Newest Marriott Opens at National Harbor

By Anita Huslin

Five scissor snips to a long red ribbon, and the Washington region's newest Marriott hotel officially opened yesterday in Prince George's County.

The 160-room Residence Inn by Marriott National Harbor was built by a partnership of African American businessmen that includes Thomas A. Moorehead, chairman of BMW/MINI of Sterling, and Los Angeles developer and financier Kenneth Fearn, who owns nine other Marriott properties.

"It's really a neat area with lots of restaurants and shops close by," Chairman Bill Marriott says on his blog of the National Harbor development on the Potomac River. Marriott noted that his parents liked to open their Hot Shoppes root beer stands near bridges in the District. The first was near the foot of the 14th Street Bridge; they put another near Key Bridge.

The newest Marriott ups the location game a bit, being anchored in a development project that has its own Beltway exit just off the Wilson Bridge. Catering to the "marathon traveler," Marriott says, it will go beyond suites with kitchens and offer a little workday diversion at its restaurant/bar and throw evening socials for guests.

Norm Jenkins, senior vice president of North American Lodging Development for Marriott, said the hotel is the latest of about 30 minority- and women-owned hotels open or under development in the Washington-Baltimore area.

Even with the current state of the economy and the company's focus on developing properties overseas, Marriott says, "There'll be more right around here. It's a good area."

By Terri Rupar  |  September 19, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  | Category:  Hospitality , Marriott International Corp.
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As a Prince George's Country resident I say, awesome. granted, there's not going to be much spin off to the rest of the county, but this is exactly the kind of thing we've been looking for. Sounds like it will be a perfectly lovely business hotel.

Posted by: EricS | September 19, 2008 12:11 PM

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