by Michael C. Lowe | April 01, 2013
Making Tracks
Last December, Amtrak added passenger service from Norfolk, Va., through Richmond, Va.; Washington, D.C.; and north up to Boston. 
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Uptown Alley, a $21 million entertainment complex just 20 minutes from downtown Richmond, recently opened with 38 bowling lanes, a full-service restaurant, a bar and lounge, billiards and a dance floor. The 57,000-square-foot complex offers several private spaces for special events.

The 112-room La Quinta Inn & Suites, Richmond-Chesterfield, recently completed a multimillion-dollar, seven-month renovation and rebranding from a Days Inn Hotel. The project included a complete redesign of the lobby, guest rooms and all 1,252 square feet of meeting space.

Marriott's Richmond Courtyard West completed renovations to its guest rooms and lobby area this past January. The 132-room property offers approximately 1,250 square feet of meeting space.

As part of its merger with AirTran Airlines, Southwest Airlines will begin absorbing Richmond International Airport's AirTran routes late this year.

Meeting Hotels
Properties include the 410-room Rich­mond Marriott, 372-room Sheraton Richmond West, 361-room Omni Richmond, 298-room Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown, 262-room The Jefferson, 250-room Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown, 242-room Marriott Richmond West, 224-room Embassy Suites Richmond, 183-room Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center, 135-room Aloft Richmond West, 134-room Hyatt House Richmond West, 102-room Wingate by Wynd­ham Richmond Short Pump and 80-room Residence Inn by Marriott.

For additional information on Rich­mond hotels and meeting facilities, visit

Convention Center
Greater Richmond Convention Center; total exhibit space, 180,000 square feet; total meeting space, approximately 80,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 38; (804) 783-7300;

Airport Transit
Richmond International Air­port, about 10 miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $20

Room tax, 5%; sales tax, 8%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%

Group Venue
Set along the scenic James River, The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing offers several waterside event spaces. The fourth-floor Harbormaster Suite can accommodate up to 40 people and features floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing views of the James River and the Richmond skyline. For larger groups, the street-level River View room can host up to 230 and offers exposed brick walls and a covered patio offering its own river views. (804) 622-2628;

Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, (800) 370-9004;