To Bygones & Big Bands


Unrivaled comfort, nostalgic encounters, and anticipatory service. The Cavalier Virginia Beach brims with the elegance and hospitality of a bygone era.

From the Jazz Age to Big Bands, Pullman cars to private planes, F. Scott Fitzgerald lounging poolside to wartime Navy outpost, The Cavalier has been a fixture in American culture and history for over a century. 

As the sun sets each night and golden hour stretches over The Cavalierguests ease into the rhythm and revelry of a golden age. On the hotel’s Great Lawn, a dapper bugler plays his horn to signal the day’s end and to indicate it’s time to gather in the Raleigh Room, a Grand Salon fashioned in a modern mold of Southern gentility.

Exterior view of The Cavalier hotel, port cochere, and manicured lawn
Brightly lit lounge area with rattan seating and floor-to-ceiling windows

Masterfully orchestrated songs from the Big Band era and Jazz Age – all performers who have played at the hotel itself – set the tone for a lively cocktail hour with classic spirits and fresh garden garnishes. 

Suddenly, a modern Cavalier in full regalia announces himself to all gathered with a custom saber in hand to demonstrate the most celebratory way to open a bottle of champagne. 

Lounge seating with charcoal gray armchairs and historic-themed portraits on the walls

Onlookers count backwards from three as the Cavalier prepares to strike the bottle. With the pop of the cork, fellow guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary champagne toast: To another beautiful day gone by, and a wonderful night to come.