NORFOLK, VA—The Hilton Norfolk The Main, owned by Gold Key | PHR, has opened here in downtown. The 300-room, 21-story hotel features a glass curtain wall, a 100-ft.-tall atrium, four signature dining experiences and The Exchange, the city’s largest convention and meeting space, according to the company. The property is part of the ongoing revitalization of Norfolk, considered one of the most iconic naval bases in the United States, which also is experiencing a growing food and art scene.
“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 a glass-enclosed lobby on the second floor, fitness facility, upscale indoor pool with a rooftop sundeck and an executive club level.
Dining options include: Saltine, which showcases the region’s seafood; Grain, Norfolk’s first rooftop beer garden with more than 100 local and regional craft beers on tap and live entertainment; Varia, a trattoria-inspired eatery with nightly piano entertainment and two private dining rooms; and Frutive, a certified organic restaurant offering a menu that is 100% plant-based and features locally sourced ingredients.
The hotel offers 50,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and 39 meeting rooms. There is also a collaboration room, a tiered meeting room, two boardrooms, as well as advanced technology. For larger events, Hilton Norfolk The Main houses the largest hotel ballroom in Virginia with 18,500 sq. ft. of space and the ability to accommodate 2,200 seated guests, according to the company.
The property is within walking distance of more than 50 restaurants and is proximate the city’s art outlets and entertainment venues, as well as the Nauticus Maritime Museum, Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Half Moone Cruise Center, MacArthur Center, City Center, Chrysler Museum of Art, Town Point Park, The Norva, Waterside District, Norfolk Scope and Harbor Park.
“At Hilton, we are constantly looking to enter destinations that enhance our guests’ travel experiences, and with Hilton Norfolk The Main’s prime location in the heart of this city… guests will immediately feel in the heart of it all,” said Shawn McAteer, VP/global brand management, Hilton Hotels & Resorts.