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Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

901 Massachusetts Avenue NW · Washington, District Of Columbia 20001 USA

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Our Neighborhood

Tourists flock to Washington, DC every year to experience the city's well-known attractions and landmarks; but there is so much more to discover here, away from the crowds. The Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is in the vibrant Shaw neighborhood, steps away from high-end stores, exciting new restaurants and historic landmarks. Explore Shaw with us!


History of Shaw

The Shaw neighborhood is named after Union Army soldier and noted abolitionist Robert Gould Shaw. In the early 20th century, the neighborhood was one of the epicenters of African-American culture, with Langston Hughes and Duke Ellington among its residents. Today, Shaw enjoys a reputation as one of DC's coolest neighborhoods, where historic landmarks coexist with hot restaurants and attractions.

CityCenter DC

This magnificent complex offers something for everyone - from over two dozen upscale shops (think Burberry, Kate Spade and Louis Vuitton) to superb dining, a picturesque park and even sleek condominiums. It's 10 acres of modern luxury in the heart of downtown DC - and it's a short stroll from our hotel.

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Attractions in Shaw


African-American Civil War Memorial and Museum - Opened in 1998, this museum and memorial is dedicated to telling the history and honoring the legacy of African-American soldiers.

Howard Theatre - This beautifully designed theater is on the National Register of Historic Places; built in 1910 and renovated several times since, it once hosted legendary African-American performers including Duke Ellington, Pearl Bailey and Ella Fitzgerald.

9:30 Club - Just down the road, this world-famous concert venue hosts some of the music industry's best-known performers, as well as emerging talent.

Lincoln Theatre - A mainstay on what was once referred to as "Washington's Black Broadway", Lincoln Theatre opened in 1922 and showcased the talents of musicians including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. Other famous names that have performed at the venue include Sammy Davis, Jr., James Brown, Lena Horne, Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick. Lincoln Theatre has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Dunbar Theater - Until its closure in 1960, Dunbar Theater was one of the Shaw's premier destinations for live entertainment, as well as movies. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library - Recently renovated and boasting contemporary, light-filled design, this library features a full calendar of activities, and is a fun place to bring the kids.

Beyond Shaw

These attractions are a short distance away from our hotel and well worth visiting during your DC adventure.

National Mall - Arguably DC's main tourist attraction, the mall features landmarks including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials and many of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution.

National Geographic Museum - This informative museum offers fascinating photo displays, as well as rotating exhibits on scientific expeditions and explorations.

Smithsonian Museums - Comprised of 11 museums and galleries on the National Mall, plus six additional museums and the National Zoo, the Smithsonian Museums are free of charge and welcome 30 million visitors annually.

The White House - Home of the United States President, the White House is 55,000 square feet in size, and includes 132 rooms spread over six levels. The Visitor's Center is open daily.

Newseum - This interactive museum is dedicated to the history of news and offers a wide range of permanent and temporary exhibitions.

International Spy Museum - Located near Chinatown, this museum is dedicated to the history and contemporary role of espionage.

Chinatown - Historically home to a large population of Chinese immigrants, Chinatown features noteworthy landmarks including the Friendship Arch. It's also home to the Capital One Arena.

Capital One Arena - Home to hockey and basketball games, as well as concerts, the Capital One Arena is one of DC's most popular venues for sports and entertainment.



Long View Gallery - This hip art gallery offers monthly art exhibits and events.

FreshFarm CityCenterDC Market - Stop by this lunchtime farmers' market, held every Thursday from April 6 through Nov. 16.

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