From the City of Lynchburg: Officials with Hilton Worldwide announced yesterday that The Virginian Lynchburg hotel will join Curio – A Collection by Hilton, a global set of upscale and luxury hotels hand-picked for their distinctive character and personality, appealing to passionate travelers seeking local discovery. “Curio – A Collection by Hilton is excited to partner with this iconic hotel,” said Bill Fortier, Senior Vice President, Development – Americas, Hilton Worldwide. “With Hilton’s industry and regional expertise, combined with the draw of the newly renovated space and the hotel’s antique charm, The Virginian Lynchburg will certainly be an appealing choice for all types of travelers.” An iconic hotel originally built in 1913, The Virginian Hotel is now undergoing renovations expected to be completed in early 2017. When opened, the hotel will be named The Virginian Lynchburg, Curio Collection by Hilton and will offer 115 high-end guest rooms, a luxurious ballroom and conference center, roof top lounge, artisan café and coffee shop and a restaurant and bar that will offer traditional specialties with a modern twist.
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According to the Hilton’s press release, when the hotel opens in early 2017, The Virginian Lynchburg will seamlessly fit into a community in the midst of a renaissance. Experiencing a nearly 20% population growth since 2000, the city was recently recognized by Forbes’ as a top 100 Best Small Places for Business and Careers.
“The Lynchburg community deserves the revitalization of this iconic hotel which is being made possible by the creative vision of an experienced development team and the progressive cooperation and partnership with the City of Lynchburg and the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority. Our team continues to work tirelessly to bring The Virginian back to life in the best way possible. We promise to stay close to the design roots of this early 20th century architectural treasure, while ensuring that it surpasses expectations as a modern and luxurious new hotel,” said Blair Godsey, development partner, Altus Group.
The Virginian Lynchburg will be located at 712 Church Street in Downtown Lynchburg within walking distance of the James River, Amazement Square Children’s Museum, the Lynchburg Museum and the Blackwater Creek Natural Area. In addition, The Academy of Fine Arts will complete the restoration of a 1905 historic theatre in early 2018, providing a unique entertainment destination that is only one block away. The city will convert Eighth Street between Church Street and Main Street from a one-way street to a two-way street to accommodate construction access during the renovations and for added convenience to the visiting public once the hotel is complete.
The project is being designed by Brooks Stanley and Commonwealth Architects with Interior Design by Baskervill, all based in Richmond, Virginia. Cityscape, led by development partner George Stanley, is the design build general contractor. Cornerstone Hospitality, based in Williamsburg, Virginia, is working alongside the development team and will operate the hotel upon completion.
“This is exciting news for The Virginian and for Lynchburg,” said Lynchburg City Manager, Kimball Payne. “Hilton is a brand known throughout the world, and this partnership should be beneficial to all parties involved. The City is looking forward to seeing this historic hotel renovated. We are fortunate to having many quality lodging options, and The Virginian should make Lynchburg even more attractive for anyone looking for unique lodging options.”