Driving 6hrs from NC in the middle of the night, we arrived the Friday of July 4th weekend in Norfolk at 6:45 am - a full half day before check-in. I called the hotel to see if perhaps we could check in early at 11am. The gentleman at the front desk told us to come on in. By 7:10 am we were in a great room, in a comfy Sleep Number bed and we didn't wake up until 11 am. We stayed for three nights. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. They gave great recommendations for dinner each night and even suggested a few non-touristy places to check out. The pool was nice and never was terribly crowded. We didn't try the onsite restuarant, but I think that is probably because the staff recommended such unique off-site places.
The lobby is great - decorated in a very mod way, black and red. Funky furniture and lots of places to sit. The lobby is huge and while we were there, several large family reunions were taking place. As we would pass through it was a treat to see everyone gathering in the lobby and sharing stories. There is a small gym off the main lobby, as well as a barbershop/spa, although we never saw the shop open. I think it may have been by appt. only.
We stayed on the top floor, number 12. The hallways were a little warm during the day, but the room was plenty crisp and cool. The bed had a multitude of white coverlets and linens and more pillows than an army would need. I mentioned earlier that the beds were Sleep Number beds - something we didn't discover until the second night, and only by accident. We played around with this feature a little, but ultimately it didn't make much difference. The beds were super comfy and even though we were only expecting a Queen, having a King was a great perk. The room didn't come with a microwave or mini-fridge, but we rented one for $1 a day. Can you beat that? The bathroom was a little small, but how much time do you spend in there anyway? It was clean and that is all that really mattered.
This is a pet friendly hotel, but the only "furry human" we ran into was Beemer, one morning in the back side lot of the hotel. Beemer's "dad" I think is the hotel manager. He was a pleasant fellow and we had a nice chat. Made us wish we had brought along our dog Buddha Jayne for company...perhaps next time.
The location had me a little worried right at first - it is right across from Public Services and the Greyhound station on one side and Public Housing on the other. But everyone we encountered in the neighborhood was super friendly. It was less than a mile from the McArthur Center, a three-story mall downtown. It was an easy walk, even in the summer heat. Just one block further over and you can reach the harbor front and have dinner at Joe's Crab Shack and watch the ships roll in and out of the harbor.
The one and only bad thing I can say is that within an hour of checking out of the room I realized I had left a purple cell phone in the room. We were already well on the road, so I called back to the hotel to try and get housekeeping to recover it. I made multiple calls during the next week and a half, with the housekeeping folks telling me someone would return my call, but no luck on locating the phone I guess but I've yet to receive a phone call back. My fault for not packing it back up, but a return phone call would have been nice.
The parking fee of $12 for each night was a little steep, but considering that we booked through a third party and the price we received was actually 74% off the direct booking price that weekend, we couldn't complain. We lucked up I think. The value we got was unbelievable. Even though this was our first trip to Norfolk, we are seriously considering taking a vaction again at the end of September, just to go back to this hotel.
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