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Gaithersburg, MD Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 14
Total Sleeping Rooms 2,443
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $200
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $71
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $654

Gaithersburg, MD Meeting Planning Overview

Gaithersburg, MD is located in Montgomery County's technology corridor, which includes major employers like the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, Sodexo, IBM, Lockheed Martin and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. These businesses make Gaithersburg venues popular for corresponding business events and meetings.

Bordered by the populous DC suburbs of Bethesda and Rockville, hotels in the area are well-versed at hosting meetings and events of all shapes and sizes. Guests can enjoy the historic sites of Washington, DC and return to the serenity of Maryland's countryside.

Gaithersburg is known most notably for its Washingtonian Waterfront along Lake Rio. A collection of restaurants, retail and specialty shops, bars and hotels line the waterfront, along with a Sport & Health Club and an AMC Theatre. There is also a path encircling the lake; guests attending meetings at one of the many waterfront hotels (mostly Marriott-owned) can be seen jogging around the lake or enjoying a business lunch on the "boardwalk" during warmer months. Pedal boats are available for rent during the summer season and mostly on weekends. Friday-night concerts on the boardwalk entertain visitors and locals alike.

The hotel venues in Gaithersburg can accommodate the needs of any group. The Gaithersburg Marriott is situated on the Lake Rio waterfront with 9,000 square feet of meeting space and just under 284 hotel rooms. Its six-sectioned ballroom make this hotel ideal for anything from town hall meetings to smaller training seminars, complete with complimentary shuttle service to the nearest metro rail stop and local companies. The Gaithersburg Hilton offers stylish pre-function space and the latest in boardroom technology.

Many neighborhoods in the west side of Gaithersburg were designed to be "new urbanist," a design technique that promotes walkable communities. The neighborhoods include the Kentlands and Lakewood Communities, with Crown Farm, Watkins Mill and the massive "Science City" still under construction. With this construction will also come a state railway, "Corridor Cities Transitway," which will originate at DC's Shady Grove Metro stop and link 8 high-density Gaithersburg neighborhoods. The Shady Grove Metro stop being the last and northernmost stop on the red line, this transitway will greatly increase the accessibility of the area.

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