The new Marriott Syracuse Downtown is open and ready for business. The official opening ceremony was held this morning at the new main entrance on East Onondaga Street. After the doors closed in 2004, there was a decade of uncertainty for the hotel which originally opened in 1924. However, one local man with a vision and expertise to restore large hotels tried to keep it from becoming obsolete. Ed Riley has never been one to take full credit for the $74 million dollar transformation.