by Michael C. Lowe | August 01, 2013
Coastal Virginia Updates
The Hampton Inn & Suites Newport News completed a $3 million renovation in April. Upgrades include new furnishings in all 120 guest rooms, an update of the property's 850 square feet of meeting space and a renovation of the pool deck.

The 182-room Omni Newport News is now the Magnuson Hotel and Convention Center at Oyster Point following a rebranding in March. A $102.2 million expansion is planned that will add 300 guest rooms, a parking garage and a 70,000-square-foot water park. The property features more than 15,000 square feet of meeting space.

A $126 million hotel and conference center has been approved by the Norfolk City Council. The project, slated to be completed in 2017, will include a 300-room luxury hotel as well as a 50,000-square-foot conference center. It is estimated that the complex will generate about $2 million in new revenue annually for the city.

In Chesapeake, the former Country Inn & Suites has become the Baymont Inn & Suites. Features include 82 guest rooms, an indoor pool, a Jacuzzi, a fitness center, free wireless Internet and one meeting room that can accommodate up to 20 people.

The 90-room Best Western Plus Portsmouth-Chesapeake completed a renovation and rebranding this past March. The property includes a 24-hour exercise facility, free wireless Internet and a business center.  

Meeting Hotels
Properties in Chesapeake include the 226-room Norfolk Marriott Chesapeake Hotel, 136-room Aloft Chesapeake, 132-room Springhill Suites Chesapeake Greenbrier, 124-room Comfort Suites, 119-room Hyatt Place Chesapeake/Greenbrier and 118-room Hampton Inn Chesapeake/Greenbrier.

Properties in Hampton include the 289-room Best Western Plus Coliseum & Suites and 178-room Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina.

In Newport News are the 256-room Newport News Marriott City Center, 182-room Magnuson Hotel and Con­vention Center at Oyster Point, and 150-room Point Plaza Suites at City Center.

Properties in Nor­folk include the 468-room Sheraton Nor­folk Waterside Ho­tel, 405-room Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 247-room Hilton Norfolk Airport and 204-room Crowne Plaza Norfolk.

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Convention Centers
Hampton Roads Con­vention Center; exhibit space, approximately 320,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 33; (757) 722-1222;

Norfolk Scope; exhibit space, approximately 85,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 17; (757) 664-6464;

Hampton Coliseum; total exhibit space, 84,827 square feet; number of meeting rooms, three; (757) 838-5650;

Airport Transit
Newport News/Williamsburg Interna­tional Airport, about 13 miles from downtown Newport News and downtown Hampton. Transfer cost by taxi to Hampton Roads Convention Center, $25. Transfer cost by tax to downtown Newport News, $30

Norfolk International Airport, about 10 miles from downtown Norfolk. Transfer cost by taxi, $17-20