Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

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Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
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General information
Location National Harbor, Maryland, U.S.
Coordinates 38°46′54.5″N 77°0′59.5″W / 38.781806°N 77.016528°W / 38.781806; -77.016528
Opening 2008
Owner Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.
Management Marriott International
Technical details
Floor count 19
Design and construction
Architect Gensler
Other information
Number of rooms 2000
Number of suites 110
Number of restaurants 4
Website
Gaylord National
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Gaylord National Convention Center hallway view toward the Potomac River

The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is a large hotel and convention center located in National Harbor, in the U.S. state of Maryland.[2] It is owned by Gaylord Hotels, a division of Ryman Hospitality Properties (formerly known as Gaylord Entertainment Company), and operated by Marriott International. The hotel, located in the Oxon Hill community in Prince George's County, Maryland, opened April 1, 2008, serving as the anchor of a new mixed-use (office, residential, and retail) development in National Harbor.[3] It is the largest non-gaming hotel and convention center on the East Coast of the United States.[4] It cost $870 million to build.[5]

Pool lounging area with National Harbor buildings in the background

The hotel is situated along the shores of the Potomac River, downriver from Washington, D.C., and across the river from Alexandria, Virginia. The center was originally named the "Gaylord Potomac Resort & Convention Center"; the name was changed in the planning stage.

The hotel contains 2,000 guest rooms, 478,000 square feet (44,400 m2) of meeting space, seven restaurants, and a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) spa. It employs 2,000 people. It features a 19-story glass atrium with views of the Potomac River.[5]

It had over 1.3 million room nights booked before its grand opening on April 1, 2008. Other adjacent hotels and facilities are currently being constructed.[6]

The convention center hosted the 2011 Republican National Committee Winter Meeting, at which the 2011 Republican National Committee chairmanship election took place.[7] It also hosts Katsucon, a celebration of Japanese Anime. The Gaylord has also hosted MAGFest, a yearly festival celebrating video games, their music, and culture, since 2012.[8] The annual Scripps National Spelling Bee has been held at the Gaylord since 2011. In 2014, the Gaylord hosted the 36th annual Technology Student Association National Conference.[9]

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