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Econo Lodge on the Ocean
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All reviewsfree bikesno elevatorcontinental breakfastbike rentalsheated outdoor poolthird floor roomsmall hotelwould definitely stay here againparking is tightolder hotelcoffee makerparking lot isyogurtparking spotstaff was very friendly and helpfulrooms were very cleanoff season
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We were visiting Virginia Beach for the Boardwalk Art Show so wanted an inexpensive oceanfront hotel to be close to it. We couldn't believe the rate at this hotel was so reasonable when it had such great TA reviews! It lived up to expectations and we found the staff particularly friendly and helpful. On arrival, it was about 97F outside and we were told the A/C had just stopped working but they were working hard get it back on it as soon as possible. It did seem to be a big problem and they certainly worked long and hard (it was just along from our room and we saw several guys there working on it) but we had A/C again within about 3 hours. We never doubted they would get it back on somehow as we could tell they were embarrassed not to have everything 100% right for their guests!

We had a second floor room which gave a great view of the boardwalk, the art show and the world passing by. The balcony was a great place to sit and have lunch or a drink while watching all the action. It gave great views up and down the beach. The room was all we could ask for and we loved having the refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker in the room. The bed and seating were comfortable and everything was clean and in good condition.

We liked the fact that the staff ensure the limited parking spaces don't get taken by other beach visitors.

The complimentary breakfast wasn't what we might call 'luxury' but was still very good. The hotel has plenty of eateries nearby as well as a good selection of shops. It's only 3 blocks walk down 28th to Harris Teeters' large supermarket, if you are into self-catering some of the time.

Apart from having to endure unavoidable late Saturday night revellers' noise out on Atlantic St, we found it a very comfortable place to stay and will consider recommending it to friends and maybe returning ourselves!

Thanks to all the staff!

Room Tip: 'People-watchers' go for the second or third floor but it looked like all rooms were pretty much the same other than what beds they had.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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GeneralManagerVB, General Manager at Econo Lodge on the Ocean, responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2013

Thank you so much for such a nice review! I apologize for the air conditioning outtage, of course it happened to be on the hottest day of the year! We certainly appreciate your patience while we were working on replacing a part. We will be looking for you on your next visit!

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Our experience at this hotel was great! The room was newly renovated and all of the furniture seemed brand new. The balcony had a great view of the beach, ocean, and boardwalk. The pool was always clean and very warm, which was great after swimming in the cold ocean. The free bikes worked well and saved us tons of money throughout our stay. We used them twice a day, which would have cost a lot with rentals. The free breakfast was also nice to save money. They had a nice selection of foods. Also, free parking was great! The staff were extremely friendly and answered all of our questions. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone!

Room Tip: The third floor had a wonderful view, although there are no elevators.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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GeneralManagerVB, General Manager at Econo Lodge on the Ocean, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2013

Thank you so much for your kindness! We are very pleased you enjoyed the hotel and took advantage of all we have to offer. The free bikes really do add great value and savings to our guest's stay; even if they only use them once or twice in a 3 or 4 night visit. It seems like this property suits your needs well, and we would love to welcome you back again. See you soon?

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Reviewed May 29, 2013

I gave this hotel five stars last year. We just returned from a five-day stay over Memorial Day weekend, and I'm giving it another five star rating. Fabulous staff, great location, excellent value.

A few nitpicks: I have to agree with the reviewer below that the bikes look ratty, particularly the kids' bikes. The seats were all torn up, and you could see the foam stuffing. With everything else looking pristine, the torn seats really stand out. Shouldn't cost much to replace bike seats.

Also, ashtrays on second floor sun deck need to be emptied in the morning. Took my breakfast up there and every table had an ashtray full of cigarette butts.

Hope to be back next year!

Room Tip: Third floor is best
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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GeneralManagerVB, General Manager at Econo Lodge on the Ocean, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Thank you very much for a second wonderful review. We are happy that you have become a repeat guest and expressed your desire to return again. We hope that is an indication that we are doing things the right way!
We have indeed looked at the bikes again, and frankly agree with you that the kids bikes are in rough shape. We are looking to refresh/replace them now. The adult bikes have the normal wear a year at the oceanfront will put on them, but new seats, grips, chains and tires make a world of difference. That bit of maintenance is ongoing. The ashtrays should never be dirty and we apologize for that. They do seem to be getting more use now that all of our rooms are designated non-smoking.
Again thank you for your comments and we look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed May 27, 2013

This is only a 3 level property, so in comparison to a lot of the other places to stay on Virginia Beach it is small. I love everything about this hotel. The staff was helpful and friendly, the pool was warm and clean, the bikes were free and fun. The entire property is co clean. The location is great right on the boardwalk and within walking distance to food and shopping. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it, I will be returning g next year.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms are about $10 more a night. We were on the 3rd floor with a great view of the entire beach. No elevator.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank jillzabo
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GeneralManagerVB, General Manager at Econo Lodge on the Ocean, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2013

Wow, thank you so much for the high praise! We have assembled a remarkable staff here, each and every one of whom truly loves to work here and welcome back our extended "family" every year. The smiles you may encounter are genuine!
We are very happy you intend to return next year, which now makes you a part of that family. We welcome you to the fold! Thanks again for the wonderful review.

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Reviewed May 23, 2013

"Hotel is great! Def the best deal. Oceanfront, can walk there in 20 seconds. Hotel was very clean, the staff was very friendly and went out of their way to make sure you were happy and enjoying yourself and the beach is beautiful, long stretch of sand. There was always something to eat along the beach and great restaurants too right along Atlantic Ave where the hotel is located. Staff is very knowledgeable on where to eat e.g. Mexican, buffet, sushi. Free breakfast although complimentary was more than good enough. There is also a coffee machine, fridge and oceanfront balcony in every room. The A/C was a bit old but who cares, we just opened the balcony door and let the sound of crashing waves lull us to sleep....because it's a small hotel, staff has more time to take care of your needs...the parking to check-in to being in the our room took less than 5 minutes....and that's pretty awesome after a 15 hour drive...Can't wait to go back!!!"

Room Tip: All rooms has oceanfront balcony. Make sure to stay at the 3rd floor to get a better view and have less street noise.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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GeneralManagerVB, General Manager at Econo Lodge on the Ocean, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel! We appreciate the kind words. You said you can't wait to return? We can't wait to welcome you back "home"! Thanks again.

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