Washington, D.C.—Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International Inc., announces the opening of the company’s 4,000th hotel: Marriott Marquis Washington, DC The hotel also signifies a homecoming for the Marriott family. It opens 87 years after J. Willard Marriott and Alice S. Marriott opened a nine-seat root beer stand up the street from the hotel. Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is owned by Quadrangle Development, along with its partner Capstone, and is operated by Marriott International Inc.
The property 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 guestroom to a just-released Marriott Hotels mobile services app. Connected to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center via an underground concourse, the hotel 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, D.C., neighborhood. Spanning almost an entire large city block, the hotel is one of only five Marriott Marquis properties in the country.
“From the nine-seat root beer stand that my parents started 87 years ago here in Washington, to the milestone opening of our 4,000th hotel, we have been fortunate to call this town our home,” said J.W. Marriott Jr., executive chairman. “Washington is one of the world’s greatest cities and we are excited to host visitors and groups from across the globe at our newest hotel to fly the Marriott Hotels flag. The Marriott Marquis Washington, DC also has created more than 500 new jobs, with 63 percent coming from the District.”
The hotel’s dining experiences are under the leadership of Executive Chef Matthew Morrison and will feature fresh, seasonal menus sourced from both local and Mid-Atlantic purveyors as well as the hotel’s rooftop herb garden. Marriott Marquis introduces five varied dining outlets: Anthem, a casual dining restaurant with a nod to the original 1927 Marriott Hot Shoppe, including a nine-seat counter and a crowd-pleasing focus on breakfast; The Dignitary, an upscale lounge including a 40-seat outdoor patio and an extensive menu of bourbons and signature Moscow Mules; High Velocity, a high-tech sports bar with 48-beers on tap; a lobby bar featuring bites from Marriott Hotels’ signature “5/10/20” menu, which consists of locally sourced small bites, shareable plates, and lounge friendly entrees; Dining Your Way, easy, fast, and affordable 24/7 food service for delivery to guests’ rooms or pick-up; and a specialty restaurant to open in late 2014.
Marriott Marquis Washington, DC was designed by the renowned Cooper Carry Architects, Atlanta, and TVS Architects, Atlanta, in a joint-venture collaboration, with interior design by HOK Design. It is planned to be one of the country’s largest LEED Silver certified hotels.