News for the Hospitality Executive
ARLINGTON, Va., July 23, 2012-- The Crystal City Marriott, a 343-room hotel, officially unveiled its completed seven million dollar redesign, an investment by the hotel's owners, Vornado Realty Trust and manager, Marriott International, making it a new destination for meetings, business and leisure travel to the Washington, DC area.
The most remarkable of the hotel's new amenities is the new, reinvented Marriott Hotels & Resorts Greatroom. The new space re-concept includes seating with LCD televisions throughout, semi-private seating nooks for working/socializing, social communal tables, some featuring state-of-the-art Apple Mac desktop computers and the Bell20 restaurant and bar. The Greatroom easily transitions from day to night while creating a sophisticated yet relaxing ambiance that fosters relaxation, work, and informal meetings and social gatherings. The Greatroom's centerpiece is Bell20's bar which offers a refreshing cocktail menu, over 30 bottled beers, wines by the glass and a number of hand-crafted local brews from Port City Brewing Company in Alexandria, Va.
Cauhaus Design, an architectural design firm in Frederick, Md., replaced the dark old world style lobby with a new look that blends nature's elements with modern technology. Cauhaus Design used visually stimulating details such as textured walls, warm earth tones, marble floors, leather chairs, and natural materials including stone, reclaimed wood communal tables and planks on the walls. Other recycled materials such as natural tile accents, recycled 55 gallon drums, and hammered metals are used as artwork throughout the transformed space.
"Our guests are thrilled with the renovation," says Scott McClinton, general manager of the Crystal City Marriott. "We know our guests want style and sophistication without sacrificing comfort and we designed this Greatroom to meet the needs of today's traveler whether they are working, playing or doing a little of both."
The renovation represents the new standard for Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International, Inc.'s signature brand, with more than 500 hotels in 60 countries. It offers all the amenities and services guests need for a successful trip: warm, genuine service; stylish yet functional guest rooms; lobbies that facilitate connections between people and places; a restaurant serving cuisine prepared simply, from the freshest ingredients; meeting and event spaces with services that are gold standard; as well as expansive, 24-hour fitness facilities.
The Crystal City Marriott's enhancement project includes:
About Marriott Hotels & Resorts:
Marriott Hotels & Resorts continues to inspire and provide a balanced life on the road for discerning and high-achieving business and leisure travelers, offering warm, professional service; sophisticated yet functional guest room design; lobby spaces that facilitate working, dining and socializing; restaurants and bars serving international cuisine prepared simply and from the freshest ingredients; meeting and event spaces and services that are gold standard; and expansive, 24-hour fitness facilities. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.
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Mark Indre of Crystal City Marriott
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