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Since 1927, the historic Cavalier Hotel has hosted a wide variety of luxury travelers, including ten U.S. presidents and celebrities from the Jazz Age to Big Bands of the 1920s. The Cavalier boasts unparalleled modern amenities and services while preserving and honoring the grand history and architectural integrity of the hotel.
 

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CELEBRATE BOURBON HERITAGE MONTH WITH 15 MUST-TRY BOTTLES

It's time to go bonkers for bourbon.

 

MAXIM Online

Jonah Flicker

 

September is Bourbon Heritage Month, a designation passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate in 2007 (back when the Senate was capable of doing such a thing). 

 

The point is to celebrate bourbon, the indigenous American spirit that continues to be wildly popular both here and around the world. 

 

Here are 15 bottles you should try to get your hands on and drink right now, from an almost 30-year-old release to an affordable, new blended bourbon.

 

TARNISHED TRUTH 3 YEAR HIGH RYE BOURBON

 

Tarnished Truth Distilling Company is a small distillery located in the Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach. They've released two bourbons sourced from MGP, a nine-year-old single barrel release and a three-year-old high rye bourbon. The distillery, which opened this past March, claims to be the only one operating inside of a U.S. hotel. At the moment, the bourbon can be purchased onsite or at retail outlets through Virginia. $63

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The Cavalier Hotel

 

Big-band ensembles, a gilded lobby, and a golf course with holes modeled after Scotland's greatest greens - The Cavalier Hotel once had all the trappings of the Gatsby era (F. Scott Fitzgerald was even a guest). Almost century later, the Virginia Beach gem was destined for the wrecking ball until a group of local investors stepped in. Their restoration ushered in larger, more luxurious rooms, three new dining concepts, and Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, the first hotel distillery in the nation. Book a tour or tasting and raise a glass to new beginnings.

 

Virginia Beach's classic Cavalier Hotel shines again

 

USA TODAY

 

Ninety-one years after its debut, The Cavalier Hotel reclaimed its well-deserved reputation as a luxury destination in Virginia Beach when it reopened its doors earlier this year.

 

Built over the course of 13 months from 1926 into 1927 to a tune of $2 million, The Cavalier was so-named as a result of a local newspaper contest, and it quickly became the place to be upon opening. Its private train depot welcomed guests non-stop from Chicago, and limousines ushered guests from the rail station, as well as from arriving steamer ships.

-BECCA RESTAURANT & GARDEN- POPULAR RESTAURANT AT THE CAVALIER HOTEL ENLIVENS THE VIRGINIA BEACH DINING SCENE

 

Executive Chef Dan Elinan Embraces Summer with Seasonal Featured Dishes

 

Already a Virginia Beach dining destination, Becca, a modern restaurant inspired by farm-to-table practices, is the culinary essence of The Cavalier Hotel. Featuring bright and inspired cuisine using only the freshest local ingredients, Becca, under the direction of the hotel's skilled executive chef Dan Elinan, demonstrates a true commitment to sustainable cooking.

 

Elinan and his culinary team capture the spirit of summer with an ever-changing menu dependent on seasonal produce and seasonal catches. Serving lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, diners enjoy exquisite tastes while surrounded by Becca's lush gardens and stunning ocean vistas.

 

Chef's current features include Chilled Summer Squash Soup with Mountain View Creamery Feta, lime basil, beniseed cracker, and bright salads like the Arugula & Pickled Strawberry Salad with Goat Lady Goats Cheese, shaved fennel, espelette sunflower seeds, and lemon miso vinaigrette and the Grilled Baby Gem with pickled toy box tomato, shaved pecorino, garlic parmesan dressing, and sesame semolina crumble.

 

Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Virginia Beach

The Washington Post

 

By Candy Sagon

 

The grand reopening this spring of Virginia Beach's historical Cavalier Hotel, following a four-year, $85 million renovation of the 91-year-old oceanfront landmark, is a fitting symbol of the city's booming tourism business and rapidly changing culinary scene. The latest state tourism data shows that the last five years have brought record numbers of visitors to enjoy the city's pristine beaches and family-friendly atmosphere, but the biggest changes have come from a coterie of young, innovative chefs determined to shake up the city's staid eateries. In the laid-back Vibe district, just blocks from the busy beachfront, one can find new craft coffee shops and farm-to-fork restaurants worthy of big-city neighbors. The Cavalier is also capitalizing on the national love for craft spirits with its own working distillery for making bourbon, rye whiskey and vodka - a throwback to the hotel's Prohibition days.

Your Next Hotel May Have an Attached Brewery or Distillery

NEW YORK TIMES

 

Capitalizing on a growing love of craft beer and spirits, more hotels are adding on-site breweries and distilleries to lure travelers into destination trips and longer stays.

 

By Elaine Glusac

June 18, 2018

 

Today's trendiest hotel amenity is an operational brewery or distillery on site, and it means guests won't have to worry about a designated driver after a flight of craft beers or carefully-distilled whiskey.

 

Following the path blazed by winery inns and microbrewery hotels like McMenamins, a chain of hotels in Oregon, a new crop of American hotels offers not just a comfortable bed and a leisurely stay, but also adult beverages you can't get anywhere else.

Top-Shelf Trends

Hotels Magazine

 

VODKA WITH A LOCAL TWIST

 

The Cavalier Hotel, a Gold Key | PHR property and Marriott Autograph Collection member in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is the first U.S. hotel with an on-site distillery, producing three kinds of whiskey (guests can barrel their own batch) and a plan to distill gin. It also distils vodka: When Andrew Yancey and Josh Canada proposed opening the Tarnished Truth distillery in the hotel to CEO Bruce Thompson, he insisted on it. "If you go into a liquor store, there's more vodka than anything else so it's hard to compete in that realm," Yancey says, " but if we're doing local stuff, might as well do everything we can."

2018 Top Hot Spots For Winter Events

Convention South

 

GULF SHORES, Ala. (May 15, 2018) - After a review of our entire 16 state coverage area, our editorial team selected an elite group of ten hot spot cities for winter events. We then asked our readers to vote for the hottest meeting sites within these hot spots, determining the "Hottest of the Hot". Please see winners below. The July 2018 Issue of ConventionSouth will showcase the below sites with an editorial spotlight:

 

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The Founders Inn & Spa
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We Planned the Perfect Weekend in Virginia Beach

 

Coastal Living Magazine

By Tracey Minkin

 

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The historic Cavalier Hotel, a grande dame that's welcomed 10 U.S. presidents, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, and other luminaries since it opened its opulent doors in 1927, has reopened in 2018 after a four-year renovation. With much of the historic detail restored, new pleasures have joined the fun, including an on-site distillery, a full-service spa, and a reimagined Beach Club opening on Memorial Day. Rates for the 62 rooms and 23 suites start at $189.

What You Should Know Before Visiting These 31 Popular Travel Destinations

Architectural Digest

 

Consider yourself armed for your next big adventure

 

April 16, 2018

Hannah Huber

 

Planning a trip can be a daunting task. Curating the perfect itinerary for a short getaway while avoiding the ever-present fear of tourist traps and gaffes can ruin a trip before it even begins. Being aware of activities and sites to skip is just as important as making time for the secret can't-miss spots. Below are 31 destinations, with insider tips to match, to take the pain out of planning.

 

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Experience the historical side of Virginia Beach in the newly renovated Cavalier. Playing host to ten presidents, as well as celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, and more, this waterfront icon was built in 1927 by architect Clarence Neff and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Treat yourself to a tour of the hotel's private onsite distillery or a game of billiards in its historic Raleigh Room and be transported to a glamorous Art Deco fantasy.

Cavalier Hotel reopens after $81 million renovation

 

Virginia Business

 

March 29, 2018

by Paula C. Squires

 

Hospitality executive Bruce L. Thompson once told the Virginia Beach City Council that he didn't want to be "the guy who tore the hotel down."

These days, Thompson and his business partners are being praised as the group that saved the iconic Cavalier Hotel.  After nearly five years and $81 million in renovations, the historic Virginia Beach hotel officially reopened March 7.

"It could have had 3,200 units on it," Thompson, CEO of Gold Key| PHR, a Virginia Beach-based hospitality company, told a large gathering that attended the property's ribbon-cutting celebration.

Thompson was referring to other developers who wanted to demolish the hotel and put up high-density residential projects after a judge ordered that the property be sold in 2012. The order was aimed at resolving a lawsuit over minority shareholder rights that had been filed by warring factions of the Disthene Group, the hotel's owner at the time. 

10 must-see sights at this historic under-the-radar gem

USA TODAY

 

Jennifer Franklin, for Visit Virginia Beach

 

Virginia cities like Williamsburg and Richmond have a reputation for being historical gems, but Virginia Beach boasts a robust history all its own. Paired with a thriving arts scene and, of course, outdoor experiences on the beach itself, this coastal city is packed with history to engage every member of the family. Consider this your primer. Here are the top 10 historic sites to see on your next trip and help you start planning your own Virginia Beach itinerary, which will check all the must-have boxes on your next vacation.

The Cavalier Hotel Reveals Extensive Renovations

Hospitality Design

 

Will Speros • March 16, 2018

 

The Cavalier Hotel has returned to Virginia Beach following a four-year, $85 million renovation by Norfolk, Virginia-based Hanbury Architects.

 

The entrance has been restored with its original four-column portico and brick porte-cochère leading to the lobby, which channels the Jazz Age of the Roaring Twenties with historic elements, including soaring ceilings, sparkling fixtures, and ornate architectural moldings. Anchored by a central fireplace, the Raleigh Room merges modern style with classic Southern charm, serving as the main salon with seating, drink carts, and gaming. The indoor-outdoor eatery Becca features intimate garden seating as well as contemporary interiors, while the distillery and tasting room Tarnished Truth and the Prohibition-inspired tavern the Hunt Room serve as additional social and convivial lounges. The Hunt Room also boasts a fully rebuilt, oversized hearth that was a key fixture of its original design.

First Look: Virginia Beach's Cavalier Hotel

Garden & Gun

 

A storied seaside hotel returns to its Jazz Age glory

 

By Elizabeth Hutchinson

March 15, 2018

 

Muhammad Ali, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby all partied in the famed Crystal Ballroom at the circa-1927 Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach. Designated trains from Chicago and D.C. deposited glittering guests feet from the front door of the brick neoclassical tower perched on a grassy hill overlooking the Atlantic. Ten U.S. presidents soaked in the hotel's claw-foot tubs outfitted with extra spigots to draw restorative salt water baths. A Prohibition-era speakeasy and casino reportedly operated out of the basement. Perhaps juiciest of all, Richard Nixon allegedly burnt the White House tapes' missing eighteen-minutes in the fireplace of the hotel's subterranean Hunt Room lounge. But by the early twenty-first century, the once-regal Cavalier was embroiled in a family feud and had deteriorated to the point that Stephen King's Jack Torrance would have been right at home in its musty near-empty halls. Then in 2013, the folks at Gold Key PHR, a local hospitality and real estate management firm, purchased the aging grande dame.

Presidential stay: Hotels that hosted the commander in chief

USA TODAY

By Susan B. Barnes

 

Virginia

 

Reopening in March 2018 after three years and more than $80 million in renovations, The Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach has hosted U.S. presidents including Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon. In fact, Nixon was seen burning papers in the hotel's oversized fireplace late at night in the middle of summer during Watergate. His daughters made some friends at the beach and invited them back to Washington, D.C. to tour the White House.

8 AMERICAN CITIES MAKING BIG IMPROVEMENTS IN 2018

Thrillist

By Matt Meltzer

 

Virginia Beach, Virginia: Surf Park

 

Pharrell brings waves of energy to the Oceanfront Dome

 

For more than 20 years, the former site of the Oceanfront Dome music venue in Virginia Beach has sat as an oceanfront parking lot. The city views its development as the lynchpin in making VB a year-round tourist destination, and musician Pharrell Williams thinks he has the answer: a surf park. Last year, he and his partners entered into a deal with the city to develop a $20 million park as part of a $300 million retail development, where surfers can catch 6-foot artificial waves, 30 per hour.

 

Beyond the surf park, Virginia Beach has seen some other attractive new developments. The historic Cavalier Hotel reopened this year, and after a $75 million restoration also opened the first distillery completely set in a US hotel at Tarnished Truth. Plans for a new 880-foot concrete pier jutting out from 15th Street are also in the works, complete with a Ferris wheel. Look for Virginia Beach within a few years to be considered a primo American beach destination, a jewel on one of the country's most underrated stretches of coast.

Couples celebrate Valentine's Day and get a first look at The Cavalier Hotel's renovations

The Virginian-Pilot

By Stacy Parker

 

As Julie MacKinlay walked her dog along the brick pathway to The Cavalier Hotel during the landmark's years-long restoration, she couldn't wait to see what it would look like.

 

Would the ballroom where she and her husband celebrated their wedding 53 years ago be as grand as it once was?

 

On Wednesday, she got her answer.

 

About 75 couples, including the MacKinlays, attended "The Cavalier Unveiled," a Valentine's Day celebration at the Oceanfront icon.

Career fairs continue as Cavalier Hotel gears up to reopen in March

Virginia Business Magazine

 

Gold Key | PHR is looking to hire more people for the March 7, reopening of the The Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach. Two career fairs will be held on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 at Gold Key's Career Center at 313 Laskin Rd., Suite 103, in Virginia Beach.
 

Gold Key said it already has hired 125 people and still has nearly 100 associate positions available. The Virginia-Beach based hospitality management company said The Cavalier Hotel is looking to hire experienced hospitality workers from managerial full-time employees to bar and wait staff, culinary professionals, banquet servers and housekeeping staff.
 

While some employees have started work, all 225 associates will begin employment at the hotel by Feb. 5, in time for its reopening the next month.

Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach holding job fair to find 225 workers

The Virginian-Pilot

By Stacy Parker

 

The Cavalier Hotel at the Oceanfront is looking to hire workers as it gears up for its grand opening.

 

Gold Key | PHR will hold a job fair on Tuesday for 225 hospitality positions, including full-time managers, bar and waitstaff, culinary professionals, banquet servers, housekeepers and more.

 

Salaried positions will pay $48,000 to $80,000. Front desk agents will make $12 to $15 an hour, and a room attendant will earn $11 an hour, according to a Gold Key | PHR spokesperson.

Renovations roundup: These hotels look better than ever

USA TODAY

By Nancy Trejos

 

The hotel industry is thriving, with new properties popping up all over the USA. As a result, existing properties are renovating to keep up. This month, USA TODAY takes a look at notable hotel renovations.

 

The Cavalier in Virginia Beach

 

 

Built in 1927, the design of the hotel was inspired by Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

It played host to 10 U.S. presidents and celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Doris Day, Muhammad Ali, and Frank Sinatra. It was also a venue for performances by Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller of the Big Band era.

Cavalier's Top Chef a Familiar Face

The Virginian-Pilot

By Patrick Evans-Hylton

As the much anticipated reopening of The Cavalier hotel approaches, work is finalizing on many details, like, what's there to eat.  Dining at the historic Oceanfront hotel, which opened 90 years ago in 1927 includes a number of properties. Overseeing them all will be Executive Chef Dan Elinan.  

Reclaiming the Cavalier: A distillery takes shape inside a former laundry room

The Virginian-Pilot

By Stacy Parker

 

Bright lights illuminate an interior room on the ground floor of The Cavalier Hotel.  It used to be where the hotel's laundry was washed. Now something much different is taking shape: think Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory with shiny copper machinery, pipes, gauges and thermometers.  But instead of candy, this equipment will make spirits - vodka, bourbon, gin and rye whiskey.  It will be one of the only craft distilleries in the world operating inside a hotel.

19 PRESIDENTIAL RETREATS WHERE YOU CAN VISIT AND STAY

Town & Country
By Nadine Jolie Courtney
 
Soon after President Trump won the election, it was reported that membership initiation fees to his private club Mar-a-Lago doubled from $100,000 to $200K. Many people clamor to walk in the footsteps of a President and this one has the rare-if ethically murky-ability to capitalize on that.
 

While many of the former so-called summer and winter White Houses have been turned into museums-like Harry S. Truman's Little White House in Key West, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Little White House in Georgia, or Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Virginia-a slew of presidential playgrounds exist where the public can actually stay.

 

THE CAVALIER HOTEL: A MODERN AMERICAN ICON

The Cavalier Meticulously Restored to Its Original 1927 Glory After $75 Million+ Renovation
 
A Virginia icon, The Cavalier Hotel will reopen its oceanfront doors in late 2017 after a massive $75-million+ restoration. Developed by Gold Key | PHR, the newly reimagined property will become the latest luxury class member of Marriott's distinguished Autograph Collection bringing unparalleled accommodations and dining to the mid-Atlantic.
 

Old-Fashioned Hospitality

Garden & Gun
By Jennifer V. Cole

 

Across the South, historic hotels are regaining their former grandeur. Modeled after Jefferson's Monticello, this brick-and-stone tower opened in 1927 as a neoclassical playground for the rich and famous, catering to everyone from Bing Crosby to Elizabeth Taylor to Washington power players. Railways deposited guests just feet from the hotel, where amenities included tubs with an extra spigot to draw saltwater baths and a broker on-site with a live ticker tape from the New York Stock Exchange. Its heyday ended during World War II, when the navy took over the hotel for radar training. But this summer, the regal Cavalier is scheduled to ride again after a $75 million restoration, with special attention paid to preserving the original design elements (exterior pedestals and finials, portico columns, terrazzo floors, painted ceilings).

Virginia's Cavalier Hotel to Join Autograph Collection After Massive Renovation

Successful Meetings Online

By Matt Alderton

 

The Cavalier Hotel has been a fixture in Virginia Beach, VA, since 1927, when it opened just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. Ninety years later, the hotel that once hosted famous guests such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Elizabeth Taylor -- not to mention at least 10 U.S. presidents, from Calvin Coolidge to Jimmy Carter -- is preparing for a rebirth: In December, it will unveil the fruits of a $75 million renovation and restoration when it reopens as a member of Marriott International's Autograph Collection, it announced this week.

TRANSFORMATIVE PROPERTIES? NEW AND UPDATED RESORTS WILL GIVE VIRGINIA MORE CONVENTION SETTINGS IN 2017

Virginia Business
by Elizabeth Cooper
 
The new year will be a big one for Virginia's hospitality industry in terms of openings. December saw the much-awaited debut of MGM National Harbor, a $1.4 billion casino and resort in Prince George's County, Md., across the Potomac River from Alexandria. Two more properties, The Main in downtown Norfolk and a restored Cavalier on the Hill in Virginia Beach. All three properties promise the latest in amenities and luxury, and travelers and convention planners are checking them out and making reservations.
 

CAVALIER HOTEL SEARCHING FOR 84 COUPLES WHO WERE MARRIED OR HONEYMOONED AT THE HOTEL TO RETURN & RENEW WEDDING VOWS WITH ONE COUPLE SAYING "I DO" FOR THE FIRST TIME

Honoring that history and celebrating its new future, The Cavalier is inviting couples, who were either married or honeymooned at the property since its 1927 opening, to submit their love stories for a chance to be selected as one of 84 couples to renew their wedding vows, celebrate and stay at the property in February 2018. Alongside this group of lucky couples, submissions are now open for one lucky couple looking to get married for the first time, at this launch celebration honoring both the past and the future of The Cavalier Hotel.
 

RECLAIMING THE CAVALIER: REBUILDING THE HUNT ROOM FIREPLACE BRICK BY BRICK

The Virginian-Pilot
By Stacy Parker
 
Inside the ground floor of The Cavalier Hotel, the air feels cool on the skin. The dark, cavernous space smells damp and musty. Sunlight sneaking in through an open doorway is overcome by shadows from exposed metal beams. An industrial fan blows against a sheet of translucent plastic hanging from the ceiling. A thick layer of sand and construction dust covers the Hunt Room floor. Imprints from the soles of many boots lead to the fireplace, where bricklayer Larry Ahlemeyer is wielding a chisel and a hammer.
 

RECLAIMING THE CAVALIER: THE ENTRANCE AND PORCHES

The Virginian-Pilot
By Stacy Parker
 
Among the trickiest challenges of restoring the 1927 hotel: repairing the entranceway's structural problems while keeping its historical details intact. But when the project is complete, walking through the front door will be like entering the hotel during its heyday.
 

RECLAIMING THE CAVALIER: ON THE ROOFTOP

The Virginian-Pilot
By Stacy Parker
 
The roof of the seven-story hotel offers a panoramic view. But it also offers a close-up of its deterioration over time. Years of exposure to the Oceanfront's elements - windblown saltwater, sun and rain - damaged the copper-domed bell tower; a room below it where ice blocks cooled the hotel water; and the decorative, stone railing - called a parapet - that frames the roof.
 

CAVALIER HOTEL GROUNDSKEEPER IS THE KING OF CURB APPEAL IN VIRGINIA BEACH

The Virginian-Pilot
By Stacy Parker
 
He's a lawn maestro, a mulch master, the king of curb appeal. Meet Tom Corso, groundskeeper at The Cavalier Hotel on the Hill. For 21 years, Corso has been responsible for the green space on the historic Oceanfront property. These days, he's commanding what remains of it. In the fall of 2013, a court-ordered sale of the 22-acre resort threatened the hotel's existence. The city provided the highest bidder with incentives to preserve it, including more than $2 million for public easements on the hotel's lawn and entrance and for its serpentine walls.
 

2016 TOP STORIES | 4. HOTELS

The Virginian-Pilot: Inside Business
By Sandra J Pennecke
 
"If you build it, they will come" is certainly the anticipated mantra with the rise of several new hotels taking shape throughout Hampton Roads in 2016. The city of Virginia Beach is undergoing a renaissance of its own with the restoration of the historic Cavalier Hotel Established in 1927, the iconic Oceanfront hotel, at 42nd Street and Pacific Avenue, has been visited by numerous U.S. presidents, celebrities and guests throughout its lifespan of almost nine decades.
 

FOR THE CAVALIER, A FACELIFT TRUMPS THE WRECKING BALL DEVELOPER BRUCE THOMPSON TAKES ON RENOVATION OF ONE OF HAMPTON ROADS' MOST BELOVED HOTELS

Virginia Business
By Elizabeth Cooper
 
After two decades of replacing outdated oceanfront hotels with upscale, contemporary buildings, developer Bruce L. Thompson is about to take on the biggest project of his life: a nearly $260 million plan that includes the renovation of one of Virginia Beach's most iconic properties, The Cavalier Hotel.
 
The founder and CEO of Gold Key/PHR Hotels & Resorts purchased the 86-year-old Cavalier Hotel earlier this summer. Sitting on a hill overlooking Atlantic Avenue with its name etched into a manicured lawn, the stately brick hotel had hosted an array of dignitaries before falling into disrepair.
 

THE CAVALIER HOTEL ACCEPTED TO NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES

VIRGINIA BEACH'S 87-YEAR-OLD HOTEL UNDERGOES A 5-STAR RENOVATION
 
The Cavalier Hotel, a Virginia Beach icon, has earned the distinguished honor of being accepted to the National Register of Historic Places. National Register properties are chosen based on age, integrity and significance of the property to the history of their community, state or nation.
 
Constructed in 1927 by architect Clarence Neff, the Cavalier Hotel is currently undergoing a 2-year renovation to be restored to its original grandeur by Gold Key | PHR Hotels & Resorts in conjunction with the architecture firm Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company and the general contractor W.M. Jordan Company.
 
The historic Cavalier Hotel will reopen in 2017 as a 5-star member of Marriott's distinguished Autograph Collection. As part of the Autograph Collection by Marriott, the new Cavalier Grand Hotel will boast 90 guest rooms, an onsite bourbon distillery, a ballroom for lavish weddings and social events and a world class restaurant. The mixed-use plan for the overall site development also calls for an additional 85 homes, including estate homes, cottages and bungalows. These residences will be built on the expansive ocean-facing lawn of the Grand Hotel. For nearly a century, the Cavalier Hotel has hosted beach goers and celebrities alike including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Will Rogers, and Bette Davis. The rich history of the hotel, including hosting seven U.S. Presidents, has helped the Cavalier Hotel secure its place on The National Register of Historic Places.
 
"The Cavalier Hotel is an iconic landmark. It's no wonder it's known as the hotel that ‘made Virginia Beach famous.' We are honored to preserve the history while making the Cavalier Hotel a luxury destination for decades to come," said Bruce Thompson, the CEO of Gold Key | PHR Hotels & Resorts.
 
The rooms in the Cavalier will be completely gutted and rebuilt bigger. The main floor will be renovated but will feature trappings common in the early-20th century, including crystal glass pieces and phonographs. The poolside vistas and loggias, those enclosed porches that can open up to sea breezes, will also remain.
 
The Cavalier's sister hotel on the oceanfront will be rebuilt and called the Oceanfront Marriott Hotel. The oceanfront hotel sits next to the Cavalier Beach Club, which opened in 1929 and will undergo a $4 million facelift. The historic Cavalier is expected to reopen in 2017; the Oceanfront Marriott is expected to open in 2018.
 

About the Cavalier Hotel

The Cavalier Hotel, comprised of the grand Cavalier on the Hill, built in 1927, and the contemporary Cavalier Oceanfront, is renowned for its historic architecture, sophisticated ambience, and ideal Virginia Beach location. The hotel has served as a naval training center during World War II as well as host to many international dignitaries, celebrities and U.S. Presidents.
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THOMPSON PROPOSES $200M FOR CAVALIER HOTEL PROJECT

The Virginian-Pilot
 
Developer Bruce Thompson unveiled a framework for what he'd like to do with the Cavalier Hotel properties to Virginia Beach city officials Tuesday, setting the stage for financial negotiations. Thompson told a room full of elected officials and appointees that he intends to put more than $200 million into the Oceanfront properties that include the 86-year-old Cavalier on the Hill. He mentioned that his firm would have to raze the old hotel if he couldn't secure enough support.