After six years of planning, designing, and construction, Marriott International celebrated the opening of its global headquarters in downtown Bethesda, Maryland, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 19, 2022.
The 21-story, 785,000-square-foot building will be home to corporate associates supporting over 8,100 hotels in 139 countries and territories around the world. Marriott’s campus, which includes the new Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ hotel next door, will also serve as a global hub for research and development, featuring its Innovation and Design Lab, a premium test kitchen and beverage bar, as well as “model” hotel rooms in the adjacent Marriott hotel. It is here where new concepts, design elements, service approaches, and amenities will be tested for potential use across the company’s portfolio of 30 brands.
“Unveiling our new global headquarters is an exceptional way to celebrate our 95 years of culture and innovation,” says David Marriott, chair of the board for Marriott International. “This campus honors our storied history and roots in the local community, while showcasing Marriott’s exciting next chapter of growth as we remain dedicated to our purpose of connecting people through the power of travel.”