Part of the sprawling Hampton Roads metropolitan area, Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia. However, it is the city’s resort area bordering the Atlantic Ocean that is the primary destination for vacationers. Although there are scores of hotels and motels in the area, the selection of oceanfront properties is more limited. If you want to spend your vacation in a hotel right on the ocean, make your plans well in advance.
Hampton Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront North
Every room and suite in this eight-story, 120-unit hotel has a balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Close to the Virginia Aquarium and the Virginia Beach Convention Center, the Hampton Inn also provides microwaves, compact refrigerators, safes and high-speed Internet access in all of its units. Recreational amenities include a 410-foot private beach, heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub, bike rentals and fitness center. The on-site Timbuktu Restaurant serves dinner in a casual setting with both indoor and outdoor seating every night of the week except Sunday.
Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Towering 21 stories over the boardwalk, this Hilton property opened in 2005 and, according to Frommer’s, “immediately raised the stakes for all other hotels here.” Particularly remarkable is the Hilton’s rooftop recreational complex, which features an outdoor infinity swimming pool, indoor heated pool, hot tubs and bar/lounge. On-site dining options include the Salacia, famous for its steaks and chops, and Catch 31, which specializes in locally caught seafood. For the benefit of younger guests, the hotel provides children’s menus in both restaurants, has a playground near the beach and can supply high chairs and cribs upon request.
Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel
Located near the northern end of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, this 11-story, 198-unit oceanfront hotel provides guests with a wide array of recreational facilities. These include a free-form outdoor swimming pool with adjacent hot tub, indoor swimming pool, private beach, fitness center, bike rentals, scuba diving and snorkeling lessons, sailing and wind surfing. All rooms and suites feature compact refrigerators and microwave ovens, as well as wireless Internet access for an additional fee. The Aqua Vi restaurant serves traditional American fare, including regional specialties, in a dining room that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Sea Sprays, located poolside, serves sandwiches and other light fare during the warm-weather months.
Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Set apart from the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk area, this 17-story, 244-unit hotel offers some features that are likely to attract families with children. During the summer, the Wyndham’s Kid’s Cove Activity Center offers a full schedule of supervised daytime activities for younger children and at night screens movies that the whole family can enjoy. The hotel’s game arcade features electronic games that are likely to appeal to tweens and teens. Recreational facilities for adults include a fitness center overlooking the ocean; indoor/outdoor swimming pool and hot tub; on-site bike, kayak and surfboard rentals; and nearby sailing and fishing charters. The Surf Club Ocean Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
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