The Tru by Hilton Syracuse-Camillus has opened its doors. The BR&P designed hotel is one of Hilton’s newest offerings. The 92 room, four-story hotel features an outdoor patio connecting to the interior social “hive.” The hive is comprised of a lounge, casual and stadium cushion seating, has board games, foosball tables and cozy sound-absorbing alcoves.
This hotel brand is made to stand out. “The colors are definitely more vibrant throughout, starting with the exterior and continuing into the lobby and guestrooms. This makes the brand seem more energetic and geared towards younger clients,” says Gerri Kielhofner, BR&P Architect & Partner.
BR&P also worked to make the hotel eye-catching in all directions. “The south side of the hotel faces the highway. The owner wanted to capture the attention from this direction. This gave us the ability to add a feature on the south side of the building and transition some of the brighter colors from the front to the back of the building for an all-around more inviting hotel,” Nate Hay, BR&P Intern Architect explains.
One of the most unique features of the hotel is the indoor sports court, the only one in the Tru by Hilton chain. Guests can play lacrosse, basketball, volleyball, aerobics, yoga, soccer, pickleball, badminton and more. “The owner decided the sports court, in lieu of an indoor swimming pool, would be more in tune with his clientele,” says Gerri Kielhofner, “They have exercise classes planned that guests can participate in while staying at the hotel, which is really progressive since so many people are choosing to exercise while traveling.”
“The sports court is my favorite feature of this hotel,” says Nate Hay, “Unlike a small hotel swimming pool that usually caters to younger children, a sports court offers something for all ages with space to run around, exercise and interact with people.”
“Tru is all about providing a different experience for our guests and our sports court is doing just that,” Robyn Walsh, Front Office Manager of the hotel explains, “Guest are loving the indoor sports court; parents love watching their kids run around and play, but also businessmen love shooting hoops after a long day on the road or in the office. We are changing the game of select service hotels and we are so happy that our guests and the community are welcoming us warmly.”
The hotel, located in the Township5 open-air shopping, dining and apartment complex area, is also close to Syracuse University.
Architect: Butler Rosenbury & Partners dba Gerri A. Kielhofner, AIA
Owner: Cameron Group, LLC
MEP Engineer: CJD Engineering dba Ryan Jones, PE
Structural Engineer: J&M Engineering dba John C. Miller, PE