Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

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Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
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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
Opening2008
OwnerRyman Hospitality Properties, Inc.
ManagementMarriott International
Technical details
Floor count19
Design and construction
ArchitectGensler
Other information
Number of rooms1996
Number of suites110
Number of restaurants3
Website
Gaylord National
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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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