Capital's Largest Hotel, Marriott Marquis, Opens in Washington, D.C.

In 1927, Marriott founders J. Willard Marriott and Alice S. Marriott opened a nine-seat root beer stand in Washington, D.C. Eventually, that root beer stand became a restaurant, which ultimately evolved into a hotel. Eighty-seven years later, Marriott International has opened its 4,000th hotel — the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC — down the street from the spot of the original root beer stand, the company announced yesterday.

“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,” Marriott International Executive Chairman J.W. Marriott Jr. said in a statement. “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 highly anticipated hotel, which is the capital’s largest, boasts 1,175 guest rooms, five dining venues, a 6,500-square-foot club lounge, an 8,000-square-foot bi-level fitness center and more than 105,000 square feet of function space, including a 30,000-square-foot grand ballroom, two 10,800-square-foot junior ballrooms, more than 53,000 square feet of meeting rooms, an 18,800-square-foot indoor event terrace and a 5,200-square-foot rooftop terrace — all connected to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center by an underground concourse.

“The Marriott Marquis Washington, DC reinforces Washington, D.C., 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.”

The Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is one of only five Marriott Marquis properties in the country. Designed to be green, it also is one of the largest LEED Silver hotels in the country.

Said Elliott L. Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC, “We are very excited to be celebrating the much-anticipated opening of the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. Developments such as the Marriott Marquis strengthen our tourism industry and help us to attract visitors, drive economic impact and create jobs. The hotel is opening at a perfect time as we’re looking forward to a busy summer travel season filled with exciting events and milestones such as the 10th anniversary of the DC Jazz Festival, the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner and, of course, July 4th in our nation’s capital.”

The hotel’s inaugural catered event will be a charitable Mother’s Day Brunch for military families to be hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army on May 10. The hotel’s formal dedication and grand opening will take place a month later, on June 10.

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