Gaylord Raises Room Count on Planned Convention Hotel

An additional 500 rooms for the forthcoming Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center have recently been approved by local officials in the Washington, DC, suburb of Prince George County, MD, bringing the total room count to between 1,500 and 2,000.

"We are seeing tremendous demand for the Gaylord National," said Colin Reed, chairman and CEO of Gaylord Entertainment. "It will be the finest convention hotel on the eastern seaboard."

The hotel, expected to open in early 2008, will be part of the 300-acre National Harbor riverfront development, which will include 500,000 square feet of dining, retail, and entertainment space.

The hotel will include 470,000 square feet of exhibition and meeting space; a marina offering water sports; Relache, a 20,000-square-foot spa and fitness center; and an 18-story glass atrium with views of national monuments, historic landmarks, and the Potomac River.

"Gaylord National will offer an unmatched experience to large groups," Reed said. "The quality and variety of the retail, dining, and recreational amenities, and the grand scale of convention and exhibition space at the property, will make Gaylord National the preferred destination in the Washington area."

Just off the I-295/I-95 interchange, the 42-acre resort will be easily accessible by car. The resort is 15 minutes from Reagan National Airport and 45 minutes from both Dulles and Baltimore-Washington International airports.

Gaylord National will target the region's many large associations and national organizations as users.