APR 2014

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A P R I L 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 47 R I C H M O N D Exciting developments are happening through- out Richmond, including downtown with a num- ber of new hotels set to come online in 2014 as well as significant upgrades at others. A new, 210-room hotel, located at Cary and 14th Streets, will boast not one but two Marriott flags. There will be a 75-room Residence Inn, and a 135-room Courtyard by Marriott. Addi- tionally, the development will house exhibit and office space for the First Freedom Center, a non- profit that promotes religious freedom. Shamin Hotels has purchased an 18-story of- fice building at 700 East Main Street and plans to convert it into two Hilton-branded hotels: a Hampton Inn and Suites and a Homewood Suites. The property is expected to offer a com- bined 244 guest rooms, and unique meeting spaces such as a 5,000-square-foot restaurant. The 410-room Richmond Marriott Down- town, which is connected to the Greater Rich- mond Convention Center by a skywalk, is set to undergo a renovation of the hotel's 27,000 square feet of meeting space in August 2014. Formerly the Holiday Inn Koger center, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond - Midlothian is now open. A short drive from downtown, the hotel offers 237 guest rooms; 26,000 square feet of conference space, including two ballrooms; and on-site meeting amenities such as a business center, audio/ visual equipment and professional event planners and catering services. The Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center has recently been awarded the "Hotel of the Year" honor by its brand Wyndham Hotel and Resorts. Nestled on a three-building, 20- acre campus that reflects the grace and charm of "Old Virginia," the recently renovated 183-room hotel features two dining venues, an outdoor pool and golf. ■ Richmond's Hotel Developments The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is an extraordinary venue with more than 20,000 works of art. On site are several unique spaces available for rental for groups of up to 2,500, on-site event management staff, a large covered parking deck and a convenient loca- tion in Richmond's Museum District. artfully eventful 23-52 CS April 2014_Layout 1 3/27/14 4:26 PM Page 47

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