Grand Opening Ceremony at Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
Yesterday’s ribbon cutting marked the official opening of Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, now the city’s largest hotel.
City leaders, developers and members of the Marriott family celebrated the opening of the long-awaited convention center hotel with Mayor Vincent Gray. Though the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC has been hosting guests for over a month, yesterday was the official grand opening ceremony.
The hotel includes more than 100,000 square feet of event space, a grand lobby with an atrium skylight, and five retail and restaurant options. An underground walkway links guests to the convention center. HOK’s interior design weaves elements such as sculptures, gardens, water features and copper walls into the central atrium. All of these features add depth, character and warmth while bringing the outdoors into the space. Check out Curbed’s tour of the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC.
“Heralded as the ‘jewel in the crown that’s going to make our city the destination for the world’ by DC Councilman Jack Evans, the 1,175-room Marquis is Marriott’s first in the District and only its sixth worldwide. It sits at Ninth Street and Massachusetts Avenues NW, just across the street from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.”
“Gray noted that the hotel was necessary for the city to pull in the biggest conventions and shows — and initial citywide meeting bookings seem to be meting that out. The festive mood was only natural for officials and developers working on a deal to open the convention center hotel for more than a decade.”
Photo courtesy Marriott/Ken Cedeno