September 09, 2016

The 300-room Hilton Norfolk (Va.) the Main will open in March 2017 featuring 42,000 square feet of meeting space.

"[This hotel] is a transitional moment for Norfolk, filling a void in the downtown scene offering both locals and visitors a comprehensive hospitality experience," said Bruce Thompson, CEO of Gold Key | PHR Hotels and Resorts. "We wanted to create a cultural destination in downtown Norfolk, one that excites both locals and visitors alike."

The 21-story property also will feature three signature restaurants, a modern fitness facility, an upscale indoor pool, a second-floor lobby and a 100-foot-tall atrium that will serve as the building's focal point.

The $150-million hotel's 39 meeting rooms will be called the Exchange, and will include a "collaboration room," two boardrooms, and an 18,500-square-foot ballroom -- Virginia's largest ballroom -- for up to 1,200 guests.

"The Main is more than just a hotel and conference center; it is a piece of civic architecture housing a multitude of functions designed to celebrate and connect to the surrounding community," said Rob Uhrin, a principal in Cooper Carry's Hospitality Studio and one of the lead architects on the project. "The large central atrium -- coined the 'Grand Central Station' of the property -- ties together all the public spaces, including the food-and-beverage outlets, hotel spaces and event spaces, creating a dynamic experience for the guest and onlooker."