This property marks Harlem’s first full-service hotel in 100 years.
Renaissance Hotels, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s global portfolio of over 30 extraordinary hotel brands, debuts its fifth property in New York City – Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel. Featuring the original landmark marquee, the much-anticipated property is situated in the heart of one of the world’s most iconic neighborhoods, on the site of the historic Victoria Theater on 125th Street and steps away from the storied Apollo Theater.
Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel is the tallest building north of Central Park and the brand’s first hotel in Harlem. The property boasts 211 guest rooms and suites, a dynamic culinary offering and 9000+ square feet of event space. Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel combines the vibrant spirit and rich culture of Harlem with the polished glamour of the Harlem Renaissance era.
“Harlem is a historical epicenter of art, cuisine, music, and culture and is of the upmost importance that we stay true to the authenticity of the locale – from the details in the design to our daily programming and entertainment. In bringing the Renaissance Hotel brand to this famed neighborhood, we are inviting travelers near and far to enjoy all that this community has to offer,” said Jennifer Connell, Global Brand Leader, Renaissance Hotels.
Theatrical Design with Contemporary Accommodations
Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel sits in the Victoria Building, previously home to the renowned Victoria Theater. Initially established as a vaudeville venue in 1917, the Victoria Theater was later transformed into a cinema before remaining unused for many years. Preserving the essence of the Victoria Theater, the hotel conserves its outer facade, marquee, outdoor ticket booth and handsome staircase that graces the building’s entrance.
Conceptualized by AJC design and in line with Renaissance Hotels’ design approach across its global portfolio, the very fabric of Harlem’s past, present and future is ingrained into its architecture and every design element. The ambiance pays homage to the cultural iconography of Harlem, honoring musical legends such as Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker, Louis Armstrong and Cab Calloway. A true celebration of the neighborhood, the property features custom, artistic renditions of these icons, as well as a contemporary art piece of Harlem gracing the library ceiling. The 211 guest rooms include a mix of 107 single rooms, 101 doubles and three suites featuring Langston Hughes quotes adorning the walls, expansive views of Harlem and Central Park, plush bedding, and modern state-of-the-art amenities – all a welcome reprieve from the hustle of the city.
Cocktail & Culinary Program Injected with Local & Soulful Flavor
Destined to become a neighborhood hotspot, Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel’s restaurant – The Victoria, operated by Silk Hospitality Group – encompasses a stunning marble bar, dramatic lounge seating and fifth floor mezzanine that overlooks the lively heart of the hotel. Drawing inspiration from the cultural landscape of Harlem, the Victoria features a menu by Executive Chef, Bobby Bouyer, that offers a creative twist on modern global cuisine told through the lens of classic technique with nods to the cuisine of the Gulf Region of the American South. Signature dishes include the “Shrimp n’ Grits” – featuring crispy cheddar grits paired with grilled shrimp and dressed in a sweet & spicy aioli; Hot Chicken Sandwich – a crispy chicken thigh sandwich dunked in a combination of Chinese chili-crisp with Berberé, an African spice blend; and Pepper Pot Beef Brisket – a Guyanese specialty served with Jamaican-inspired Rice and Peas and locally grown kale. The menu features a wide array of small plates perfect for sharing with friends, family, and neighbors, and focuses on creating a sense of community through food.
The property’s extensive and imaginative cocktail program is sure to tantalize. The carefully curated cocktail offerings are inspired by the neighborhood’s rich historic tapestry. Reinvented classics such as the Jaded Sazerac turn the traditional beverage on its head using clear Kansas Clean Distilled Whiskey, green Chartreuse, absinthe and notes of vanilla, providing a smoother version perfect for the modern palate. The Victoria Cosmopolitan is an elegant and delicate reinvention of the classic, featuring Empress Butterfly Pea Gin, Smoke Lab Vodka, St. Germain, cranberry, lemon, and cucumber. The bar also offers a wide selection of wine, ranging from more traditional selection to adventurous options.
Amenities and Activities
Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel will introduce its ‘Evenings at Renaissance’ with unparalleled entertainment, including nightly jazz performances at the bar’s signature grand piano and local arts performances that celebrate the culture of Harlem. These after-hours events will invite both travelers and locals alike to feel at home in the space.
Meetings & Events
The new hotel offers over 9,000 square feet of meeting and event space spread across five venues. Fully customizable, the property’s event spaces can accommodate up to 300 people, perfect for weddings, board meetings, team-building retreats, performing arts and more. Business and leisure guests can enjoy flexible meeting spaces marked by inspired, directional design elements that conceptualize and pay homage to Harlem’s historical icons known for their artistic flair.
The Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel is located in the heart of the community on the iconic stretch of 125th street steps away from The Apollo and a short walk to Central Park. Access to subways can take guests to many New York City landmarks and hidden gems in a matter of minutes. Easily accessible from LaGuardia Airport, Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel is the perfect gateway into the city that never sleeps.
The Renaissance Navigator, the property’s host and local neighborhood expert, helps to unlock all the destination has to offer. From countless museums to explore including The National Jazz Museum of Harlem and The Schomburg Center for Black Culture, one of the world’s leading cultural institutions. Guests can also explore the city’s sprawling landscapes, including Marcus Garvey Park or Central Park, both located in close proximity to the property. In the evening, travelers can experience the Apollo Theater, one of the city’s most popular live entertainment venues, offering incredible performances both at their theater down the street and within the building the hotel calls home.
“We are thrilled to announce the opening of Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel, a project that not only aims to revitalize the neighborhood but also honor the cultural legacy of the Harlem Renaissance,” said Lewiston Murray, General Manager, Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel. “Our vision is to create an inviting space for the community and guests alike to experience Harlem in its fullness through unexpected dining, celebratory beverage rituals, jazz performances, original artwork and more.”
Renaissance New York Harlem marked its grand opening with a special, ‘first-of-its-kind’ event ‘Checking In, Harlem’ on November 13th. This inclusive and collaborative listening session brought together community business leaders, creators and neighbors for a day of meaningful exploration and conversation, with the goal of growing future brand programs. Renaissance Hotels are all about discovering the neighborhood and in the year ahead will aim to implement authentic and impactful experiences that will benefit the local communities and contribute to lasting positive change.
Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel is owned by Lam Generation, which is also the developer for Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel and managed by Real Hospitality Group.
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