Albany, NY (August 5, 2013)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the historic DeWitt Clinton Hotel in downtown Albany, which has sat vacant for years, will be transformed into a full service, 204-room Renaissance by Marriott Hotel. The $48 million redevelopment project, located just steps away from the State Capitol, will provide an economic boost for downtown, spurring investment and job creation along the State Street Corridor. The project is expected to result in more than 200 construction and hospitality jobs.
“The renovation of the former DeWitt Clinton Hotel complements the revitalization efforts already taking place on State Street, and will allow this 1920’s city landmark, that has sat vacant for years, to shine once again,” said ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “With a thriving, new first-class facility in place, the Renaissance by Marriott will no doubt have a significant economic impact on the region, encouraging additional investment and jobs and driving more visitors to downtown Albany.”
The Renaissance Albany will have the feel of a boutique hotel and will include the building’s original breathtaking lobby. Located at the corner of State and Eagle Streets, the Renaissance will offer intimate meeting space for private events, 204 rooms, a full-service restaurant open to the public, a lounge and coffee shop. It will be the first time the region has had a full service Renaissance by Marriott Hotel.
“Our team at BBL Hospitality is excited to welcome Renaissance, a top national hotel to the Capital Region for the very first time,” said Steve Obermayer, President of BBL Hospitality. “Other cities like New York City and Boston have seen Renaissance’s model of renovating historic hotels create a distinctive excitement that pairs the hotel with its host city. Through our previous partnerships with the Marriott brand, we believe that Renaissance is a perfect fit for Albany and will provide an experience never before seen here.”
Built in 1927, the DeWitt Clinton Hotel was named after the former Governor of New York State. Although hotel operations ceased in 1975, over the last several years state and local government and the private sector worked hand-in-hand to revitalize the DeWitt Clinton as a hotel operation.