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Washington, D.C. Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 196
Total Sleeping Rooms 36,120
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,175
Committable Meeting Rooms* 80
Convention Center Space 2,200,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 703,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 473,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $250
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $69
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $261
*Maximum for a single hotel

Meeting Planning in Washington, D.C.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

There is no place like Washington, D.C. and no meeting facility or convention space like the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. With 2.3 million square feet of meeting space, the center attracts a whopping 2.5 million visitors every year. This impressive events facility in the nation's capital boasts an impressive list of prestigious events, including five of the 10 official inaugural balls for President Barack Obama in 2009 and both of the inaugural balls in 2013.

Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., the Washington Convention Center facility opened in 2003 and has ushered in unparalleled residential and commercial development for the area. The original structure was erected in 1874, just two blocks away from the current site. In its first year of operation alone, the new facility hosted nearly one million visitors and generated $426.5 million in delegate spending. The facility also holds a Guinness World Record for hosting the largest sit-down dinner, a 2009 affair for 16,206 guests.

The convention center's range of event spaces includes 77 breakout rooms and the largest ballroom in the region at 52,000 square feet. Combined, its three concourse-level exhibit halls have 473,000 square feet of usable space. Level two halls have 230,000 square feet of contiguous square feet, or room for 1,000 10'x10' booths.

In 2014, the new 14-story Washington Marriott Marquis opened. This $520-million, 1,175-room convention center hotel is includes 100,000 square feet of meeting space with an underground passage to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Other Convention Centers in Washington, D.C.

Name Address Total Meeting Space
Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center
Chantilly, Virginia 20153
100,000 Sq. Ft.

Washington, D.C. Meeting Venue Spotlight

Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Convention Center

The Embassy Suites Washington, D.C. Convention Center Hotel lies between the White House and the US Capitol in downtown Washington, D.C. and draws both leisure and business travelers. Each suite at the Embassy Suites Washington, D.C. Convention Center Hotel is beautifully decorated with a personal chamber and sitting room. The Embassy Suites is a full-service upscale all-suite hotel and walking distance from many businesses, government offices, and Washington, D.C. attractions.

Nestled between historical Georgetown and Dupont Circle, only three blocks from the Metro, this hotel is a quick Metro ride away from many Washington, D.C. attractions. Guests of the Embassy Suites Washington, D.C. Convention Center receive a complimentary breakfast. High-speed Internet access is available throughout the hotel.

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

5701 Marinelli Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20852
Total Meeting Space - 50,000 Sq. Ft.

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004
Total Meeting Space - 310,000 Sq. Ft.

Clyde's of Gallery Place

Clyde's of Gallery Place opened in 2005 in the heart of Washington's Chinatown and quickly became a favorite for Shakespeare and Ford's theatergoers, Verizon Center players and fans, residents, and tourists alike. At Clyde’s of Gallery Place, there is a menu for every palate and show time.

The grand Victorian saloon recalls Hong Kong's Empire-era opulence and celebrates the sporting life in an impressive collection of bronze sculpture and oil paintings. The two-level restaurant comprises three bars, five dining rooms, a private dining room, and Clyde’s on the Walk for carryout.

Park Hyatt Washington, D.C.

Experience unrivaled luxury and service complemented by the warmth of American heritage at the redesigned Park Hyatt Washington. A few blocks from Georgetown and minutes from shopping, Embassy Row, national monuments, the Smithsonian, and The Kennedy Center, the Tony Chi-designed Washington, D.C. hotel offers guests uncompromising comfort with modern amenities. Relax in the largest deluxe rooms in downtown Washington, D.C. Awaken your senses at the Blue Duck Tavern, an award-winning restaurant featuring modern design, an elegant wine cellar, and fresh regional cuisine.

Park Hyatt Washington offers flexible meeting and event space as well as five private boardrooms ideal for smaller functions. Two levels and 12,000 square feet of sophisticated yet understated elegance offer guests a distinctive setting for any occasion. Dedicated meeting professionals offering personalized service ensure the success of every event. The hotel is equipped to accommodate requests for high-speed Internet connections and modern audiovisual capabilities. Events at Park Hyatt Washington are catered with seasonal recipes and dishes from celebrated chef Brian McBride.

The Henley Park Hotel

A classic name in downtown Washington, D.C. hotels and a prestigious member of Historic Hotels of America, the Henley Park Hotel was originally an apartment building named Tudor Hall, a stately residence favored by many senators, congressmen, and other notables of Washington society. Choose from 96 fine guest rooms and suites – each a showcase of understated luxury, English style décor, and contemporary amenities. Enjoy convenient access to the DC Convention Center, the White House, the Smithsonian, and other nearby attractions.

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