Celebrating Fairfield by Marriott’s 1,000th Hotel

April 25, 2019
JWM Jr ca1980 at Fairfield ranch_500x400
Fairfield by Marriott was inspired by my family’s weekend retreat – a cattle ranch called the Fairfield Farm in Hume, VA.

Fairfield by Marriott announced today the opening of its 1,000th hotel location: the Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites Denver Tech Center North.

It’s the second Marriott International brand to reach this milestone out of the 30 brands we have in our portfolio. Courtyard by Marriott was the first.

I’ve always loved the Fairfield brand, and not just because it’s a great value for guests. The brand was inspired by my family’s weekend retreat – the Fairfield Farm in Hume, VA. My parents, J.W. and Alice Marriott, bought the farm in 1951. It was a place we’d go as a family to escape the noise of the city, to reflect on the beauty of nature, and to spend quality time together. The Fairfield brand today embraces that same calming sensibility of warm hospitality and treating our guests like they’re family.In the 1960s and ‘70s, when the company was much smaller, we would host company picnics at the farm. We’re too big for that now but people can still visit.

Fairfield Farm entrance sign with Jeep
Fairfield Farm was a place we’d go as a family to escape the noise of the city.

Back when my children were young, my parents would take them to the farm at least once a month. It’s a working cattle ranch, with Quarter horses and a herd of more than 1,000 cattle on about 4,200 acres. In the spring, the flowering dogwood trees bloom in spectacular fashion. My dad loved it because it reminded him of his boyhood days riding horses on the family farm in Utah.

There are a number of buildings open to the public, including Marshall Manor House, a beautiful 12-bedroom home built in 1814 by James Marshall, the brother of former Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall. My dad spent years restoring that home and today, the company makes it available as a bed-and-breakfast called The Inn at Fairfield Farm.

JWM Sr and Debbie on horses at Fairfield Farm
My father J.W. Marriott enjoyed riding horses with my daughter Debbie Harrison.

Fairfield by Marriott is growing rapidly in China, Mexico, India, and the U.S., with plans to open in Japan, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, and Chile.

To celebrate our 1,000th hotel milestone, every Fairfield in the U.S. and Canada is offering guests complimentary brownies at check-in during the month of May, inspired by my mom’s famous brownie recipe.

Take it from me, you’ll want to check in soon.

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

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As a young man, I like your stories so much. Thanks, Mr. Marriott

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Thank-you very much for your story on your father. My father did much the same with camping. Entire summers were spent in three canvas tents with Coleman equipment. I still love fishing and still have most of his fishing equipment; but, sadly, i do not get the chance to fish anymore. Thank-you again; it is comforting to know something about the heritage and ownership of a hotel in which I stay. Twitter: Geotravel

Mr. Marriott. I proudly worked for Marriott Corporation in management positions for over 14 years, starting in 1978. There were about 35 hotels world wide. I worked my way in to sales and was present at the first conference where you spoke after taking over the company from your father. Nothing could have prepared me better for my hotel career than my start with Marriott, and last Fall 2018, I celebrated my 40th year in the industry. My wife and I have owned and operated a "Marriott-style" Bed and Breakfast since 2002. Thank you for the spirit of hosting and hospitality that you instilled in every single employee. Most of all, thank you for the career path that you set me on. It has been quite a wonderful and fulfilling ride.

Hello Mr. Marriott!

Family does mean the World! It's great to see yours from years past and know that the values and ethics are still in practice today. The pictures are wonderful! If I am ever out that way, I will definitely visit the Ranch! I love love LOVE horses and hospitality!!!!


Jacqueline Beth

Oh my gosh! This is sooo cool! Each day you learn something is a good day. Today is a good day! Mr. Marriott, thank you for sharing your family history!