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Marriott opened 4,000th hotel June 10 near its original soda stand in D.C.

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Marriott has grandly opened its 4,000th hotel, the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, near where the enterprise began with a nine-seat root beer stand 87 years ago.

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"It's fitting that our 4,000th hotel is located here in our nation's capital, because it's the birthplace of our company and represents the future of the Marriott Hotels brand," executive chairman J.W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr. said at the official opening.

The hotel, connected by underground passage to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, is near where founders J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott began an A&W Root Beer stand in 1927. The June 10 ribbon-cutting ceremony featured a root beer toast.

That night, hundreds of guests toasted with specialty cocktails and voted for their favorite one. And the winner is – The Virgin-gin, now served at the hotel bar.

Guests also feasted on sushi, oysters, Peking duck, gazpacho with pepperoni, soft shell crab corn dogs, chili, Mighty Mo burgers, and far more.

The gorgeous gorge previewed offerings of the hotel's five restaurants such as Anthem, which has a nine-seat counter honoring the original 1927 Marriott Hot Shoppe.

Guests also:

  • joined local muralist Aniekan Udofia in creating an artwork entitled "Traveling Brilliantly in Washington, DC"
  • listened to music spun by Washington native DJ Stylus
  • watched an aerial (pole) dance by Les Oiseaux Du Paradis (Birds of Paradise).

Paradise or not, the $520-million Marriott Marquis Washington, DC -- the fifth Marquis property -- has 1,175 rooms; a grand atrium lobby with a 44,000-square-foot glass ceiling; more than 105,000 square feet of meeting space; and a two-level fitness center.

Another historical note -- the original Samuel Gompers' AFL-CIO union headquarters ("Plumbers Building") is integrated within The Dignitary lounge.

For more info: Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, www.dcmarquis.com, 901 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C., 202-824-9200 or 1-888-236-2427.

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