VIRGINIA BEACH, VA—Located in downtown Norfolk, VA, Hilton Norfolk The Main is a $150-million development slated to open in March 2017.
It is a Gold Key | PHR property and stands 21-stories tall. The project was designed by a team of architects and design firms, including Cooper Carry, the lead architect, with interior designs by both King Design and Baskerville.
With the hotel lobby on the 2nd floor and rising 20 additional stories, the hotel will feature 300 guestrooms, a modern fitness facility and upscale indoor pool along with an extensive list of guest amenities. Featuring a contemporary design, the hotel is steeped in a blend of deep hues and warm tones with bright modern accents.
With a glass curtain wall, The Main features an astounding 100-ft.-tall ground-floor atrium that will serve as the focal point of the property, blending the city’s urban core with a bright and contemporary interior.
“The Main is a transitional moment for Norfolk, filling a void in the downtown scene offering both locals and visitors a comprehensive hospitality experience,” said Gold Key | PHR CEO Bruce Thompson. “We wanted to create a cultural destination in downtown Norfolk, one that excites both locals and visitors alike.”
The property has 11 suites providing views of the city and the Elizabeth River. Bay Suites offer larger accommodations, grand bathrooms and multiple televisions, while the presidential suites include a stately private dining room accommodating up to eight people. Additionally, the hotel offers executive suites located on the 21st floor designed for corporate travelers and select leisure guests. Accessible only by private elevator key, and with its own private check-in and checkout, these suites feature separate guestrooms with upgraded amenities, including dedicated staff available 24 hours a day.
There are three dining options: Saltine, Varia and Grain, located on various levels of the property. On the ground level, Saltine showcases the seafood in a modern space with old-world accents including black distressed millwork and globe lighting. The hotel’s trattoria-inspired Varia is housed on the second floor, providing a wine lounge and piano bar that offers elevated Italian fare. Located nine-stories up, the 10,000-sq.ft. Grain offers a casual rooftop option that integrates indoors and outdoors with large roll-up walls opening to the terrace.
The Exchange at The Main has 42,000 sq. ft. of high-tech meeting space and features 39 different meeting-room spaces, making it the largest conference space in Norfolk, according to the company. There is also a collaboration room and two boardrooms as well as state-of-the-art technology from audio/visual equipment to soundproof rooms. For larger groups, The Main Ballroom can accommodate 1,200 seated guests and is the largest ballroom in Virginia with 18,500 sq. ft. of space with pre-function space also available, according to the company.
“The Main is more than just a hotel and conference center; it is a piece of civic architecture housing a multitude of functions designed to celebrate and connect to the surrounding community,” said Rob Uhrin, a principal in Cooper Carry’s Hospitality Studio and one of the lead architects on the project. “The large central atrium—coined the ‘Grand Central Station’ of the property—ties together all the public spaces, including the food and beverage outlets, hotel spaces and event spaces, creating a dynamic experience for the guest and onlooker.”