It takes more than just guest rooms and beachside real estate to be known as the best hotel in the accommodation-dense locale of Virginia Beach—a fact that makes the Cavalier preeminence all the more remarkable. The Cavalier is composed of two buildings: the Colonial-style hilltop Cavalier on the Hill, first built in 1927, and the expansive Cavalier Beachfront, sitting on 18 acres of private beachfront and landscaped gardens. But it is the Sunshine Guarantee, something downright unheard-of among its competitors, that makes the Cavalier really stand out: if it rains during the summer, you'll get a gift certificate for a future stay.
Even if a storm clouds the horizon, the Cavalier has five restaurants; an indoor Olympic-size swimming pool, a 1,500-square-foot health club and a world-famous Beach Club with live music. The staff's impeccable service has been refined over the last 75 years, making the Cavalier an unwavering landmark on one of the most-popular stretches of the Mid-Atlantic. Further proof? Witness the people who've stayed at the Cavalier. From the 1930s through the 1950s, the Cavalier was one of the world's largest employer of big bands. Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Xavier Cugat, Cab Calloway, Glen Miller, Lawrence Welk and Bing Crosby were among the many who played at the Beach Club. Seven U.S. presidents have stayed at the Cavalier: Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. Other famous guests include: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Will Rogers, Bette Davis, Jean Harlow, Mary Pickford, Betty Grable and the infamous Fatty Arbuckle. When Fatty visited, he would rent an entire floor for his entourage. Hank Ketchum drew several "Dennis the Menace" cartoons based upon his family's stay at the Cavalier. There's a reason for all this star power—the Cavalier is the best that Virginia Beach has to offer.
The Cavalier's "sunshine guarantee" promises a certificate for a future stay if a no sun day occurs during a guest's stay in June, July or August.
Original Property Opened: 1927
Street Address: 4201 Atlantic Avenue
Oceanfront at 42nd Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Historic Hotels of America toll-free reservations number (800) 678-8946
The Jazz Age, 1919 ~ 1928
It takes more than just guest rooms and beachside real estate to be known as the best hotel in the accommodation-dense locale of Virginia Beach—a fact that makes the Cavalier preeminence all the more remarkable.
Learn more about the History of The Cavalier.