“Less Costly, Less Crowding Off Season • 30 Min. to Norfolk Airport (ORF) • Good Location/ Commute if Business/ Work is Nearby”
-- Floor-to-Ceiling Bedroom Window Overlooking Ocean
-- Steps from Boardwalk & Beach
-- Overlook *Winter* (Dec./ Jan.) Holiday Lights on Boardwalk
Smaller (under 80 suites), 14-story Residence Inn (RI) on Atlantic Ave (at end of 33rd St.):
• Tiny, 2-chair balcony outside living room sliding glass door with spectacular ocean view (& brisk breeze). (Exciting roar of military jets fly overhead singly or in formation like seabirds.)
• One-bedroom suite, *seems* less roomy (400 sq ft noted) all round, but floor-to-ceiling bedroom window gives illusion of spaciousness. Nice (but worn) beach/ nautical themed decor/ furnishings.
• Tiny gym (older equipment), small (but working) laundry room, computer & printer in seated area in narrow hearth room (not much privacy if a business traveler attempting to print confidential documents).
• Limited parking (free valet) on site; additional parking across street ($10). (Can't imagine parking congestion at high season.)
• Free Internet/ WiFi (difficulty with connection/ strength).
Gatehouse, Breakfast, Meals:
• Narrow (almost cramped) gatehouse sitting area; but spacious counter space for food. (Can't imagine crowding during peak season.)
• Standard RI breakfast fare & evening appetizers. (Hoped for additional healthy options such as: Greek yoghurt, whole grain breads, & variety of different fruits.) Staff had difficulty replenishing depleted items.
• Numerous eateries (within walking distance) to suit various tourist palettes & budgets. (Some closed during off season, but front desk staff helps guide you.)
• If you’ve time & inclination, food shop & prepare your own meals in furnished kitchenette. Harris Teeter grocery (on Arctic Ave.) is a 10-15 min. walk; a 5- to 10-min. drive (1/2 mi./ 0.8 km).
• For holiday travelers not spending time in room (but on beach or elsewhere), limited space may not be issue. For business travelers, a pseudo business/ holiday trip, it's OK for brief stay. (If you're claustrophobic, snug accommodations may be too confining for you long-term.)
• Boardwalk is a strolling delight – even in winter; best bundle up (hat, gloves, scarf, coat) for cold ocean breeze. Desolate off season, but has its wintery beauty nonetheless. (During daylight, see the *unlit* holiday lights before nightfall -- when cars drive entire length of boardwalk viewing the magical movements of elaborate & colorful lighted decorations. At night, *lit* holiday lights are a visual treat for all ages.)
• Excellent oceanfront location & walking areas; enjoyable sights year round.
• If sense of spaciousness, newness, & more substantive, hotel-provided evening meals are a priority (over beach-front location), Virginia Beach Homewood is superb alternative. (Brief drive to beach; must find & pay for parking.) But, it’s hard to beat walking out your front door onto beach, or gazing out your bedroom window onto ocean.
• If you don’t mind dogs or enjoy seeing happy pets on holiday with their humans, you’ll get a kick out of who you’ll run into at the door. (If you’ve pet allergies or are 4-legged averse, this RI may not be for you.)
• If you're self-sufficient, lack of routine housekeeping may not be an issue; if you need service, towels, toiletries, call down to desk & request. (They are responsive.)
Approximate Drive/ Walk Times (Distance):
• 30 min. drive – depending on traffic -- (20 mi./ 32 km) to Norfolk International Airport (ORF); no RI airport shuttle.
• 5-sec. walk to Virginia Beach Boardwalk & Oceanfront Bike & Surrey Path (4-wheel peddling vehicle with canopy top). (Weather permitting -- no need to even step on treadmill in exercise room when there’s lovely seaside walking/ cycling paths.)
• 5-10 min. walk (under ¼ mile) to dramatic King Neptune Sculpture – holding trident in 1 hand & palming sea turtle in other. (Base encrusted with fish, dolphin, octopus, & other sea life.) (Many whimsical, nautically-themed sculptures running the length of boardwalk as well; fun photos.)
• 30-45 min. walk/ stroll (1.5 mi./ 2.4 km) to end of Virginia Beach Fishing Pier.
If your work/ business is nearby, this RI can be a convenient commute -- if off peak season (considerably less traffic). Off-season prices are more affordable for a beautiful, floor-to-ceiling bedroom-window view of beach/ ocean.
If your priorities are:
-- Location (& not summer beach high tourist season)
-- Convenience of RI amenities (kitchenette, laundry, breakfast)
you can be satisfied here.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.