The Marriott Marquis is huge. Covering nearly a city block, the relatively new luxury hotel contains an enormous, several-tier lobby beneath a light-filled atrium, multiple restaurants and bars, two ballrooms, and a whopping 1,175 guest rooms (and 49 suites). Conventioneers are probably the most comfortable here, with its state-of-the-art technology, excellent business amenities, tons of event space, and direct underground connection to the adjacent Walter E. Washington Convention Center. That said, its central downtown location makes it convenient for anyone visiting the city’s major museums and monuments.
The stylish, clean, updated rooms are standard Marriott fare in beige-brown tones with blue accents, with large work desks, premium bedding, smart TVs, plug-in tech panels, in-room refrigerators and coffee/tea makers. Guests have their choice of standard rooms, spacious suites, and M Club rooms with additional amenities.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Book a higher room for impressive views. Also, some rooms face the atrium and may feel less private than you would like (keep your drapes closed).
The clean, fresh bathrooms include shower/tub combos.
A bold central sculpture (called The Birth of the American Flag) overlooks the stunning, grandiose lobby (which Marriott dubs a Greatroom lobby), an enormous space on several levels featuring a staircase to the terrace level, a gleaming white marble floor, a glass-enclosed firepit and lots of seating and tables to gather (along with free Wi-Fi and plenty of USB ports and outlets). Above, a 44,000-square-foot glass ceiling allows beautiful natural lighting throughout.
There is no swimming pool.
There is no spa.
The 8,000-square-foot, bi-level, 24-hour fitness center offers state-of-the-art equipment for cardio, core, and strength training.
Anthem offers a casual Hot Shoppes diner experience, with a focus on breakfast; it takes its cue from the original family restaurant created by Marriott in the 1920s. Arroz by Mike Isabella showcases Spanish and North African fare by one of the city’s hottest chefs.
The Marriott Marquis is across the street from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, with Penn Quarter’s buzzy restaurants and bars and the Capital One Arena within easy walking distance; major sites and monuments on the National Mall are a quick taxi ride away (though on a pleasant day, it's an enjoyable stroll). Your best bet for public transportation is the Metro, with the Metro Center metro station just six blocks away.
Momofuku CCDC (6-min walk) is celebrity chef David Chang’s popular DC version of his noodle empire, featuring buns (pork, brisket, shrimp, shitake mushroom), snacks (pork jerky, Old Bay pork rinds), and his famous ramen; weekend brunch includes bottomless Bellinis. Check out its sister bakery, Milk Bar, serving the likes of crack pie, compost cookie, and birthday cake truffles. Brasserie Beck (4-min walk) is a popular bistro-style go-to serving Belgian-inspired cuisine by two renowned DC chefs complemented by a long list of Belgian brews.
Denson Liquor Bar (13-min walk) is a subterranean watering hole in a beautiful art-deco space offering classic cocktails. Or, if it's a wine kind of day, Proof (9-min walk) is a stylish wine bar popular among local foodies and oenophiles.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If we're attending a conference, there's no more convenient place than this airy, light-filled, enormous property just across the street (or via the underground concourse) from the convention center. The expansive lobby is super comfortable, a place where you could find a perch and stay all day.