Hotel at a Glance: Tazewell Hotel And Suites
This hotel in downtown Norfolk has more than a century of history behind it. After its construction in 1906, it became a modern marvel, the first building with elevators and air conditioning in the Norfolk area. Since then, the hotel has had a $7 million facelift, keeping its historic bones but adding 21st-century perks.
- Guest rooms are equipped with cable and WiFi.
- Walk to the waterfront and see the gargantuan Battleship Wisconsin.
- Work out for free at Fitness First, a downtown gym offering classes and equipment.
- Shops and restaurants: Walk to the MacArthur Center mall to explore more than 100 stores and stroll by downtown eateries.
Norfolk, Virginia: Waterfront and Walkable City
Norfolk—Virginia’s second-largest city—lies in the southeastern corner of the state, right where the Chesapeake Bay and the Elizabeth River meet. The city’s harbor has always played an important role in residents’ industry as well as leisure. Today, cruises often dock here, unloading streams of visitors who explore downtown’s shops, restaurants, and galleries. To see Norfolk properly, take a walk along the riverfront (making sure to pet a puppy along the way—Norfolk is the national headquarters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and board a harbor cruise. You can also pay your respects to the USS Wisconsin, one of the largest battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy.
Norfolk’s cultural offerings include the Virginia Opera House, a glass-fronted theater that hosts productions such as Carmen, The Magic Flute, and Sweeney Todd. If a day on the sand sounds more your speed, head to Virginia Beach, just 18 miles east of the Tazewell Hotel.