Hotels in Downtown Virginia Beach

by Andrea Whyte
When staying in downtown Virginia Beach, check out some of the local wine bars like Sonoma.

When staying in downtown Virginia Beach, check out some of the local wine bars like Sonoma.

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Downtown Virginia Beach has much to offer in the way of dining, shopping and entertainment, particularly in the Town Center complex, the central hub of the urban area. While some prefer to stay on the oceanfront, a downtown Virginia Beach hotel may allow you to experience more of the nightlife and culture Virginia has to offer or conduct business in the city`s main commercial district.

The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center

Located in the mixed-use Virginia Beach downtown development, the Town Center, the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center boasts close proximity to entertainment options like the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, the Virginia Beach Sportsplex and the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater. The Town Center also features a wide array of shops and commercial offices, making the Westin particularly appealing to business travelers visiting offices in the area. The Westin features an indoor heated pool, whirlpool and fitness center. Services include concierge, 24-hour room service and babysitting. The Westin offers a fine dining seafood restaurant and a more casual cafe and there are many more Town Center dining options within walking distance, from the Cheesecake Factory to Japanese bistros. In terms of rooms, the Westin offers everything from suites and connecting rooms to the Westin Workout Room for the busy professional who still wants to keep fit, providing a range of options for different types of travelers.

Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Town Center

The Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Town Center, a AAA three-diamond hotel, caters to a clientele that includes business travelers, couples and singles exploring the shopping and nightlife the Town Center has to offer. The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts is in walking distance, and the surrounding area features five golf courses, among other recreational facilities. Many of the room amenities -- high-speed wireless Internet in the 24-hour business center, large work desk with an ergonomic chair, two phones with active voicemail and in-room kitchenette -- make this hotel well-suited to business travelers. The hotel is within walking distance to Town Center restaurants, and also offers an in-house grill restaurant and lounge, as well as providing microwavable meals for sale.

The Founders Inn and Spa

If you are not traveling to Virginia Beach for business or shopping, you may want to head for a more peaceful location that maintains its proximity to the downtown core. The Founders Inn and Spa provides a place to relax in the city of Virginia Beach, as its sprawling Colonial gardens and Georgian architecture create a peaceful oasis, whether on a couples weekend or a girls' getaway. Founders Inn offers a range of accommodation and spa packages, including bridal and couples options. Beyond the spa, Founders offers on-site outdoor pool (with a circular water-slide), tennis, volleyball, an expansive fitness center and a jogging track located on the Founders' grounds. The hotel is a short drive to the oceanfront, downtown Norfolk and Chesapeake Bay.

Marriott TownePlace Suites Virginia Beach

Located near the Town Center in downtown Virginia Beach, the Marriott TownePlace Suites are designed for those travelers planning on an extended stay in the downtown area. The hotel is entirely comprised of suites and particularly promotes itself to government and army officials, due to its proximity to the Little Creek Amphibious Navy Base, Oceana Naval Air Station, Norfolk Naval Shipyard and Norfolk International Airport, as well as the Virginia Beach business district. Spacious suites feature full kitchens, including an oven, dishwasher and full refrigerator. Shared amenities include an outdoor pool and 24-hour fitness center. The Marriott TownePlace Suites Virginia Beach allow guests to bring pets and even their own furniture, with the intention of making an extended stay traveler feel at home.

About the Author

Andrea Whyte has worked as an academic and commercial writer since 2005. She has contributed to the "Canadian Film Encyclopedia" and written informative articles as a copywriter for a major Internet-marketing firm. Whyte holds a Master of Arts in cinema studies from the University of Toronto.

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