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Dolphin Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1705 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451   |  
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Ranked #95 of 114 hotels in Virginia Beach
Richmond, Virginia
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3 hotel reviews
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“Don't Believe Pictures on Their Web Site”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The room was exactly as described on the web site BUT it was so worn and shabby. The chair at the desk was literally falling apart. A blanket on one of the double beds had a huge hole in it. The pull out sofa was not fit to sit in - you sank in it - no support and that was just sitting - can't imagine what it would be like for sleeping. The wall paper was dirty. Their were stains on the drapes that I wouldn't even want to imagine guessing what caused them.
Location was good and the people working there were friendly and helpful. The double beds were comfortable. But all in all the ambiance was icky.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Axton, Virginia, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We arrived in the afternoon, during a very bad rainstorm. Was very easy to find. Parking garage was right by check-in, so was able to go in and register without getting wet. We were assigned a room on the 10th floor. Beautiful views from the balcony. Room was very nice. Loved the indoor pool on the 8th floor as it was too cold to swim in the ocean. Nice pool area. Location was pretty good. Lots of little shops in the area and food vendors. Although at the time not all places were open for the season yet. Favorite part, sitting on balcony, drinking coffee in the am and treated to a show by the dolphins swimming 25 yards from shore!!! Adequate parking, clean roomsand a helpful staff made this a very nice mini vacation!!!

Room Tip: All rooms face the ocean. If you are afraid of heights, request a lower floor!!!
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kiev, Ukraine
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

It's not good hotel for visit. I'm from Ukraine. My friends and I visit this hotel in November of 2012. Once in the evening we detect a thief of some personal goods from our room. Any of security cameras were not working. We can't prove manager of the hotel that his staffs are thieves. I don't want to take vengeance but I want to preserve anybody from appearing in such situation.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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4 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

First of all this was the 4th year my husband and I stayed at the Dolphin Inn. This is not a 5 star resort but its also not a hole in the wall. The living room is large and has a beautiful view of the ocean. The balcony is nice and serves its purpose. The kitchenette is perfect for a quick breakfast and lunch but if you are looking to do some cooking you might want to check other options. Dinner is never a problem for us because we order in or go out and enjoy it. The bathroom has a large jetted tub that I love comming for. No it is not made out of modern day ceramic tile but it works. The bedroom is okay and the beds are not to bad for a couple of days. My only complaint is that they are full size and there are no rooms with queens or kings. The pool is very small and usually good for kids. It would nice if they put some tables and chairs on the balcony in front of the pool allowing people to look out into the strip. We have enjoyed our 4 years of "New Years" get-a-ways and it serves our purpose. If you are looking for the 5 star with all the bells and whistles then look away. If you are a person who wants and average place to shower, sleep and hang out with a seperate living area and you are not born with a silver spoon in your mouth then the Dolphinn Inn is the place. My husband and I are average everyday people who enjoy life and like having several weekend get-a-ways through out the year and we love the Dolphinn. Thanks again for making our stay wonderful! and for the man who checked me in at 5pm on Friday 12/28/2012 your awsome!. See ya next year!

Room Tip: All rooms face the oceanfront and are the same
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Gloucester, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Old, dingy and dirty.Everything needs to be redone! Needs new carpet, furniture, paint. The only thing I liked was that it was a nice oceanfront view. The furniture had seen better days. Very dingy and dirty. The bathroom wasnt very nice either. Jacuzzi tub is yuck. Its a suite barely larger than a standard hotel room. Was told in was inside corridors but they are outside. its just that they are back in a cubby hole in pairs. Terrible cold draft coming in under the door. The pool is very little. It is heated and inclosed but you have to go outside on the roof to get to it. May be ok in the summer but for the winter....its cold out there! You open the door to go in to the pool area and its so steamed up you cant see. You will only stay warm if you stay in the pool. And the cold condensation was dripping down off the ceiling. So it was not enjoyable. Kids of course dont mind at all. They close early at 8 during the winter which really was a bummer as that was the whole reason we brought our son here for new years eve..to swim. Most pools are open til 10 or 11. Not impressed and wont be back..next time I will head next door to the Boardwalk hotel. Another good point is that its a good location..walking distance to almost anything you could want.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Limestone, NY
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

After reading all of the reviews, we were not sure what to expect. But from the minute we arrived til the minute we left we had no complaints whatsoever. The gentleman who checked us in, Art, was so nice and helpful. He helped us several times while we were there and was so polite and kind about it. Another front desk agent, Latoya, was also very pleasant and helpful. We ended up wanting to stay an extra night, but the hotel was sold out. Latoya made sure that as soon as something opened up, that we got that extra night.
We ablsolutely loved the room. We decided to sleep on the sofa bed so that we could wake up looking at the beach and sunrise every morning. The bathroom was big as well as the jacuzzi/shower. Also, every balcony is private so you dont have to look at the neighbors as you are trying to enjoy the view.
The hotel is perfectly located and we walked almost everywhere we went. The only bad thing I could say is that the place seems a little older, which was not a problem for us at all. If you are looking for 5-star and ritzy, go to the Hilton. If you want comfy and affordable, stay at the Dolphin.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Spent 3 nights here. Right in the middle of the Boardwalk. Nice little suites, double jacuzzi in bath. Small covered pool on the roof. Easy walk to everything. Staff was very friendly. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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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:
#48 On the Beach Hotel in Virginia Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Dolphin Inn 2.5*
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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