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“great location, great view” 4 of 5 stars
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Residence Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3217 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451   |  
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Ranked #13 of 115 Hotels in Virginia Beach
Hollywood, Maryland
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7 hotel reviews
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“great location, great view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

It's right on the beach, every room has an ocean view and it's pet friendly. Couldn't ask for more at the price point. Staff was very accomodating and personable. Rooms were clean. Hallways could use a bit of revamping. Balcony was a bit small and if a/c unit was on the exhaust vented directly on anyone occupying the balcony. Two double beds in the seperate bedroom with one of them right up against the huge picture window, which we thought was fantastic. Easy walking distance to plenty of great bars and restraunts.

Room Tip: the higher the floor the better the view, but all have direct ocean front views
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Julius P, Front Office Manager at Residence Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
I am happy to see that you enjoyed your stay with us here at the Residence Inn Virginia Beach. I agree the vent on the balcony is a issue that we have been trying to find a solution for for years. I am sorry this was a problem for you during your stay. We hope the next time you viist Virginia Beach you decide to stay with us. Happy Holidays from the Residence Inn Staff and Management Team.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ashburn, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Everyone at the hotel was very attentive, interested in their guests, and when the TV did not work well in the living room, they quickly brought in another one. View was fantastic and I would definitely stay there again when I am in town.
Dawn

Room Tip: All their rooms have balconies and great location. We were on the top floor and very quiet.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Julius P, Front Office Manager at Residence Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Thank you for your wonderful comments. I apologize you had a problem with your tv but I am happy to see that my staff was able to respond quickly enough to fix the issue. I am sure it was a pleasure to have you as a guest and we look forward to your return. Thank you for staying with us and Happy Holidays from our families to yours.
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Houston
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44 hotel reviews
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122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Clean comfortable space. Rooms are well kept. Management and staff are gracious and polite.

Our room came with a full kitchen. There were two double beds in a room separate from the living room with the fold-out couch.

Breakfast was included. It was a full breakfast bar of the type found in hotels. The yogurt was fresh. Coffee and juice were well stocked. We left early one morning and the staff kindly gave us some yogurt from the kitchen to go since breakfast had not opened yet.

The beach view was beautiful. From our balcony, we watched the sun rise over the ocean as a group of dolphins swam past the hotel close to the shore.

I'd definitely stay here again. For the most part, it was all well and good. The only reserve I have is that there is very very little parking for the hotel. The hotel has a small lot in front but it fills quickly. If there are no spaces available in that small front lot, guests must valet park. Valet parkers take your car and park it two blocks away. A bit inconvenient but the hotel overcomes that by being such a great place.

Finally, a thanks to management for making room for us at the last minute. We'll be back.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Julius P, Front Office Manager at Residence Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront, responded to this review, November 19, 2012
Thank you for staying with us here at the Residence Inn. We are committed to providing our guests with the highest level of customer satisfaction. I am happy to see my staff helped make your stay more enjoyable. We look forward to your next trip with us the next time your in Virginia Beach, Va. Thank you again for your comments and have a wonderful day.
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Northern Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We were scheduled to stay at a different hotel with our daughters soccer team and let's just say that we had to check out of that one the minute we checked in. Residence Inn had a room for us at a reasonable rate consitering that half the hotels on the beach were booked due to the soccer tournament in town. They were great upon check in and out. We got a room on the floor that doesn't have any pets so it was perfect. The view was great. The best thing our kids liked was the breakfast in the morning and they had everything you can possibly want to eat. We will try to get the whole team to stay here next year.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Julius P, Front Office Manager at Residence Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thank You for staying with us. I am happy to see that you enjoyed breakfast and that my staff was able to accomodate you with a pet free room. I am sure it was a pleasure to have you stay with us and we look forward to your return in the future. Thank you for choosing Marriott and have a wonderful day!
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
303 helpful votes 303 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

  -- 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).


Considerations:

• 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.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Julius P, Front Office Manager at Residence Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront, responded to this review, October 31, 2012
Thank you for comments about our hotel. I am sorry to see that you did not completely enjoy your stay with us. I see that you stayed last December, we hope that you return this year for a better experience. Your comments will help us improve as a hotel. If there is anythig I can do please feel free to contact me here at the hotel. Thank you for choosing Marriott and have a wonderful day!
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Columbia, South Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

AAA location. rooms are big, clean, nice. Staff is great. Parking can be tough, but they try hard to make the best of it. Be patient with them on it and don't let it bother you. You have several places to shop, dine, and hang out at you fingertips here. The rooms also have a great view with floor to ceiling windows and cool, but small balconies. I've been here half dozen times and will continue to return

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Julius P, Front Office Manager at Residence Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thank you for your continued loyalty to us here at the Residence Inn. I'm sure it was a pleasure and an honor to serve you. I want to assure you that we will continue to do all we can to justify your confidence in our hotel. Thank you again for your comments and have a wonderful day.
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Had a wonderful 4 day stay with our dog! Many dogs at the hotel and those without dogs were very accepting of having pets around. Met other people who had dogs and were staying off the oceanfront and they were unhappy.
I can't say enough about the staff - very pleasant and helpful!!! Customer service makes a huge difference and they are A+.
As per previous reviews, the furniture could use an update but it wasn't as bad as what was implied. Highly recommend this place and will come back!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Julius P, Front Office Manager at Residence Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront, responded to this review, October 7, 2012
Thank you for staying with us here at the Residence Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront. I am sure it was a pleasure and an honor to serve you. Individuals like yourself are those whom we owe the success of this establishment. I want to assure you that we will continue to do all we can to justify your confidence in our hotel. Thank you again for your comments and we look forward to your return. Have a wonderful day!
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Address: 3217 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Location: United States > Virginia > Virginia Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Virginia Beach
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Virginia Beach
#15 Business Hotel in Virginia Beach
#15 Family Hotel in Virginia Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront 3*
Number of rooms: 72
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