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Essex Hotel Management Adds Courtyard by Marriott Rochester Downtown to Growing Hotel Portfolio


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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.

“Courtyard by Marriott Rochester Downtown marks the first Marriott branded property in the downtown area,” said Barbara Purvis, president of Essex Hotel Management. “We’re excited about the opportunity to manage another property in our hometown and are looking forward to sharing our city’s rich history with our guests and showing them all the Flower City has to offer.”

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’s old mansions. The property is decorated with historical photographs of old Rochester.

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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’s Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA), the city’s arts district, the hotel is within walking distance to numerous downtown venues, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Strong Museum, Memorial Art Gallery, and RBTL’s Auditorium Theatre, in addition to a range of cafés, 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’s “solution-driven” approach has resulted in a high level of satisfaction — for its team members, partners, owners, and guests alike. Its growing premium branded hotel portfolio stretches between New York and Florida.

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