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New York Marriott Marquis
General information
Location 1535 Broadway, New York City
Coordinates 40°45′33″N 73°59′10″W / 40.759078°N 73.986201°W / 40.759078; -73.986201
Status Complete
Groundbreaking 1982
Constructed 1985
Use Hotel
Roof 175 m (574 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 45
Floor area 1,844,800 sq ft (171,390 m2)
Cost $350,000,000
Companies involved
Architect(s) John Portman
New York Marriott Marquis, circa 1999

New York Marriott Marquis Times Square at 1535 Broadway opened in 1985 and was designed by architect John Portman. It is located in the heart of Times Square at Broadway and 45th Street. The hotel is famous for its high-tech elevators and atrium lobby rising 45 stories to The View, New York's only rooftop revolving restaurant. With 1,949 rooms and over 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of meeting space, it is one of the largest hotels in the city. The Marquis Theatre is located within the hotel at the 3rd floor level.


Looking up at the elevator shaft at Marriott Marquis Times Square

The hotel was born in controversy because five historic theaters—the Helen Hayes, the Morosco, the Astor, the Bijou, and the Gaiety—were demolished to clear the site. Protesters, including Christopher Reeve (then at the height of his Superman fame) tried to stop the destruction, even forcing a Supreme Court challenge, but it was too late. What was dubbed "The Great Theater Massacre of 1982" went forward to make way for the hotel.

The hotel has been criticized for turning its back to Times Square. However, at the time the hotel was built, Times Square was only beginning to turn around. With the still-seedy character of Times Square, Portman's style of inwardly-oriented spaces made logical sense. The present redevelopment of Times Square as an urban destination point has left the Marriott Marquis detached from the street. However, the Marriott was the first major project in the Times Square revitalization, and has been credited as the starting point for today's development node at Times Square.

The hotel has 36 guest room floors and features an award-winning restaurant on the top floor called "The View."

The hotel is served by seven scenic elevators and four non-scenic elevators which are famous for facing into an atrium that stretches the height of the hotel. The cabs travel at 1000 feet per minute. They received a major modernization in 2005 that included replacing the cabs and reducing waiting times from originally more than 30 minutes in the past down to less than 5 minutes.

At the time the hotel was built, it featured Manhattan's largest grand ballroom and its first revolving restaurant, a three-story, 1,500-seat theater, a second and third ballroom, and 100,000 square feet of meeting, banquet and exhibition spaces.


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