Countdown to Ribbon Cutting: Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons to open December 12

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ITHACA, N.Y. Dec. 7, 2016 – The highly anticipated opening of Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons – connecting the worlds of leisure, business and academia in the picturesque Central New York destination – has been set for Monday, Dec. 12. Conveniently located on Aurora Street, Ithaca’s “Restaurant Row,” and just two miles from Cayuga Lake, the longest of the Finger Lakes, the full-service hotel comprises 159 modern guestrooms, an indoor-outdoor restaurant, fitness center, and meeting and event space. Ithaca Marriott is a joint venture between Urgo Hotels & Resorts and Ensemble Real Estate Investments.

The hotel’s stylishly appointed guestrooms will reflect the new Marriott aesthetic, with platform beds and luxurious bedding, wall-mounted 49-inch HDTVs, mini-fridges, multi-purpose surfaces, deluxe spa-like walk-in showers with handheld wands, and chaise lounges in king rooms.

“We want our guests to experience forward-thinking, aesthetically pleasing spaces that help foster their inventive nature,” said Matthew Carroll, vice president, Marriott Hotels. “Marriott Hotels has consistently pushed the boundaries of innovation in travel to create experiences that inspire and push our guests’ creativity. This beautiful new hotel is a perfect example and we know visitors will be thrilled.”

Serving locally sourced Modern American cuisine with a Southern flair, the hotel’s signature restaurant Monks on the Commons will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while options from Fresh Bites are made to be enjoyed in-room. A lobby shop will be open 24 hours a day.

With more than 2,300 square feet of flexible meeting space – including three meeting rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Commons – and skilled planning, catering and audiovisual services, the hotel will be ideal for a range of business and social functions. The largest venue, the Gorges Ballroom, will accommodate up to 175.

The hotel’s complimentary shuttle will service nearby Cornell University, Ithaca College and Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH). Restaurant Row is just outside the front doors, with Finger Lakes wineries, Cayuga Lake and thunderous waterfalls all nearby. Ithaca also offers year-round recreation, museums, a vibrant art scene, farmer’s market and seasonal festivals.

“My team of seasoned professionals can’t wait to welcome our first guests when we open our doors on Dec. 12,” said General Manager Cathy L. Hart, a 27-year Marriott veteran. “Ithaca Marriott will be the best-in-class hotel for this dynamic city in one of the most inspiring regions of New York State.”

Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons is located at 120 South Aurora St., Ithaca, NY 14850. For more information, call 607-272-2222, or to book a stay, call 877-688-1914, or visit

About Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons

Anchoring the downtown Commons of one of the Northeast’s most celebrated towns, the Ithaca Marriott will bring full-service Marriott hospitality to the area when it opens on Dec. 12, 2016. Conveniently located on Aurora Street, the 159-room hotel is minutes from Cornell University and Ithaca College. It will feature an indoor/outdoor specialty restaurant and bar, a state-of-the-art fitness center, 2,300 square feet of meeting space, and intimate public areas, making it an ideal spot to connect for business, academic or leisure pursuits. Ithaca Marriott is managed by Urgo Hotels and Resorts. For more information or reservations, visit  or call 607-272-2222.

About Ensemble Real Estate Investments

Ensemble has a long-standing history of maximizing investment returns through the development, renovation and repositioning of hotel assets, while adding value to their respective communities. Ensemble specializes in assembling customized teams to realize its vision for each specific market. With its combined operational expertise, development acumen and asset management capabilities, Ensemble has fostered strategic and fruitful partnerships with boutique hotel operators as well as with global brands including Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt. For more information on Ensemble, visit

About Urgo Hotels & Resorts

Urgo Hotels is a Bethesda, Maryland-based hotel company that develops, owns and/or operates 34 distinctive and unique hotels and resorts with an aggregate of more than 4,900 rooms in major markets and resorts in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. The company develops, builds and operates for its own account, and provides third-party management and asset management services. For more information about Urgo Hotels and Resorts, please visit

About Marriott Hotels

With 500 hotels and resorts in more than 50 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom lobby and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit