NATIONAL REPORT—A pair of hotels have recently opened in Cincinnati and Virginia Beach, while another in Newport, RI, is getting ready to open next month.
Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront
The 305-room Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront, a $125-million oceanfront resort developed by Gold Key | PHR has opened as part of The Cavalier Resort, which includes the Historic Cavalier Hotel and Beach Club. It features two signature restaurants, 25,000 sq. ft. of modern meeting and event space and oceanside outdoor social spaces.
The 24-story, glass high-rise utilizes a natural color palette, with interior spaces that feature polished concrete, blackened steel, natural rough woods and greenery. Each of the guestrooms feature elements found in the hotel’s public spaces, and include curated custom art, modern furnishings and greenery throughout.
Additional amenities include lush gardens, fitness areas and adjacent indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as landscaped grounds along the oceanfront with bocce ball, fire pits and terraces.
The Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront is the second phase in a three-phase, $350-million development, which includes The Historic Cavalier Hotel and Beach Club, The Cavalier Residences and 42 Ocean luxury condominiums. A third phase will include an additional hotel.
The Lytle Park Hotel
The Lytle Park Hotel, part of Autograph Collection, has opened after a three-month delay due to COVID-19. The luxury property offers 106 guestrooms, including 18 suites, and more than 11,000 sq. ft. of versatile meeting and event space including the city’s only four-season rooftop venue.
Designed by San Francisco-based design firm ForrestPerkins, the hotel was formed from two historic buildings. The hotel’s grand atrium was inspired by the adjacent Lytle Park, while the light-filled lobby includes expansive greenery and a vaulted glass ceiling.
The guestrooms, averaging more than 450 sq. ft., feature warm wood tones inspired by trees; accents of vibrant and soft blues; and finishes with natural stone and burnished metals. F&B outlets include all-day restaurant Subito, which offers an open kitchen and crown-shaped pendant bar, and Vista at Lytle Park, which spans more than 5,177 sq. ft. across the indoor and outdoor rooftop venue and offers a contemporary menu.
The Brenton Hotel
Located on the harbor in downtown Newport, RI, the newly built and locally owned Brenton Hotel is slated to open next month. The six-story hotel features 57 rooms and suites, two F&B venues and on-site parking. Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout The Brenton’s public spaces and guestrooms offer panoramic views of the harbor and cityscape.
Designed by its local owners, working with Group One Partners of Boston, the hotel takes its inspiration from Newport’s architectural heritage and development over the past 400 years, with nods to local landmarks like the 18th-century Colony House and the 19th-century Opera House Theater. The exterior features wood siding, sailcloth stucco and a stone base.
The hotel’s two-bedroom suites offer more than 1,100 sq. ft. of living space, two king bedrooms and two bathrooms, one featuring a freestanding soaking tub. Standard rooms begin at 450 sq. ft. with king beds facing the floor-to-ceiling windows. Each room features a chaise sitting area with minibar and walls adorned with an in-room gallery of locally inspired photography.