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by Matt Alderton | April 17, 2015
Brooklyn's largest hotel, the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, has commenced a $43 million renovation and reposition designed to help it better reflect and represent modern Brooklyn, Marriott International announced last week.

When it opened in 1998, the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge was the first newly built, branded hotel in Brooklyn in more than 60 years. In the mid-2000s, a newly constructed south tower was added, increasing the rooms to a total of 667 to accommodate growing demand from meetings and conventions. Fast-forward to today and Brooklyn is booming with new restaurants, shops, and attractions, all of which are attracting an influx of travelers.

Designed to attract these new visitors, the hotel's latest improvements will occur in phases. Scheduled for completion in May, phase one will encompass the bar, which will be redesigned with a "local industrial chic" aesthetic; the lobby, where the front desk will be replaced with new "reception pods"; and a new lounge, the design for which will be inspired by the nearby Brooklyn Navy Yard.

"We are thrilled to welcome guests and neighbors to experience our new, modern look. We asked our customers what was important to them, and used that knowledge to overhaul our public spaces so there is a seamless flow for guests to interact with our staff and with each other," General Manager Sam Ibrahim said in a statement. "Marriott Hotels encourages each property to localize the guest experience and, in a place as vibrant as Brooklyn, that opens up tremendous possibilities. Whether it's serving Brooklyn-made coffee or displaying a local artist's abstract mural, our hotel will reflect travelers' desires to get an authentic taste of the neighborhood."

The next phase of the hotel's renovation, scheduled for completion in September, will encompass its 40,000 square feet of meeting space, including its ballroom, while the final phase -- scheduled for completion in 2016 -- will encompass a redesign of all 667 guest rooms.

"Like many great pioneers, Marriott set the bar high when they opened the first hotel in Downtown Brooklyn almost two decades ago. Now, after 17 years of tremendous success -- and having paved the way for countless other hotels to open in our great borough -- New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge is taking it to the next level once again with this incredible renovation plan," said Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. "This revamp will only improve an already beautiful hotel, making it an even bigger attraction to tourists from across the country and the world."