Ed Riley

John Smith, WAER News

The renovations of the former Hotel Syracuse are ongoing inside and out and the sunshine beamed inside of two completed rooms that were unveiled today.  The Hotel will become a Marriot.  The Owner's Manager Member, Ed Riley is largely credited with saving the hotel.  He says the wooden doors leading to the rooms date back to 1924 and are being refurbished locally by Stickley.

Scott Willis / WAER News

  The renovation of the historic Hotel Syracuse will also bring with it a new name.  The announcement came Thursday in the dusty lobby from Hotel Owner Ed Riley.

Scott Willis / WAER News

The renovation of older buildings in Syracuse and Upstate New York could face a more uncertain future without a popular economic development tool.  Those hoping to save the federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit form the chopping block in Congress gathered Tuesday in the Persian Terrace at the Hotel Syracuse to sound the alarm.  The hotel’s lead developer Ed Riley has his credit already in hand, and says the project wouldn’t be possible without it.  


  The Hotel Syracuse is now in the hands of a developer who plans to reopen it.  No one has rented a room there in more than a decade…but city leaders are optimistic that will change, after the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency took possession, then transferred it over.

Optimism Grows for the Future of the Hotel Syracuse

Mar 26, 2014
Herald Tribune

It’s been a long time since anyone has danced in the Grand Ballroom or the Persian Terrace at Hotel Syracuse. A series of various ownership changes and financial problems have long plagued the hotel.  Earlier this month though, the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency took the first steps to prepare to use eminent domain to get the hotel foreclosed and sold to a willing buyer.  A businessman from Camillus wants to rehabilitate the hotel.  If the Hotel Syracuse does re-open, Onondaga County could benefit by booking more conventions at the OnCenter.