Last updated: 01:52 PM ET, Fri June 26 2015

Brooklyn Marriott Completes First Phase of $43 Million Renovation

Hotel & Resort | Brian Major | June 26, 2015

Brooklyn Marriott Completes First Phase of $43 Million Renovation

PHOTO: The Bar, part of the first phase of the Brooklyn Marriott's renovation (courtesy Marriott Hotels & Resorts)

Traditionally under-served in terms of hotel capacity compared with other metropolitan areas, the New York’s Brooklyn section has seen the development of hundreds of new hotel rooms in recent years. Now the 667-room New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn’s largest hotel and the one widely viewed as the precursor to the other new properties, recently completed the first phase of a $43 million renovation.

This week the hotel debuted The Bar, a restaurant and “social hub” located off the main entrance. The facility features table-side food service with a laid-back vibe, and a menu that celebrates the borough, including fare from local food purveyors and businesses, including the Brooklyn Roasting Company, the Brooklyn Winery and McClure’s pickles.

The Bar menu features house chips served with a grilled onion Brooklyn Lager dip, and a trumpet pasta dish with oyster mushrooms, roasted fennel and blistered tomato sauce featuring pasta from Sfoglini, a Brooklyn-based producer. The Bar’s pantry features selections from Brooklyn’s Ovenly bakery including salted chocolate chip cookies, and bacon-roasted peanuts.

The room is finished in an edgy, urban style with glass, metal, subway tile and white marble design elements. The Bar’s centerpiece is an original metal sculpture over the fireplace, in which Brooklyn neighborhood names appear.

Adjacent to The Bar is a guarded wooden that provides exclusive access to the hotel’s M Club Lounge, a select Marriott Hotels amenity designated for frequent Marriott Rewards members.

“When we first built this hotel 16 years ago, it was the first in Brooklyn in 64 years. Since then Brooklyn’s further evolution has been extraordinary and amazing,” said Joshua Muss, the hotel’s owner.

In addition to The Bar and M Club Lounge, the hotel’s front desk has been renovated and features a large abstract mural based on a photograph of the Brooklyn Bridge. The hotel’s ballroom and meeting rooms are undergoing a renovation that will be completed in September 2015. Renovations of the hotel’s guest rooms will be completed in 2016.

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