My husband and I (while 27 weeks pregnant, crazy - right?... :-O) brought our one year old on his first vacation and thanks to The Schooner Inn we had a blast!
We reserved a Double Double Jacuzzi room (room 225) which included a full regular bath, kitchenette, 2 double beds (would have booked a king, but we booked late in the season), and a Jacuzzi tub overlooking the beautiful Atlantic. This hotel is the very last hotel on the VA Beach strip which has its pros and cons:
-The south side of the beach is quieter but still within a few blocks of all the entertainment, food vendors/restaurants, and of course the pier. We walked everyday on the strip and/or the boardwalk!
-The beach is not as packed! No issues setting up our cabana mid morning with direct access to the ocean.
-Grommett Park is right next door. This new playground opened 5/2010 and is handicap accessible! Rubber matting for ground play, ramps, and lots for little ones to do while you still get some sun!
-Actually, the only con I can think of is that the area of the beach that the hotel sits on is a designated surfing area. While surfers and swimmers are aware of each other, there were a few times that a boogie board flies directly at you. However, lifeguards are on site until 6pm (unless the waves were awesome and the beach didn't empty out) but I had no real issues wading in the water with our one year old.
Absolutely wonderful! Checking in and out were a breeze, housekeeping was reliable and very accommodating.
Microwave, toaster, fridge (med. dorm size), set of basic dishes and cups, dish towels, small coffee maker, and small sink are provided. To cut down on cost of eating on the strip I brought my crockpot and we also brought our cooler that also plugs in as a fridge for extra space for beer/soda. This made the room so worthwhile! I brought Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches and bagels for breakfast which also cut down the cost of eating on the strip.
Fully functioning except there wasn't any hot water??? We didn't mind since it was 95-100 degrees and we used it as a "cool tub" after a day at the beach, but we didn't know what was up with that.
Traveling with a little one, we brought his pack and play for him to sleep in (I just felt better knowing it's something we use daily at home). The beds were very comfortable, but next time we will book a king since that is what we're used to at home. Linens were changed daily and fully appreciated with the amount of sand I know we tracked in :-) The bathroom was basically brand new. The water pressure was good, the tub very adequate.
Pool: There is a pool on site, but we didn't use it because the beach was right there :-)
Parking: The rule is one vehicle per room as they have limited parking right on site.
Wifi: I read other reviews that the internet didn't work unless you were in the lobby - I used my laptop all the time in the room and on the balcony with a full signal.
Fun close by:
We went on a couple day trips to the Norfolk/VA Zoo and the VA Aquarium. Which were both within 20-30 minutes driving distance.
-Zoo: $8 per person, children under 2 or 3 are free. Lots of animals and gardens to see - they're building a new tiger/gorilla exhibit!
-Aquarium: $17 per adult for the basic walk through which includes a "nature hike" on a boardwalk path to a second building with marsh animals. A very cool experience as they have sharks, sea turtles, and you can pet the sting rays. Imax theater shows are also available for an additional package price.
We ate at Abbey Road, 11th St. Taphouse, and ordered in from Ammos' (Greek). All were delicious - but the best deal was Ammos' which is also right on the boardwalk.
Overall, the location and conveniences that the Schooner Inn provided made our trip stress free and we would definitely go back!
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- Also Known As:
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