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.

Thoughts on My Birthday

March 28, 2019
Celebrating my 86th birthday with my daughter, Debbie Harrison. I turned 87 years old this week and I have to say, I feel great. I spent the day, as I always do, with my family at Camelback Inn in Arizona. We’ve been going there for more than 50 years. I...

Celebrating National Chili Day

February 27, 2019
My father (left) in front of the first Hot Shoppes in 1927. Tomorrow is National Chili Day, a great day to celebrate one of my favorite dishes. Chili Con Carne was always a big seller at the restaurant chain my parents, J.W. and Alice Marriott, started in Washington, D.C., in...

To My Valentine

February 14, 2019
Donna married me "for better and for worse ... but not for lunch." I proposed marriage to the love of my life, Donna Garff, by long-distance phone call – if you can believe it – in 1954. I was in Navy Supply School in Athens, Georgia, at the time, just...

Our Winter Wonderland

January 30, 2019
The ice-skating rink at the Twin Bridges Motor Hotel in Arlington, VA. It’s below freezing today in Washington, D.C., which makes it a perfect day for some outdoor ice skating, don’t you think? In the winter of 1958, we covered the swimming pool at the Twin Bridges Motor Hotel and...

Celebrating Twin Bridges' Anniversary

January 16, 2019
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...

When the Storms Come

December 10, 2018
Aidan (pictured above), a banquet server at one of our properties in Naples, Florida, was home with his family when Hurricane Irma struck the city in October 2017. He watched in disbelief as 145-mile-an-hour winds struck his house, ripping off shingles and causing a tree and multiple tree limbs to...

A Five-Star Review

August 7, 2018
Forbes placed Marriott International on its The World’s Most Innovative Companies list in June of this year. What an honor to be recognized. Since my parents started the company in 1927, we’ve never been afraid to take chances and try new things. Just in the last year, we’ve partnered with...

Promoting Women Chefs

July 26, 2018
Bill Marriott, Arne Sorenson, and chefs Thais Rodriguez, Lara Brown, Paula DaSilva, Jennifer OBrien, Laura Bartholomew, and Ilkay Suuctugu Every quarter, the Marriott International Food and Beverage team pulls together a “taste” panel with some of our top chefs and senior management. It’s sort of a “Chopped” without the judges,...

Lifelong Friendships Forged at Marriott’s Great America

July 11, 2018
This may come as news to some, but for many years, Marriott International owned and operated two amusement parks, one in California and one in Illinois. We named the parks Marriott's Great America and they were proud tributes to all that is great about this country. They were also, I...

Celebrating Independence Day

July 4, 2018
J. W. "Bill" Marriott Jr. (ca. 1954) Today, as we come together with family and friends to celebrate our Nation’s independence, I find myself reflecting on the visionary leadership that was displayed during the Revolutionary War more than two centuries ago. Against almost impossible odds, George Washington led the Continental...