Dunno how many folks have stayed at a Gaylord, but they are .... um.... different, and fabulous, and, over-the-top, and, the closest thing to Vegas I've seen outside of Vegas, and well... you've got to try one to believe it... I expect we'll use these facilities on POINTS, and we're looking forward to it...
The Gaylord in DC is relatively new - it's nearby, but I've been multiple times... Some observations:
Some information & news articles about the Marriott - Gaylord Hotels deal
According to their website they are only in TN, FL, TX, MD.
There use to be a Gaylord Restaurant near the UN that is part of an international chain with restaurants in London and Singapore, but that burnt down years ago.
Just stayed at the Nashville Gaylord. It was enormous to say the least. Beautiful atrium areas with many restaurants which are very pricey. Someone mentioned that they were like Vegas hotels....this one was in the sense of its size and atrium areas filled with tropical plants, boat ride through the indoor "river" and waterfalls. It was not like Vegas in that the crowd was "older". I would say that 90% of the crowd there was 60+. The rooms were nice but not over the top. They are not on the points system until 2013 so you can't use them for stays or earn them if you stay prior to the new year.
Yes, that is the "old" Opryland hotel. 2881 Rooms to be exact. I have lived in Nashville for a long time, and the Opryland Hotel has been a landmark here for as long as I can remember.
And to answer a comment from above, Marriott is supposed to be issuing rewards points/rewards on October 29 for every property but Nashville.
From the Marriott home page: "And to introduce Rewards members to this spectacular new brand, you can enjoy earning and redeeming at the Gaylord National, Gaylord Palms and the Gaylord Texan beginning October 29, 2012. Watch for more news from Marriott Rewards on Gaylord Opryland in 2013."