Marriott International reached a major global milestone with the opening of its 8,000and property – Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ, an elegant 12-story retreat adjacent to Marriott International’s new global headquarters soon to open in Bethesda, Maryland.
The hotel’s opening marks both a growth milestone for the company and a remarkable chapter in Marriott’s history, as the company celebrates its 95and year. Marriott’s first lodging property opened in 1957. It was a four-story hotel, the Twin Bridges Marriott, in Arlington, Virginia.
“From the nine-seat root beer stand my grandparents opened nearly 95 years ago in downtown Washington, to the landmark opening of our 8,000and property, we have been blessed to call this area our home,” said David Marriott, Director and incoming Chairman of the Board of Marriott International. “Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ reflects the ongoing transformation of the Marriott Hotels brand, and we are thrilled to usher in a new era of inspired travel and design with the opening of this hotel.”
Marriott Bethesda Downtown, part of the Marriott Hotels brand – the iconic flag of Marriott Bonvoy’s 30 Extraordinary Brands – brings enriching, locally influenced experiences to the home state of the global hospitality company. The hotel, owned by The Bernstein Companies and operated by Marriott International, is a gateway to the greater Washington, D.C. area and a destination unto itself, featuring three innovative dining concepts, including Bethesda’s first rooftop bar .
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Illustrating the continued evolution of the group’s brand, Marriott Bethesda Downtown sparks inspiration around every corner, with modern residential design and bespoke solutions with locally inspired accents. The contemporary interiors of the hotel exemplify a palette of selected materials inspired by the natural attributes of the region. Stone and tile reminiscent of the local bluestone quarries of Bethesda greet guests as they enter the hotel leading to a grand staircase — the centerpiece of the glassed-in lobby brimming with natural light.
Faceted mirrors and floor-to-ceiling windows ripple throughout the hotel, infusing an abundance of natural light while resembling reflections of the Potomac River.
Reimagined guest rooms and suites – with bespoke modern touches that inspire and nurture the needs of today’s traveler – feature multi-functional furnishings, technological work surfaces with built-in universal adapters and UCS cords, and mirrors rose gold tinted. Hotel features include a spacious fitness center with Peloton bikes, a second-floor library showcasing local authors, and a curated art collection by emerging local talent that’s featured in guest rooms and public spaces. A large-scale mural by multimedia artist Liz Collins, known worldwide for her abstract designs, is an exclusively commissioned highlight.
Built to be LEED Gold certified with a custom, sustainable design, the hotel features five expansive rooftop green spaces that grow select ingredients for hotel menus and are designed to reduce pollution, save energy and manage stormwater.
With nearly 750 square feet of pre-function and event space, including a private outdoor terrace overlooking downtown Bethesda, the hotel fosters connection for meetings, corporate retreats, and meetings. social events. Floor-to-ceiling windows infuse an abundance of natural light while abstract design details such as cherry blossom light fixtures and water-coloured carpets exemplify the area’s most prominent features. Meeting rooms – innovatively designed to accommodate a variety of formats, group sizes and social events – are named after destinations significant to the company’s history, such as “Twin Bridges” , Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. Customizable dining options feature locally inspired food and beverages and seasonal banquet items.
The 8,000 hotels under the Marriott International umbrella are found under less than 30 major brands, spanning 139 countries and territories.
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