SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Embassy Suites by Hilton across Hiawatha Boulevard from Destiny USA on Tuesday held a formal-opening ceremony after opening its doors last Thursday.
The 209-room facility is officially known as Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse-Destiny USA and located at 311 Hiawatha Blvd. W., according to a news release that Destiny USA issued Tuesday afternoon.
The Hilton property employs more than 75 people.
The hotel represents “the first of many” hospitality projects in the Pyramid company’s “development pipeline,” Stephen Congel, CEO of the Pyramid Management Group, said in his remarks at the formal-opening event.
“It’s also a natural progression of our efforts to provide visitors to Central New York with an unparalleled offering of retail, dining, entertainment, recreation, and now hospitality that will continue to enhance Destiny USA’s reputation as a number one, international tourism destination in this region,” said Congel.
A lending group led by M&T Bank (NYSE: MTB), which also included Berkshire Bank (NYSE: BHLB) and Tompkins Trust Company (NYSE: TMP), financed the $48 million hotel project, according to Destiny USA.
Hueber-Breuer Construction Co., Inc. handled construction on the hotel project. Crews began construction on the hotel in June 2016, representing the first onsite hotel property at Destiny USA.
Destiny USA management sees the hotel as the “go-to property” for guests traveling to visit the mall and entertainment complex.
The property offers 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting space for special events. Additional amenities include an indoor heated pool, fitness center, a restaurant, and a 24-hour convenience shop.
“We are so excited and so happy to be part of the Syracuse community starting today with our team,” Kevin Varr, general manager, Embassy Suites by Hilton, said in speaking with local reporters before the formal-opening ceremony.
Plano, Texas–based Aimbridge Hospitality, the nation’s second largest independent hotel-management firm, will operate the facility.
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