First Hispanic-Owned Hotel Opens in Washington, D.C.


Marriott International, Inc. announced today the opening of the first majority Hispanic-owned Courtyard by Marriott hotel on April 15 in Washington, D.C. Located in the city's newly redeveloped NoMa (north of Massachusetts Ave.) at 1325 Second Street, N.E., the 218-room Courtyard Washington DC/U.S. Capitol is owned by Robert Finvarb Companies, LLC of Miami, and is the first in the area to feature the new lobby, room design, and the "refreshing business" makeover.

Adjacent to the New York Avenue Metrorail Station, five minutes from the U.S. Capitol and six miles from the Ronald Reagan National Airport, the Courtyard Washington DC/U.S. Capitol offers guests convenient access to Union Station, the Library of Congress, the National Mall and the Verizon Center. The hotel also features a green roof.

"We are very excited about the opening of this hotel and to be a part of the exciting revitalization of the NoMa area," said Robert Finvarb, CEO of Robert Finvarb Companies, LLC. "I'm also proud to open the first Hispanic-owned hotel in the city and to work with Marriott once again. Their diverse ownership initiative is the best in the industry."

This is the ninth Marriott-branded hotel with Robert Finvarb Companies, LLC. Finvarb is a Georgetown University Law Center alumnus and CEO of Robert Finvarb Companies, LLC, majority owner of the hotel. Co-owners are local investors Dave Wilmot of Harmon, Wilmot, Brown & Bagwell, LLP, Craig Welburn of Welburn Hospitality, Thomas Hopkins, and Dr. Barron Harvey.

A signature element of the new lobby is the exclusive Courtyard GoBoard, a 52-inch LCD touch screen packed with local information, maps, weather, and news, business and sports headlines. Guests can navigate using the touch screen to find restaurants, local attractions and directions.

Guests can connect to free WiFi and there are ample electrical outlets throughout the lobby to power digital devices. The enlarged business library features several complimentary computer terminals along with a free printer and separate computer stations dedicated to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.

The eight-story hotel offers 2,800 square feet of meeting space to accommodate small meetings and functions of up to 100 people. Other guest facilities and services include the Bistro restaurant, serving breakfast and dinner, an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, guest laundry and business center.

Courtyard by Marriott is a lodging brand exclusively designed for business travel by business travelers. Visit

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