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“Nasty hotel, however, the staff was nice!” 1 of 5 stars
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Dolphin Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1705 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451   |  
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Ranked #87 of 114 Hotels in Virginia Beach
Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nasty hotel, however, the staff was nice!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

The sofas are dirty, have torn worn places on them, our bathroom was ok except for peeling paint on the door, our bedroom ceiling had a huge black mold/dirt on it the hallways had filthy carpet, there is trash all around the exit door to the beach, dirty socks, liquor bottles, the overall impression is very disgusting. Went for a soccer tourney...wil never ever return. Gross!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Waynesboro, VA
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We have stayed at this hotel before it's been a few years but we were excited to go back. It was a lot like we remembered there are some cosmetic things but it looked like previous guest had a party of something we did not expect the hotel to buy all new furniture though. Our room was clean and that is the most important thing to us. We have stayed in pretty much all the hotels between 9-16 streets minus the boardwalk of course and this is a nice properly. The pool is small we did forget that part but the kids still had fun. I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stafford, Virginia
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

My sister and I stayed at the Dolphin Hotel again this year for my sister's birthday. We requested a corner room which has a front and back balcony. This gives you the luxury of looking at the water or the main street. The staff were very friendly as usual but we were unable to use the front balcony as much as we wanted due to other guest standing and sitting in the walkway to smoke or watch the parade. We found this very disruptive. We were told upon our departure that if we had call the front desk they would have taken care of this problem. We would most differently stay here again. The room was clean and comfortable

Room Tip: corner rooms are sunny with two balconies
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

I came down to virginia beach for the first time to see my daughter and I arrived in the room with me and my mom and best friend. well! I pulled the sheets back and they were dirty . I called the office and told them . Then they came and changed the bedding on both beds. Those were also stained . Smh! This was suppose to be a fun trip and it totally turned out to be a night mare! the only good was I got to see my daughter really.

SO I WOKE UP ON THE DAY OFF CHECK OUT AND THERE WAS WELPS AND BITES ALL OVER MY BODY ! it was SO GROSS MY BEST FRIEND SAID IT LOOKED LIKE BED BUGS. SHE GOOGLED IT AND THOSE THINGS LOOK GROSS . MY MOM CALLED THE FRONT DESK WHILE I CALLED 911 for help and care . ( At that moment I wanted to sue them so bad. SO THE EMT confermed that IT WAS BED BUGS GROSS. AT THAT TIME A TERMINATOR WAS IN THE ROOM MY MOM WAS YELLING MY BF WAS TO AGRUEING AND IM STANDING THERE ITCHING REALLY BAD . THE HOTEL DENIED IT FOR A SECOND BUT AS SOON. AS THEY PULLED THE BED UP THERE WAS A LIVE ONE AND THE GUY STEPPED ON IT. THEN THE OTHER MATRESS GOT LIFTED UP AN THERE WAS EVEN MORE THERE. THE MAID SAID IT WAS BED BUGS . I USED TWEEZERS AND PUT THE BUG INTO A SANDWITCH BAGGY THAT we brought along .

It was a 5 hour drive back home once we got home we put all of our luggage n to moms extra veichcal . Luckily it's cold out so if there was any eggs on the stuff they'd freeze .that's what google said.
Then a day later after rest I went to the hospital with the dead bug in the baggy. I got seen right awAy with no waiting . I guess they thought it was serious . I told them about the hotel and that this was the bug that bit me and that I thought it was a bed bug. So they said it was good that I brought the bug that nastfully bit me all over. The doctor sent the bug off for testing . Later I found out it was confermed a bed bug and that the bug also

SO THEN EVERY SINGLE THING THAT WE BROUGHT HAD TO BE WASHED AT A LAUNDRY MAT IT WAS SOO EXPENSIVE .

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

I've stayed in several VB hotels over the years (Days Inn, Marriott, Sheraton, Quality Inn) - this is definitely not the fanciest of places, but it was completely workable for the reason we went went to the beach: to sit and watch the ocean and boardwalk area from the balcony.

Parking: I can see how this would be tight during busy season. We were there midweek and had no problem parking our big SUV right outside the room on the second level. I'd say the hotel was 3/4 full at the time.

Lobby: It's a motel type lobby that is really just a check in area. The front desk staff (I believe her name was Ana?) was very nice. Speedy check in, got a low floor as requested.

Room: We were in room 205, which is a double double with a living area and a galley "snack area". When you walk in, there is a bedroom to the left with the two double beds and a door to close that room off. That room has it's own TV. But oddly, there were no closets in the place.

Then in the hallway area is the entrance to the bathroom and a bar area that has a sink, a microwave and a small fridge. Provided were four settings: plates, bowls, cups, mugs and silverware. They provide a small bottle of dishsoap and a coffee machine with typical hotel type coffee packets.

The bathroom was kind of dark and it has a very strange window into the living room that has some kind of vinyl beach scene covering it. The bathtub, as reported in other reviews, had definitely seen better days. I probably wouldn't have used it as a jacuzzi, but for showering it was fine.

The living area has a sectional type sofa that as others have said was a bit stained in one place. There was a small dining type table but only three total chairs (two at the table and then the desk chair). The TV is not the newest style but it had a good expanded cable selection (with spanish channels for anyone who might care about that). Here is my one major complaint: the sofa bed is ridiculous. Truly. No way could a grown up person sleep on that comfortably. We pulled the mattress off and put it on the ground, and luckily had our own sheet and blanket with us so we could use the hotel provided sheet/blanket as an extra buffer between the coils of the mattress. It was still ridiculously uncomfortable. I am not kidding. Had I known, I would have brought our air mattress because there was plenty of space to use it.

Other than that, the view is awesome. It is right next to the 17th street park though so if there is an event taking place be prepared for noise. The balcony view was perfectly unobstructed and enough room for 3 people to be out there comfortably. It's about a two minute walk to a subway, a 7-11, several pizza/burger type joints and the fishing pier.

It probably wasn't the cleanest of places - there were some doors/walls that had some smudges that could have easily been wiped off if housekeeping put in the effort, but I can forgive stains and chipped furniture. It's a beach hotel with a lot of turnover, things are going to get roughed up a bit.

We paid $110 for midweek after labor day. If I had paid $400 for this place I probably would have been disappointed. But for what I paid, I feel I got a decent stay. I'd stay there again if I could get that price and was traveling as four people.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chantilly, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Stayed in this hotel over the Labor day weekend (8/30 thru 9/4/2012). Hotel was dirty especially hall ways and elevator. This hotel needs maintenance and cleaning.
The hotel manager locked the gate to the beach on Sunday, tha day of the Rock-N-Roll half marathon and would not open it until noon, even though it is supposed to be open at 8:00 am. When asked about it the manager on duty said they didn't want the people from the run coming through there...but it also kept the guests out. She refused to open the gate, and they never put up any signs regarding the timing of when it would be open.
There are many hotels on the boardwalk that are much nicer. My recommendation is stay somewhere else!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Dolphin Inn

Address: 1705 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Location: United States > Virginia > Virginia Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#46 On the Beach Hotel in Virginia Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Dolphin Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spacious Comfort Right on the Beach! This Virginia Beach, boutique hotel offers you and your family uncomplicated and uncompromised comfort and warm hospitality at a truly great value. Located at the very heart of the 3-mile long boardwalk, this all suite, all oceanfront property provides space and amenities at an unbeatable location. The Dolphin Inn is the perfect place to experience your special Virginia Beach vacation. ... more   less 
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