Hotel Skyler

$99 for a One-Night Stay for Two in a King Hotel Room at the Hotel Skyler in New York (Up to $249 Value)

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By Mika Turim-Nygren, Travel Correspondent

Historical Building Reinvigorated with Green Technology

Syracuse is a city of rebirth. Once a manufacturing center crisscrossed with canals and railroads, today the town boasts a major research university and a bustling arts and music scene. A few blocks from campus, Hotel Skyler has undergone its own fair share of reinventions. A Hebrew verse engraved on the pediment reveals the building's 1921 origins as a Jewish temple, and painted-over curtain pulleys residing upstairs hint at the building's stint as the Salt City Theatre.

In king hotel rooms, varying layouts evoke the hotel's eccentric history, with details such as 20-foot ceilings, semicircular windows, and quirky angles. Advanced green technology has brought the building in line with the 21st century. A closed-loop geothermal pump powers the heating and cooling system, and an energy-saving electric system activates only in the presence of a room key, shutting down all electrical sockets except for those at the desk when guests leave the room. Sustainable fibers go into the making of bedding, and in the bathroom, biodegradable bath products in recycled bottles soothe skin and conscience alike.

As the sun jogs toward a dinner appointment in the west, visitors can turn to Stefon's Marketplace, an on-site mini grocery, for a quick snack, or slide onto a faux-cowhide stool at the Skyler Bar for a specialty martini ($9). Come morning, baristas brew organic fair-trade coffees ($1.80–$3.95) complemented by rotating pastries such as mocha-chip biscotti ($1.39 each). The morning sunlight brightens the lobby, where stained-glass panels of flowers— reclaimed from a New York church—throw kaleidoscopic patterns across the gleaming wood floor.

Syracuse: Rich History and Vibrant, Arts-Centric Present

In 1851, the abolitionist movement in Syracuse was so strong that when a fugitive slave named William "Jerry" Henry was arrested by federal marshals, both black and white Syracusans broke into jail to free him—an event memorialized in the Jerry Rescue Monument in Clinton Square, located at the heart of downtown Syracuse. Today, the city's proud antislavery legacy lives on at the Onondaga Historical Association, where interactive exhibits recount the city's role in the Underground Railroad.

Nearby, the Erie Canal Museum transports visitors to the 19th century, when the storied waterway first connected the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can don bonnets and stovepipe hats before boarding a barge populated by plaster figures representing canal workers, everyday people, and Mark Twain's stunt doubles. In addition to its abundant historical offerings, the city plays host to numerous art galleries as well as the hands-on, kid-friendly Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology.

Southeast of downtown, a mere block or two from Hotel Skyler, Syracuse University buzzes as the hub of the city's culture. Across the quad, students in signature orange apparel play an impromptu soccer match as professors chat with colleagues while strolling past Romanesque columns. On-campus theaters such as the Syracuse Stage regularly regale audiences with productions of works by the likes of Shakespeare and C.S. Lewis.

Live entertainment of another sort sweeps through nearby bars and restaurants on the weekends. "Syracuse has a very large music scene," says Michael John, a.k.a. M.C. Tots, a rapper who raps only about potatoes. "People really enjoy their homemade, locally grown music." Jam sessions ranging the gamut from blues to punk keep feet tapping and hips shimmying, with revelers toting amber mugs of local craft beers.

What You Get

  • One-night stay for two in a king hotel room
  • $20 food and beverage credit valid at the Skyler Bar or Stefon's Marketplace

Amenities

  • Platinum LEED hotel
  • Lobby café and bar
  • Marketplace for snacks
  • Stained-glass artwork in lobby
  • Biodegradable 99sixty bath products
  • Fitness center
  • Computer station
  • Free WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Travel must be completed by 12/30
  • Limit 4 per person
  • Limit 4 per visit
  • 24hr cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price may apply
  • Subject to availability
  • Valid only for King Rooms
  • Must be 21 or older to check-in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid for reward points.13% tax not included

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call Hotel Skyler by 12/30/2011.
  3. Choose a valid date before expiration date.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

  • Standard occupancy: Two
  • Maximum occupancy: Two
  • Adding occupants above standard: Not allowed
  • King bed
  • Energy-saving, key-activated electric system
  • Biodegradable and ecological bath products
  • Computer desk
  • Unique layouts
  • Mini fridge and flat-screen HDTV

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: Noon
  • Parking: Free parking
  • Rollaways: Not available
  • Smoking: No smoking inside property
  • Pet policy: Pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: Handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: Not available

What It's Worth

  • One-night stay for two in a king hotel room (up to $229 value)
  • $20 food and beverage credit valid at the Skyler Bar or Stefon's Marketplace

    Total value: up to $249

Getting There

  • By plane: Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR)
  • By cab: About $25 from SYR, via TaxiFareFinder.com
  • By car: About 60 miles from Newark or 88 miles from Rochester
  • By shuttle: Free hotel shuttle to airport or Amtrak if booked in advance
  • By train: About 3 miles from Syracuse Amtrak station

Traveler's Tips

  • The free hotel shuttle can fill up quickly on weekends, game days, and at other peak times, so call to make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Room layouts vary in this historical building, so mention when booking if you would prefer a specific feature.
  • CNY Centro public buses—including #443, the Connective Corridor line—run throughout the University Hill neighborhood.
  • Rooms do not have coffeemakers—feel free to use the food and beverage credit toward espresso drinks in the lobby instead.

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