Virginia Beach is more than a top Virginia meeting destination with unbeatable service and value — it’s a game-changer in providing excellent meeting experiences. Where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Chesapeake Bay, this premier destination balances coastal charm and metropolitan flair with experiences that create a distinct vibe for meetings of any size and budget.
From well-known national brands to independent properties, Virginia Beach offers a wide variety of lodging options, including resort, downtown, and retreat-type settings. The coastal city’s portfolio has gotten an exciting upgrade as the historic Cavalier Hotel opened in 2018 after more than $80 million in renovations and restorations. Having hosted a wide range of celebrities, dignitaries, and even 10 U.S. presidents, the Cavalier is an epic venue that is sure to impress the most discerning of attendees.
In addition to the Cavalier, the hotel’s developers quickly began working on their next big project in Virginia Beach, a 20-story, 300-room Marriott oceanfront hotel, opening in the spring of 2020. The new hotel will have an 11,000-square-foot ballroom, along with additional breakout space and three onsite restaurants, including a beach bar, a sushi bar, and a rooftop restaurant with ocean views. Delta by Marriott, Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites is also opening an all-suites product with 292 rooms along the Chesapeake Bay, offering a completely different and appealing vibe. This property is projected to open in mid-2020 and feature over 13,000 square feet of meeting space for event business.
For larger events, the LEED Gold-certified Virginia Beach Convention Center offers a 150,000-square-foot, column-free exhibit hall, more than 29,000 square feet of meeting space, and a 31,000-square-foot, column-free ballroom. Innovative designs throughout the building allow for creative meeting experiences and huge cost savings.
Great facilities and coastal recreation are a natural part of the Virginia Beach meetings experience. As a community that is as culturally and environmentally focused as it is service-minded, Virginia Beach offers a wide range of offsite venues that add meaning to your meeting or event. One of the most energy-efficient smart buildings in the nation, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center, serves as a sustainable alternative to traditional meeting venues.
Virginia Beach takes meeting and eating very seriously. Delegates can enjoy upscale dining at some of Virginia Beach’s AAA Four Diamond restaurants, including Salacia Prime Seafood and Steaks, Terrapin, and Zoës Steak & Seafood, all located near the oceanfront. Chef-driven menus at the Virginia Beach Convention Center feature hand-cut herbs and vegetables from its onsite garden beds, providing a unique way to savor the local flavor. After a full schedule of meetings and networking, local craft breweries throughout the city welcome groups to quench thirsts and enjoy lively conversation. This includes The Tarnished Truth Distillery at the Cavalier, the country’s first and only distillery located and operating inside a hotel. For a more cosmopolitan vibe, explore the wide range of upscale dining and entertainment offerings at Town Center, located minutes from the Oceanfront.
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