Located in the heart of Times Square, the New York City Marriott
Marquis epitomizes the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. As part of
the Alumni Insider’s View… Program, 25 of our Hospitality
Management students had the opportunity to take a tour of this
world-famous hotel and speak with Marriott executives.
Marriott tour guides showed the students the front and back ends of
the hotel, from the site’s most popular tourist attractions to its
housekeeping offices and employee cafeteria.
The tour began on the 50th floor – the top of the building – at The
View Restaurant. It is Manhattan’s only rotating restaurant and has
become one of the Marriott’s most iconic and popular
“This is one of the hotel’s most interesting areas,” said Brandon
Martinez-Shelton, Assistant Front Office Manager. “It provides a
perfect view of all of Manhattan. Our guests, and even non guests,
love coming here to unwind after a long day.”
Students also had the opportunity to see one of the hotel’s
executive suites and regular guest rooms.
“Our 49 floors have 1,892 rooms and 57 suites,” Martinez-Shelton
explained. “And to make it all extremely convenient, this hotel is
designed in such a way that its upper floors do not sway. Other
hotels in Manhattan are tall and thin, so they tilt with the wind,
but not ours. That’s something our guests really appreciate.”
Next up on the tour was the hotel’s eighth-floor lobby, complete
with a mini mall and an elegant lounge, a popular destination for
those who want to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve.
“Our celebration on New Year’s is a black-tie affair,”
Martinez-Shelton noted. “A table that night can cost up to $10,000,
but it’ll give you a perfect view of all the Times Square
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