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.

 

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 building’s restaurant, both of which are open to the public. A crosswalk on Woodmont Avenue provides safe, convenient access to Garage 11, 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.

 

Will Marriott International be using the entire office building?

The company plans to utilize the entire space of the office building for its associates.

 

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 exclusive 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 crosswalk on Woodmont Avenue provides safe, convenient access to Garage 11, located one block west of the campus at 7730 Woodmont Avenue.

 

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 the Marriott International relocation team’s legal, financial, and public relations needs.

 

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

Marriott Internationally has been a socially responsible corporate partner in Montgomery County, MD since the company first relocated to Bethesda in 1955. The company’s legacy of being an active and committed community partner has only grown with time, and that service continues through its many corporate social responsibility initiatives, which are driven by the company’s Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction platform and through local efforts like its Spirit to Serve Our Communities Day of Service, directly benefiting schools, charities, and other nonprofit organizations in Bethesda, Montgomery County, and the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Pedestrians benefit from improved connectivity around the new urban campus, including enhanced, tree-lined walkways surrounding the campus, as well as a 13,000 square foot outdoor pedestrian plaza, which provides an active, public thoroughfare between Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues. A crosswalk on Woodmont Avenue provides safe, convenient access to Garage 11, located one block west of the campus at 7730 Woodmont Avenue.

The community can also enjoy the many amenities offered by the new, full-service Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ hotel, featuring 244 rooms and more than 8,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting and ballroom space and offers access to a contemporary neighborhood restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with the option of outdoor dining on a pedestrian plaza, as well as a specialty coffee shop and café and a rooftop dining terrace.

 

What are other economic benefits of Marriott International for Montgomery County and the State of Maryland?

There are several estimates* of positive economic benefits to Montgomery County and the State of Maryland, both throughout construction and lasting long-term:

  • $2.3 billion in business activity within the first year of opening the new headquarters, spurred by supplier purchasing and economic activity from Marriott associates.
  • Continued spending with Maryland companies that support the hospitality industry; in 2016 alone, its supplier purchasing within the state was approximately $500 million.
  • Up to $1.8 billion in property, income, and sales tax revenue for local taxing districts over 20 years.
  • $2 million per year contributed to Bethesda’s parking district fund, thanks to Marriott’s agreement with Montgomery County for access to Garage 11.
  • Creating greater transit use and contributing to fares.
  • Adding an attractive addition to the Bethesda skyline as envisioned by county planners.
  • Building an environmentally friendly complex utilizing the latest green technology.

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.

*Source: Impact DataSource, September 2016

 

What financial incentives were offered by the State and County to Marriott International to remain in Maryland?

The State of Maryland offered financial incentives in the form of the $20 million Economic Development Opportunities Program Fund (known commonly as Sunny Day) conditional loan (10-year performance term); $2 million Maryland Economic Development Assistance and Authority Fund (MEDAAF) conditional loan; Estimated state corporate income tax credit of $6 million. Montgomery County offered financial incentives in the form of $22 million Montgomery County Economic Development Fund conditional grant (10-year performance term); Estimated real and personal property tax credit of $12 million.

 

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 finally realize that goal.

 

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

Marriott International has called Montgomery County, MD, home since 1955, and downtown Bethesda is a location that is true to the company’s roots. 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, which had limited access to public transportation, 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. The new location also offers immediate access to a vibrant, mixed-use urban community with endless amenities and lifestyle opportunities, including more than 200 restaurants, 500 retail shops and services, and 20 arts and entertainment venues. Downtown Bethesda it 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.

 


 

For Marriott Associates

 

When does the new headquarters and hotel open, and when will associates begin working there?

The new Marriott Hotel is currently anticipated to open early January, 2022. The new Marriott International Headquarters is currently anticipated to open mid-July, 2022, with a phased relocation of associates. More information about the relocation process will be communicated as the anticipated opening dates approach.

 

What are the benefits of the new headquarters and hotel for associates?

The new urban campus of the Marriott International Headquarters and Marriott Hotel in downtown Bethesda introduces several exciting benefits that will attract and retain top talent. 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, along with attractive and functional spaces that offer a balance between individual and collaborative work styles. It was also important to build an environmentally friendly complex incorporating the latest green building technologies and increased access to natural light.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of the new location in downtown Bethesda is its immediate access to a vibrant, mixed-use urban community with endless amenities and lifestyle opportunities, including more than 200 restaurants, 500 retail shops and services, and 20 arts and entertainment venues.

 

What amenities are available to associates?

The new headquarters building, as well as the outdoor pedestrian plaza, offers new opportunities for flexible, collaborative workspaces with state-of-the-art technology, but also an abundance of modern amenities available to Marriott International associates. These include:

  • A 13,000 square foot outdoor pedestrian plaza between the office and hotel buildings, connecting Wisconsin and Woodmont Avenues, with a combination of landscape and hardscape features, as well as patios for the office building’s coffee shop and the hotel building’s restaurant.
  • A 4,200 square foot coffee shop and pop-up space on the lobby floor, open to the public along the pedestrian plaza.
  • A 20,200 square foot cafeteria on the 2nd floor with seating for up to 460, including 350 indoor and 110 outdoor seats.
  • A 7,600 square foot fitness center on the 3rd floor, as well as bike parking, lockers, and shower facilities located on level P1.
  • A daycare center on the 3rd floor for up to 90 children, including 9 classrooms, and a 4,500 square foot covered outdoor playground with two separate age-group equipment sets.
  • A wellness center on the 3rd floor including 2 exam rooms, 2 meditation rooms, offices, and support spaces.
  • A lactation room on the 3rd floor with 8 stations.
  • An 11,700 square foot large multi-purpose meeting rooms and pre-function space on the 4th floor, with a capacity of approximately 200 people.
  • A 5,000 square foot communal Hub and Hot Spot on the 15th floor, together with the executive suite.
  • A 4,000 square foot meeting room and pre-function space on the 20th floor, with a capacity of approximately 120 people.
  • A 7,500 square foot outdoor landscaped rooftop terrace located on the 20th floor.
  • A 19,200 square foot Learning Center located on the top 21st floor.

 

What modes of transportation are available to associates?

The new, urban location offers a range of convenient transportation options for Marriott associates.

With several walking and biking opportunities within Bethesda’s urban core, Marriott associates are also encouraged to exercise alternate modes of transportation including public transportation. WalkScore.com calls this location a “walker’s paradise” with a score of 98 out of 100. On-site bicycle storage facilities are also available for associates. The new location also receives a good transit score thanks to the short walk to public transportation opportunities. Located less than two blocks from WMATA Bethesda Metro rail and bus station, and just minutes from the future Purple Line, along with the free Bethesda Circulator bus, Marriott associates can enjoy outstanding access to mass transit opportunities.

Parking for Marriott International associates is available on-site with a five-level, below-grade parking garage featuring spaces for 811 vehicles, which will be shared by the office building and the hotel. They will also have exclusive use of Montgomery County Garage 11 during weekday business hours (7 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET), located just one block to the west of the campus at 7730 Woodmont Avenue. A crosswalk on Woodmont Avenue provides safe, convenient access between the campus and the garage. Nearby, there are five additional Montgomery County parking facilities within walking distance of the campus, each with substantial available capacity.

 

Will associates have to pay to park?

Associates will not have to pay for parking options on-site and at County Garage 11 during weekday business hours (7 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET). Garage 11 will be open to the public after business hours during the week, on weekends, and on select federal holidays. Payment will be required in this garage, as well as all other County and privately-owned garages, during non-business hours.

 

Will associates receive subsidies for riding Metro?

Marriott International will offer a commuter benefit as it has in the past. Specific information is not yet available.

 

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.