Washington D.C.'s largest hotel is a Marriott with great art
After a 14-year phase of construction, the new Marriott Marquis located adjacent Washington D.C.’s Convention Center opened its doors as not only an architectural marvel, but defying all conventional standards of the “convention center hotel.”
The spacious lobby which is whiter than white-- like a snowy prairie -- and houses the largest sculpture in any Marriott. Honoring the “Birth of the American Flag," the 27,000 lbs curvy sculpture stands at 56 feet and was created by Baltimore-based artist Rodney Carroll for the 200th centennial. It is a dramatic prelude to the guest experience.
The lobby check-in process occurs in one roomy corner of the hotel while waterfalls and a raised open-air restaurant called “Anthem” greet you as you walk in, along with the sculpture. The design pays homage to the Japanese cherry blossoms found aplenty in the nation’s capital (you’ll catch many black branches sinuously making their way on the white floor; they look much more dramatic when seen aerially). In fact, 111 design elements within the hotel have been inspired by Washington D.C.’s architecture and green spaces.
The 1175 guest rooms are minimalist in design, with comfortable beds, lamps with USB chargers and handy individual night lamps. One of my favorite hotel features is the ample light: the lobby looks Heaven-lit, thanks to a 44,000 square foot dome of glass that functions as an atrium skylight. This is the Marriott chain’s 4,000th hotel, and it is my favorite so far.