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$520M Marriott Marquis Opens in DC; Marks 4,000-Hotel Milestone for Chain

Thursday May 1st, 2014 - 10:27AM


The $520 million Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, is Marriott International's 4,000th hotel.

WASHINGTON—The $520 million Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, opens today, marking Marriott International's 4,000th hotel.

The 1,175-room hotel is owned by Quadrangle Development, along with its partner, Capstone Development, LLC, headed by Norman Jenkins, and is operated by Marriott International, Inc.

The property features an all-glass rooftop, a 56-ft. steel sculpture centerpiece, cutting-edge technology, interactive televisions in every guestroom and 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 has more than 105,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and five restaurants.

Situated at 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW and spanning almost an entire large city block, Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is one of 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,” stated 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 15-story hotel features three-dimensional sculpture pieces and the 44,000-sq.-ft. 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 filters into the below-grade meeting spaces.
Featuring the largest piece of artwork in any Marriott Hotel, the Marriott Marquis’ lobby is home to a  56-ft. high, 27,000-pound sculpture, The Birth of the American Flag, by Baltimore-based sculptor Rodney Carroll. Two 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).
The hotel’s guestrooms feature a neutral palette, WiFi and Marriott Hotels’ signature bath amenities by THANN..

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 glass-and-masonry exterior wraps the historic building, with an enormous glass atrium rooftop tying the building together.

Marriott Marquis Washington, DC was designed by 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.