The 204-room Crowne Plaza Norfolk underwent a $5 million renovation last year. New amenities: a 24-hour business center, complimentary wireless Internet and a fitness center. The hotel has 15,000 square feet of meeting space. (757) 627-5555; thenorfolkplaza.com
Local Update: This past March, as part of the revitalization of the Coliseum Central Business District, the 1.1-million-square-foot Peninsula Town Center retail and office development brought an additional 50 stores to the downtown area. By June of this year, the project expects to have 15 restaurants open for business, including a movie theater/bowling venue called CinéBistro.
The 173-room Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel recently opened along the city's waterfront, about four miles from the Hampton Roads Convention Center, with about 10,000 square feet of meeting space.
The new 109-room Hampton Inn, approximately two miles from convention center, features 1,150 square feet of meeting space, complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness center and an indoor pool.
Meeting Hotels: The city of Hampton offers approximately 3,500 hotel rooms. Major meeting properties include 295-room Embassy Suites Hotel, 320-room Holiday Inn Hampton Hotel & Conference Center, 190-room Clarion Hotel, 173-room Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel, 149-room Hilton Garden Inn, 146-room Courtyard by Marriott, 124-room Springhill Suites, 109-room Hampton Inn and 96-room Country Inn & Suites.
Convention Center: Hampton Roads Convention Center; exhibit, meeting and public space, 344,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 35; (988) 484-HRCC; thehrcc.com
Airport Transit: Norfolk International Airport, approximately 35 miles from downtown; transfer cost by taxi to downtown, $45. Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, about 25 miles from downtown; transfer cost by taxi, $30
Taxes: Room tax, 8%; sales tax, 5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%
Group Venue: One of the largest Bass Pro Shops, a nationwide chain of fishing and hunting stores, resides in Hampton. An adult playground for outdoorsy types as well as a mammoth retail store, its 105,000-square-foot floor features a 10,000-gallon fresh water aquarium, a 40-foot rock climbing wall and an outdoor archery range. One conference room is available for groups of up to 25. (757) 202-5200; basspro.com
CVB Services: Hampton Convention & Visitors Bureau, (757) 722-1222 or (800) 487-8778; visithampton.com