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Marriott lands NY Essex House and Denver Brown Palace

Marriott International landed two new hotels with the Essex House New York rebranding to JW Marriott and the historic Brown Palace Hotel in Denver rebranding to the Autograph Collection.

Essex House Hotel opened 1931 in Manhattan. The 40-story hotel offers views overlooking Central Park. In 2007 the hotel had a $90 million renovation. The hotel has 509 rooms. The new owners of the Essex House have signed a 50-year management agreement with Marriott International rebranding from Jumeirah. This will be the only JW Marriott luxury brand hotel in New York. There are currently 54 other JW Marriott hotels in 23 countries around the world.

Jumeirah Essex House was voted Leading Business Hotel in North America from the World Travel Awards and the property has been an award winning hotel five years in a row.

TripAdvisor offers nearly 1,000 hotel reviews and over 100 photos of the Essex House Hotel.


The Brown Palace Hotel Denver built in 1892 is the second oldest hotel in the city. Marriott’s Autograph Collection partners with boutique and historic hotels. There are currently 32 Autograph Collection Hotels with other recent high-profile hotel additions including The Algonquin New York.

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Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, Denver

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Brown Palace Hotel has atrium skylight.

And there is no need for the hotel to replenish your plastic water bottles every day, even though I am sure they will. There is an artesian well beneath the Brown Palace Hotel for refilling your own water bottles.

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The Brown Palace Hotel has a cowboy tradition. Every January the National Western Stock Show Grand Champion Steer gets the red carpet treatment and guests can share afternoon tea time in the lobby with the steer.

I bet you can’t get a date with a steer at the Essex House in New York City.


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  • Tom // Sit in first August 20, 2012

    NY’s London NYC was flagged as a JW Marriott for a period of time after its Rihga Royal days.

  • GuWonder August 21, 2012

    Righa Royal JW Marrriott or some combination of the words was the hotel name I recall for the previous JW Marriott in New York.

  • Ric Garrido August 21, 2012

    @Tom and GuWonder – I reworded the sentence to remove the word “first” to “This will be the only JW Marriott luxury brand hotel in New York.”

  • KGV August 21, 2012

    As a Denver resident, I’ll vouch that the Brown Palace is quite famous in the city and definitely the premier old-school nice hotel in town, including things like a sought-after Christmas brunch. Nice, I suppose, that people can earn points there now, though there was something to be said for independence of a hotel like that.

    Kudos to you, Ric, for knowing (or even just finding out) about the bizarre but awesome tradition of bringing the champion steer into the fancy lobby.

  • Ric Garrido August 21, 2012

    @KGV – I recalled a story from my visit to the Brown Palace that a steer got loose on the streets of Denver one year. And there were plenty of wranglers around to rope the steer and save the city.

  • James August 21, 2012

    It’s time for the “make up a punchline to Ric’s Last Sentence” contest! I’ll go first –

    Cowboy 1 – “I bet you can’t get a date with a steer at the Essex House in New York City”

    Cowboy 2 – “Naw, but you’ll find plenty of Bullxxx in that town!”

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