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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Virginia Beach (Oceanfront)
Ranked #23 of 109 Hotels in Virginia Beach
Richmond, Virginia
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“Great Ocean Front Hotel”
Reviewed May 5, 2012

We stay at this hotel every year because of the excellent price and safety. This hotel has an indoor pool and a great breakfast. The staff is very friendly, beds are comfortable, and rooms are always clean. I highly recommend this hotel! Plus, it's right on the ocean front boardwalk.

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Highland, Indiana
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

I spent a couple days at this hotel in late April. I found the staff to be helpful and friendly. The front desk clerk even called up just after check in to see if all was OK. The room itself was basic motel, but clean and comfortable. I paid $10 extra for a penthouse room and it was worth it. The ocean views were fantastic. Breakfast was good. The location of the hotel was good right on the beachfront. I would have preferred a king bed, but the penthouse room I got had two queens which I thought was odd. I would stay there again.

Room Tip: Pay the extra for a top floor room. The view is worth it
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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tsgm, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Virginia Beach (Oceanfront), responded to this review, May 20, 2012
I appreciate you taking the time to write a review regarding your recent stay with us here at the Country Inn and Suites in Virginia Beach. I would like to thank you for your kind words and for your business. Hopefully on your next stay, we can get you in that King bed you wanted.
On behalf of our entire staff here at the Country Inns & Suites and we hope to see you again when your travels bring you back to the area. Again thank you for our kind word about the hotel and especially the staff.

Sincerely,
Tony Sierra
General Manager
757-437-9100
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Boston, MA
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

We (2 adults and 3 children) just returned from a 3 night stay at Country Inn & Suites. The hotel was extremely clean, the staff very friendly and helpful, check in was a breeze. All rooms are ocean front. We stayed on the second floor, and our first room was over the awning of the restaurant and we had asked to be moved (too many seagulls landing there) and we were moved right down the hall a couple doors with no problem at all!!! We had a room with 2 queen beds and the pull out sofa, plenty of room. There is a microwave, coffee maker and fridge in the room.

The morning breakfast was awesome, especially for a family of 5 like ours. Everyone found plenty to keep them happy at breakfast, the kids even looked forward to it. Great eating area and the staff kept everything clean, fresh and replenished.

The hotel is in the middle of the boardwalk close to walking to everything. It happened to still be off season when we were there so alot of the stores and activities were closed, but there were plenty of other things to do. We did use the indoor pool one of our nights, it was clean and very warm.

The garage is tight, but you get used to the feel for it, and just need to take it slow.

The only downside (and it would be the same at any hotel in the area) is the noise from the planes. The airforce jets are extremely loud and continuously run all day and night (till 11pm), you do get used to it, but it is annoying when trying to relax or have a convo...you would actually have to stop talking and wait for the jet to go by so you could hear.

I would highly recommend this hotel, and would stay again if in the VA Beach area.

Room Tip: I would say request a higher room for more privacy from the boardwalk, but remember the higher the r...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Stafford, Virginia
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

Book a 1 Bedroom Suite-oceanfront-Balcony room for one night. Check in was fine but parking garage is very tight. We vere very disappointed in the room itself. The sitting area of the room is a small section by the door that holds a small couch and that is it. Very dark and narrow. The room itself is very worn and in need of a major cleaning and renovation. The bedding looked used and not very comfortable. Parts of the floor were a laminated wood floor that your sticked to when walked on. We asked to see another room and the same results were found. We did not stay and went to another hotel that was much nicer, 40 dollars less and still with a oceanfront balacony.

Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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tsgm, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Virginia Beach (Oceanfront), responded to this review, April 24, 2012
Dear Mbuce,

Thank you for reviewing the property. I am disheartened to read that we failed to meet you and your family’s expectations. Please know that the property went through a major renovation in 2010. My hope is that you will give us the opportunity to provide you lodging need in the future. Please contact me directly at the number shown below.

Tony Sierra
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757-437-9100
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SF Bay Area, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2012

Pricelined a room for 3 days at the Country Inn and Suites. The hotel, a re-badged and completely renovated Howard Johnson's, was clean and well-located. The staff was pleasant, with an ample morning buffet (scrambled egg pucks, sausage, potatoes, oatmeal, coffee, juice, toast, Sysco fruit salad from a container, etc.). The towels and water pressure were fine, with ample hot water--at least on our 1st-floor room.

One of the two elevators was out of service for most of our stay, but, even so, we never had to wait more than a minute for an elevator.

Noise was the only issue for us: somewhat thin walls and doors meant being awoken by closing doors and hallway traffic of people heading to early breakfast, and also at 4 am one night when our neighbors had a huge argument, complete with breaking glass, and, subsequently, make-up sex. The TV, on at modest volume, made it easy to ignore, though.

The front desk seemed under-staffed. It appeared to be staffed by one person most of the time. This meant that when we arrived, and the desk clerk was getting/making more chocolate chip cookies, we had a wait of about 10 minutes to check in. Not the end of the world.

Wi-Fi worked fine for us; there were two computers available free in the business center that also seemed to be open much of the time.

The parking lot does have some tight turns, but there were plenty of big pick-up trucks & SUVs that navigated the lot with no problems. You probably wouldn't want to peel through there at a high rate of speed, and it'd be a good idea to phone ahead if you have a particularly tall vehicle, but otherwise, parking was convenient and easy.

Room Tip: All rooms have an ocean view--suggest asking for a high floor.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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tsgm, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Virginia Beach (Oceanfront), responded to this review, April 22, 2012
Dear hayden22:

Thanks so much for staying with us again during your visit to Virginia Beach. I am glad to hear you like all of the changes that were done to the hotel. I pleased that you took advantage of our free deluxe breakfast and that the breakfast didn’t disappoint you . I want to ask you, if returning to the area please give us the opportunity to server you and your family again. Thanks for your kind words

Sincerely
Tony Sierra
General Manager
757-437-9100
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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
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Reviewed April 19, 2012

Enjoyed a Sunday - Wednesday (3 night) stay at the Country Inn & Suites. The location of the property is very good in the middle of Virginia Beach's hotel row or about 2-3 blocks from the pier. Including mine, it appears that all rooms have their own balcony with oceanfront views. I stayed on the 2nd floor and my only concern was privacy as gazing onlookers walking below could potentially see into my room.

Pros:
Complimentary hot breakfast that varied from day-to-day. Even had their own waffle-maker!
Business center w/printer
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Complimentary garaged parking
Fruit/cookies at check-in desk throughout the day
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Building security (card readers at every building entrance)
Immediate beach access

Cons:
Weak Wi-Fi signal
Supplied toiletries (shampoo/conditioner) were very small. Not likely enough for more than 2 people/night.

Room Tip: Stay on the 3rd floor or higher for additional privacy.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

Formally a Howard Johnson's; major renovations. Ideal location for everything, all rooms oceanfront. Great breakfast, lots of choices, hot selections changed every day. Nothing ever ran out, staff continually replenishing. Opened adjoining conference room to acommodate crowd Friendly and acommodating staff Rooms a little small for family of 4, bathroom; small counter, no storage space, 1 small dresser in outer room. Small indoor pool. Attached parking building a nightmare. Not designed for vans or SUV's, small spaces, very hard to maneuver from 1 level to next.

Room Tip: All oceanfront; away from elevators
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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tsgm, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Virginia Beach (Oceanfront), responded to this review, April 22, 2012
Dear Beverly H:

I appreciate you taking the time on posting a comment about your recent stay with us.
I am glad to read that your overall experience was an enjoyable one and the staff provided a memorable guest experience. I am also glad that you enjoyed all the changes we made converting from a Howard Johnson.
Next time call the hotel directly for your reservation. I also have a special website for return guest. Contact me at the number below and I well give it to you.
On behalf of our entire staff here at the Country Inns & Suites we would like to thank you for your business and we hope to see you again when your travels bring you back to the area!


Sincerely,
Tony Sierra
General Manager
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Property: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Virginia Beach (Oceanfront)
Address: 1801 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3308
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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Virginia Beach
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Virginia Beach
#28 Business Hotel in Virginia Beach
#34 Family Hotel in Virginia Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Virginia Beach (Oceanfront) 3*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Country Inn & Suites Virginia Beach Oceanfront hotel! Located on the beach and just steps away from the world-famous Virginia Beach Boardwalk, our hotel provides easy access to the beach, area dining, souvenir shopping, entertainment and more. Every room features spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean along with a private balcony, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. With its convenient amenities like complimentary hot breakfast, free high-speed wireless Internet access, heated indoor pool, fitness center, oceanfront restaurant, and on-site parking, our oceanfront hotel in Virginia Beach, VA is sure to please leisure and business travelers alike. Come visit us for a fantastic beach vacation! ... more   less 
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