News for the Hospitality Executive
GLEN ALLEN, VA, July 2012---A multi-million dollar renovation of interior and exterior space brings one of the Mid Atlantic region's most prominent meeting venues to new heights of productivity, professionalism and value. The Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center in Glen Allen, Virginia, committed over $3 million to providing state-of-the-art technology in its dedicated conference center. The renovation includes lobbies, restaurants, meeting and function space, and adding new gardens, reception areas and recreational facilities. Plans are underway for renovation of all 183 guestrooms and suites, to be completed in 2013.
Its purpose-built, IACC-approved conference facilities are 21st century, designed "to produce maximum results," according to General Manager Bob Nelson . Nelson was recently honored with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts General Manager of the Year Award for 2011. He and his staff are committed to providing everything needed for a productive, cost-effective meeting.
In today's business environment, meeting planners are under intense scrutiny to produce results. "A significant amount of time and money is lost because of badly planned and poorly executed meetings," Nelson says. He and his staff have earned a reputation for providing a unique setting with excellent technical facilities, and one of the region's most experienced and professional staffs that can assist with every aspect of conference and event planning. "Our customers are very loyal because we make them look very, very good," says Nelson.
Set on 20 landscaped acres that reflect the grace and charm of Old Virginia, the recently renovated Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center features a fast and efficient digital infrastructure to power meetings and events to their optimum potential.
The renovations are a perfect blending of classic and contemporary design, combining the most advanced technology and ergonomics within a serene and secure setting. Sequestered behind stately brick walls, the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center recalls a college campus or private estate. Guests pass through a wrought-iron gate, up a tree-lined drive to the hilltop, where the property overlooks the woodlands of Virginia and the greens of the Crossings Golf Club.
The newly renovated restaurants and reception areas accommodate an array of corporate and private events indoors and out. Major meetings, gala receptions, private dinners, exclusive executive retreats and team building exercises can be organized, supported by a professional staff and a complete range of business and technical services. Guests can enjoy the swimming pool, fitness center, golf, cycling trails and a putting green. The Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center provides every element needed for a successful meeting.
New fixtures and furnishings include striking carpeting and artwork in meeting rooms and the Henrico Ballroom. Furniture is designed to increase productivity, with ergonomic chairs replacing conventional banquet chairs. Private dining rooms can accommodate up to 40 guests for cocktails or dinner.
Tops in Technology
A PSAV high speed digital network, expandable to 100 Megabytes downloads speeds is now installed throughout the property.
The Wydham Virginia Crossings is the first hotel in the United States to feature the new Quadriga Guest Room Media Center and Communications Portal, offering high definition television, movies, audio and high speed Internet with wireless controls. The digital system provides video on demand and high speed Internet services to guests via the in-room TV, and supports the specific business objectives of the conference center.
The Tavern Restaurant
The Tavern is named after the historic Yellow Tavern that occupied the site of the Civil War battleground where the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center now stands. Today, groups can gather after meetings to enjoy a new bar and grill offering high top, table and booth seating. A pool table and Digital Kinect game area provide diversions. An expansive new deck with a communal fire-pit overlooks the swimming pool and grounds. The Tavern provides one of the few outdoor dining options in the Richmond area.
The Tavern has a fresh look with new furniture, lighting and games. A spacious deck and fire pit were added, providing an outdoor gathering spot overlooking the grounds.
A new marker has been added to commemorate the historic Battle of the Yellow Tavern in which Confederate General JEB Stuart perished. A Civil War cannon will soon be placed in front of the Tavern. Several of the South's most famous Civil War Battlefields are nearby. Virginia is currently marking the Civil War Sesquicentennial- a four-year, event-filled commemoration of the war and its impact on ordinary Americans as well as military heroes.
Richmond's Only Outdoor Hotel Space Gets Even Better
The green lawns and surrounding countryside offer many opportunities for recreation, team building exercises, outdoor receptions, wedding ceremonies, and an array of sports activities. The staff can organize group activities and outings for every guest, including hot air ballooning, wine tours, and visits to historic sites.
The new Crossings Pergola is one of many quiet spots in which to reflect, relax and enjoy the unique ambiance of The Wyndham Virginia Crossings. Overlooking the Crossings Golf Course, the graceful Pergola is the perfect setting for group receptions or small wedding or vow renewal ceremonies. An adjacent putting green provides family fun or corporate activity - the clubs and balls are provided free. The elegant Terrace Tent has been added for outdoor events and overlooks the completed renovated and
re-landscaped pool area.
Although built in the 1980s as headquarters for Figgie International, Inc., the architecture of the central Jefferson Building is reminiscent of Thomas Jefferson's legendary home, Monticello. President, statesman, architect, musician and inventor, Jefferson was also a master gardener. Notes Bob Nelson, "We honored Jefferson's love of horticulture by replicating his beloved gardens at Monticello with their oval beds and winding flower paths. As guests enjoy this serene sanctuary, they'll know that when the Moon Beams, Frosty Fires and Blue Cadets are blossoming at Monticello, are blossoming here at Jefferson Gardens." The gardens provide a spot for a small group to gather to work, relax or entertain.
Inside, the Jeffersonian influence continues with the newly refurbished Jefferson Lobby, with its marbled reception area, sweeping staircase and new furnishings.
The Jefferson Sitting Room is painted Monticello Yellow. This intense and vibrant yellow was recently found to be Jefferson's original choice for his dining room (right) which was, for years after his death, repainted a traditional Wedgwood Blue. Ralph Lauren Paints has reproduced this stunning color.
The Madison Lobby in the adjacent Madison Building is refurbished in an understated Victorian style; the fireplace framed in green velvet and set off by Victorian balloon chairs.
The Eagle Has Landed
The new renovations at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center are truly top-to-bottom. In June, 2012, the 3,000 pound Liberty Golden Eagle atop the Jefferson Building was taken down and its 24k gold plating restored. The eagle was then hoisted back to its perch, in re-christening ceremonies attended by local officials, residents, and the Wyndham staff.
Readers of The Knot, the nation's most popular wedding resource, voted Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel among Virginia's top Wedding Venues. The elegant ballroom, gracious courtyard, the new pergola overlooking Virginia's woodlands and the newly planted Jefferson Gardens, are all ideal spots for a ceremony. There is an elegantly appointed Bride's Room where the bride and her attendants can prepare before coming down the outdoor bridal pathway or into a reception in the Henrico Ballroom. Every aspect of the wedding - rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception and Sunday Brunch- can be handled by the hotel's Wedding and Banquet Staff.
The Wyndham Virginia Crossings is within a half day's drive of 50 percent of the US population, easily reached via Routes 295, 95 and 64. Richmond International Airport is served by a variety of carriers including, Air-Tran, American, Delta, Jet Blue, United and US Airways.
Richmond, once the capital of the Confederacy, is just 15 minutes away. The historic and cultural heart of Virginia, Its attractions include The Confederate White House, The Poe Museum, The Museum of the Confederacy, and the renowned Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Shopping in the region includes upscale shopping malls and outlets, eclectic boutiques, quaint specialty stores and treasure-filled antique shops. When the sun goes down, Richmond lights up, with great restaurants and clubs for every taste. Day trips to Monticello, and Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens are an easy drive.
About Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center
Nestled on a three-building campus that reflects the grace and charm of Old Virginia, the recently renovated Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center features 183 deluxe guest rooms, two restaurants, a fitness center, outdoor pool and The Crossings Golf Club.
Located at the interchange of Interstates 95 and 295, the hotel is 12 miles north of the City of Richmond, 20 miles north of Richmond International Airport, and 90 miles south of Washington, D.C.
Among its accolades, the hotel has gained recognition by a range of media and prominent hospitality industry organizations, including seven consecutive years of receiving AAA’s prestigious Four Diamond Award – one of only four Richmond-area hotels to receive the honor. Other awards include being voted among Virginia's top Wedding Venues by readers of The Knot, one of the nation's most popular wedding resource magazines. The hotel is a member of the International Association of Conference Centers.
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), is the world’s largest hotel company offering upscale hotel and resort accommodations throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, China and the Caribbean. All Wyndham® hotels are either franchised by the company or managed by Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc., one of its affiliates or through a joint-venture partner. Additional information and reservations for all Wyndham hotels are available by calling (800) WYNDHAM – (800) 996-3426 – or visiting www.wyndham.com.
Director, Sales and Marketing
Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center
Anne Sweeney Public Relations
Eagle Has Landed! Landmark Liberty Golden Eagle Soars At Wyndham
Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center; Return of the
2500-pound Sculpture Caps $3 Million Renovation; Ceremonies Honor Armed
Forces / June 2012
Nelson, General Manager at Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel &
Conference Center in Richmond, Virginia Named 'General Manager of the
Year' by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts / June 2012
Mazcyk Named as Catering Sales Manager for the 183-room Wyndham
Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center in Glen Allen, Virginia
/ August 2011
Moore Named as Guest Service Manager of 183-room Wyndham Virginia
Crossings Hotel & Conference Center in Glen Allen, Virginia /
Regan of Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center Named
Sales Leader of the Year for 2010 by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
/ June 2011
Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center Names Lisa Bainbridge
as Catering Sales Manager / May 2011
Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center Adds Patricia Yeager
as Senior Sales Manager and Hanna Mauck as Sales Manager / November
Nelson Named General Manager at Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel &
Conference Center / January 2010
|Peter J. Regan Appointed Director of Sales & Marketing at Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center in Glen Allen, Virginia / October 2009|