2021 | Business

Hotel in Bethesda switching from Marriott to Hilton’s Embassy Suites next year

Change is due to Marriott contract expiring, headquarters move

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The Bethesda Marriott Suites at 6711 Democracy Blvd. will become an Embassy Suites, part of Hilton, starting Feb. 1, according to the hospitality company that owns the building.

DiamondRock Hospitality Company has owned the building since 2004, Vice President for Asset Management Michael Ditterline told Bethesda Beat on Thursday.

Ditterline said the company’s contract with Marriott will end Jan. 31, at which point the hotel will become an Embassy Suites, and will be managed by Sage Hospitality Group.

The Bethesda Marriott Suites is adjacent to Marriott’s current corporate headquarters. The company is moving its headquarters to a new building in downtown Bethesda next year.

Ditterline said on Thursday that the timing made sense for the hotel to switch since DiamondRock’s contract with Marriott is ending and Marriott’s corporate headquarters is relocating.

“There will be no closure or disruption in service. All employees will stay employed. They’ll just change from Marriott to Embassy Suites,” he said.

Marty Roth, the general manager of the Bethesda Marriott Suites, wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat on Thursday that it is “working with the hotel owner and our valued employees to facilitate a smooth transition to the new operator.”

There are 16 Marriott hotels under various brand names in Montgomery County currently listed on the company’s website. Marriott is also scheduled to open a downtown Bethesda hotel in January adjacent to the new corporate headquarters.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com