SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

August 23, 2011 12:10 ET

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel Named Official Headquarters Hotel of the Nation's Football Classic

This Downtown Washington, DC Luxury Hotel Is Offering Discounted Rooms for the September 10, 2011 Football Classic

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Aug 23, 2011) - The Nation's Football Classic has partnered with the Marriott International Hotels of Washington, DC to offer accommodations as the "Official Hotels" for the opening game of the Nation's Football Classic. The Nation's Football Classic will start on September 10, 2011 and sports fans can watch the teams compete for glory and find convenient accommodations at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, Marriott at Metro Center, JW Marriott Washington, DC, and several other luxury hotels in downtown Washington, DC and the surrounding area.

The inaugural game for the Nation's Football Classic is set for September 10, 2011 where D.C.'s Howard University will square off against Atlanta's Morehouse College at the RFK stadium. The Nation's Football Classic is all about highlighting, celebrating and honoring the passion, tradition and heritage of the college football experience and features teams from historically black colleges and universities.

As part of the partnership agreement, the Marriott branded properties along with the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel will serve as the headquarters hotels and will be home to the participating teams, league officials, staff, sponsors and special guests during the Nation's Football Classic™ weekend events. The JW Marriott Washington, DC and one of the premier downtown Washington, DC luxury hotels, the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown will serve as the team hotels. The Renaissance hotel will also host the official Welcome, President's and Alumni Network Receptions.

With the special rates that will be available on a selected number of rooms at these hotels, fans, alumni and visitors who want to enjoy the weekend of events can take advantage of the $139 per night rate at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown hotel and the Marriott Metro Center hotel. Travelers who want to stay at the Courtyard by Marriott-Embassy Row can take advantage of the hotel's $129 nightly rate while fans staying at the US-Capitol can enjoy the $119 nightly rate.

Conveniently located between Capitol Hill and the White House, the Renaissance Downtown Washington, DC hotel will offer travelers convenient accommodations among the Verizon Center hotels. Guests who choose to stay at this hotel are sure to enjoy the top-notch accommodations in DC as well as world-class amenities, including free high-speed Internet access, the luxurious Vida Fitness Center and the Aura Spa. Guest will also experience the profound comfort in guestrooms with plush and spacious desks that make the perfect work area.

Additionally, since the hotel is one of the top hotels near Verizon Center, guests will enjoy the hotel's convenient location to many of the areas nearby shops, restaurants and attractions. This includes attractions like the International Spy Museum, the Smithsonian Institute and Air & Space Museum, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Guests of the Renaissance Downtown Washington, DC hotel will also have 64,000 square feet of flexible meeting space that can be customized all types of events.

2011 Nation's Football Classic™ Schedule of Events
Friday, September 9, 2011 ~ UNCF HBCU Empower Me Tour, Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Friday, September 9, 2011~ Nation's Football Classic™ Step Show, DC Armory
Saturday, September 10, 2011 ~ Fan Festival, RFK Stadium Festival Grounds
Saturday, September 10, 2011 ~ Nation's Football Classic,™ RFK Stadium

*For additional Marriott properties and reservations, please call 1-800-MARRIOTT and ask for the Nation's Football Classic room block or visit

About the Renaissance Downtown Washington, DC Hotel
As one of the leading hotels near Verizon Center, Washington DC; the Renaissance Downtown Washington, DC hotel will let guests feel at home and at ease. This stylish hotel features guest rooms that are well furnished and a full array of first class amenities that are sure to meet the comfort level of any guest. The Renaissance Downtown Washington, DC hotel's onsite restaurants, bars, and luxury fitness center and spa combined with its outstanding meeting facilities, and convenient location are sure to provide travelers with the flexibility and convenience they seek when visiting Washington DC.

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