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Marriott opens North America’s tallest hotel

The new Marriott hotel in Time Square is the tallest in North America.

Marriott International and G Holdings the new $380 million tallest single-use hotel in North America at 1717 Broadway yesterday (Tuesday).

A combined 378-room Courtyard hotel and 261-suite Residence Inn hotel the property was built and is owned by G Holdings and managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts.

The 68-story building is steps from Central Park and Times Square and offers guests access to Carnegie Hall, the Broadway Theater District, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall.

Also on Tuesday the company announced that it has closed on the sale of it’s three Edition Hotels, a new brand that includes the Met Life Tower overlooking Madison Square. The property is under renovation and scheduled to open as a hotel in 2015. The sale price of the three hotels, which also include properties in London and Miami beach. The sale prices of the three properties was $815 million and the buyer was a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, according to published reports.

As one of the top travel destinations in the world, New York City welcomed 54.3 million visitors in 2013.

(l to r) Jim Abrahamson, Chief Executive Officer of Interstate Hotels & Resorts; Kyle Kimball, President, New York City Economic Development Corp; Harry Gross, President & Chief Executive Officer of G Holdings; Arne M. Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc.; Fred Dixon, Executive Vice President, Market Development of NYC & Company.

“This opening is a prime example of an ideal dual-branded hotel. Thank you to our long-time partner, Harry Gross and his family, this will surely be both brands crown jewel,” said Janis Milham, senior vice president of Modern Essentials and Extended Stay for Marriott International, said in a statement regarding the Times Square opening.

“The new hotels’ contemporary designs and stunning views coupled with our friendly associates will surely make the property a great ambassador for the bustling city.”

The hotels offer valet parking and share 6,000 s/f of meeting space, a fitness center located on the 35th floor with floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor sundeck.

Some guest rooms also feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of Central Park, Times Square and the Hudson River.

“We brought the first Courtyard by Marriott to the city center in 1998, and these new hotels, the Residence Inn Central Park and Courtyard by Marriott Central Park, are the most innovative hotels we’ve built to date,” Harry Gross, president and CEO of G Holdings, said in a statement.

“In addition to fabulous views, a stellar New York City location and amenities galore, our 21st century telecommunications, with free international phone calls, digital systems and hi-tech wiring, set these hotels far above the standard that business travelers and tourists expect. We are proud to introduce these spectacular hotels to New York City.”

Housed on floors 6-33, the Courtyard hotel offers contemporary guest rooms and The Bistro, a food and beverage offering.

The Residence Inn hotel is situated on floors 37-65 and offers studio suites designed for stays of five nights or more. Each suite has a custom designed kitchenette

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