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Allentown's new hotel will be a Marriott Renaissance

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 11:20:07 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 22 2013 10:18:36 AM CDT

Politics make for strange bedfellows

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

A new hotel being built in center-city Allentown will be a "high-end" Renaissance, part of the Marriott chain.

The hotel is scheduled to open in August 2014.

In addition to 180 "luxurious" rooms, it will have 20,000 square feet of "state of the art" special event and meeting space and a not-yet-identified "upscale" restaurant.

The hotel is under construction on N. Seventh Street between Hamilton and Linden streets. Its entrance will be next to the main entrance to the new hockey arena on Center Square at Seventth and Hamilton. 

The hotel lobby will be in the former Dime Bank building, which is being restored.

The hotel is part of the City Center Lehigh Valley mixed-use development that is transforming the heart of downtown Allentown, with financial support from Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ) funding.

Operation of the new hotel was announced by J.B. Reilly, president of City Center, and Dan Vinh, vice president of global operations for Renaissance Hotels, at a news conference Monday.

Also in attendance were Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who hopes to unseat Corbett in 2014.

Corbett said the new hotel will generate 100 jobs.

Renaissance has more than 155 hotels in 35 counties around the world.

"Renaissance Hotel's' recognition of downtown Allentown as a destination fit to join its collection of global lifestyle hotels is a huge compliment to our up-and-coming city," said Reilly in a news release.

"City Center is confident that having this high-end Renaissance Hotel in the heart of Allentown will help to boost business, conference and personal travel to the city and enhance Allentown as an even more attractive place to live, work and play."