Gaylord National Resort Offers First Look at RiverView Ballroom Expansion Project

(National Harbor, Md. – February 14, 2017) – Today, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center offered an exclusive first look of its $25 million ballroom expansion, scheduled to open in May 2017. The freestanding, waterfront ballroom offers 16,000 square feet of meeting space and features a 270 degree panorama of floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase spectacular views of the Potomac River, Woodrow Wilson Bridge and Old Town Alexandria.

The dramatic venue, named RiverView Ballroom, is being dubbed the Capital Region’s first infinity ballroom, with views that make it appear that the building is on top of the river. Designed with a unique suspension roof, the ballroom offers a column-free, open space that will not obstruct attendees’ views.

Gaylord National and owner, Ryman Hospitality Properties, anticipate that the ballroom will give the resort an even greater competitive edge for social events including galas, weddings, receptions and more.

“The design of Riverview Ballroom has exceeded our expectations,” said Doug Ridge, area general manager of Gaylord National Resort. “We have seen a positive response from our customers and believe this venue will be a premier location for upscale events in the Capital Region.”

RiverView Ballroom also will feature 10,000 square feet of outdoor event space to maximize its waterfront location, as well as a custom menu themed to the ballroom’s setting.

Gaylord National has been working with BLUR Workshop to complete the architectural and interior design of the new facility.

For additional information about RiverView Ballroom at Gaylord National Resort or to book an event, visit or call 301-965-2300.



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Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is the largest, non-gaming hotel and convention center on the East Coast, located along the banks of the Potomac River in National Harbor, Maryland and part of Marriott International, Inc. Opened in April 2008 and only eight miles from Washington, D.C., the AAA-Four Diamond resort offers nearly 2,000 rooms including 110 suites; a 19-story atrium; more than 500,000 square-feet of meeting and convention space; acclaimed restaurants including Old Hickory Steakhouse; a full-service resort spa, Relâche Spa; and Pose Rooftop Lounge.

Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP) is a REIT for federal income tax purposes, specializing in group-oriented, destination hotel assets in urban and resort markets. The Company’s owned assets include a network of four upscale, meetings-focused resorts totaling 7,811 rooms that are managed by lodging operator Marriott International, Inc. under the Gaylord Hotels brand. Other owned assets managed by Marriott International, Inc. include Gaylord Springs Golf Links, the Wildhorse Saloon, the General Jackson Showboat, The Inn at Opryland, a 303-room overflow hotel adjacent to Gaylord Opryland and AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor, a 192-room hotel near Gaylord National. The Company also owns and operates media and entertainment assets, including the Grand Ole Opry (, the legendary weekly showcase of country music’s finest performers for over 90 years; the Ryman Auditorium, the storied former home of the Grand Ole Opry located in downtown Nashville; and 650 AM WSM, the Opry’s radio home. For additional information about Ryman Hospitality Properties, visit

BLUR Workshop, led by Scott Sickeler and Liz Neiswander, is an Atlanta based full service Architectural and Interior Design firm specializing in custom hospitality designs and environments.  BLUR’s broad ranging practice currently includes the first ground up Virgin branded hotel in Nashville, luxury resorts in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and US Virgin Islands and the recently announced Soundwaves at Gaylord Opryland-A modern water resort experience.



Rachel Dinbokowitz