LTD Hospitality Group to Restore Crown Jewel Hotel in Newport News
CHESAPEAKE, VA (December 19, 2016) —Neel Desai, Managing Principal of LTD Hospitality Group, is pleased to
announce that LTD has closed on the purchase of the Magnuson Hotel in Newport News, Virginia. The hotel is located
off of Interstate 64 at the gateway to City Center. LTD plans to immediately close and fully restore the 183 guestrooms,
lobby, restaurant, and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space, and re-open by the end of 2017 as a fullservice
Holiday Inn® hotel.
“The renovation plans incorporate IACC design standards that adhere to a set of quality standards in physical meeting
room design, food & beverage and service,” said Desai. “The IACC designation coupled with the recognizable Holiday
Inn brand flag will give meeting planners complete confidence to book their next meeting in Newport News, knowing the
venue and staff are focused on delivering exceptional meeting experiences.” The IACC is the only global professional
association which represents small to medium-sized venues focused on meetings, training courses and conference-
The planned conversion will feature the Holiday Inn brand’s newest guestroom design, which was created to better meet
the changing needs of the contemporary traveler. The new flexible design allows guests to work or relax wherever and
however they want and truly make the space their own. Unique in-room elements include:
• A design-infused approach that is both warm and inviting, with familiar, yet modern touches, created to feel more like
a home than a hotel.
• A Welcome Nook serves as a drop zone for guests to hang their coat, drop their keys or bag and plug in their devices,
much like they would an entryway or mud room in their own home.
• An entirely new room type: the King Bed with Comfort Hideaway features a trundle-type bed which doubles as a sofa
during the day and can pull out into two twin beds at night. The room design is ideal for both business travelers, serving
as a separate place to work or relax and unwind, and families with kids and teens, giving each member of the family a
comfortable place to sleep and play.
• A new Moveable Desk and more than five dedicated points of power throughout the room were designed with today’s
travelers in mind, giving them the ability to work and play anywhere in the room.
Chris Drazba, Vice President, Development, The Americas, IHG said, “We are pleased to work with Neel Desai and LTD
Hospitality Group on the addition of this new Holiday Inn property to the Newport News area. We look forward to working with
the LTD team to bring our signature new design solution to life, which aims to create a more welcoming environment for
business travelers and families.”