by Sarah JF Braley | March 22, 2018
The 85-room Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, Va., has reopened following a four-year, $85 million renovation. The project aimed to restore the 21-acre resort to its 1927 origins while incorporating modern-day luxuries. The property is now a member of Marriott International's Autograph Collection.
 
"The Cavalier Hotel represents an exciting rebirth of the Virginia Beach oceanfront, offering unparalleled luxury and amenities not seen since the heyday of the historic hotel," said Bruce Thompson, CEO of developer Gold Key | PHR. "We are excited for guests to enjoy this very special location -- where Old World charm meets present-day comforts and Southern hospitality -- be it for an oceanfront respite, a night out for dinner and drinks, or a celebration."
 
On a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the property's 62 guest rooms and 23 suites were redesigned with a residential feel in mind, using plush fabrics, designer accents and rich finishes to accent the classic architecture. Among the hotel's amenities are four entertainment and dining experiences: Becca, with intimate garden seating, serves farm-to-table fare. The Raleigh Room features a central fireplace, plush seating, drink carts, games tables and billiards; and great for drinks before dinner, high tea in the afternoon or breakfast is the Hunt Room. Through the Tarnished Truth Distillery, founded by two Virginia Beach natives in 2013, guests will enjoy distillery tours, special tastings and cocktail classes. The spirit maker specializes in small-batch, aged bourbons and vodka. Also on property are the full-service SeaHill Spa, fitness facilities, an indoor saltwater pool and a museum celebrating the hotel's past. Reopening this summer is the Cavalier Beach Club, available only to hotel guests and residence members.
 
The 2,490-square-foot Crystal Ballroom, once host to big-band performers and huge galas, has been restored to its original size and features tall ceilings and large windows facing the front of the hotel. The ballroom is part of the property's 5,000 square feet of meeting space.