Celebrating Twin Bridges' Anniversary

January 16, 2019

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Today marks the 62nd anniversary of Marriott’s shift from the restaurant business to the hotel industry. On this date, January 16, 1957, my parents cut the ribbon on the Twin Bridges Motor Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. See photo above.

We were in a hurry to accommodate all the crowds coming to Washington, D.C., for the second inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

I talked my dad into letting me manage Twin Bridges. I was 26 years old at the time, with no experience in the hotel business. My dad worried because I had never run a hotel before. I told him, “No one else around here has either. Let’s roll the dice.”

It worked out okay. We now have more than 6,700 hotels spanning the globe and 30 brands.

Twin Bridges closed in 1988.

It is gone but not forgotten.

I'm Bill Marriott and thank you for helping me keep Marriott on the Move.

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