by Michael C. Lowe | August 01, 2012
Virginia Beach
The 214-room Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel completed a multimillion-dollar renovation this past spring. The property revamped 25 of its oceanfront suites, each of which now comes equipped with two flat-screen televisions, a kitchenette, pull-out sofa beds and private balconies. Upgrades also include the addition of a new outdoor pool plaza with a bar and grill that seats up to 60 people. The hotel offers a total of more than 13,000 square feet of meetings space.

The new 200-room Oceanaire Resort Hotel and Conference Center, the third phase of the Ocean Beach Club & Resort, is nearing completion. The property will feature 10,000 square feet of meeting space, along with a lounge and a health club.

Work continues on the Laskin Road Gateway development, a mixed-use project that will add more than 130,000 square feet of office space, retail and restaurants, in addition to 178 apartment units. The new facilities are scheduled for completion this fall.

Meeting Hotels
Properties in Virginia Beach include the 400-room Cavalier Hotel, 295-room Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center, 292-room Double­Tree by Hilton Hotel Virginia Beach, 290-room Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 243-room Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 214-room Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel, 176-room Hilton Garden Inn, 167-room Ramada on the Beach, 160-room Courtyard by Marriott and 149-room Crowne Plaza. For a more comprehensive list of hotels, visit

Convention Center
Virginia Beach Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 150,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, five; (800) 700-7702

Airport Transit
Norfolk International Airport, about 19 miles from the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Transfer cost by shuttle, $41; transfer cost by taxi, $42-$45

Room tax, 8%, plus $1 per room, per night; sales tax, 5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%, plus $1 per room, per night

Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, (757) 385-4700 or (800) 700-7702