Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

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Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
General information
LocationNational Harbor, Maryland, U.S.
Coordinates38°46′54.5″N 77°0′59.5″W / 38.781806°N 77.016528°W / 38.781806; -77.016528
OwnerRyman Hospitality Properties, Inc.
ManagementMarriott International
Technical details
Floor count19
Design and construction
Other information
Number of rooms1996
Number of suites110
Number of restaurants3
Gaylord National

The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is a hotel and convention center located at National Harbor, in the city of Oxon Hill, Prince George's County, in the U.S. state of Maryland.[2] The hotel is situated along the shores of the Potomac, downriver from Washington, D.C., and across the river from Alexandria, Virginia. 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 opened April 1, 2008, as part 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 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, 95 event rooms, 537,430 square feet (49,929 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 formal 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]. In 2016, the hotel also hosted the MLB Winter Meetings. In 2019, the hotel will host the 41st annual Technology Student Association National Conference.[10].

Some departments within the property are represented by different trade unions, the largest being Local 25 of the Unite Here! trade organization.

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