Hilton partners with Destiny USA to develop Syracuse hotel

Destiny USA and Hilton Worldwide formally announced their partnership to bring an Embassy Suites by Hilton to New York’s largest shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

The Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse – Destiny USA will be the first hotel located in the shopping destination complex. It will include an onsite restaurant and pool, and be the go-to property for guests traveling to visit Destiny USA and experience Central New York.

“We are pleased to partner with Destiny USA to bring travelers the first hotel directly connected to this premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination,” said Alan Roberts, global head of Embassy Suites by Hilton. “Visitors cross city, state and international borders to enjoy this dynamic entertainment venue, and we look forward to enhancing their stay with our robust amenities and spacious suites.”

The hotel will include Embassy Suites’ Design Option III, a concept that allows developers the flexibility to customize the property’s design while remaining true to the brand’s pillars. Developers are able to choose from a variety of suite-styles, including side-by-side, shotgun and one-room suites, and the enhanced atrium will offer guests a modern, open-air space designed for socialization and comfort. The concept allows for increased efficiencies across construction and operational costs, while providing more natural light throughout the hotel.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with Embassy Suites and Hilton on this exciting venture, which further solidifies Destiny USA’s reputation as an international tourist destination,” said Stephen J. Congel, CEO, Pyramid Management Group. “It is an honor and privilege to continue my father Robert Congel’s vision for Destiny USA and the continued transformation of the Syracuse Lakefront Area.”

The $48-million hotel project was financed by a lending group led by M&T Bank and joined by Berkshire Bank and Tompkins Trust Company. The hotel is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017. Upon completion of construction, the hotel will be operated by Aimbridge Hospitality, the nation’s second largest independent hotel management firm.

“Destiny USA has become a premier tourist destination for the Central New York community, attracting travelers from across the country, and all over the world,” said Allen J. Naples, regional president for M&T Bank's Central New York region. “M&T Bank is incredibly honored to play such an important role in the growth of the tourism economy for our community, and the evolution of Destiny USA as a world-class destination.”

The hotel project created more than 200 construction jobs and will result in more than 70 permanent jobs when the hotel is completed. The project is being built by Hueber-Breuer Construction Co., along with a series of local contractors.

“Destiny USA continues to establish itself and the Central New York region as a growing and thriving international tourist destination,” said Joanie Mahoney, Onondaga county executive. “The addition of the Embassy Suites hotel will give tourists from all over the country and globe a great option to extend their visit.”

“Destiny USA is at the epicenter of tourism in New York State,” said Gavin Landry, executive director of Tourism for Empire State Development. “As the top attraction in Central New York and greatest driver of outside market visitation, Destiny USA and Embassy Suites will play an integral role in growing the region’s thriving tourism industry by attracting new visitors and generating economic activity for decades to come.”