SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

August 19, 2014 16:23 ET

Hotels in Bethesda, MD Offer a Package Designed to Let Visitors See D.C. #LikeALocal

Travelers Bypass the Tourist Traps to Experience the District Like the Locals Do

BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwired - Aug 19, 2014) - Located northwest of Washington, D.C., Bethesda is one of those places that attracts sightseers bound for the District, conferences that want world-class service without the chaos of a downtown metropolis and modern-day explorers who are eager to see the museums, shops and restaurants located right in Bethesda proper. But no matter what brings visitors to town, Marriott has the solution to the age-old question of what to do: The Weekend #LikeALocal package.

Available at select North Bethesda hotels through September 7, 2014, the Weekend #LikeALocal package treats guests to breakfast for two, free Wi-Fi, late check-out (when available) and a $20 credit to Uber, the service that connects local drivers with riders through a special app. (The Uber credit applies to new users only).

Guests can also try their luck in the WEEKEND #LikeALocal Sweepstakes. The contest is offering a two-night stay in the D.C. area along with a $50 Uber credit. 

Travelers have their choice of three premier Marriott hotels near Chevy Chase, MD for the package. They include:
 

  • Bethesda Marriott: Situated just two miles from downtown Bethesda, this hotel provides free shuttle service to the downtown's restaurants, galleries and boutiques, not to mention well-appointed guest rooms and suites.
  • Bethesda Marriott Suites: With some of the largest guest rooms in the county, this all-suite hotel is ideal for groups or families who like a little extra space. Plus its free shuttle service to the Metro and other local destinations makes sightseeing a breeze.
  • Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center: This property may be known as one of the most accommodating conference hotels near the National Institutes of Health, but its luxury bedding, upgraded bath amenities, tech-friendly features and 24-hour fitness center make it a relaxing vacation destination as well.

All three Bethesda hotels are near the Metro, which means guests can effortlessly hop on the Red Line and arrive directly into downtown Washington, D.C. But the capital's landmarks and museums aren't the only things to attract visitors. Here are a few places where locals love to shop, eat and work out.

SHOP #LikeALocal: Bethesda Row
While this upscale, mixed-use development includes residences and office space, visitors come to shop with the locals at the exciting mix of open-air boutiques and stores. Specialties include fashion, fine art, jewelry, home goods and much more. Plus restaurants, movies and a range of salon/spa services mean guests can stay busy well into the evening.

EAT #LikeALocal: Cava Grill, Jaleo and Bethesda Bagels
Eating in Bethesda means eating well. Locals love starting the day with Bethesda Bagels' artisan offerings, for example, and following it up with a savory lunch at Cava Grill. Serving tasty, healthy and fast versions of the food that made Cava one of D.C.'s best restaurants, Cava Grill is an ideal precursor to dinner at Jaleo. There, renowned chef Jose Andres has made tapas a household word -- and a go-to meal option -- with his exciting recipes and multiple locations.

LIVE #LikeALocal: Strathmore
Occupying 11 acres in North Bethesda, Strathmore hosts musical performances (including folk, rock, pop, R&B, classical and more), literary lectures, comedic shows, a sculpture garden and even afternoon tea. With an emphasis on quality and diversity, this multi-disciplinary arts venue has something for every taste.

WORK OUT #LikeALocal: Capital Crescent Trail
Formerly an 11-mile rail bed of the B&O Railroad, the Capital Crescent Trail is now an off-road trail frequented by walkers, joggers, bikers and Rollerbladers. The seven-mile stretch between Bethesda and Georgetown features a hard-surface trail that is pretty enough to encourage everyone to take the scenic route.

Guests have their choice from 17 different properties in the area. Each one is located in one of the District's vibrant neighborhoods and is uniquely tailored to fit a traveler's own style. Yet each property also provides the superior level of accommodations, service and amenities guests expect.

For a list of participating Marriott Hotels' information or for reservations, please call 1-888-812-1132, or visit www.MarriottHotelsDCWeekendLikeALocal.com. Refer to promotional code #3MA. Rates are per room and exclude tax and gratuities. Offer valid Friday through Sunday. Terms and conditions apply.

About the Bethesda Marriott
Few hotels can offer the winning combination of location and service that travelers encounter at the Bethesda Marriott. If they arrive for work, the hotel boasts 18,500 square feet of state-of-the-art event space to make meetings both inspiring and productive. And if they come to explore the shops, galleries and landmarks of downtown Bethesda and Washington, D.C., they'll find themselves conveniently situated to do so. Factor in the attentive service, contemporary style and innovative spaces, and guests just might have a hard time leaving the hotel to do whatever it is they came to do.

About the Bethesda Marriott Suites
Travelers arriving at the Bethesda Marriott Suites find spacious, suite-style accommodations ideal for extended stays, family vacations or luxurious escapes. Offering 272 guest rooms with living rooms, king-size beds and tech-friendly features, the hotel's location puts visitors close to businesses, the National Zoo and other attractions like shopping and dining. On property, guests can stay active with the fitness center and indoor-outdoor connecting pool and enjoy exceptional dining at Democracy Grille. Additionally, the hotel offers 5,000 square feet of renovated meeting space, dedicated event managers and on-site A/V services for conferences that flawless and productive.

About the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Welcoming Washington, D.C.-area guests with stylish spaces, attentive service and lavish amenities, the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center is a premier destination. Featuring services to meet the travel needs of business and leisure guests alike, the hotel is fully equipped with nearly 50,000 square feet of high-tech function space ideal for hosting all types of events, while offering well-appointed guest rooms, concierge-level accommodations, a heated outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. All guest rooms include plush bedding ensembles and Plug-in panels for the ultimate in comfort and convenience.

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