FAQs

For the General Public

Where is the new headquarters?

The new Marriott International Headquarters campus is located at 7750 Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda, MD. The campus spans approximately 2.25 acres between Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues, with Norfolk Avenue at its northern boundary. The adjacent hotel, Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ, is situated just south of the new headquarters building. There is a public plaza between the two buildings connecting Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues.

 

What does the new Marriott International Headquarters campus include?

The new Marriott International Headquarters campus includes a 22-story (21 plus mezzanine), 785,000 gross square-foot office building and an adjacent 12-story, 244-room Marriott hotel, Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ. Tree-lined walkways surround the campus, connected by a 13,000 square foot outdoor pedestrian plaza, which spans between the office and hotel buildings and provides an active, public connection between Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues, as well as patios for the office building’s coffee shop and the hotel restaurant, both of which are open to the public. A crosswalk on Woodmont Avenue provides safe, convenient access to Garage 11, a public lot located one block west of the campus at 7730 Woodmont Avenue. A five-level, below-grade parking garage features spaces for 811 vehicles. The garage connects to both the hotel and headquarters building.  There will be a daycare pick-up/drop-off area in the garage underneath the building. Marriott will employ a loading dock manager who will be situated at the dock to manage trucks and deliveries and prevent traffic blockages.

 

What does the new Marriott Hotel include?

The new Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ hotel stands 12-stories tall, adjacent to the new Marriott International Headquarters office building. The full-service hotel features 244 rooms and more than 8,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting and ballroom space and offers guests (as well as the public) access to amenities including a contemporary neighborhood restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with the option of outdoor dining on a pedestrian plaza, a specialty coffee shop and café, and a rooftop dining terrace.

 

Where will Marriott International associates park?

Parking for Marriott International associates is available on-site with a five-level, below-grade parking garage featuring spaces for 811 vehicles. The garage connects to both the hotel and headquarters building, and vehicle entrances are located on both Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues.

In addition, under the terms of an agreement with Montgomery County, Marriott International associates will have use of County Garage 11 during weekday business hours (7 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET). However, Garage 11 will remain open for public use outside of normal business hours, during the evenings, throughout weekends, and on select federal holidays. A mid-block signalized crosswalk on Woodmont Avenue provides safe, convenient access to Garage 11, located one block west of the campus at 7730 Woodmont Avenue.

It is too early to know precise usage of Garage 11 by Marriott associates and we remain connected with Montgomery County regarding the public garage.

 

Who owns the new Marriott International Headquarters and Marriott Hotel?

Marriott International does not own the new Marriott International Headquarters or the adjacent hotel. The Bernstein Companies and Boston Properties are joint venture owners of the land and jointly developed and own the office building. The Bernstein Companies exclusively developed and own the adjacent hotel. Additional team members include JLL, who served as Marriott’s real estate advisor for the site selection and negotiation process. Gensler, a global design firm and workplace strategy partner, was the project architect of record. Hensel Phelps was the project’s general contractor for construction of the building’s core structure, while rand* Construction was the project’s general contractor for the building’s interior. Several additional consulting firms assisted Marriott International’s relocation team’s legal, financial, and public relations needs.

 

How does the company’s presence in downtown Bethesda benefit the community?

Marriott associates, headquarters visitors and hotel guests will have a significant impact on the Bethesda community by catalyzing business to the more than 200 restaurants, 700 retail shops and services, and 20 arts and entertainment venues.

In addition, Marriott strives to make a positive and sustainable impact wherever it does business. Driven by its global sustainability and social impact strategy, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, Marriott engages in partnerships and programs that aim to make its communities better places to live, work, and visit.  This is especially true in Montgomery County, which Marriott has called home since it first relocated to Bethesda in 1955. Through volunteerism and cash and in-kind donations, Marriott works with vital nonprofit organizations that serve the local community, such as Bethesda Cares, Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland, Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School Education Foundation, Manna Food Center, and the Capital Area Food Bank. Most recently, the company received the 2021 Citizenship Award from the Washington Business Journal for its work with the Capital Area Food Bank to increase the fight against food insecurity during the pandemic.  

Many of the company’s associates and senior executives make their home in Bethesda and the surrounding communities, and as local neighbors, they and their families dine at local restaurants and patronize the local businesses, and attend local schools, while many more are involved in every facet of civic life and community service. With so many Marriott International associates calling Bethesda home, the company is firmly rooted in every part of our community and will be for generations to come.

 

Why did Marriott International want to move from its former headquarters?

The company was in its former headquarters in a suburban office park along Fernwood Road in Bethesda since 1979. In recent decades, the company has grown exponentially. Following its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in September 2016, Marriott’s portfolio grew to 30+ leading hotel brands spanning 138 countries and territories with more than 550,000 individuals wearing the Marriott badge worldwide. As Marriott strives to be the world’s favorite travel company, it needs a headquarters that empowers and enables its associates to accomplish this global mission.

Today, Marriott International continues that legacy as the company moves to downtown Bethesda and finally realizes its vision for an urban campus. From the beginning of the relocation process, the company’s goal has been to propel its future success by providing associates with a modern, cutting-edge workplace that incorporates state-of-the-art technology and amenities, providing attractive and functional space that will help attract and retain top talent. Relocating to a new, urban environment was essential to realize that goal.

 

Why did Marriott International choose downtown Bethesda as the site of its new headquarters?

Marriott International was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1927 and its headquarters has been in Montgomery County, MD, since 1955. Even with its global presence and diverse associates, the company recognizes how important Bethesda has been to its corporate history and how impactful having a headquarters in downtown Bethesda can be to attract and retain top talent.

Unlike Marriott International’s former headquarters located in a suburban office park nearby, the new urban campus in downtown Bethesda introduces several exciting benefits for its headquarters associates and hotel guests alike. Located in the heart of the Bethesda Central Business District, just a short walk to the Bethesda Metro station and adjacent to ample parking options, associates and guests now have a range of convenient transportation options. Compared to our location on Fernwood Road, which has limited access to public transportation, the new headquarters complex will offer a range of options, from rail and bus to walking and biking. Our goal is to encourage many of our associates who currently drive to work to use other methods of transportation for their daily commutes.

The new location also offers immediate access to a vibrant, mixed-use urban community with endless amenities and lifestyle opportunities, including nearly 200 restaurants, 700 retail shops and services, and 20 arts and entertainment venues. Downtown Bethesda is the perfect place for Marriott International and its associates to continue its work as the world’s leading and largest hospitality company for generations to come.

 

Does the new Marriott International headquarters fit into the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan?

Yes. The Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan was approved and adopted on May 25, 2017 by the Montgomery County Council. As part of its development process, the new Marriott International headquarters and adjacent Marriott Hotel was required to undergo the same approval process as any other development project.

 

What if I have another question?

For any questions about the new Marriott International Headquarters or Marriott Hotel, please visit MHQBethesda.com. There you can learn about the development of the new urban campus and sign up to receive email updates. For all questions about development and construction, please visit our Developer’s page.

You may also contact us at questions@mhqbethesda.com, or call (240) 514-7831 to leave a voicemail message, and we’ll get back to you within one business day.