Alamar Resort Inn
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Historical Traveler Reviews Alamar Resort Inn Virginia Beach
Excellent service! Clean, quiet and accomodating
This is an excellent place to stay! One block from the beach. Our unit was one bedroom with a kitchenette. Everything was clean and well kept. The manager was quick to resolve any problems. It was exceptionally quiet and accomodating. The price was reasonable. We would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone.
Absolutely Loved This Place
First, I would like to say that the three days we spen at the Alamar were phenomenol. The place is one of the most well-maintained on Va. Beach. The pool is always clean, the parking area is always free of litter or debris, and the flower gardens were very well kept. Our first two nights we stayed in a nice room on the second floor complete with very elegant furnishings (instead of walking into a typical hotel room it was more like walking into a room in a very nice home). After a day at the beach, we were relaxing in our room when we received a knock at the door. It was one of the owners coming to tell us about the fireworks that are displayed on the beach a couple nights a week. The owners went out of their way to make sure we didn't miss one of the coolest fireworks shows i've seen in years. The friendliness and courteosness of the staff are two of the many reasons why we enjoyed our stay so much. The Hotel is geared more towards a family atmosphere vs. the partying atmosphere, which is what you'll find at a lot of the other hotels on Virginia Beach. While it is a block from the ocean, it was worth the two minute walk. When we first checked in, the owners asked us if we would mind switching to another room on our third night, which we happily agreed to. However, what we didn't know is that the room they put us in was like a fully-functioning apartment. Complete with dishes, dishwasher, full size fridge, dining room, separate bedroom, living room etc....When I return to Virginia Beach you can rest assured that I'll be staying at the Alamar Inn. I would recommend it to anyone, except a bunch of partying college kids. They wouldn't like it anyways because that isn't what the Alamar is all about.
Before I retired three years ago I traveled extensively in Europe and the USA. I primarily stayed at large chain hotels (Marriott, Hilton,etc) and avoided small independent hotels. Recently my daughter made a reservation for three nights at the Alamar. We had a suite with a second room next door. This worked perfectly for grandparents, parents, and children. The hotel was a short walk from the beach and other activities. The condition of the facility was great and they even had a deck on the roof from which we watched fireworks one night.
The most impressive part of our stay was the concern, energy, and work effort of the manager. He wanted our stay to be enjoyable and his pride in the hotel and service was genuine.
A very nice place
Virginia Beach became our favorite place for vacation fifteen years ago. The quality of lodging we have found at Alamar Resort is one of the main reasons we returned many times. Alamar is a quiet family place to stay with very convenient rooms. The place is well-kept and we have always enjoyed the cleanliness of the rooms and the various facilities, the pool notably.
There is only a five-minute walk to the beach and considering the price, we definitely prefer Alamar to the large and noisy hotels along the beach. Without any doubt, next time we go back to Virginia Beach we're going to stay at Alamar Resort.
Probably Wouldn't Stay Again
After arriving to the Alamar, I must admit....we were disappointed. I felt that the costs far outweighed what we received, but I guess in comparison to other places in the area...it was nice. We found that we constantly had to keep asking for basic necessities to be brought to our room...and ran out of toilet paper a few times too many. There were several rules that we received upon payment. We had to go out and buy our own wash cloths because one of the rules is that they would charge you if there was makeup stains on the wash cloths. All their towels and wash cloths were white....(in which I would think bleach would take care of the problem)...but we went ahead and purchased our own to bypass any extra charges. The rooms were kept clean.
The furniture was nice for something in a parlor room, but definitely not something for someone wanting to come back and relax in something comfy.
The pool was extremely nice...it was heated. However, even one experience went bad when my family was swimming and the owner questioned my husband about something (i believe some kind of jet cap or something) came off of the floor of the pool--my husband was teaching my nephew to dive and he wanted my husband to explain to him how that happened????? I was definitely offended.... My husband advised him that he did not know but he would retrieve it for him in which he did, and the owner didn't even say thanks.
I did not feel that the management/owner was friendly or welcoming in the least. The housekeeping staff was very friendly!!!! However (in my opinion) I felt that some of their clothing choices was inappropriate for families.
Finally, we had planned to check out at 7 am--- my husband, and a couple other of my family members advised the management. (Upon check-out, the rules state that they will do a walk-through inspection of your room to make sure there isn't anything they need to charge you for.) Anyway, there was no one at the office--we didn't even leave until 7:30 when we knocked on the next door house where they lived and woke up one of the housekeeping staff who in turn woke up the management. He did apologize but then hurried us off without us really knowing what our extra charges would be....if there would be any???? I believe his name was Doug....he advised that someone should have answered the phone and he would take care of it...but on our end, we felt that we had did our part and didn't feel 100 % comfortable leaving without following up with the walk through--we didn't want to be responsible for anything that was already there.
We did have a wonderful time at Virginia Beach---and hopefully you don't have to stick around your hotel anyway---there's plenty of other activities to do.
My advice to other travellers is that if you're okay with a more lax atmosphere and not looking for the extra luxuries offered by more of the "chain" hotels---this place is roomy, and clean and good for people with kids. I just don't feel like it was worth the money that we paid......
What a great value!!!
My family just returned from out family vacation in Virginia Beach. We stayed at the Alamar Resort Inn which was convenient to everything we wanted to see and do while on our vacation. It was a short 2 block walk to the beach and only 1 block from the strip. We rented a 1 room suite for my family of 4...we all fit comfortably and enjoyed some of the amenities of home such as a microwave, stove, full size refrigerator and a dining room. They also provided a small supply of dishes so we were able to save some money by eating breakfast and lunch in our room many days. The pool was awesome and I had to drag my kids out. The pool was open until 10 pm so several evenings after returning from the strip and having dinner my girls enjoyed a moonlight swim. Our room had 1 bedroom with a queen size bed and a queen size sofa bed. We had cable tv and there was a laundromat on site. Minor housekeeping was done every day so our room stayed tidy without me having to worry about taking out the trash or making the beds!! A small thing that made a big difference to me was they way the housekeeping staff left me complimentary coffee packs every day. I would stay here again without even having to think twice! The accommodations were a great value for the money and the staff was very friendly and helpful. If you wanted to know where to eat dinner, just ask them. They always had a suggestion and failed us not even once with their recommendation. Our stay at the Alamar Resort was definitely a good decision and made for a great family vacation!
Very Nice Family Vacation
I booked this hotel over the internet and was a little apprehensive until we saw the place.
My husband and my daughter and her husband and granddaughter all stayed and we had plenty of room and everything was handy. We rented the 2 room suite with adjourning room. We had a nice living area with a kitchen (all fully equipped). Two separate bedrooms and two baths.
We requested the 1st floor and a crib, and we got exactly what we wanted. We were just within a few feet from the pool. The Alamar is 1 1/2 blocks from the beach and nice and quiet. But the walk was nothing, and there is 16taccess to the beach right off the boardwalk on 16th. Showers for the sand were right there on the boardwalk too.
We would stay there again. It didn't have any spectacular views of the beach, but it was exactly what we wanted and was a great value!
A great stay AGAIN
We just returned from a six night stay at the Alamar. This property is absolutely perfect for us. We had a 2 bedroom suite with a full kitchen(really) that had ALL utensils in the room. The employees there are great and the walk to the beach is very short. Alamar is the ONLY place to stay for us!!
It's all about the $$$$$
I made reservations for July 16-18, 2005 to stay at the Alamar Resort Inn. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend and decided to cancel my reservations. I contacted the Alamar Resort Inn and was informed that since I was cancelling I would be charged a $10 administrative fee. I was shocked because I notified them within 3-weeks as stated in their agreement. The gentleman, Doug, was very rude and stated that the Alamar Resort Inn was not in the business of cancellations and that it costs them money to run my credit card. I was to say the least very disappointed in his customer service skills. At this point I'm glad that I did cancel because I surely don't want to stay somewhere like this. What if I experienced some type of problem while staying there? Is this the type of treatment that I will be given? I have never seen this place but the website has very nice pics. I would be a little cautious about staying here because of the service. I would recommend paying the few extra dollars for better service. Good luck!
My family went to The Alamar the summer of 2003. We got there a little early so they were still cleaning our rooms. But the front desk clerk was nice enough to let us into one of our rooms. We had two adjoining rooms. I was very impressed how big the room were. We had a little living room area a dining room with a table to sit 4-6 and a full size fidge, sink and counter space. On the same side was one room with a bed in it. On the other side(the second room) was two beds and a bath. The other side also had a mini-fridge. The only thing we had to ask for was a microwave. The website says that all rooms have microwaves which they dont. But when we asked they brought it up right away. The only thing that my dad didnt like was that there was no elevator, he has bad knees and we were on the top floor(three floors). This hotel is about 1 and a half blocks form the beach. We didnt mind walking. It really isnt all that far. But over all this was a nice hotel, we would stay in it anytime!
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