LODGING / 1900-1949



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Marriott International, Inc
Founded in 1927 by J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott

Marriott International, Inc., is a leading worldwide hospitality company. Its heritage can be traced to a root beer stand opened in Washington DC, in 1927 by J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott. Today, Marriott International has nearly 2,800 lodging properties located in the United States and 66 other countries and territories.
  • J. Willard Marriott started the company in 1927, when he operated a curbside food stand selling A&W Root Beer and tacos, in Washington, D.C..
  • Marriott's business expanded to Baltimore, Maryland in 1934, shortly after which the company started its food services division.
  • Hot Shoppes landed food service contracts, with major airlines and The Pentagon fueling the company's growth. In the 1950s, Hot Shoppes, Inc. started providing food services to public schools.
  • In 1967 Hot Shoppes, Inc. changes its name, becoming the Marriott Corporation.
  • In 1976, Marriott opened two theme parks called Marriott's Great America. Both parks were sold in the mid-1980s.
  • In 1980, the company purchased the Howard Johnson's restaurant chain.
  • Marriott acquired Host International in 1982.
  • Marriott formed a vacation time-share division, now called Marriott Vacation Club International, and a senior-living division in 1984.
  • Marriott Food Services Management acquires Saga Corporation in 1986.
  • The Marriott Corporation ended it existence as a single company in 1993 when it was split into two separate entities,
    • Marriott International Corporation which operated the hotel and lodging aspect of the business as well as Marriott Vacation Club International.
    • Host Marriott Corporation became the new name for the original Marriott Corporation and it operated Marriott Food Services Management.
hotel exterior at night Corporate Headquarters
Marriott International
One Marriott Drive
Washington, D.C. 20058
Phone: 301.380.3000


1904 St Regis Hotels John Jacob Astor IV New York, NY  
1919 Hilton Hotels Conrad Hilton Cisco, TX www.hilton.com
1925 Howard Johnson's Howard Johnson Wollaston, MA www.hojo.com
1927 Ritz Carlton Edward N. Wyner   www.ritzcarlton.com
Marriott Hotels J. Willard & Alice Marriott Washington, DC www.marriott.com
Hollywood Roosevelt   Los Angeles, CA www.hollywoodroosevelt.com
1930 Westin Hotels   Yakima, WA www.westin.com
1936 Queen Mary Cunard Line Clydebank, Scotland www.queenmary.com
1937 Sheraton E. Henderson & R. Moore Springfield, MA  
  Harrah's Hotel   Las Vegas, NV www.harrahs.com
1941 El Cortez   Las Vegas, NV  
El Rancho Vegas Thomas E. Hull Las Vegas, NV  
1942 New Frontier R.E. Griffith and Wm Moore Las Vegas, NV  
1946 Best Western M.K. Guertin CA www.bestwestern.com
Golden Nugget   Las Vegas, NV www.goldennugget.com
Flamingo Hotel Bugsy Siegel Las Vegas, NV www.caesars.com/Flamingo/LasVegas
1948 El Rancho Place   Las Vegas, NV  

1947 The Flamingo Hotel changes names to Fabulous Flamingo
1955 The Last Frontier Hotel changes names to the New Frontier

Also at this time in History
Other Brands: 1916- Nathan's Famous starts serving Hot Dogs on Coney Island, NY
  1937- Krispy Kreme is started by Vernon Rudolph in Winston-Salem, NC
  1948- McDonald's is opened in San Bernardino, CA
  1948- In-n-Out Burger opens in Baldwin Park, CA
Other Things: 1912- New Mexico and Arizona are admitted as states.
  1912- The Titanic sinks on its maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg
  1919- Dial telephones are introduced by the American Telephone and Telegraph
     Company. Telephone operators, mostly women in the workforce, protest and
     threaten to strike.

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