ACBL has negotiated an additional discount on parking at the Marriott Wardman. The daily self parking rate is now $15.00! The overnight self parking rate is now $25.00 (plus tax)! For more parking details at the upcoming NABC click here.
The capital of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful nation possesses a graceful dignity that’s captured in its monuments, museums and memorials. Only a handful of cities rival Washington, DC’s history and influence, and visits to the Lincoln Memorial, the White House or the Smithsonian leave lifetime impressions, as do somber moments spent at the Arlington National Cemetery, the U.S. Holocaust Museum or the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The playing site and hotel for the 2009 Summer NABC in Washington, DC is the Marriott Wardman Park which claims its own history. Situated on 16 acres of gorgeously maintained gardens, this DC lodging choice has hosted a long list of U.S. presidents, dignitaries and other VIPs. Prolific developer Harry Wardman constructed the 1,200 room, spokeshaped Wardman Hotel, beginning in 1916, despite many local critics that said its location was not suitable for a hotel and promptly coined it "Wardman’s Folly." It was designed by Frank Russell White, and modeled after the Homestead Resort in West Virginia, Wardman’s favorite resort at which he enjoyed many rounds of golf.
Throughout its history the 1928 Wardman Tower building has been the home to nationally known figures, including U.S. Presidents Hoover, Eisenhower and Lyndon Johnson; Vice Presidents Charles Curtis, Henry Wallace and Spiro Agnew; Chief Justices Frederick M. Vinson and Earl Warren; Senators Charles Robb, Barry Goldwater and Robert Dole. Other famous residents also called the Tower home, including Hollywood legend Marlene Dietrich and Perle Mesta, who elevated dinner parties from mere social gatherings to lavish soireés that were the place to be seen and mingle with other movers and shakers.