by Gregg Lieberman | August 01, 2010

Local Update: The Holiday Inn-South Bells Road completed a comprehensive renovation in April. The 167-room hotel now offers more than 3,500 square feet of event space.

The 254-room Hilton Richmond
Hotel & Spa/Short Pump opened last December with 22,000 square feet of meeting space.

The 135-room Aloft Richmond West opened last fall with an indoor pool, a 24-hour gym and a restaurant/lounge.

The 410-room Richmond Marriott completed a $14 million renovation last fall, which included the refurbishment of all guest rooms. The hotel now features a total of 40 meeting rooms and 26,427 square feet of meeting space.

Meeting Hotels: Richmond offers more than 16,000 hotel rooms. 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, 254-room Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump, 250-room Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown, 250-room Westin Richmond, 242-room Marriott Richmond West, 224-room Embassy Suites Richmond, 167-room Holiday Inn-South Bells Road, 136-room Residence Inn Richmond Chester, 135-room Aloft Richmond West, 134-room Hotel Sierra Richmond West and 102-room Wingate by Wyndham Richmond Short Pump. For a more complete listing, visit

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

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

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

Group Venue: Built on land once owned by American Revolution patriot Patrick Henry, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers a variety of meeting spaces, including the Robins Tea House, which accommodates 60 for a reception; the Bloemendaal House, with indoor and outdoor space for groups of up to 250; and the Massey Conference Center Auditorium, which can hold 250 theater-style or 325 for a reception. (804) 262-9887;

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