Star-Studded Evening Marks the Grand Opening of Iconic JW Marriott Essex House

JW Marriott Essex House Roses Marriott VIPs, celebrities and guests celebrate the newly acquired landmark luxury hotel

New York City – 06 May 2013 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts celebrated the grand opening of JW Marriott Essex House New York.  The landmark hotel hosted more than 300 VIP guests including singer and actor Joe Jonas, Brian Baumgartner from the hit TV series “The Office,” Major League Soccer star Tim Cahill of the New York Red Bulls, and former NBA shooting guard John Starks, along with VIPs including COO of the Eastern Region Marriott International David Marriott, Marriott International’s President & CEO Arne Sorenson, and Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President & Global Brand Manager, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.

Celebrating an evening of iconic luxury, guests were treated to original creations in art, floral design, and culinary, as well as a special performance to cap the evening by an iconic rock legend.

In partnership with Christie’s, JW Marriott unveiled four specially commissioned works by emerging artists including Mat Larkin, Jack Shannon, Julian Wellisz, and Lindsay Keys, each inspired by the unmistakable Essex House sign illuminating the New York City skyline since the 1930’s. The exhibition of these original works will be on display in the lobby through October.  The installation will be the first in a series of art exhibitions at JW Marriott Essex House celebrating the work of emerging artists.  As part of its global partnership with Christie’s, JW Marriott properties worldwide host public exhibitions and previews of major Christie’s auctions featuring original, rare, archived or indigenous art.

A theatrical floral arrangement depicting the iconic Essex House sign as imagined by Jane Packer, one of the world’s foremost artistic floral company’s with outposts in New York, London and Tokyo, anchored the heart of the bustling lobby.  JW Marriott Essex House and Jane Packer will now offer a ‘Botanical Beauty School’ experience, an extraordinary getaway combining luxurious overnight accommodations, a customized course at Jane Packer Flower School, and Art of Aroma cocktails featuring seasonal, edible blooms.

With 60 properties in 24 countries and an additional 20 expected to open by 2015, the JW Marriott luxury brand is growing rapidly, bringing a fresh perspective to the luxury travel industry worldwide.  The grand opening of the JW Marriott Essex House comes on the heels of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, which debuted in February 2013 as the world’s tallest hotel.  The exceptional hotel is the brand’s first Marquis property outside of North America.

With a coveted address on Central Park South and an inimitable Art Deco sign atop the 40-story hotel, the 509-room JW Marriott Essex House first opened in 1931 and has hosted a wide range of dignitaries and celebrities alike over the years. Today, the hotel features world-class amenities including a full-service spa and fitness center, a fine-dining restaurant and well-appointed meeting and event spaces. The 509 guestrooms offer stylish furnishings that celebrate the property’s rich history while offering guests all the comforts of a high-end hotel.

Hechler“We are delighted to have been able to celebrate both the Essex House and the JW Marriott brandwith our Marriott family and friends” said Arne Sorenson, Marriott International President & CEO  “JW Marriott Essex House is a noteworthy addition to the JW Marriott collection, providing quiet luxury and crafted experiences – exactly what today’s JW Marriott guest is seeking.”

“JW Marriott Essex House is an exceptionally iconic hotel located at an unprecedented address,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President and Global Brand Manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.  “JW Marriott could not be more excited to be part of a property with such a historical presence and look forward to the continued success of both the Essex House and the JW Marriott brand.”

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