year and we commit to representing Ithaca in the best way possible,” said Cathy Hart, Ithaca Marriott and Monks on The Commons general manager.
Ithaca Marriott will be operated by Maryland-based Urgo Hotels & Resorts.