After doing quite a bit of research, we decided to try out Courtyard Virginia Beach Oceanfront/South. We wanted a suite, but the biggest problem was finding a place with a separate bedroom (with a door) so I could escape if my husband's snoring got too loud) ! Most of the other suites we checked into had a large room with a half wall or a bedroom that was separate but had no door (who came up with that idea?)
We arrived and pulled in front of the hotel and I was immediately impressed with the exterior of the building. I went inside to register while my husband grabbed a cart and began unloading our stuff. Check-in was easy and the girl at the counter was very nice. But we were a little disappointed that they didn't have anyone to help us with our luggage. Besides that, the carts had nowhere to hang items, so everything had to be piled on top of each other. We ended up with stuff falling on the floor as we pushed the cart to the elevator.
They had given us a choice of the floor we wanted, either 5, 8, 10 or 11. There is only one Presidential Suite on each of the floors, so we decided to take the 8th floor. We rode up the elevator and headed for the room. As soon as we opened the door, I was excited to see the ocean through the sliding glass doors at the end of the living room. Meanwhile, my husband immediately pointed out the torn rug inside the kitchen. It seemed the seam of the carpet had worn away to the point where it was now separated and shredded.
Not about to let a little torn carpet bother me, I excitedly opened the sliding glass doors and sat on our balcony staring at the ocean. After a few minutes, I returned to unpack and immediately noticed the refrigerator was very small. Since this hotel did not include a free breakfast, we intended to make our own each morning. Now I wondered if we would fit eggs, milk and bacon in this refrigerator along with the lunchmeat we were planning to buy for sandwiches.
Moving along, I checked out the drawers and realized there was no silverware in them. Not one fork, spoon or knife! There also was no toaster and the coffeemaker was a 4-cup. It became apparent that we would not be eating toast with breakfast and that I would have to buy some plastic forks and spoons. (I asked the desk clerk about the toaster and he said they didn't want to take chances on "fire" in the rooms, so that is why there was no toaster. That's interesting considering the Residence Inns and Springhill Suites are owned by Marriott and they allow toasters, ovens and stoves!) The clerk also told me I could make toast in their restaurant and carry it upstairs each day....uh, no thanks.
I began to unpack and hang my clothing. When I went to close the closet door, it came apart in my hand. I thought I pulled too hard and broke it, but when my husband checked it, he fixed it and said it apparently had been that way for a while.
I have to agree with the other posters regarding the refrigerator - at first it wouldn't get cold enough and then it go too cold and froze our milk.
The suite was spacious and very clean. I liked that there was a separate sink area outside of the bathroom, so I could do my hair while hubby was showering.
I didn't like that there was no way to hook up the DVD player we brought with us, with the intention of relaxing and watching movies. The TVs were not set up for that.
One night we decided to check out their happy hour - Margaritas were $3 each. We went to the bar and I asked for a Margarita, but the girl said they were out of lime juice. The manager was going to get some, but meanwhile she offered to make me a different drink. The happy hour sign said they offered "well drinks" for $3 also, so I said I would take a well drink. She stared at me blankly and asked what that meant. One of the other patrons explained that it was anything with vodka, whisky, gin, etc. I said I would take a whiskey sour and she admitted she did not know how to make it, that this was her first day there and she had never bartended before! Someone suggested there might be a mix somewhere in the bar area, so she looked and found a contained in the refrig. A patron offered to taste it, but it ended up just being OJ. I gave up and asked for a gin and grapefruit juice. She was able to make that, but she then charged me $5.50 instead of the $3 happy hour special. Needless to say, we found another place nearby when we wanted a drink.
The pool did look dirty and as if it had a film on it, so for the first few days I did not go in. But I checked pools in other hotels and they all looked the same, so I began to wonder if it was the water in the area. Besides, the maintenance log showed the pool had the proper chemicals and was checked daily. So I braved it and went in and had a nice time. I saw other patrons swimming in it as well.
Although it seems we had a lot of complaints, all-in-all, we enjoyed our stay. The view from the balcony was beautiful and the suite was one of the biggest I have ever stayed in. The employees were friendly and helpful, and the room was quiet.
I doubt I would stay at this particular hotel again though. If I am going to pay $179 a night for a suite, I would like to get a toaster at least! And the rug should not be falling apart! There are plenty of suites in Virginia Beach, so next time I will pack some earplugs to drown out hubby's snores and find a better place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you’re looking for hotels in Virginia Beach, VA, you'll love the spectacular views and location of our Courtyard Virginia Beach Oceanfront South. Our hotel is located along the Virginia Beach boardwalk in the heart of this beachfront resort, minutes from Oceana Naval Air Station and Dam Neck. All of our spacious rooms and suites feature private, furnished balconies with ocean views, comfortable bedding, and complimentary high-speed Internet access. Our Virginia Beach oceanfront hotel also offers one-bedroom suites and Jacuzzi rooms. Drop by our oceanfront cafe for a wonderful breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Enjoy great local events like the Rock n Roll Half Marathon, Boardwalk Art Show, and Neptune Festival. Visit the nearby Virginia Beach Convention Center. Unwind in our indoor pool, whirlpool, or fitness room. If you're planning an event or business retreat, let us know - our largest space hosts up to 60. Few hotels in Virginia Beach, VA can match our great location, so make a reservation today! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard By Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront / South Hotel Virginia Beach
- Courtyard Virginia Beach Oceanfront
- Virginia Beach Marriott
- Virginia Beach Courtyard