Four Southern new and renovated properties in West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia and Virginia.
Hotel Morgan, Morgantown, West Virginia
A year-long renovation of this 95-year-old property birthed a completely reimagined Hotel Morgan, with 81 guest rooms and two suites near West Virginia University. With locally focused food and beverage, thoughtful amenities and community-centric programming, the new management seeks to cater to alumni, college-town travelers and would-be mountaineers alike. Two ballrooms and two boardrooms will serve your affair (one ballroom has two stories and a fireplace). A state-of-the-art fitness center, rooftop event space, and craft coffee and cocktails at Anvil + Ax are the cherries on top.
The Valley Hotel, Birmingham, Alabama
The new Curio Collection by Hilton property offers 129 rooms and nine suites in boutique style (but with oversize bathrooms) in Homewood, a bucolic suburb of Birmingham. Local artwork in guest rooms, crisp woods, fresh linens and a natural color palette all pay homage to the area’s character, from a thriving art scene to the natural beauty of nearby Red Mountain Park. Event space totaling 7,000 sq. ft. offers indoor and outdoor setups for your meeting. Ironwood Kitchen + Cocktails, fresh-air dining at Valley Terrace and craft pours at Valley Coffee Co. are all curated with an artisanal eye.
Kimpton Sylvan Hotel, Atlanta
This Kimpton property opened early February, with 217 guest rooms housed in an original mid-century adaptive-reuse building. Hotel design plays on congruity between its interior space and exterior greenery. Inspired by Atlanta’s nickname, “the city in the forest,” decor utilizes natural light, neutrals, glazed tile and stone. Over 4,000 sq. ft. of event space includes a ballroom that fits up to 275 guests reception-style, and team outings are a breeze with the hotel’s curated local experiences. For dining on site, The Betty restaurant brings fresh contemporary fare via old Hollywood elegance, while outdoor garden Willow Bar and rooftop St. Julep will open with their own distinctive experiences later this spring.
Delta Hotels by Marriott Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites, Virginia
The all-suite, 295 room property opens this March on Chesapeake Bay. One- and two-bedroom suites feature separate living areas, with most rooms featuring bay views and furnished balconies. Event space of 12,250 sq. ft. includes Carter Hall, suitable for up to 250 guests. Groups can also make use of the hotel’s private beach for events. Dig into local delicacies at Tin Cup Kitchen + Oyster Bar, which features craft cocktails with a menu celebrating the eight oyster regions of Virginia (and has a patio extension for fresh-air bites overlooking the water.)