Known for its naturally beautiful location and activity-filled Boardwalk which spans 59 blocks, Virginia Beach draws travelers from across the country and the globe who are looking for an affordable seaside vacation, whether be it with the family or a romantic weekend away. Hotels that feature indoor or outdoor pools are available for a range of travel budgets.
The Cavalier today is actually two hotels: the Cavalier on the Hill and the Cavalier on the Ocean. The Cavalier on the Hill, the original hotel, opened in 1927 and helped popularize Virginia Beach as a tourist destination for an upscale crowd. Past guests included seven presidents, Betty Grable, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jean Harlow, among other notable figures. While the Cavalier on the Hill is now only open in summer, combined with the Cavalier on the Ocean, the hotel is one of the largest resort complexes in Virginia Beach. The Cavalier on the Hill features a full-size indoor pool, while the Cavalier on the Ocean hosts two outdoor pools -- one Olympic-size and the other for children. Other amenities include a large fitness center, gift shop, four restaurants and complimentary high-speed Internet. The Cavalier is an elegant choice for your trip to Virginia Beach, appealing to couples looking for a romantic stay but also families looking to keep the kids entertained with swimming and other beachfront activities.
Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
The Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront opened in 2005, an upscale addition to Virginia Beach's oceanfront hotel scene. The Hilton Virginia Beach offers all the comforts known to the Hilton chain, including three restaurants, two bars, a spa and a fitness center, while themed to fit its oceanfront surroundings. Large rooms, most of which feature balconies and ocean views, are decorated in blues and greens, and a Neptune water wall in the lobby provides an elegant twist on the theme. There are two pools at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, both located on the rooftop of the building: a large outdoor infinity pool and an indoor pool and spa. The rooftop poolside bar was actually named one of the Top 10 Rooftop Bars in the US by Coastal Living and GQ Magazine. While able to accommodate a family vacation, the Hilton may appeal more to the discriminating traveler who expects a more luxurious and mature Virginia Beach vacation.
Courtyard by Marriott Oceanfront North
The Courtyard by Marriott Oceanfront North provides oceanfront accommodation for families, couples and business travelers alike. The Courtyard offers a range of room options, from standard doubles to expansive suites, most of which feature ocean views and private balconies. The Courtyard boasts the largest outdoor pool in Virginia Beach, complete with a poolside bar for the adults and waterfalls, bridges and an on-duty lifeguard for the kids. For those rainy days, the Courtyard also offers a smaller indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness center. While rooms start at a lower price than the Hilton, the Courtyard has not sacrificed on comfort, and business travelers and families alike will find the services they need, from complimentary Internet access to babysitting services. The Courtyard has one restaurant and bar, though some of the larger suites contain kitchenette amenities.
For more affordable Virginia Beach accommodation, the Newcastle Motel offers a quaint and romantic beachfront option. The Newcastle is a family-owned, 10-story motel with a range of rooms from standard double units to queen and king deluxe suites featuring fireplaces and canopy beds. The Newcastle sets itself apart from other budget accommodation with a private oceanfront balcony for every room, no matter the size. Every room also features a two-person whirlpool tub to add to the romantic atmosphere. The Newcastle's amenities include a large indoor pool and its beachfront location allows for easy relaxing in the sun. Other features include a restaurant, fitness center and free bike rentals. The Newcastle may appeal to a young couple on their honeymoon who wish to stick to a budget but still have a bit of fun at Virginia Beach.
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