Just got home from a trip to VA Beach. We stayed a couple nights at the Springhill Suites, but the weather was supposed to be high 70 and sun, so was thinking of staying another day. Looked around, and the Newcastle was the cheapest with an indoor pool (must have for my nephew). Instead of paying 116+ tax, we stayed at the newcastle for 44+ tax. Wish I would've stayed here first, could've stayed all three nights for just about the price of one night at the SHS.
I was a little worried after reading some reviews (although, this place is either great or horrible it seems), but figured why not give it a try.
First, I'm shocked that a couple reviews mention rudeness. I called the night before arrival and the gentleman on the phone was very nice. Quoted me a price, then took all my info, and I had a room. Arrived to two friendly ladies at the desk, who told me I was on the 5th floor but if I wanted higher/lower they could accommodate this time of year. They also told me to call/stop in with any questions/concerns. There were also two ladies there at check out who were very warm. I encountered 6 employees (including the housekeeper who wished us a good day on the way out of our room) and all were extremely friendly.
The hotel itself is a little worn, but it's clean. Really, to me, that's all that matters. It may not be fresh and sparkly, but it's clean and cheap.
The room was basic, but did have a microwave/fridge/safe/whirlpool tub. Just like the hotel in general, it could use a remodel, but it works just fine as is. All the equipment in the room worked, and the view from the window/balcony from the 5th floor was amazing. As with everything else in the hotel, the room was clean (sheets/towels/bathroom/etc).
The beds weren't all that comfortable, but not horrible. They felt the same as the beds in the SHS, and for double the price at SHS I'd expect more. The one thing I can say was absolutely horrible about the Newcastle was the pillows. Take your own as two of theirs are still thiner than most you'd find anywhere else.
The indoor pool was quite spacious. It was heated, and it was actually heated a bit too much. It was sort of a combo of a pool/hot tub, as it was probably about 85, but it felt quite nice in the evening after taking a stroll in the cool air. I would hope in the summer they don't keep the heat up, as it wouldn't be refreshing after a hot day on the beach.
Other than the pillows, the only other thing I could see being an issue is the elevators. The hotel wasn't crowded this time of year, but they seemed quite slow, and I could see the potential for waiting for it when the place is full. Not sure if this happens or not, but I wouldn't be surprised if it did.
In comparing this to the SHS, I'd chose Newcastle. It's MUCH cheaper, the internet works better, beds were of the same comfort, and both have indoor pools, friendly staff, comparable balconies/views. The SHS just looks nicer, and you do have a little more room with the sitting area (which is a nice bonus, but is it worth that much $?).
If your looking for bright/new/fancy, this is NOT the place for you. If you're looking for an affordable/convenient/comfortable/clean place to stay, with nice staff, great views and don't mind a place that's old, this IS the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether you are searching for the perfect Honeymoon, Anniversary, Special Romantic Getaway location or a fun, family vacation Hotel, let Newcastle Hotel in Virginia Beach, VA be your destination. The Newcastle Hotel features Double/Double, Queen and King rooms with Private Oceanfront Balcony and large Whirlpool Tubs and refrigerator and microwave. Specialty King Deluxe rooms have a Private Oceanfront Balcony, Fireplace, Whirlpool Tub and refrigerator and microwave. Two-Room Suites also have an Oceanfront Private Balcony, Whirlpool Tub and full kitchen. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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