Coastal Virginia Updates
Virginia offers a variety of group-friendly destinations, from historic Richmond to the scenic coastal towns of the Hampton Roads area, including Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk and Newport News, where attendees can enjoy the tranquil 8,000-acre Newport News Park (above).Spotlight
Just eight miles from Dulles International Airport, the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles in Chantilly is an elegant meeting property. Some details:
• The property's upscale restaurant, the Palm Court, recently completed a $1.2 million renovation of its formal dining room and two private dining rooms that can each accommodate up to 30.
• The on-site Wellington's Pub offers a casual environment in which to gather after a meeting.
• The 324-room hotel offers 40,000 square feet of function space across 31 meeting rooms.Tax Talk
As of July 1, sales tax in the Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia areas increased by 1 percent to 6 percent. At the same time, Northern Virginia saw a new 2 percent transient occupancy tax take effect.
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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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Hampton Roads Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 320,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 33; (757) 722-1222; visithampton.com/hrcc
Norfolk Scope; exhibit space, approximately 85,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 17; (757) 664-6464; bit.ly/183I9LV
Hampton Coliseum; total exhibit space, 84,827 square feet; number of meeting rooms, three; (757) 838-5650; hamptoncoliseum.orgAirport 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
The 296-room Lansdowne Resort is offering a new group spa program at its Spa Minerale (left), a 12,000-square-foot facility overlooking the Potomac River. Menu options include conveniently short 25-minute treatments, yoga and Pilates wellness workshops, and an option to have spa therapists come to the meeting room for simple on-site treatments, like massages and hand reflexology. (703) 729-8400; lansdowneresort.com
At the end of this month, the 168-room Salamander Resort will open in Middleburg, featuring a 22,000-square-foot spa and wellness center set among Virginia's wine country. The facility offers 14 treatment rooms, an infinity edge spa pool, a spa suite for couples and a fitness center. (866) 938-7370; salamanderresort.com
The 483-room Omni Homestead in Hot Springs unveiled its new Canyon Ranch SpaClub in July as part of the property's $25 million renovation. The 60,000-square-foot facility includes 28 treatment rooms and features stone massages and restorative mineral body treatments. (540) 839-1766; thehomestead.com