From waterfront views at Virginia Beach to a music-focused hotel in Bristol, here’s where to plan your next trip across the state.
In recent years, hotels have been forced to adjust and adapt to the evolution of traveling in the 21st century.
Renovations have taken place to make suites feel more comfortable or accommodating, boutique hotels with local themes have started making names for themselves and hotels are offering more “experiences” than ever before (think nightly happy hours, movie showings, yoga classes and more).
The commonwealth of Virginia is no exception, with four new hotels in the works for the start of the new decade. Find out below where you’ll want to book your next long weekend or staycation.
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Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel
Slated to open in March 2020, the Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel is a 305-room hotel located on Atlantic Avenue. The hotel will have 20,000 square feet of meeting space (which includes a 10,000-square-foot ballroom), an oceanfront lawn and terrace, a seaside full-service restaurant, a fitness center, an indoor and outdoor pool and a rooftop restaurant and bar. Suites will have views of the Atlantic Ocean and easy access to local attractions. // 4201 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach
Delta Hotels Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites
Right off the Chesapeake Bay is Virginia Beach’s second new hotel, scheduled to open in June 2020. The hotel offers private beach access with beach rentals, including kayaks and bikes, as well as experiences, such as beach yoga and access to a local nature preserve trail. The property will offer suites with ocean views, on-site parking, a fitness facility, an outdoor pool and an adjacent restaurant, Tin Cup Kitchen + Oyster Bar. // 2800 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach
Moxy Richmond Downtown
The new boutique hotel brand, offering everything from a “cozy clubhouse feel” to fast Wi-Fi at properties across the United States and Europe, has a new outpost coming to downtown Richmond. According to the website and local news reports, the brand is transforming the eight-story building at Fifth and Franklin Streets (a former 104-room hotel) into a modern, updated property with an always-open bar, convenient technology and curated experiences for guests. // 501 E. Franklin St., Richmond
The Sessions Hotel in Bristol
Bristol is known for its roots in country music thanks to the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion downtown music festival. Its newest location to stay for the weekend-long festival, The Sessions Hotel, is taking inspiration from the city’s musical history for the 70-room, $20-million project to transform the former Jobber Candy factory and Service Mills building and the Owen Equipment building (formerly known as Bristol Grocery) into a modern hotel with a restaurant, rooftop bar and luxury spa. There will also be an outdoor music venue (being designed with the help of country musician Jim Lauderdale), and music-themed decor will be featured in the hotel’s rooms and suites. The hotel doesn’t have an official opening date, but is hoping to be partially open for the 2020 music festival in late September 2020. // 833 State St., Bristol