Marriott Marquis Opens by the Convention Center Today

901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Rendering via Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

From a press release:

“Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International Inc., (NASDAQ: MAR) 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. Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is owned by Quadrangle Development, along with its partner Capstone, and is operated by Marriott International, Inc.

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 TV’s 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 neighborhood. 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.

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.

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 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. Featuring the largest piece of artwork in any Marriott Hotel, the Marriott Marquis’ lobby is home to an extraordinary 56-foot high, 27,000-pound sculpture, The Birth of the American Flag, by renowned Baltimore-based sculptor Rodney Carroll. Two dramatic 54- and 52-foot bronze and silver walls, America and Flag, frame the open-air grand staircase to the lobby’s terrace. Other Greatroom lobby design attributes include a cherry blossom branch woven into the running the length of the white marble lobby floor, glass enclosed fire pit, two other sculptures with water features (Threads That Bond and Stars). 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 Marriott Marquis incorporates the site’s historic Samuel Gompers AFL-CIO building, which includes an upscale lounge, bi-level fitness center and suites. The hotel’s elegant glass and masonry exterior enwraps the historic building with an enormous glass atrium rooftop tying the building together.

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 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified hotels.

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 to the downtown Washington, DC culinary renaissance: Anthem, a vibrant 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.”

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  • It’s a beautiful hotel!

  • I walked through the lobby and common areas earlier today. The space is amazing!

  • when will they post the menu for Anthem? I want a Mighty Mo!

  • The press release failed to thank the taxpayers of Washington DC. The $206 million from the convention center was on the backs of DC taxpayers. All so the Marriott family could continue their horse trotting sports with the Romney family.

    • Yes, I’m sure being able to attract conventions that can actually use DC’s enormous convention center is probably of no benefit to the taxpayer.

      • Remains to be seen if this increases convention traffic. A large conference hotel like this will be a competitor to the convention center just like the Marriott managed National Harbour.

        • That’s where you are wrong. The convention center couldn’t compete with other major cities (called Tier 1 in convention speak) because there were not enough host hotel rooms within walking distance. DC was maybe a tier 2 at best, even though people want to come here for annual conferences. We now have the rooms to host much larger meetings, and since the convention center bookings are up significantly starting with this year, we are already seeing the pent-up demand being fulfilled. We needed this hotel for conventions even before we had the new center.

          The Gaylord is competition, but it was much more completion before this hotel opened. People wanted to be in downtown but couldn’t get the hotel rooms. Now you’ll see a lot more, larger conventions coming to town.

          • Exactly – DC has needed a hotel of this size adjacent to a (the) convention center for years. I really don’t see Gaylord as direct competition – major players want their conventions in DC, not “DC adjacent.”

        • The Marriott hate is absurd. The hotel was going to be built regardless of which company managed it. You understand Marriott does not OWN most of the properties with its name on it; it manages them. Marriott bid for this along with competitors and won the bid. It was subsequently sued over it and won that lawsuit as well. Keep in mind Marriott started in DC and its headquarters are in Bethesda and it employs tens of thousands in the DC Metro area.

          The hotel has been in the works for over a decade, and as other commenters have noted, was desperately needed for the DC Convention Center to be competitive with other large cities, especially when conventions have seen a decline in recent years. Ignoring of course the immense impact it will have on that entire neighborhood. The Renaissance and the Grand Hyatt were formerly the largest two hotels in that area to serve the convention center and even they were hardly sufficient for large conventions with over 5,000 attendees. This hotel was desperately needed and will more than bring in the money needed to repay taxpayers for whatever contributions they may or may not have made.

        • I’d also point out that Marriott only recently acquired Gaylord Hotels. And people who are in the business will tell you that National Harbour has taken far more business from Tier 2 or 3 convention centers than DC or other larger cities. It has had a greater impact on Baltimore’s convention market than DC’s.

    • lovefifteen

      DC taxes are meant to be used for investments to the city. A large hotel next to our convention center seems like a great use of tax dollars. This hotel will bring jobs and revenue to the city. I’m certain the $206 million investment will yield a higher return.

  • This is now their worldwide flagship hotel. It is gorgeous.

  • is whether they’ve reopened all of the south-bound lanes on Ninth Street yet? it feels like it’s been years. oh wait, it has.

  • This hotel is so gorgeous! I’m so glad it’s not just a giant glass or pale brown monolith like so many of the other new buildings in the city. Hopefully they have the roads opened cause it’s been bad, especially the past few weeks as they’ve been working on the exterior.

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