I recently stayed at this hotel again over the Memorial Day weekend.
While I used to stay at this hotel pretty regularly it had been about 10 years since my last visit. I always liked the place -- it's slightly out of the way location made it feel like my own little find and the large rooms with their full floor to ceiling V-shaped bay windows are great.
The original financing of the hotel left it strapped with a lot of debt and the owners were unable to keep up with keeping the hotel up to date and in prime condition over the years. Now there are new owners and 5 million dollar renovation to the property.
The lobby is all decked out in a blue and white nautical theme which carries over into the room in gold and blue. Photographs of old Cris-craft boats decorate the walls. The restaurant also has received improvements but it's feature -- a large wall of windows looking out on the water remains unchanged.
I was lucky enough to get one of the larger corner rooms. These have bay windows on two different sides and since you can see the water from three sides of the building you should get at least one killer view if you can score one one your visit. My room had a nice king size bed and a sitting area with both a sofa in the bay window and a large chair. The updates in the bathroom include replacing the tub with a large shower. The room is technologically up-to-date with a large flat panel TV and free wireless internet connection.
Check-in was quick. The bar staff at dinner and the breakfast crew in the restaurant were pleasant and professional. When I ordered an item for dinner for which they had run out of the kitchen staff was able to improvise a replacement for me. The food both for dinner and breakfast was very good and the service attentive.
The new incarnation of the hotel seems to be well on its way to being a success and I would recommend it without reservation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled between renowned Hampton University and the celebrated Virginia Air & Space Museum, our lodging is the only waterfront hotel in Hampton, VA. Our newly renovated guest rooms provide floor to ceiling views of downtown Hampton or the Hampton River. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel Hampton
- Hampton Crowne Plaza