Supplier News: Marriott Makes Moves in Washington, Kenya
A big new renovation and a new Four Points hotel in Kenya from Marriott lead this week’s meetings industry supplier news.
Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles Updates Event Space
Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles just completed renovations of one of the largest meetings and event spaces in Fairfax, VA.
The renovation, which began in 2016, has transformed two-thirds of the property’s 60,000 sq. ft. of function space. Enhancements range from wall art to overhead lighting, as well as the space’s technology, according to Scott McClinton, the property’s general manager.
The renovated space now includes a lower and upper rotunda, three ballrooms, a second-floor promenade, and the West Lobby with doors that open onto a Sunset terrace. Two new small-group rooms with glass walls are situated near the ballrooms, providing spots to collaborate, conduct an interview, make a quick call or prep for a speech.
Local Maryland firm Architectural Interiors of Annapolis selected blue, cream, silver and gold as the palette for new carpeting, wall covering and furniture. Other design touches include crystal chandeliers, wall sconces and significant works of art.
The hotel’s main lobby has also been updated.
In 2016, the hotel also installed a customizable 15- by 10-ft. media wall in the lower rotunda and created The Studio, a high-tech boardroom with a touch-screen table, adaptive colored lighting and surround-sound conference call audio.
Located at 14750 Conference Center Drive in Chantilly, Virginia, on 26 acres, the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles has 336 guest rooms and 60,000 square feet of flexible event space, with catering. Attendees can also enjoy an array of wellness options on-site, such as indoor and outdoor fitness choices, dining options and smart televisions in every guest room.
Marriott Moves Into Kenya With New Four Points Hotel
Marriott International has opened its first property in Kenya with the opening of the new Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Hurlingham. Owned by Kamcan Properties Limited, the hotel is located in the upmarket suburb, close to the city center and within easy access from the surrounding business areas of Westlands, Kilimani and Nairobi Central as well as from the Kenyatta International Airport and the Wilson Airport.
Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi, Hurlingham has 96 guest rooms as well as food and beverage options including an all-day dining restaurant, a rooftop restaurant with city views and a bar and lounge where guests can experience the brand’s signature Best Brews program serving an array of local. Other hotel facilities include a fitness center, a rooftop pool and 8,500 square feet of flexible meeting spaces. The hotel also provides all of the brand’s defining elements, including the signature Four Points bed, free bottled water in all rooms and suites, fast and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and an energizing breakfast with fresh coffee that helps guests start and end the day right.
Marriott International is also currently developing a 365 room JW Marriott in Nairobi slated to open in 2020.
Globally Four Points by Sheraton continues to experience growth. In East Africa alone the brand is set to open three more hotels later this year with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport, Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salam and Four Points by Sheraton Arusha.
For more details log on to www.FourPoints.com/NairobiHurlingham