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Re: Hotel options in Jersey City
« Reply #15 on: 05-09-2017, 06:59am »
I think the hotel actually looks pretty nice.

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Local officials cut ribbon on new Downtown Jersey City hotel
« Reply #14 on: 04-11-2017, 12:41pm »


Local officials cut ribbon on new Downtown Jersey City hotel
By Ron Zeitlinger | The Jersey Journal
on April 10, 2017 at 3:33 PM, updated April 10, 2017 at 5:35 PM

The Residence Inn by Marriott officially joined the Downtown Jersey City hotel scene this morning when the developers and elected leaders cut the ribbon.

David Barry, president of Ironstate Development Company, and Joseph Panepinto, president and CEO of Panepinto Properties, the joint developers, were joined by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez at 80 Christopher Columbus Dr. this morning to open the 152-suite hotel. Former Rep. Frank Guarini, who also served as a developer, attended the event as well.

The hotel, next to the Grove Street PATH station, features 240 works of art from local artists, a tribute to the city's vibrant arts scene. The rates for three types of rooms vary from $289 to $399 a night, according to the company's website.

The hotel is part of a mixed-use development by Ironstate Development and Panepinto Properties that includes two completed residential towers and one under construction comprising 1,484 luxury rental residences, a 30,000 square-foot Base Gym, and the recently opened Sprout Market Place. Read more

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Before the year ends, another first-class hotel in Jersey City will break ground when construction starts on a 300-room Hilton Hotel on Marin Boulevard in the downtown Liberty Harbor North Redevelopment Area.


Not so fast...

Jersey City Council withdraws controversial hotel loan ordinance
By Melissa Hayes/The Jersey Journal
December 16, 2009, 7:32PM

The Jersey City Council withdrew an ordinance tonight that would have guaranteed an $8 million federal loan for the developer of a waterfront hotel. The move came after a lengthy debate during Mondays council caucus meeting.

Tarrunumn Murad, CEO and founder of Tramz Hotels Group, is proposing a 300-room Hilton Hotel along Marin Boulevard in the Liberty Harbor North Redevelopment Area. Murad is seeking the loan through a program that would put the city on the hook if she were unable to pay it back.

The funds would be issued through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Developments Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program, which allows municipalities to guarantee loans for private developers. If a developer fails to repay the loans, the guaranteeing municipality can lose its federal Community Development Block Grant funds, which are distributed through HUD.

Ward D Councilman William Gaughan said he was concerned about the developers ability to repay the loan. Murad offered to put $1 million of the loan in an escrow account, which the city could use to pay the loan if she defaults, however she said she has no intention of not repaying the loan. Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop suggested the company get a letter of credit to back the loan.

Deputy Mayor rosemary McFadden said banks are requiring more collateral for letters of credit because of financial climate but she would ask Tramz if they would pursue it.

Murad said Monday she wants the loan so she can move forward to remediate the site and begin construction. If things move forward, the goal is to complete the $118 million project by April 2014.

The council put off introducing the ordinance tonight until they hear whether Tramz is willing to get a letter of credit.

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Re: Hotel options in Jersey City
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Planning Board approves changes to Hilton Hotel project
« Reply #11 on: 03-15-2009, 08:50pm »
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Planning Board approves changes to Hilton Hotel project
More parking spaces and signage requested by developer
by Ricardo Kaulessar
Reporter Staff Writer

Before the year ends, another first-class hotel in Jersey City will break ground when construction starts on a 300-room Hilton Hotel on Marin Boulevard in the downtown Liberty Harbor North Redevelopment Area.

Discussion on that hotel project took place at the Jersey City Planning Boards meeting on February 24, after which several deviations from its earlier site plan were approved.

The developer and manager of the hotel, Warren, N.J.-based Tramz Hotel, had an application before the board seeking approval for seven deviations to the preliminary site plan for the project. Along with the hotel, the project also includes 470 residential units, an automated garage with 738 spaces and 12,294 square feet of retail.

The deviations requested include an increase in the maximum number of parking spaces, changes to the lighting of signs and an increase in signage area. Another change to the plan is that the hotel and the garage will be built in the first phase and the residential portion in the second phase rather the project being built all at once.

Alan Trousdale, the architect for the project, said the projects plan had been approved last year but the developer came back for deviations, and splitting the project in two phases is the strict result of the economy were dealing with today, which otherwise would have put a hold on the project.

The Planning Board approved the deviations. This site plan is considered the final plan for the project when it is built.

Deviations from the original
Trousdale said the 300-room Hilton Hotel project will be of the top-of-the-line luxury Conrad brand (named for Hilton Hotel founder Conrad Hilton), with special amenities not seen in other Hilton hotels. When built, the Jersey City hotel will be only the fourth hotel in the U.S. with the Conrad brand, and only the second accompanied by residences.

The completed hotel would be 19 floors high, and there would be 209 rooms with king-sized beds, 87 with double-queen beds and 3 suites.

The deviations include 13-foot setbacks rather than the standard 10 feet. Also, the developer will improve the right-of-way on the Marin Boulevard side of the hotel.

There would be 311 parking spaces rather than the 150 spaces stipulated in the plan. Ed Kolling, a planning consultant on the project, said the reason for the increase is because of the banquet hall and restaurants on the site will bring more guests to the hotel.

Kolling said the developer is asking for the hotel signs to be placed at the upper levels of the hotel rather at ground level so potential patrons can identify the hotel from afar. And there would be not one sign but four, one for each side of the hotel, with three of the signs 72 square feet and one sign 153 square feet. Another deviation calls for a different design and materials for the signs.

After the developers presentation, planner Maryann Bucci-Carter had 13 benchmarks for the developers to meet before they can start construction.

Among them, Carter said the application for the deviations needs to have the exact information that the developer is asking for, rather just mentioning them. Also, city, state and federal agencies that need to review the plan must be provided with the deviations.

Carter said the signage should not be on the south side facing Liberty State Park but on the north and west sides. She said the four signs are excessive.

Rich Guiditta, the attorney for the developer, said the Hilton Hotel Corporation wants to show off this hotel by having four signs.

However, the Planning Board suggested to Guiditta that he and the other principals should follow Carters requirements.

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Re: Hotel options in Jersey City
« Reply #10 on: 02-28-2009, 05:34pm »
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The hotel also has 20,500 square feet of meeting space, including 30 meeting rooms, and a grand ballroom




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Hotel in Newport has grand opening
« Reply #9 on: 02-14-2009, 08:09am »
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Hotel in Newport has grand opening

Jersey City went one step further toward being a tourist destination when the Westin Jersey City Newport Hotel has its grand opening on Monday.

The 23-story, 429-room hotel, located on Washington Boulevard, opened after over two years of construction to hundreds of special guests including Gov. Jon Corzine, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, and Mayor Jerramiah Healy.

Menendez stayed at the hotel this past weekend with his entire legislative staff for a retreat, and remarked during the grand opening about the hotel being another "crown jewel" in the development of the Newport area. He said it helped to bring jobs and produce revenues in difficult economic times.

"I look at today's opening as a spring of hope in a dark winter," Menendez said.

There are 230 employees working at the hotel, a majority of who are from Hudson County.

The newly constructed hotel was developed by the LeFrak Organization, owned by a joint venture of LeFrak Organization and Melvin Simon & Associates, and will be operated by Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

The hotel also has 20,500 square feet of meeting space, including 30 meeting rooms, and a grand ballroom with more than 10,000 square feet of space and 20-foot ceilings and can easily accommodate 1,450 guests for a reception or 790 for a seated dinner.

Ricardo Kaulessar


Also: GOVERNOR CORZINE RECOGNIZES ADDITION OF 230 NEW JOBS TO WATERFRONT FINANCIAL DISTRICT (press release)

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« Reply #8 on: 01-28-2009, 12:24pm »
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"We didn't run a single newspaper ad. We wanted to reach local foot traffic," he said. "We were extraordinarily impressed with the caliber of the people we were able to hire."

"It's quite unexpected," McIntosh went on to say. "Who knew that investment bankers and stock brokers would be attracted to the challenging world of hotel reception and housekeeping?"

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Mayor: High hopes for Newport hotel
« Reply #7 on: 01-28-2009, 07:41am »
Mayor: High hopes for Newport hotel
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
By AMY SARA CLARK
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

A new Westin hotel in Jersey City's Newport section opened for business yesterday with 40 guests signed up for the first night and about half its rooms still awaiting their final touches.

The new 23-story luxury hotel is likely to soon be bustling with guests since it fills a need for hotel rooms in Jersey City, where four pre-existing hotels are often packed to the gills.

"There is definitely a need for it," said William La Rosa, Hudson County's director of tourism. Hudson County hotels have an occupancy rate of 85 to 90 percent 20 points above the national average, officials said.

The Westin Jersey City Newport has 429 guest rooms and 20,500 square feet of event space. The opening increases Jersey City's inventory of hotel rooms by 38 percent, according to Bob McIntosh, the hotel's director of sales and marketing.

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy said the hotel's opening "bodes well" for Jersey City's future. "I think it's great. You don't see things opening anyplace else," he said. "We're going to see jobs here, we're going to see tax dollars here."

Many of the new hotel's 220 employees are Jersey City residents, McIntosh said, although he didn't have exact numbers. "We didn't run a single newspaper ad. We wanted to reach local foot traffic," he said. "We were extraordinarily impressed with the caliber of the people we were able to hire."

The Westin also features artwork by Jersey artists Barbara Anne Landes and Nancy Cohen in its public spaces. McIntosh expects 80 percent of the hotel's guests to be business travelers.

The hotel has already negotiated special rates with several corporations, he said. The remainder will be filled by leisure travelers lured by rooms that are 25 to 35 percent less expensive than rooms in Manhattan, McIntosh said.

Daily rates for the hotel run between $179 to $299 compared to $189 to $429 for the Westin Times Square, he said.

An official ribbon cutting ceremony for the hotel is planned for Feb. 9.

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Re: Hotel options in Jersey City
« Reply #6 on: 09-19-2008, 07:00pm »
I have a family member who has worked for Sheraton (they're an affiliate of Westin) for probably about 10+ years now.  She has great benefits, travels, and has really moved up in the company.  (She started right out of college as an ESL teacher for their staff, she now does something with personnel all over - it includes "Oh, I have to go train someone in the Bahamas for a week" kind of trips all the time.)

So, in sum, I say, it's a good job, go for it, people!

(Edited to clarify: I guess she actually works for Starwood, which owns Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels and some others.)
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Re: Hotel options in Jersey City
« Reply #5 on: 09-19-2008, 11:57am »
The Westin Hotel has an employment center open in the former Kims Mediatronic space next to the PATH station. If you need a job or know someone who does let them know.

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Re: Hotel options in Jersey City
« Reply #4 on: 09-18-2008, 09:07pm »
The website is up and running and taking reservations for March 2009:

The Westin Jersey City Newport
479 Washington Boulevard
Jersey City, New Jersey 07310
Phone: (201) 626-2900
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Re: Hotel options in Jersey City
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« Reply #2 on: 12-04-2007, 12:55pm »
I am not sure what hotel it is yet but they are also building something like 40 stories or so at the intersection of Marin and Columbus (above the new Grove St PATH entrance).  Will break ground in February, allegedly.
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Hotel options in Jersey City
« Reply #1 on: 12-04-2007, 12:14pm »
Press release from the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism:



Keep Holiday Travel Costs Down with Alternative Lodging at New Jersey Destinations That Offer Breathtaking Skyline Views for Less

TRENTON, N.J., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Traveling continues to be one of the most popular ways to spend the holiday season, whether plans include getting together with extended family, a romantic retreat or exploring a festive city. However, with big plans come big expenses, especially during this peak travel time, but there are simple ways to cut some of the high costs associated with traveling; sometimes the difference of a few miles can mean considerable savings.

For example, two of the most popular metro areas in the US for holiday travel are arguably New York and Philadelphia. However, visitors to these cities are often taken back by the high hotel prices. An attractive option, with a great view, is booking a stay in a nearby New Jersey hotel with easy access -- just across a river -- into either city.

New York-bound travelers can find lower rates, larger rooms, and -- perhaps best of all -- a terrific view of the Manhattan skyline at a variety of hotels across the Hudson River in Jersey City. And it just gets better: a stay in New Jersey offers the added benefits of world-class dining, shopping on par with the best of Fifth Avenue (without sales tax on clothing), countless shops and boutiques, and easy access to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Visitors staying in Jersey City will find quick access to Manhattan via PATH commuter trains and convenient ferry service from several points along the Jersey City waterfront. Notable hotels include the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, Doubletree Club Suites, Courtyard Marriott Jersey City Newport, and the Sheraton Suites on the Hudson in nearby Weehawken, where you can catch a ferry to midtown Manhattan just outside its doors.


Visitors to Philadelphia will also find attractive lodging options in New Jersey -- spacious accommodations that provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. New Jersey lodging offers the best of both worlds, from renowned Philadelphia landmarks, such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, to the lively Camden Waterfront, with the newly renovated Adventure Aquarium and the USS New Jersey, the nation's most decorated battleship.
Hotels in the Cherry Hill/Mt. Laurel area are a short drive from Philadelphia, and for non-driving visitors, taxi service provides easy access to stations on the PATCO Speedline train system into the city. Visitors to the Philadelphia area will find pleasant lodging at The Hilton Philadelphia Cherry Hill, the Wyndham Mount Laurel and The Residence Inn Cherry Hill/Philadelphia.

Lodging information, as well as complete listings of events and attractions for Manhattan - and Philadelphia-bound visitors can be found at http://www.visitnj.org/.
« Last Edit: 09-18-2008, 09:01pm by MCA »

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