Tysons Corner Marriott Hotel, Virginia Unveils New Concierge Lounge & Colorbar Murrine Glass Exhibit

October 05, 2008 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
VIENNA, VA – October 5, 2008 – The new Concierge Lounge at Tysons Corner Marriott hotel in Virginia is more than a great place to relax and network.

The sophisticated, welcoming space was redesigned in August with the discerning traveler in mind, featuring a palette of rich colors and textures, flat-panel televisions and comfortable seating. The hotel's Concierge Lounge amenities include breakfast with fresh fruits and pastries and premium coffees and teas, quick afternoon refreshments, and evening cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and desserts.

Concierge Level guests who visit this inviting oasis on the Tysons Corner hotel's 15th floor will be treated to an exhibit of Colorbar Murrine Art Glass by award-winning local artist Robert Wiener from the DC Art Glass studio in Washington, D.C. Pieces from the murrine glass display are also available for purchase.

The process of murrine art glass incorporates mosaic techniques originated over 3,000 years ago, prior to the discovery of glassblowing. Weiner developed his Colorbar Murrine Series™ by joining the hot glass technique perfected in Murano, Italy with the kiln formed, or warm glass process. The art glass is cut, arranged and placed in a kiln where it is carefully heated to a temperature that causes the glass to melt, or fuse together. After the cooling process, or annealing, the result is creating cane, or glass bars. The cane, or "colorbars" as Weinert calls them, may be further manipulated by combining several bars and re-firing, or they can be heated in a glory hole and pulled (stretched). As practiced in Murano, the cane is eventually cut into many small pieces, called millefiori or murrine. Each murrine is meticulously arranged by hand and then fired together to produce the final art glass piece.

Tysons Corner Marriott hotel is located at 8028 Leesburg Pike in Vienna, VA. Concierge Level rooms with access to the newly renovated hotel's Concierge Lounge start at $329 per night. For reservations, visit www.TysonsCornerMarriott.com or call 800-228-9290.

About Tysons Corner Marriott
This newly renovated hotel in Tysons Corner, Virginia will delight your senses and inspire creativity. Minutes from I-495, I-95 and Routes 7 and 123, this Vienna, VA hotel is near fashionable shopping and vibrant business communities. Located near Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria, the hotel is within reach of government offices and attractions such as Wolf Trap Center for Performing Arts, Great Falls Park, Washington DC monuments and museums, and Old Town Alexandria. The ideal setting for a business meeting in the DC area or a wedding reception in Northern Virginia, Tysons Corner Marriott features glittering new spaces from the lobby to the guest rooms. Service and décor are sleek and streamlined from the moment of arrival. Meeting space is polished and professional to make you look brilliant. Dining options, including our Shula's Steak House, are modern and always in good taste. Enchanting amenities ensure you enjoy your visit to this Northern Virginia hotel near Washington, DC.