Key Bridge Marriott revs up for 50th anniversary with completion of $30-million reinvention

Arlington, Va.- September 17, 2008- The landmark Key Bridge Marriott, Marriott International's longest operating hotel, is gearing up for year long 50th anniversary celebration in 2009 by introducing a brand new lobby, meeting space, restaurant and bar. The redesign marks the completion of a $30 million renovation and revitalization investment by its owners, Host Hotels and Resorts.

"This renovation brings the hotel full circle and marks the beginning of exciting things to come in 2009 and beyond", says Sharon Lockwood, general manager. "We know our guests want more comfort and style, we have delivered that and more and welcome former guests and new guests alike to discover our transformed hotel."

Replacing the old world style and dark wood paneling is an inviting urban new look and feel that blends nature with modern technology. The rich earth tones of wheat, amber, cocoa, and green; leather wrapped columns; and natural elements of bamboo and stone throughout the lobby create an ambience that is both soothing and sophisticated.

The welcoming reception desk has been redesigned to encourage agent/guest interaction. Two new self serve kiosks have been added to allow business and leisure travelers to check in, check out and print boarding passes with ease. Semi-private seating nooks allow guests to socialize, work and play. With wifi through out the lobby, guest can upload and work on their personal laptops or unplug and kick up their feet on oversized ottomans and relax in front the media wall with flat screen high-def televisions.

The hotel's 17,000 square feet of well appointed meeting, pre-function space includes two large ballrooms and 19 breakout rooms. The newly refurbished Potomac Ballroom is 4,290 square feet of function space capable of separating into 4 salons. The 3,000 square feet Capital View Ballroom, on the top floor of the Key Bridge Marriott, offers floor to ceiling windows with one-of-a-kind, unprecedented, 360° vistas of the growing skyline of Rosslyn, historic Georgetown, the Potomac River and our nation's historic landmarks of Washington, D.C.

The new restaurant, Revival, offers comfort food with a contemporary flare and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu offers daily soups, seasonal tarts, appetizers, sandwiches and salads, and a variety entrées designed to whet the palate and appease cravings. Several menu items pay homage to Marriott International's heritage by updating and reviving classics, such as the Mighty Mo, the Hot Shoppe Angus beef burger of with American cheese and Might Mo sauce served with a side of Old Bay french fries or onion rings; Seafood Newburg with fresh fish, shrimp, scallops and lobster sauce; and bacon wrapped meatloaf with a ketchup glaze, buttermilk mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy. For dessert, the decadent Hot Shoppe classic Double Devil, three scoops of Gifford's ice cream heaped on a home made chocolate-pecan brownie, smothered in chocolate sauce and topped with whip cream; classic orange freeze; and signature A&W root beer float.

Ideal for social business by day and impromptu gatherings at night, the energetic lobby bar, Connexion, offers a refreshing cocktail menu, over 30 beers, wines by the glass in 3oz, 6oz, or 9oz pours and menu items engineered to share. Offered in small or large plates, menu items include lobster mac 'n' cheese, blue cheese truffled tater tots, parmesan-garlic chicken wings, lemon-scented hummus, and miniature versions of the Might Mo.

Celebrating 50 years in 2009, the landmark Key Bridge Marriott is situated at 1401 Lee Highway in Arlington, Va., within walking distance of historic Georgetown and near the Roslyn Metro Station on the blue and orange lines. For more information or reservations contact your travel professional, call the hotel directly at (703) 524-6400 or visit www.keybridgemarriott.com/.

 

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