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“Fantastic Place and Location” 5 of 5 stars
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1301 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (Northeast Virginia Beach)   |  
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“Fantastic Place and Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011

Our family has rented there every year for the last five years and it just gets better and better. We have stayed at other places but if size, cleanliness, location and privacy is what you are looking for than look no further. They had just updated the kitchen we stayed in, great mattress in the master bedroom...never slept better. It is located right in the middle of everything. The units are the size of apartments....matter a fact.... it is bigger than my first apartment. Our unit was spotless. The unit we ended up with was 1003 and it was georgeous. It has a fully furnished kitchen (well stocked) with washer/dryer. Flat screen tvs in living room and in both bedrooms. It is a secure building and we always feel very safe. They have a security guard all night on duty. You have to remember that this is a Time-Share not a hotel so there is not a daily towel service.... they do exchange towels twice during the week. It would be nice if the Wi-Fi was free...;0(. We love the ocean at Virginia beach, the city does an excellent job at keeping it up and clean. It is very family oriented and there is a strong police presence which makes you feel safe. Love the 2 mile long board walk. Lots of great restraunts that you can walk to.....you don't really have to use your car unless you want to.

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  • Stayed September 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Villa Rica
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

The ONLY good thing about these units is the balcony that overlooks the beach! The rooms are spacious but desperately need a really good cleaning. We were very uncomfortable while there; we covered the couch and chairs in order to sit on them. Interior of the building is depressing and is in great need of an up-date. I would be sick if I owned one of their units - could be a lovely facility but suffers from neglect. You feel like you are in the "low-rent" district and the hallway on the 8th floor had an unpleasnat odor. We will never return to this resort - too many nicer ones out there!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

My parent's have had a timeshare here since the 70's, but I never really appreciated how great this place is until I just recently went back as an adult. The room is HUGE. A very spacious master bedroom with king bed and a 2nd bedroom with 2 full beds. Both bedrooms have a nice flatscreen tv. There's a full kitchen with dishwasher & washer/dryer, dining area and nice living room. Not to mention it is right on the beach, and has a nice sized private balcony as well. They've done a lot of improvements to the outside space since the last time I'd been there. The pool area is great and there is a huge, really nice grill down by the pool area for guests to use.
The only thing that really needs fixed up are the bathrooms. The bathrooms are clean, but defintiely rough around the edges. It looks like they haven't been updated for about 20 years. Staff was nice enough. Not overly friendly, but helpful enough. I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

If you re lucky enough to get a summer exchange  into The Colony take it!
There are only forty units all of which have their own private balcony and face the ocean.  Most of the units are still owned by the original owners who purchased them back in the seventies.  Rather then sell the units they pass them down through their family.

It is by no means luxurious but it is in a perfect location and the view is fabulous.

The units are spacious.  The two bathrooms are what I call old school with standard tub shower combination.  The vanity does have a granite top but that is about it for the upgrade.  There are no whirlpool or hot tubs on the property.

The master has a king bed and flat screen TV.  The second bedroom has two doubles.  The sheets and mattress pad will be in a plastic bag for you to make your own bed upon arrival.  This is for you to inspect the mattress for bedbugs.  This is a preventive measure.  Virginia beach is an international destination and like all major cities it can be prone to these traveling parasites.  The condo is being proactive so just suck it up and make your own bed!  Clean towels and sheets are provided twice a week if needed.  WiFi runs $20 per week.

The staff is very limited but they are responsive to your requests.  We quickly received a pac and play and fan for our unit when asked.  There are NO timeshare sale pitches.

The location of The Colony cannot be beat.  In any direction there are activities for all ages.  The fishing pier, carnival, street performers, bands, restaurants, volleyball, surfing, shopping, are all within blocks.

The ocean, boardwalk, the resort pool and the people are all within your view from your balcony, living room and master.
All day long there is a steady stream of people skating, riding bikes, jogging or taking a leisurely stroll.  In the ocean the pirate ships, fishing boats, tankers, porpoise, pairsails and swimmers are entertaining to watch.  Mid June to early October the water is pleasant.

Along with beach chairs and an umbrella I recommend bringing bikes and a cable lock.  There is a bike path that runs parallel to the boardwalk and you can cover a lot of ground quickly.

You don't need many clothes as the atmosphere in the restaurants is casual.  A sweater may be needed even on July evening if the breeze is blowing.  There is a washer and dryer in the unit.
Items you will need to bring are paper towels, dish soap and detergent.  There are hair dryers in each bathroom.

Before you do any activity or eat out check the coupon books located on every corner.  Many of the businesses offer some kind of deal.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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virginia
1 review
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2009

Returned from our trip at The Colony. We had a very nice time. As in other posts, the two bedroom space is larger than an apartment I once rented. They do not make you count untensils, plates, etc anymore. Because of the bed bug scare going on everywhere now, you have to inpsect you beds/ furnitures first and they left sheets, pillowcases to make the beds. Since I have never seen a bed bug a little thing I saw on a pillow took me over the edge and I called the security attendant who sent the maintenance staff right up. It was rather funny, he was very nice and looked over everything for me but it was a bed bug. We had everything we needed. I brought along extra trash bags, paper towels so I was prepared since they do not provide them. No problem. We didn't have anyone come in during the week to change out towels, there were plenty in the closet. Only thing I would suggest is for them to change from the key system to an electronic system in getting in an out of the building/rooms. They lock everything down for your security and you have a key to get into building, go to beach area and back into building. Then you have a different key to get into room. A little irritating but for the space, and what I paid through RCI it was just great. The staff was very nice. The security guards are nice. I notices some feedback that they were a pain but if you are nice to them they reciprocate. My husband had an a daily chat with them. He likes to meet people and talk about the local area. It was windy and chilly but you can't complain anytime you can sit back and listen to the ocean.

Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Walton, Kentucky
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5 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2008

We really liked the spacious rooms! The staff was very nice to us. The bathrooms could use some updating and replacing the noisey fans in each bathroom would help. We were on the 11th (top) floor. Our master suite had a walk-in closet which made it very nice to store suitcases etc. It was great to have a washer and dryer in our room too! The staff "Jessica" was great in helping us get a more updated room.

The blinds in the two bedrooms could be replaced (vertical) but I can imagine how they are abused from so many people using them. Our parking place was covered and very handy place for us to park. We would recommend The Colony but do not go there expecting you are going to walk in to a plush Penthouse it is just a very nice, clean and spacious room with a great view!

Stayed July 2008
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Richmond VA
2 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2008

A friend and I booked this property as an ‘extra vacation’ through my Time Share and based on the literature in the lobby, our rate was 50%+ savings since this property rented for over $1,000 for the week we stayed!

This property is located ocean front, only a few steps to the Boardwalk and great location for everything we needed. The condo had living, dining, galley kitchen, 2 large bedrooms, 2 full baths and balcony with plenty of seating and beautiful view. Fish Bones restaurant was right next door (good seafood) and the Raven diagonally across the street (steak & seafood). We checked in on Sunday so the office was closed but Security came out immediately and directed us to our parking space for the week right at the front door. They also provided free parking for some dinner guests later in the week at no charge. I'm sure this was a rare courtesy since parking is very limited at the property and we appreciated this gesture!

I was a little concerned when I entered the small lobby (Security desk only - office is on 2nd floor) and found that it was not air-conditioned and seemed a little dated. One elevator was out of order (and still remained broken when we checked out the following Friday) but Security assisted everyone checking in so that was no problem for us. We were in room 303 overlooking the pool on the 2nd level. This was a great location since the pool was not open but could be a noise problem in high season.

Our unit was VERY clean and stocked with everything we needed for the week with the exception of standard items that we normally have when we use our Time Share properties (paper towels, toilet tissue, soap – bath and kitchen, coffee and filters, trash bags, etc). we received information from The Colony one week prior telling us this so we took all this with us.

Housekeeping swapped out bath towels & mats and kitchen towels on Tuesday and Thursday and both times, emptied our kitchen trash. The unit appeared to have been freshly painted and new carpet installed. It appears that Security does most odd jobs around the property also so that could explain the mediocre job on both painting and carpet edging.

The office is open from 9-5 each day and it was difficult to find anyone there during any of these hours with the exception of Security. They require a $200 damage deposit upon check-in. If you arrive during off-hours, Security is unable to take a credit card and they seem to not have a system for people (such as ourselves) who are not able to get to the office during the core hours (we were there for a week long class and the hours were 9-5 also so we always left the building by 8:15 am and did not return until well after the office closed). We finally were able to work this out by leaving a personal check. The check will be mailed to me within a week after the unit is checked for damage….they normally tear up the check or credit card slip but I gave them a self-address envelop and gave them money for a stamp to return the check to me.

Overall, The Colony Resort was OK and was much cheaper and much more space than staying in a single hotel room for the week.

Stayed April 2008
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Additional Information about Colony Resort

Address: 1301 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Location: United States > Virginia > Virginia Beach > Northeast Virginia Beach
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Virginia Beach
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Colony Hotel Virginia Beach

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