Marriott International opens 8,000th worldwide property in Bethesda, Md.

Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ recently opened, marking the company’s 8,000th property worldwide.
Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ recently opened, marking the company’s 8,000th property worldwide.

BETHESDA, Md. – Marriott International is celebrating the opening of its 8,000th property–Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ in Bethesda, Md.

The 12-story venue is adjacent to the company’s soon-to-open new global headquarters. The hotel opening signifies both a growth milestone for the company, as well as a notable moment in the Marriott story, as the company celebrates its 95th year in 2022. Marriott’s first lodging property, the Twin Bridges Marriott, opened in 1957 and was a four-story motor hotel in Arlington, Va.

“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 of Marriott International’s 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.”

The hotel, owned by The Bernstein Companies and managed by Marriott, features three culinary concepts, including the city’s first high-rise rooftop bar.

With nearly 8,000 square feet of pre-function and event space, including a private outdoor terrace overlooking downtown Bethesda, the hotel offers opportunities for meetings, corporate retreats, and social events. Meeting rooms–designed to adapt to a variety of formats, group sizes, and social events–are named after destinations significant to the company’s history, such as Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. Customizable catering options feature locally sourced food and beverage breakouts and seasonal banquet items.

Hotel features include a fitness center with Peloton bikes, a second-floor library highlighting local authors, and a curated art collection from the region’s emerging talent that is showcased throughout guest rooms and public spaces. A large-scale mural by multimedia artist Liz Collins, is an exclusively commissioned piece.

Constructed to be LEED Gold certified, the hotel features five rooftop green spaces growing select ingredients for hotel menus and is designed to “reduce pollution, save energy, and manage storm water,” a media release states.

Marriott Bethesda Downtown will participate in Marriott Bonvoy–the travel program from Marriott International–allowing members to earn and redeem points for their stays at the new hotel.

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