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Renaissance Washington DC Hotel
999 9th St Nw
Washington, DC, 20001

The Henley Park Hotel
926 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20001

Embassy Suites Washington Convention Center
900 10th St NW
Washington, DC, 20001

Hampton Inn Washington DC
901 6th St Nw
Washington, DC, 20001

Morrison Clark Hotel
1015 L St Nw
Washington, DC, 20001

Grand Hyatt Washington DC Center
1000 H St Nw
Washington, DC, 20001

Marriott at Metro Center Downtown
775 12th St Nw
Washington, DC, 20005

Courtyard by Marriott
900 F St Nw
Washington, DC, 20004

Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle NW
Washington, DC, 20005

Residence Inn by Marriott
1199 Vermont Ave Nw
Washington, DC, 20005

Hilton Garden Inn
815 14th St NW
Washington, DC, 20005

Westin Washington DC
1400 M Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20005

Sofitel Washington Lafayette Square
806 15th St Nw
Washington, DC, 20005

JW Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Ave Nw
Washington, DC, 20004

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About Washington DC Convention Center

As one of the largest nations in the world, the United States of America proudly celebrates its heritage with a decorated capital city, Washington, D.C. National monuments and historic landmarks dot the landscape of Washington, D.C., but its status as the heart of the United States raises its significance beyond that of a simple time capsule. All manner of events take place in Washington each year, from economic to political and everything in between; in turn, the capital rises to the occasion with a world-class facility: the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Opened in 2003 at Mount Vernon Square, just a block away from the previous convention center, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center was initially named the Washington Convention Center. After being renamed in honor of former mayor Walter E. Washington in 2006, the center was expanded by 75,000 square feet in 2008. Preceded by the Washington Convention Center (opened in 1982, demolished in 2004), the Walter E. Washington Convention Center builds on its ancestor's attributes for exceptional improvements in experience. After the aforementioned expansion project, the center's total square footage stood at approximately 2.3 million, 1.5 million more than its predecessor; in fact, the nationwide increase in convention center size helped lead to the demise of the old Washington Convention Center. As the seventh largest in the nation, it seems that the new center has alleviated the size concerns, though a nearby 14-story, 1,175-room hotel will add 100,000 square feet of meeting space to the complex at a cost of $520 million. Also of note, the convention center set the world record for the largest sit-down dinner in 2009, hosting 16,206 guests and further demonstrating its wondrous functionality.

In addition to size, of course, contemporary amenities provide an update from the old Washington Convention Center, and national and international leaders have taken note. Six of President George W. Bush's 2005 inaugural balls were held in the new venue; this was repeated as President Barack Obama held six inaugural balls at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in 2009. In addition, the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit was held in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, marking the most heads of state called upon by a U.S. President since 1945; with delegations representing 46 nations in attendance, the event had worldwide ramifications, clearly demonstrating the large-scale importance and capabilities of the convention center.

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is not simply a structure sloppily thrown together out of necessity; rather, it stands as one of the most highly regarded and centrally important buildings of its kind in the United States of America. Beyond the revenue it generates and citizen-pleasing events it invites to the city, the center stands as a beacon of international solidarity, expertly performing its primary function. When thinking of Washington, D.C., it's unlikely to come to mind before the White House or the capital's many monuments, but its vital yet oft-overlooked role is fulfilled nonetheless.