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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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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.
 

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.
 

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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