In 1998, after 15 years of planning and tenancity, Muss Development opened the first hotel to be built in all of Brooklyn in over 50 years. Its immediate success prompted planning for its expansion, which in turn led to the construction of several new hotels in Downtown Brooklyn.
The hotel, part of the larger Brooklyn Renaissance hotel/office complex, now comprises 667 guest rooms, 51,000 square feet of public meeting and conference space, including an 18,000-square-foot ballroom (the fourth largest in New York City) with seating for 2,000 people. An underground parking garage can accommodate 1,100 cars.
The hotel tower, linked to the existing hotel by a pedestrian bridge on the second floor, was opened in 2006. The expansion has enabled the hotel to successfully position itself to host larger groups, trade shows and business meetings, further enhancing its importance to Downtown Brooklyn. The vibrant Roccos Tacos & Tequila Bar is located on the premises.
The property was constructed as part of the 32-story mixed-use Brooklyn Renaissance Plaza, and includes 900,000 square feet of Class A office space.
In 2016, Muss completed a $40m renovation of the guestrooms, as well as the lobby and public spaces, which included upgrades to the reception area, the conversion of the restaurant to the M Lounge, and the development of the Bar, The Brooklyn Pantry, and the Great Room. The Grand ballroom and Junior ballroom and meeting rooms also underwent extensive renovations.
Brooklyn Renaissance Plaza offers sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the New York Harbor. Getting there is an easy commute from almost anywhere, with 14 subway lines and 11 bus routes at the door. Manhattan is less than five minutes away by subway or by car.