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Congratulations to Marriott International on the opening of its 4,000th hotel

By on July 21, 2014

Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International Inc, announces today the opening of the company’s 4,000th hotel: Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. A remarkable milestone, this hotel–the capital’s largest–also signifies a homecoming for the Marriott family. Marriott Marquis Washington, DC opens today, 87 years after J. Willard Marriott and Alice S. Marriott opened a nine-seat root beer stand up the street from the hotel.

A landmark hotel for both the District and Marriott Hotels, the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC features striking high design—from an all-glass rooftop to a 56-foot steel sculpture centerpiece—and cutting-edge technology, from interactive TVs in every guest room to a just-released Marriott Hotels mobile services app. Connected to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center via an underground concourse, the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC brings more than 105,000 square feet of meeting space, 1,175 rooms including 49 suites, and five signature dining experiences to its downtown Washington, DC neighbourhood. Situated at 901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW and spanning almost an entire large city block, Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is one of only five Marriott Marquis properties in the country.

TECHNOLOGY

Marriott Marquis Washington, DC debuts technology throughout: from interactive LCD televisions in every guest room, allowing guests to stream their own content from their tablet or mobile device, to the hotel’s DAS System (Distributed Antenna System) for a clear wireless signal throughout the entire hotel, top to bottom. Recognizing that guests are dependent on their mobile devices, the hotel will offer the brand’s high-tech mobile service apps, designed with the next generation traveler in mind. These include mobile check-in and checkout; mobile guest services, which allows guests to digitally request everything from an extra towel to a wake-up call; and Red Coat Direct, a first-of-its-kind app that lets meeting planners input and adjust meeting requests with a swipe of a screen. Marriott Rewards members will have access to Marriott Marquis’ exclusive 6,500-square-foot M Club Lounge with Wi-Fi throughout and an outdoor terrace seating 81 people. Business travelers will appreciate the state-of-the-art 8,000-square-foot bi-level fitness center, complimentary for hotel guests only. Built for the athletic guest in mind, the fitness facility features the latest equipment and tech for cardio, strength and core training.

MARRIOTT MARQUIS MEETINGS

Connected via underground concourse to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Marriott Marquis is expected to have a highly anticipated, long-term impact on the city’s meetings business, by becoming the convention center’s anchor hotel. The hotel offers more than 105,000 square feet of meeting space including 83 meeting rooms, a 31,000-square-foot Marquis Ballroom, two 11,000-square-foot ballrooms, an 18,000-square-foot indoor event terrace, and a 5,200-square-foot outdoor event terrace. Unique to this hotel, the below-grade meeting space (Marriott Marquis is as deep—94 feet—as it is tall) has been thoughtfully designed to incorporate natural light that filters several floors down into the meeting corridors from the open spaces above.

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia and the owner-operator of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, contributed $206 million to the construction of the hotel.

“The Marriott Marquis Washington, DC reinforces Washington, DC as a top-tier convention destination with a world-class headquarters hotel,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and CEO of Events DC. “Coupled with the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the Marriott Marquis will help Events DC create even greater economic benefit for the city, stimulating growth and more opportunities for residents and businesses of the District. We look forward to building an even stronger partnership with Marriott for many years to come.”

INNOVATIVE & BOLD DESIGN

The fifteen-story Marriott Marquis Washington, DC creates a striking new visual in the Washington, DC landscape both inside and out and is equipped to enable guests to Travel Brilliantly. Reimagining how artwork and natural light is present in a hotel, the Marriott Marquis features bold three-dimensional sculpture pieces that are both visually dramatic and provide integral functionality to the flow of the hotel. The 44,000-square-foot glass ceiling atop the lobby atrium allows natural light to stream into all of the hotel’s interior-facing rooms as well as its active Greatroom lobby, and even filters into the below-grade meeting spaces.

The Greatroom lobby provides a destination where guests and locals can gather, by themselves or with friends or colleagues, to relax, socialize and work. With free Wi-Fi and USB ports and outlets throughout the lobby, hotel guests and locals can work on their laptops and relax with their own tablets.

The hotel’s custom designed guestrooms feature a soothing neutral palate, Wi-Fi, and Marriott Hotels’ signature bath amenities by THANN, a natural Thai skincare line. Interior-facing guest rooms and suites enjoy a spectacular view of the sculpture, while exterior rooms face out with views of downtown Washington, DC.

The hotel’s inaugural catered event will be held on Saturday, May 10, a special charitable Mother’s Day Brunch for military families to be hosted by the Association of the US Army. The hotel’s formal dedication and grand opening will be held on Tuesday, June 10.

 

 

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