Well, we had one of those trips we will remember for a lifetime! We started out on Friday, July 2 (we should've know what the traffic was going to be like on a holiday weekend). We came from the Northeast (PA) and came down using 95 (never again)... I read on a Facebook post from Virginia Beach that using US 13 down the eastern store is a much nicer drive....we will certainly remember that on our next trip down in a few weeks! So what should have been a 5 hour trip took us 7 hours. We were definately tired and ready to crash when we finally got there. Check in went smoothly with a very friendly staff at the front desk. Beware! Parking is horrendous, once you find a spot you won't want to leave it!
Virginia beach traffic is crazy especially on a holiday weekend but even once the holiday rush cleared out, it is very hard to get around by car! The main thing we didn't like about the Belvedere wasn't the hotel itself but the location. We first chose the Belvedere because of the price value since we were staying 7 nights and the fact that it is on a calmer, less busy end of the beach. This can be an advantage but because of the driving issues and no place to park once you Do leave the hotel (unless you want to pay for a public lot which is dumb when you have a room somewhere) we found this to be a disadvantage because there is not much as far as eating places on the north end. It seemed we had to walk so far just to get anywhere. (I would not recommend Murphy's, food was not great but Jewish Mother was fantastic!) They are about the only places in walking distance except for North End subs which may be fine for lunch but wanted something more substantial for dinner.
Once we did finally arrive and get settled in for the evening, we found the room to be clean and everything working which is the most important thing to us. It's not huge with quite a small bathroom but still sufficient for us especially at such a great price for an oceanfront room! I ended up being pretty much bed ridden for the first four days of our trip!! (Happy Anniversary to us!) because of a stomach virus so it was sufficient enough for us to have to be stuck in the room for most of our time at the beach (we went to Busch Gardens and Williamsburg later which is a great idea if you can fit it in, both were wonderful.)
We relaxed in the pool one evening...very small pool but we were the only ones there at the time so it's usually not that crowded. The beach (the few times we were able to get there) was great! We had a frig in the room which we used a lot as we tried to eat some of our meals in. Prices in general pretty high around Virginia Beach, especially when it comes to the resturants. The cafe is wonderful that is attached to the Belvedere...however very busy and plan to have to stand and wait! Food and service was great though.
The other major issue we had (besides the crowds, traffic and my being sick) was the fact that my husband had to use a public restroom along the boardwalk that was covered in feces! He could not wait and had to use it and there was someone CHANGING in the only other stall they had! (There are signs posted everywhere, no changing and this is why...people have to GO!) He was so utterly disgusted he said we would never be returning to VA Beach (this was while he was still angry of course!) We are returning in a few weeks for a "redemption trip." My advice: use the restroom before you go anywhere and if you are out walking don't eat anything that is going to have to make you use their public restrooms. There are just not enough restrooms along the boardwalk to handle the crowds and to find one you have to walk quite a bit a ways so if you have an emergency, you're up a creek without a paddle.
I know that was a long review but I find the longest ones are the most helpful! It's nice to know about the area as well as the motel. For having to stay in most of the trip, the room was comfortable if you want something on a budget. When we return at the end of August, we wanted to go with something a little bigger with more amenities (cont. breakfast, fitness area, etc.) so we chose the Surfside Inn. We'll see how it goes and I'll leave a review for them as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly renovated, this little "gem" sits right in the heart of the desirable North End of Virginia Beach. Owned and operated by the same family for over forty years, The Belvedere is well known as one of the friendliest family destinations on Virginia Beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belvedere Beach Hotel Virginia Beach