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America's Tallest Hotel Opens in New York City

Jan 08, 2014 01:49 PM EST | By Justin Stock
Marriott, Hotel, New York City, Residence Inn, Courtyard By Marriott
America's Tallest Hotel Building
Marriott has the tallest hotel building in America.(Photo : Twitter Photo Section)

America's tallest hotel unlocked its doors in New York City Tuesday ABC News reported Wednesday.

The new digs sit in Times Square at 1717 Broadway ABC News reported. The venue has two hotels combined into a single development ABC News reported.

"They are two distinct products that appeal to two different kinds of stays," Arne Sorenson, president and CEO at Marriott International said at a press conference ABC News reported.

A Courtyard by Marriott covets the structure's six through thirty-third floors. Floors thirty-seven through sixty-five consist feature a Residence Inn by Marriott ABC News reported.

Shared spaces will take up floors that do not have guest rooms ABC News reported. A fitness center is open for workouts on the thirty-fifth floor. A café, and meeting and event areas occupy the fourth floor ABC News reported.

William DeBilzan is an artist-in-residence at the hotel ABC News. Harry Gross, president and CEO of G Holdings, the real estate development company associated with the project wants to evaluate how the concept does before implementing it at other Marriott hotels ABC News reported.

"Let's see if it catches on," Gross told ABC News.

Rooms start at $300 a night ABC News reported. The Residence Inn's all-suite rooms begin at $350 a night.

The prices are more than Marriott's other hotels throughout the city because of the structure's close proximity to Times Square and Central Park according to information from Gross, ABC News reported. Most people can see glimpses of the park from the hotel ABC News reported.

"It's an A+ location," Sorenson told ABC News.

Officials involved with the building's construction did not realize how tall it would be ABC News reported.

 "It didn't occur to us until after we finished," Gross told ABC News. "The height was the maximum the square footage could support."

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