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Inside The New Marriott Marquis Lobby

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September 23, 2011 at 10:21 AM | by | ()

'Tis the season...for New York City hotel renovations. In the past month, we've seen total makeovers from both the Affinia Manhattan and the Roosevelt New York. And now, the Marriott Marquis, a favorite of elevator nerds everywhere, adds its name to the list.

In addition to its 2,000 rooms, the hotel's eighth floor lobby has been transformed in three main areas: the Crossroads dining area (above), the Crossroads bar, and Broadway Lounge. We stopped by last night to inspect, and found the already-sizable space looking cleaner, fresher (the silvery new furniture helps), and much more to our liking. Says Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins of the new look: "This is our razzle dazzle transformation. This is a space that is designed to wow people, and that's what's gonna happen." Yes, sir!

Located across from Crossroads, the Broadway Lounge is a wide circular space with direct views onto (yep) Broadway. Though before only stationed with four TVs, the wall now boasts twelve. Hmm, maybe turquoise is kind of a New York look after all...

We craned our necking trying to photograph these giant glittering chandelier balls, which nod whimsically to New Years Eve in Times Square—and also transform the space from just another sports bar into something more intimate.

Meanwhile, the bar at the far end is now built around a two-story mirrored black spiral structure. Sit here and watch the sixteen illuminated elevators slide up and down the adjoining circular shaft. Or admire the rectangular waterfall towers. Or watch the colors change on the bar's neon crown. Lots of stuff to look at here!

A hotel staff member explained the bar was his favorite part of the renovations, mainly because of the TVs (oddly, another hotel server told us the exact same thing in Broadway Lounge), but also noting it gave the lobby a "classier" feel.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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