Ocean Front Lodging on Virginia Beach

by Nicole Harms

The white sand beaches of Virginia Beach draw around 3 million guests each year. Flanking the ocean you will find a wide range of oceanfront hotel options. If you intend to visit Virginia Beach in the summer months, be prepared to pay a premium price for your hotel room. To benefit from warmer weather without the crowds and high prices, consider booking in the late spring or early fall, but be prepared for the water to be a bit chilly.

Independent Hotels

Along the sands in Virginia Beach are several independent, locally owned hotels. The Oceanfront Inn offers all guests a private oceanfront balcony, refrigerator and Internet access. The hotel’s restaurant and boardwalk café allow you to take your meals by the beach. Oceanfront Inn has an indoor pool with whirlpool. The Surfside Oceanfront Inn and Suites has free Internet and serves a complimentary continental breakfast. An enclosed heated pool and sundeck provide on-site recreation when you are not spending time at the adjacent beach. Oceanfront Inn has an on-site restaurant and bike rental facility. Sea Gull Inn on the Beach is yet another option. Rooms here have Wi-Fi Internet access, microwaves and refrigerators, plus an indoor pool, sundeck, bike rentals on-site and a beach-side restaurant.

Chain Hotels

Virginia Beach has chain hotels to fit most budgets, from the high-end Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront to the budget-friendly Econo Lodge Oceanfront. At the Hilton, you will stay in one of 290 guestrooms, most of which have oceanfront balconies. The hotel maintains a beach playground, fitness room and pool and offers access to the boardwalk. Some suites provide additional sleeping space with full-sized Murphy beds. Suites have a wet bar, refrigerator and microwave. Wyndham also has a beach-side hotel here. Rooms have private balconies or patios, microwaves, refrigerators and wireless Internet. You can bring your pet if you book a pet-friendly room, which has walkout access to the hotel’s lawn. For those traveling on a tighter budget, the Econo Lodge may be a good option. While rates vary based on the season, in 2010 you could book a room for under $100. This hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast with waffles, has free Internet access and maintains an indoor pool.

Pet-Friendly Options

If your travel plans include your pet, consider booking a room at the Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel. It maintains designated floors as pet friendly but excludes cats, birds and exotic animals. The hotel has oceanfront, pool-view, poolside and city-view rooms, with some suites available. It has both an indoor and outdoor pool as well as beach and boardwalk access. The AAA Three Diamond Doubletree Hotel also welcomes pets for an additional $25 per day; pets cannot weigh more than 40 lb. The Doubletree offers a fitness room, pool, sundeck and walking track. Accommodations include both traditional guestrooms and suites.

Hotels With Kitchenettes

If you like a little extra space on your vacation or plan to stay in Virginia Beach for an extended period, consider a hotel that offers suites with cooking facilities. For example, SpringHill Suites by Marriott is an all-suite hotel that offers oceanfront units with kitchenettes. The suites sleep from four to six people and have two TVs each. All guests have a private oceanfront balcony. In addition to having access to the ocean, guests can swim in an indoor heated pool or a seasonal outdoor pool and use the whirlpool. The Holiday Inn Express also offers larger suite rooms. These rooms have kitchenettes with mini refrigerator and microwave. They also accommodate extra guests with a sleeper sofa. Guests receive a complimentary buffet breakfast each day, and the hotel maintains an indoor pool and indoor workout facility.

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