Garden City Hotel Celebrates 140 Years and Recent Upgrades

As it celebrates its 140th anniversary, the iconic Garden City Hotel in Garden City, N.Y., is unveiling a $35 million renovation of its 272 guest rooms and suites. The legendary Long Island hotel, set on seven acres, has 25,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space that has also been recently restored.

“With the upgraded meeting space and brand new guest rooms, we are positioned to attract more corporate groups,” says Jamessina Hille, marketing manager at the hotel.

The upgrades join the new Polo Steakhouse and Polo Lounge at the hotel that serves 28-day dry aged Prime grade USDA steaks and chops as well a wide variety of offerings for vegetarians. Designed by Italian designer Marcello Pozzi, the 120-seat restaurant includes mahogany wood flooring, cabernet textiles, and custom Italian leather furniture. The kitchen is sprawling and includes an area for a chef’s table that features a five-course dinner with wine pairings created by Executive Chef Michael Mandato. This is a popular activity for corporate groups.

The original hotel was built in 1874 by the multimillionaire merchant Alexander Turney Stewart and has, in its illustrious history, hosted cognoscenti from the worlds of business, politics, sports, and entertainment including the Vanderbilts, Astors, and Kennedys. Aviator Charles Lindbergh stayed at the hotel the night before his trans-Atlantic flight in 1927.

Fortuna Realty Group acquired the hotel in 2012 and is committed to elevating the hotel to the high caliber of luxury it is known for.

A new brand-name spa, fitness center, and indoor salt water pool are in the works and are slated to be unveiled at the end of the summer.

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