Marriott International celebrated the inauguration of its 8,000th property, the Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ, a 12-story building next to the company’s soon-to-be-opened global headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.
The hotel’s launch marks both a business growth milestone and a turning point in the Marriott story, as the firm celebrates its 95th year.
The Twin Bridges Marriott, a four-story motor hotel in Arlington, Virginia, was Marriott’s first accommodation facility.
“From the nine-seat root beer stand that my grandparents started nearly 95 years ago in downtown Washington, to the milestone opening of our 8,000th property, we have been fortunate to call this area our home,” said David Marriott, director, and incoming chairman, Marriott International Board of Directors.
“Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ reflects the continued transformation of the Marriott Hotels brand, and we are thrilled to embark on a new era of inspired travel and design with the opening of this hotel.”
Though managed by Marriott, the hotel is owned by The Bernstein Company
Reimagined guest rooms and suites offer multi-functional furniture, technology-enabled work desks with built-in universal adapters and UCS cables, and rose gold-tinted mirrors, as well as personalized, modern details that inspire and nourish the requirements of today’s visitor. Faceted mirrors and floor-to-ceiling windows ripple throughout the hotel, infusing natural light while also imitating Potomac River reflections.
A big fitness facility with Peloton bikes, a second-floor library featuring local writers, and a curated art collection from the region’s growing talent that is displayed throughout guest rooms and public spaces are among the hotel’s amenities.
Pre-function and event space totals almost 8,000 square feet, including a private outdoor terrace suited for meetings, business retreats, and social functions.