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“Finally, a consistently great hotel at the beach” 5 of 5 stars
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Econo Lodge on the Ocean
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2707 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451   |  
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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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“Finally, a consistently great hotel at the beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

I knew we found a great hotel for my family's annual trip to Virginia Beach when the woman behind the counter helped my father to park in the packed parking lot. Though we did not get a balcony with a view of the ocean, we lodged in an impressive room above the office. I never would have expected to have a bathroom, two separate bedrooms, and a kitchen stocked with all the necessary amenities (including a full-sized refrigerator, a stove, small appliances such as a microwave, toaster, and coffee maker, pots and pans, and silverware) for such a low price! On top of that, the employees were amicable and if we needed anything, they were happy to oblige. Though we brought food for breakfest, the free continental breakfest was much appreciated. Our only concerns included the scarcity of outlets (and most of the ones there were in very hard-to-reach places) and the absence of a vent in the bathroom. Additionally, though the bicycles were free for us to use, the chains on most were horribly rusty; they either needed to be replaced or oiled. Other than that, this has been, by far, the best hotel we have ever lodged while at the beach. The room's features and the employees' hospitality were impressive, and the rates were affordable. The heated pool was nice, too.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeneralManagerVB, General Manager at Econo Lodge on the Ocean, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Thank you very much for posting your review. We are replacing a few chains this week...love that salt air! It was a pleasure to have you here as our guests and we look forward to seeing again on your next visit.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Fort Worth, Texas
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Our family visits Virginia Beach about every other year and stay at a different hotel each time. We now have a hotel we will return for every visit. The staff here was so nice and helpful, the bed was comfortable, and room was clean.

One of the best part of this hotel was the size. In the time it takes to wait for an elevator at most of the high-rise hotels, we were down the stairs, off the boardwalk and had our toes in the sand. Can't beat that!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeneralManagerVB, General Manager at Econo Lodge on the Ocean, responded to this review, August 11, 2013
We are so happy to hear you have found your home away from home, and that your new home is with us! Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We look forward to seeing you again very soon!
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Reisterstown, Maryland
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105 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We stayed here first time for a weekend getaway in July using our rewards nights. Reading all the positive reviews that put this hotel in ranking on the 3rd place in VB puzzled us a bit, because we've stayed in some of the more luxurious options on the boardwalk and were very satisfied most of the times, but this time it was sort of last minute reservation and none of them were available, so we've decided to give it a try.
To make a long story short I can say we are glad that we did. This place is unique and that's why:
a) you realize that the decor and amenities are VERY dated, looking tiered and used a lot. BUT everything is in good working condition, most of them designed and set very comfortably (for us) and VERY CLEAN, so if you are not one of those "Sheraton/Marriott/Hilton snubs" it doesn't bother you.
b) the walls are thick enough so most of the time you don't hear the noise from you neighbors or outside which is rare case now days.
c) the beds are very comfortable and the AC system works QUIET and constant which let you sleep through the night well (jets noise at night issue is probably a ones in a wile thing).
d) the breakfast was limited, but all the necessary choices were there so again it didn't bother us at all + the option of Pancake/Waffle House is right across the street.
e) the staff was VERY nice and accommodating and left us in a good mood all the time.
f) the parking situation is a bit tight and crowded but they provide the service and it never got us into trouble.
g) the swimming pool was small but very clean and not crowded, so we did have a pleasure to use it in peace and quiet.
h) the location is great to the restaurants, close to both Laskin Rd and I-264 and in a middle of all entertainment that boardwalk provides.
i) value is great if you stay for free like we did or pay under $150p/night. If you pay more I don't think it would be a good value.
What we think could be improved is the water pressure which is not that strong and a bathtub curtain which made from the fabric that no matter what you do easily clings to your body when you shower. Though it looked clean I have my doubts that they change it for every new stay, and besides it makes bathing very uncomfortable. Better to use vinyl curtain or install sliding shower doors.
In conclusion I can say that now I understand where all the positive reviews are coming from, I agree with most of them and from now on this hotel will be in our list of great options to stay in VB.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeneralManagerVB, General Manager at Econo Lodge on the Ocean, responded to this review, July 30, 2013
Thank you for such an extensive, and positive review. We are certainly pleased to have made your list of suitable lodging choices and we hope you will become a part of our repeat guest "family". See you soon?
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Bemidji, Minnesota
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99 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Ok, they serve continental breakfast, they have only oceanfront rooms (some with balconies, some on ground floor), they have a pool, they have free parking, and the rooms were all one could ask for. It was perfect! The staff was very helpful when we were in search of restaurants to eat, and anything else. The day staff always had smiles and were outgoing :) The rooms were clean (bathroom included), the beds were comfy, and the grounds were clean. If you like ground floor walk out rooms, they have them, otherwise the have 2nd and 3rd floor rooms, which are great depending upon your preference.
Good value. Great service. Nice rooms. Right on the ocean and boardwalk in the thick of the action (not noisy).
Stay here! You'll be happy with your stay!

Room Tip: All are oceanfront, some walk out on the ground floor, some have balconies.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GeneralManagerVB, General Manager at Econo Lodge on the Ocean, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
We certainly appreciate the positive review! I think the staff enjoyed your stay as much as your family did...great folks! We will be sure to look forward to a repeat visit. Thank you again!
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Columbus, Ohio
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

This 3-story hotel is right on the beach amongst the high-risers. Location is great with very close proximity to tourist shops, eateries, and attractions. The staff is friendly, helpful, accommodating, and security-minded! The hotel has a nice outdoor pool which is well maintained and is out of view from passerby's. Bicycles are provided free of charge for hotel customers. The rooms are well kept and offer great views of the beach/ocean/boardwalk. My family loves this hotel and we will choose to stay here whenever we visit Virginia Beach. A complimentary continental breakfast is offered. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: No elevator to access 2nd and 3rd floors.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeneralManagerVB, General Manager at Econo Lodge on the Ocean, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a nice review. We appreciate the high praise. We look forward to welcoming you back "home" on your next visit.
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Indiana
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38 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

This was an excellent hotel and we'll definitely stay here again! Right on the ocean with a balcony and a great pool! The staff was absolutely wonderful. Our room was great, although it would have been nice to have the sink separate from the rest of the bathroom since there were 3 of us to get ready. We could walk to the beach, walk to the boardwalk, walk to the shops and restaurants...it was fantastic. The pool was heated, very clean, and we spent a lot of time there as well! They do have nice bicycles to use for free, but we didn't end up doing that this time. We'll be back though!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeneralManagerVB, General Manager at Econo Lodge on the Ocean, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Thank you for your review! We all appreciate the kind words and are very happy you had such a good time here. Glad to hear you will be coming back, we look forward to seeing you again!
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

My husband is, in my opinion....the top researcher for vacations!!! :) Bottom line.....no hotel can compare to Econo Lodge on the Ocean for value and convenience. Accessibility to the beach, boardwalk, and activity is unbelievable! A heated, clean and relaxing pool is close when you need a change from the beach! Staff are top notch, super friendly and accommodating!

This year, last week of June....was wonderful. Our children and grandchildren loved it. One our little grandsons (age 6) said "Grandpa! This is the best day of my life!"

Room Tip: We prefer the ground floor for quick access to room and beach.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeneralManagerVB, General Manager at Econo Lodge on the Ocean, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
What a great TripAdvisor review! Thank you so much for taking the time to write. Part of what makes this such a special place for the staff to work is the families we get to welcome back "home" every year. Teenagers we met when we started here 30 years ago are now bringing their children's children! It is our hope that we'll still be around to welcome your grandson's children one day. Thanks again for such kind words.
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Address: 2707 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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Location: United States > Virginia > Virginia Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Virginia Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Virginia Beach
#8 Family Hotel in Virginia Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Econo Lodge on the Ocean 2*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All of our rooms at the Econo Lodge on the Ocean are oceanfront with a private balcony or ground floor patio overlooking the beach and the boardwalk. You have a choice of two double beds or one king bed with sleeper sofa. Each is equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, in-room coffee maker, hairdryer, iron/board, and in-room safe. Hotel amenities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, free bicycles for our guests, and free high speed wireless internet access. A complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning from 7 to 10 AM. Our guest parking is on-site, 1 car per room. ... more   less 
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