Welcome to Cornerstone Hospitality
Kimberly Christner has become a driving force in Virginia’s boutique hotel industry, a field that combines two of her passions — restoring historic buildings and helping the economies of small communities.
BRISTOL, Va. — All was quiet on a sun-drenched Friday morning in the 800 block between State and Goode streets, where a cluster of long-vacant buildings stand silently.
Developers of the long-promised Sessions Hotel said this week that silence will soon be broken, issuing a new timetable for construction and opening for the 70-room boutique hotel and two attendant restaurants.
Pipeline of new hotel properties expected to make Virginia more competitive
“It doesn’t feel like we’re in Norfolk anymore,” Dana Jo Decker remarked to friends while standing in line recently to check in at The Main, Virginia’s newest luxury hotel and conference center. “It feels like we’ve been transplanted somewhere else.”
Craddock Terry Hotel
"As an architect, I know nothing about how to operate a hotel. Through Cornerstone Hospitality’s efforts, they have been able to take a property in a tertiary market from 39% occupancy when we opened to 86% last year. We own the market we’re in with regard to both ADR and occupancy."
- Hal Craddock, Craddock Terry Hotel
Hampton Inn Suites
"Cornerstone Hospitality’s management style is a great match for what we desired. They are present on the property, they put our hotel teams first and they think like owners. These core values match ours and have yielded a more profitable operation since the day they assumed management of our property."
- Christine Yoder, Hampton Inn & Suites
"When we were developing our boutique hotel, we interviewed quite a few well-known boutique hotel firms. We found that that the honest and personal approach they took to developing our property, developing our property culture and services and the time they spent with us to ensure we got it right made all the difference. We perform at our 5th year performance projections in our second year. They really understand smaller hotels and restaurants in smaller markets."
- Bill Smith, Bolling Wilson Hotel