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Marriott - History
The Marriotts have deep ties with Utah. J.W. Marriott (1900-1985) was born in Ogden, he attended both Weber Junior College and the University of Utah. In 1927, J.W. Marriott and his wife Alice Sheets (1907-2000) left Salt Lake City to build their fortunes by starting a nine stool A.W. Root Beer stand in Washington, DC.. To sell more root beer, they added spicy Mexican food. The business incorporated as Hot Shoppes in 1929.
Hot Shoppes suffered losses during depression. The company was able to build up catering contracts with airlines and the food services with the government. During WWII, Hot Shoppes provided food services to help with the war effort.
In 1954, Hot Shoppes opened their first motel, the 365 room Twin Bridge in Arlington, Virginia. Hot Shoppes continued to expand their food and hotel services. In 1967, the company changed its name from Hot Shoppes to Marriott Corporation. (NYSE MAR)
The Marriotts have been extremely active in the Salt Lake Valley. The Marriott family donated the funds needed for the Marriott Library at the University of Utah and have helped with a variety of other notable efforts in the Salt Lake Valley. The Marriott Library was built in 1967, expanded in 2002 and is currently slated for a major renovation to bring the bring the old structure up to modern earthquate codes.
Booking a Room
To book a hotel, click here and enter your destination city. In Salt Lake City, you will have your choice of the following hotels:
- Marriott Courtyard
Near the Salt Lake City Airport
- Salt Lake City Marriott City Center
The new hotel near the Gallivan Center.
- Marriott Downtown
Across from the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake
- Marriott Courtyard Downtown
- Marriott Research Park
Near the University
- Residence Inn
There are four Residence Inns in the Valley including one near the airport, on 400 South, Cottonwood and Sandy.
You can also book a room at the Fairfield Inn and other Marriott Hotels throughout the state and country.
Sources: www.media.utah.edu, Marriott Corporate Timeline. You can read about the Marriott's corporate philosophy in The Spirit to Serve, Marriotts Way.
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