With more than 12,000 rooms, hotels are aplenty in Virginia Beach

By GolfPublisher Staff, Staff Report

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Virginia Beach has more than 12,000 hotel rooms (and that's not including camping grounds and seasonal rental units), and that number continues to grow.

With 310-square miles of sand, nearly every one of them has some sort of ocean or bay view. And more hotels are popping up. Work on the $42 million Hilton Resort and Conference Center at 31st Street began in August after six years of public opposition, land disputes and false starts. The 22-story, 300-room hotel is aiming for four-star status with concierge service, three restaurants, a health club and a rooftop pool.

In addition, the city broke ground in 2003 on a new convention center. It is the single largest public project ever and the $202.5 million center will replace the Pavilion. That will attract more tourists, and more hotels. When finished in 2007, the building will be more than 500,000-square feet - nearly triple the size of the current Pavilion.

Add in the fact that Nauticus is preparing for more than 114,000 cruise line passengers in 2004, more than three times the number from 2002, and there's really not that many empty rooms as you might think.

If you are planning a trip to Virginia Beach, here are 15 places you might look into if you want to be at the beach.

Alamar Resort Inn - A short walk to the beach, Alamar Resort Inn is situated directly in the hub of Virginia Beach, only minutes away from all major attractions, shopping, amusements and golf. Resort amenities include: outdoor heated pool, rooftop sun deck, cable TV, in-room coffee makers & hair dryers, irons, game room, and guest coin operated laundry. Typical Range: $65 (weekdays during the off season) to $150 (peak season) per room night.

Best Western Beach Quarters Inn - Located directly on the beach adjacent to Rudee Inlet, the Best Western Beach Quarters is convenient to all of the fantastic aquatic attractions at the southern end of the boardwalk and Rudee Inlet. The Inn features: oceanfront & ocean view guest rooms, cable TV, outdoor pool, coin operated guest laundry and non-smoking rooms. Typical Range: $29 (weekdays during the off season) to $160 (peak season) per room night.

Best Western Inn - Close to the Norfolk International Airport, the Best Western Inn is located just inside the Virginia Beach city limits and is convenient to both Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Guest amenities include cable TV, in-room irons & hair dryers, business services, free local phone calls, outdoor swimming pool, non-smoking rooms are available. Typical Range: $49 (weekdays during the off season) to $105+ (peak season) per room night.

Clarion Hotel Town Center - Clarion Hotel is in an ideal location for business or regional activities throughout the area. Close to the recreational facilities at Mt. Trashmore and some great golf courses. The hotel is adjacent to the major Virginia Beach shopping district. Amenities include cable TV, video games, high-speed internet, dual phone lines, voice mail, irons & hair dryers, indoor pool, fitness center, sauna, Jacuzzi, and dining room. Typical Range: $64 (weekdays during the off season) to $139 (peak season) per room night.

Clarion Resort & Conference Center - Located on the oceanfront, the resort and conference center is convenient to all the attractions found along the boardwalk. Amenities include oceanfront accommodations with private balconies, rooftop pool & sun deck, indoor pool, lighted tennis court, youth activity center, full-service health spa with sauna, steam room & masseuse, gift shop and coin operated guest laundry. Typical Range: $55 (weekdays during the off season) to $150+ (peak season) per room night.

Days Inn Virginia Beach Expressway - Situated on Bonney Road in the Virginia Beach downtown area, Days Inn is convenient to the expressway (I-264) and the Mt. Trashmore recreational area and within minutes of the TPC golf course off Princess Anne Road. Amenities include free continental breakfast, free weekday newspaper and in-room hair dryers & AM/FM clock radios. Typical Range: $39 (weekdays during the off season) to $100+ (peak season) per room night.

Dunes Oceanfront Hotel - An oceanfront hotel situated less than a mile south of the terminus of I-264, only minutes away from all major beach attractions and golf. Amenities include oceanfront king and deluxe bed guest rooms with balconies, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, oceanfront heated pool, whirlpool spa, exercise room, game room and guest coin operated laundry. Typical Range: $89 (weekdays during the off season ) to $120+ (peak season) per room night.

Howard Johnson Oceanfront South - Howard Johnson Oceanfront South is convenient to the action of the summer boardwalk attractions. All oceanfront guest rooms have private balconies, microwave ovens, coffee makers, refrigerators, indoor pool & whirlpool, game room, bicycle rentals and non-smoking rooms are available. Typical Range: $40 (weekdays during the off season) to $120+ (peak season) per room night.

La Quinta Inn Norfolk / Virginia Beach - The location of La Quinta is convenient to both Virginia Beach and Norfolk, and the inn is situated just off I-264 at Newtown Road, one exit from the I-64 loop around Hampton Roads. Accommodations include free continental breakfast, video games, voice mail, business services, valet laundry and meal plans are available. Typical Range: $70 (weekdays during the off season) to $100+ (peak season) per room night.

Quality Inn & Suites Oceanfront - Located on the quiet south end of the beach, the hotel is convenient to the attractions along the boardwalk and the watersports of Rudee Inlet. The Inn features oceanfront & ocean view guest rooms, extended cable TV, voice mail, hair dryers, outdoor & heated indoor swimming pools, bicycle rentals and a restaurant & lounge. Typical Range: $63 (weekdays during the off season ) to $170+ (peak season) per room night.

Ramada Inn Virginia Beach / Airport - Conveniently located near the Norfolk International Airport, this Ramada Inn is close to both the Virginia Beach Town Center and Downtown Norfolk. Accommodations include business services, swimming pool, restaurant and free continental breakfast. Typical Range: $45 (weekdays during the off season) to $50+ (peak season) per room night.

Royal Clipper Inn & Suites - Located on the north end of the strip, across the street from the ocean, the Royal Clipper provide guests with all the comforts of home and is within minutes of all the beachfront attractions. Their comfortable rooms include a fully equipped kitchen, 25" color TV and use of the outdoor pool. Typical Range: $29 (weekdays during the off season ) to $129 (peak season) per room night.

Sandcastle Oceanfront Resort Hotel - In the hub of the resort area, Sandcastle is convenient to all the attractions along the waterfront. The resort features over 100 oceanfront and 13 ocean view guest rooms, all with private balconies, color cable TV and refrigerators. Amenities include an indoor pool, kiddie pool, on-premises shopping mall, fitness room and The Galley Seafood Restaurant. Typical price range: $44 (weekdays during the off season) to $179 (peak season) per room night.

Sundial Inn - One block off the oceanfront and in the center of the action, the Sundial is situated at the terminus of I-264. Close to many local attractions, the inn offers comfortable accommodations at affordable rates. Amenities include color cable TV, free coffee and use of the heated swimming pool. Non-smoking rooms are available. Typical price range: $39 (weekdays during the off season) to $150 (peak season) per room night.

Surfside Oceanfront Inn & Suites - In the center of the action, Surfside is on the oceanfront and within walking distance to multiple attractions. Accommodations offer a choice of two double or king bedrooms, along with color cable TV. All guests have use of enclosed pool, sun deck and on-premises coin operated laundromat. Non-smoking rooms are available. Typical price range: $59 (weekdays during the off season) to $154 (peak season) per room night.

GolfPublisher Staff, Staff Report


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