Essex Hotel Management, LLC, has added the Courtyard by Marriott Rochester Downtown, which opened its doors in June 2021, to its growing portfolio of hotels. \u201cCourtyard by Marriott Rochester Downtown marks the first Marriott branded property in the downtown area,\u201d said Barbara Purvis, president of Essex Hotel Management. \u201cWe\u2019re excited about the opportunity to manage another property in our hometown and are looking forward to sharing our city\u2019s rich history with our guests and showing them all the Flower City has to offer.\u201d The hotel will be operated by Essex on behalf of local ownership. The Essex Company has a long history on the site - it managed the East Avenue Inn & Suites, located where the Courtyard by Marriott Rochester Downtown is now located and was part of the development team along with other local business owners to build the 126-key Courtyard. This hotel was constructed by Taylor the Builder, a second-generation contractor with more than 30 years of experience in construction management, general contracting, and design-build. The Courtyard team is led by General Manager Joshua Srolis and Director of Sales Kimberly Tanner. The property features the brand's latest prototype design and muted color scheme, flexible seating in the lobby, a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi, and media pods that can accommodate four to five people. Over 20 percent of the parking is below grade and sheltered from the elements. Public areas and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with city views. One side of the property faces the downtown area, and another side faces gardens from the city\u2019s old mansions. The property is decorated with historical photographs of old Rochester. In addition to the Bistro, which serves breakfast in the morning and dinner and cocktails in the evening, the hotel also has a 24-hour market, the Crate. Located in Rochester\u2019s Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA), the city\u2019s arts district, the hotel is within walking distance to numerous downtown venues, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Strong Museum, Memorial Art Gallery, and RBTL\u2019s Auditorium Theatre, in addition to a range of caf\u00e9s, restaurants, bars, social venues, and breweries. About Essex Hotel Management Headquartered in Rochester, NY, Essex Hotel Management has developed, owned, and managed hotels and multi-family properties since the mid-1980s. For over three decades, Essex\u2019s \u201csolution-driven\u201d approach has resulted in a high level of satisfaction \u2014 for its team members, partners, owners, and guests alike. Its growing premium branded hotel portfolio stretches between New York and Florida.