Crystal City Marriott completes phase one of renovations

The Crystal City Marriott, one of Crystal City’s first hotels, has recently completed a redesign that adds updates to its lobby, including the launch of a new American tavern, BELL20.

The renovation marks the first stage of the hotel’s multi-million dollar plan to revitalize its public and meeting space, an investment by the hotel’s owners, Vornado Realty. The renovation includes the new design for Marriott Hotels & Resorts lobbies that offer guests spaces for working, dining and socializing.

Cauhaus Design, in Frederick, Md., replaced the old world style lobby with a new look that is said to “blend nature with modern technology”. To achieve this, the design firm used such elements as textured walls, earth tones, marble floors, leather chairs, and natural materials including stone and reclaimed wood on the walls and plank top communal tables. Other recycled materials, such as natural tile accents, recycled 55 gallon drums, and hammered metals are now in use as artwork throughout the transformed space.

The welcoming reception desk has also been redesigned. Three new pods made of dark wood and stone have been added for checking in and out. Guests may now also plug-in and work at the lobby bar. In addition, semi-private seating nooks have been installed.

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