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Norfolk seaside

Why here?
Virginia is for meetings, as evidenced by recent hotel upgrades and new-builds that are ready to welcome delegates. Venue-rich cities range from the seaside Norfolk (pictured) and Hampton to Arlington, Alexandria and Chantilly in the U.S. capital district.

In Rosslyn, outside of Arlington and close to Washington, D.C., the Hyatt Arlington has been transformed into the Hyatt Centric Arlington. All 7,300 square feet of meeting space was renovated as part of the rebranding.

A 120-room Hotel Indigo has opened in Alexandria with a design featuring marine, Colonial and warehouse motifs. The pet-friendly hotel has two small meeting rooms.


Local Update

 The 300-room, $150 million Hilton Norfolk the Main has opened along the downtown waterfront. The hotel's 39 meeting rooms, totaling 42,000 square feet of space, collectively are called the Exchange. Among the property's food-and-beverage options are Saltine, a street-level seafood restaurant; Varia, an upscale Italian eatery; and Grain, a rooftop beer garden. For recreation, there's an indoor pool with a skylight above and a human-sized chessboard on the deck.

 At the 455-room Norfolk Waterside Marriott, whose 60,000 square feet of meeting space was renovated in 2015, upgrades are being made this year on the dining room and fitness center.

 An extensive $10 million renovation project has updated all 468 rooms and 46,000 square feet of meeting space at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel. The City Dock restaurant also was redone, a new 24/7 market was added in the lobby, the health club was expanded and the outdoor pool area was redesigned.

 A $40 million reinvention of the city's Waterside Festival and Marketplace has been completed, and the entertainment area is now called the Waterside District. Guy Fieri's Smokehouse and a Blue Moon Taphouse are open for dining, Stripers Waterside seafood restaurant debuts soon and the Harbor Club welcomes private events for up to 500.

Meeting Hotels: The city's meeting properties include the 468-room Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, 455-room Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 300-room Hilton Norfolk the Main and 208-room DoubleTree Hotel Norfolk Airport Hotel.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.

Airport Transit:
 Norfolk International Airport, seven miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $25

Taxes: Room tax, 8%; sales tax, 6%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14%, plus $2 per night

Group Venue: Glass works, European and American painting and sculpture, modern art, photography and more line the walls and halls of the Chrysler Museum of Art. The indoor courtyard holds 720 people for a reception, an auditorium seats 375 and the intimate glass studio hosts dinners for 65. (757) 664-6200

Contact: Visit Norfolk Convention & Visitor Bureau, (757) 664-6620 or (800) 800-2202

Signature digs
The 363-room Williamsburg Lodge, whose 1939 construction was overseen by John D. Rockefeller Jr., is now a member of Marriott's Autograph Collection.


The renovated meeting space at the 336-room Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles in Chantilly now includes a customizable 15- by 10-foot media wall in the lower rotunda. The Studio is a high-tech boardroom with a touch-screen table. In total, the property offers more than 60,000 square feet for gatherings.


Local Update

 Ground was broken in September on an $11.2 million, 109-room Hyatt Place, set to debut in late 2018. The property will be across from the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

Meeting Hotels: Group properties in the city include the 295-suite Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Hotel Convention Center & Spa, 173-room Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina and 149-room Hilton Garden Inn Coliseum Central.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.

Convention Center: Hampton Roads Convention Center; exhibit space, 320,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 33; (757) 315-1610 or (800) 800-2202

Airport Transit: Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, about 11 miles north of Hampton. Transfer cost by taxi, $33

Norfolk International Airport, about 18 miles south of Hampton. Transfer cost by taxi, $51

Taxes: Room tax, 7.5%; sales tax, 7.35%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.85%

Group Venues:
 Letters and packages came and went at the Historic Post Office from 1914 to 1986. Since then, the space has been reincarnated as a social club, a restaurant and now event space for parties of up to 400 people reception-style, or 250 seated. (757) 848-3885

Head out on the water for fun and sea breezes on the Miss Hampton II. Private two- and three-hour outings are available for up to 115 passengers. (757) 722-9102

Contact: Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau, (800) 800-2202