Virginia Beach Resorts & Hotels

by Andrea Whyte

Virginia Beach, Virginia, offers a range of hotels and resorts suitable for travelers of all budgets. A stay on the oceanfront could lead you to a historic luxury resort or a romantic budget motel on the beach. Downtown visitors may opt to enjoy the convenience of staying in the Town Center, while those looking to experience a bit of the Virginia Beach countryside may choose a getaway at a resort estate.

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The Cavalier

The Cavalier is a historic luxury resort on the oceanfront, offering elegant surroundings and plenty of outdoor activities for families and adults alike. The Cavalier actually contains two hotels, the Cavalier on the Hill and the Cavalier on the Ocean. First opened in 1927, the Cavalier on the Hill is now reserved for summer guests and suits couples and singles. The stately guest rooms are decorated in antique furniture that reflects the hotel's rich history. Previous guests of the Cavalier include seven former presidents, Betty Grable, Jean Harlow and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Cavalier on the Hill also features an indoor pool, croquet lawn, tennis courts and shuffleboard. The Cavalier on the Ocean, located on the beach, opened in 1973 and offers larger rooms and suites with ocean views. Amenities here include an Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool, beach volleyball and bike rentals and trails. For the children, Cavalier on the Ocean features a wading pool, beach playground and summer day camp. A stay at either Cavalier allows you to enjoy the amenities of both resorts.

Newcastle Hotel-Motel

The Newcastle offers oceanfront Virginia Beach accommodation for travelers on a budget who still value clean and comfortable surroundings and a location right on the beach. The Newcastle's 10 stories of rooms all have oceanfront views and private balconies. Particularly suited for couples on a romantic getaway or honeymoon, the Newcastle has fitted its rooms with some special features designed for amorous nights in. These include a whirlpool fit for two in every room, as well as upgraded suites featuring fireplaces, canopy beds and his-and-hers shower heads. The Newcastle hosts a seasonal restaurant on the beach for on-site dining, though the hotel's proximity to boardwalk restaurants and cafes affords plenty of meal options in the area. Guest amenities at the Newcastle include a fitness center, an indoor pool and complimentary bike rentals.

Westin Virginia Beach Town Center

Located directly in the Virginia Beach Town Center, a multi-use downtown complex consisting of entertainment venues, restaurants, condominiums and office buildings, the Westin's central spot in the commercial hub of Virginia Beach may make the hotel particularly appealing to business travelers. The Westin's 236 rooms are designed for luxurious comfort and room options range from standard double or queen guest rooms to the Westin Workout Room, featuring exercise machines in the room for fit and busy professionals. Hotel amenities include a heated indoor pool, fitness center and two restaurants (a fine dining seafood restaurant and a more casual cafe). Services include 24-hour room service, babysitting and a concierge. Several Town Center attractions are within walking distance, including boutique shopping, martini lounges and wine bars, restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory and the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, which hosts comedy shows, musical performances and other traveling acts.

The Founders Inn & Spa

Further inland Virginia Beach, the Founders Inn & Spa occupies a sprawling Colonial estate, complete with Georgian architecture, forest walking trails and bike paths. While only a 15-minute drive from the oceanfront, Founders offers a Virginia countryside experience and is suitable for adults and families. A relaxing weekend getaway at Founders may begin with enjoying one of the spa packages the resort offers, from bridal to couples treatments. Outdoor activities enjoyed by the guests at Founders include swimming in the outdoor pool with a circular water-slide, tennis, volleyball, working out at the expansive fitness center or jogging the on-site tracks. Founders features a fine dining restaurant, a casual restaurant and a cafe on the grounds and hosts events like wine dinners and an annual Thanksgiving feast. For those hoping to travel Virginia beyond Virginia Beach, Founders is a short drive away from Norfolk and Chesapeake Bay.

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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