Marriott Hotels announced that it opened the 1,175-key Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C., the 4,000th hotel for parent company Marriott International Inc. The $520-million project was designed by Cooper Carry Architects and TVS Architects, with interiors by HOK. It is planned to be one of the country’s largest LEED Silver (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified hotels.
The property is connected to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center via an underground concourse. The hotel lobby has sculptural pieces and a 44,000-square-foot glass ceiling that streams light into surrounding rooms. The highlight of the lobby is a 56-foot high, 27,000-pound sculpture, dubbed “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 grand staircase to the lobby’s terrace. A cherry blossom branch is woven into the space, running the length of the white marble floor of the lobby, which also includes a glass enclosed fire pit and two water sculptures (“Threads That Bond” and “Stars”).
Custom designed guestrooms by HOK have a neutral palette, with interior-facing rooms and suites offering views of the lobby, while those facing the exterior provide views of downtown. Dining venues include casual restaurant Anthem; upscale lounge The Dignitary, which includes a 40-seat outdoor patio; a high-tech sports bar called High Velocity; a lobby bar with locally sourced food; and a specialty restaurant scheduled for opening in late 2014.
Serving as the convention center’s anchor hotel, the Marquis has 105,000 square feet of meeting space, including 83 meeting rooms, three ballrooms and two terraces.
The Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. has high design—from an all-glass rooftop to a 56-foot steel sculpture centerpiece—and cutting-edge technology, from interactive TV’s in every guest room to 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 brings more than 105,000 square feet of meeting space, 1,175 rooms including 49 suites and five dining experiences to its downtown Washington, D.C., neighborhood. Situated at 901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW and spanning almost an entire large city block, Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is one of only five Marriott Marquis properties in the country.
The 15-story Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C., has three-dimensional sculpture pieces that are both visually dramatic and provide integral functionality to the flow of the hotel. The 44,000-square-foot 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.
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.