Sea Gull Inn Oceanfront
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSea Gull Inn Oceanfront Virginia Beach
Chambre très propre. Piscine intérieure. Bien situé. Très bon rapport qualité/prix.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sea Gull Inn Oceanfront Virginia Beach
You get what you pay for.
My family and I just returned from the Sea Gull Motel yesterday and I could not wait to let everyone know that being that it was the lowest rate on the beach, it was probably the worst motel on the beach. When we got there from CT after driving for 10 hours, we had hoped that maybe they would let us in a little early (especially since I knew ahead of time that room 107 would be ours and saw the maid had finished cleaning it). Hugh, the desk clerk, did not even want to find out if we could get in early. He literally said "NO, I don't want to." I told him how rude he was to someone who was just checking in and I was just in shock! I went back on the beach with my family and told my husband what had happened. An hour later we went back and when Hugh saw me with my husband he then apologized. The parking is the worst I have ever seen anywhere. The only time you can get a space is when someone is leaving and you race to the other parking lot 2 blocks away and race your own car to the spot. The maid service was so-so. They need to learn how to make beds. Every time we came back the beds looked made but the sheets were not smoothed out flat. Oh and by the way, they don't cash in any Travelers Checks. So, you need to use those in the stores. I have never heard of any motel or hotel that does not provide that as one of the services. Well, like I said you get what you pay for.
My favorite getaway in Va Beach
My husband and I have stayed at the Seagull on several occasions. We came across it in 2001 and decided to stay there based upon the room rates and beach access. We took the last room available on our first stay, which happened to be an oceanview suite. We were impressed by the cleanliness this older establishment offered. We enjoyed the heated pool and jacuzzi as well. We have returned on three other occasions, one in which we rented a standard room. The room was typical in size, but very clean. The next two visits we stayed in the suite again, mostly because we prefer the view, but also because it is more spacious and private.
Everytime we have stayed there, the rooms are clean and freshly painted and the service has always been wonderful. The only drawback is the parking sitation. The lot is small and they offer satellite parking which is a couple of blocks away. I dont particuarly like that.
We plan to return again soon for another weekend visit. The selling points for us are the price, the beach, the jacuzzi and pool and the friendly service. I would highly recommend this motel if you are someone who doesn't mind an older family style place.
No privacy, inadequate parking and dirty!
Our family had a week booked at the Edgewater Condos (great place!), but as the vacation grew closer, we knew we wanted to extend our stay. I went online to find an available hotel and found the Sea Gull. I now wish we had gone straight home. We booked a stay at the Sea Gull for Sept 3-6, but immediately after checking in knew we couldn't stay the whole time and left after one night. I was unprepared for the lack of privacy the Sea Gull affords - the ocean view rooms "balcony" is the shared walkway to get to your room, so if you want to sit on the balcony and enjoy the views - you do so with all the other guests on your floor. We happened to get an ocean front room on the 2nd floor, but the balcony there was so tiny and overlooked a room strewn with old towels and assorted junk as well as the Little Feet cafe - not exactly peaceful or relaxing.
We also happened to come at a bad time - the night before the marathon, so packing up our car to go home was a logistical nightmare since our car was in the satellite parking lot. We took multiple trips and at one point my husband was approached by a gang of unsavory guys in the satellite parking lot - we feared for our safety as well as our cars.
The nail in the coffin for us was going to the pool and having a large family sneak in the pool area (they knocked and my 11 year old unknowingly let them in - they were obviously not guests and just pool-jacked to rinse off from the ocean). The pool and hot tub floors were littered with sand; I expect a small amount of sand, it's inevitable when you're at the beach, but the amounts in both areas were unacceptable and it grossed us all out.
As I booked this room at the last minute, I couldn't be choosy and went with a smoking room - I didn't think it would be that bad, but I was wrong. The stench of smoke bothered all of us immensely, but I can't fault the hotel for that since it was a smoking room.
There was an adequate fridge in the room and the two queen sized beds were comfortable (if stinky from the smoke). The bathroom was a good size with strong water pressure in the shower. The room itself was not very large - there was a small table and two chairs that were smooshed next to one of the beds so that you had to jump over the bed to get to one of the chairs. If you are used to smaller hotels and don't come here directly from a spacious condo, the size of the room might not bother you.
Bottom line - I wouldn't recommend the Sea Gull at all.
Despite mixed reviews we had a very pleasant stay at the Sea Gull.
Despite mixed reviews we had a very pleasant stay at the Sea Gull Motel. We made our reservations back in February after much research. We booked a 4 night Romantic Stay at the Sea Gull to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We knew from the photos that it was an older property. The package offered what we had wanted for the most part. A clean room, ocean front, in room coffee, in room refridgerator, breakfast each morning- with a special first morning breakfast, a dinner one evening and a one hour bike rental. We also recieved a gift basket that had chapagne, cheese, crackers, fruit, photo frames, three different types of chocolate candies and goblets. Hugh was very helpful when I called and inquired initially. They provided vouchers for the free breakfasts and dinner. The only thing that I would caution is that the breakfast menu in the package is a limited menu, but it was plentiful. The first morning breakfast paper states that any breakfast menu item, including a screw driver or bloody mary is included. We did recieve a little hesitation about requesting the regular menu. But they did honor it although the cook did not seem real happy about it. The pancakes were plentiful and good. And if you enjoy omlettes, they had a chicken omlette that was very good and out of the ordinary. We found the front desk staff to be helpful. The servers at Little Feets were very nice as well. They also offered room service which was odd for a smaller property we thought. We did not take advantage of it though. We were very pleased with our package, accommodations and the treatment we recieved. We felt that price wise it was a good deal and . We hope to return again some time and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.
Nice place for a fair price
We stayed in an oceanview room. We were not sure of all of the amenities as their website is not real clear. However, the rooms were nice and clean. The rooms have coffee pots, small fridge and alarm clock. There is no hairdryers supplied. The rooms were nice size with a great view of the ocean. The staff was friendly and for the most part helpful. This is a nice hotel for the price. I would recommend getting an oceanview instead of a partial view as you really look into the parking lot and do not get to feel as much of a breeze. The only downside to this place, is they have satellite parking. Very limited space for parking your car in the same lot as the hotel. Get their early enough to get a spot if you drive. The satellite lot is about 2 1/2 blocks away. Which does wear you down after you have walked so much.
Great Location, Clean Rooms
Our family of 5 stayed at the Sea Gull Motel, July 17-21, 2005. We choose the Sea Gull because it was the best value we could find directly on the Beach. Note that they offered a better price on the Internet than calling directly.
The Sea Gull is located directly on the beach at 27th Atlantic Avenue. The Holiday Inn and Suites is on one side of the Sea Gull and a public beach access with a Dairy Queen is on the other side. The public beach access was nicely landscaped. There is a "Wave" Trolley Stop a few yards away from the Sea Gull.
The Sea Gull is within walking distance to the free nightly entertainment (Beach Street USA), which runs from 17th-25th Street. From Sunday to Thursday the entertainment starts at 8:00 pm and ends at 11:30 pm and on Friday and Saturday it ends at midnight. There were musicians playing on each block and we saw a couple of bands and a comedy-juggling- unicycle act that was quite entertaining. There are fireworks over the water at 10:00 pm on Sunday and Wednesday from 20th Street, which can easily be seen anywhere along the boardwalk.
A bicycle path and a 3-mile boardwalk are located between the hotel and the beach. The beach is much wider than Myrtle Beach and the sand was very hot to walk on. Temperatures during the day were in the high 90's during our stay and cooled down to a comfortable mid 70's in the evening. There are lots of people (families, etc). strolling the boardwalk at night. If you can bring your own bicycles, it will sure come in handy at Virginia Beach. There is bicycle rack inside the pool area.
The Sea Gull has two parking lots to accommodate its guests. The primary lot is directly in front of the motel rooms. However this parking lot is small and can only accommodate about 18 vehicles. A second parking lot is about 1-˝ blocks away. The second parking lot is locked at midnight and re-opens at 6 am. The primary parking lot was always full - even double parked at times. The motel requests that if you double park, you must leave your keys at the front desk.
We were lucky and upon our arrival, someone had just left, so we parked our car there and left it parked for the duration of our stay (we didn't want to loose our parking spot here!) We purchased a 3-day pass for the Wave Trolley ($5.00/person, unlimited use) and rode that around to go up and down the stretch, to shop and visit the Virginia Aquarium.
We had a Northside Oceanview room on the second floor. These rooms overlook the parking lot but offer a view of the ocean and beach. Our room had two queen beds, a small fridge, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, table with two chairs and one T.V. It was a very small room - nothing fancy - but everything was clean and fairly new.
We had daily maid service with plenty of clean towels. Everyone working at the motel was friendly and helpful.
Access to the hotel room is by means of outside walkways running the length of the building. This walkway also serves as your patio or balcony. These Northside rooms do not have a private balcony or patio but each room is equipped with two outdoor chairs. The only rooms which have a private balcony where the oceanfront rooms above Little Feet's Café. The ocean was visible from the second floor and higher, but is not visible from the ground level rooms (the parked cars in the parking lot do block the view).
There is no safe in your room, however a LOCK-UP is available for your articles at the front desk. The disadvantage with this is that access to this Lock-Up is limited from 8 am - 4 pm. We never did use this service, as we found this to be inconvenient. It would have been much more favorable to have a Lock-up safe directly in your room, where you could have access to it any time of the day.
The Sea Gull charges 50 cents for local calls, payable when you check out.
Vending Machines and ice are located on the second and fourth floors across from the elevators. You are given two keys upon check-in. One key is your room key and the second key is needed for entry into the elevator landing area--which is locked sometime around 10:00 in the evening. This key is also needed to access the indoor pool.
The elevator is very small - slightly larger than a luggage cart. The Sea Gull has two luggage carts - so like us, you may have to wait to get one!
There is a bike rental at the end of the parking lot in front of the pool area. They charge $6.00 an hour for a single bike up to $21.00 an hour for a large family bike. They also rent tandem bicycles. We found a coupon in one of the many coupon books that allowed us to rent a large family bike, from a place across the street, for $18.99 and get a second hour free!
There is no mini-mart, gift shop, fitness room or guest laundry on site.
The Sea Gull seems to cater to families with children. We did not notice any elderly people staying here.
The Sea Gull has an indoor heated pool, located on the ground level at the end of the parking lot. It is nicely decorated with tropical plants and has a climate controlled environment of 80 degrees--very nice! There are large patio door windows all around the pool deck area, which offer views of the motel and beach. The pool is small (max. capacity of 20 people), however, the pool was never full of people so the max. capacity was never a problem. The depth of the pool ranges from 3 ˝ to 5 feet. The pool and deck area was always clean and the water was warm and comfortable for swimming. There is a shower and dressing room in the pool area-but no bathroom.
The Jacuzzi was very hot-approx. 102 degrees-so we never did spend time in there. The Jacuzzi has a maximum limit of 5 people.
The pool opens at 8 am and closes at midnight. The late night closing was much appreciated. It was great to go for a swim after the nightly entertainment! Remember you need your room key to enter the pool area.
THE ROOFTOP SUNDECK
Directly above the indoor pool is the rooftop sundeck. You can easily access this from the second floor walkway. There are lounges and patio tables and chairs here. This place was never busy-in fact it was usually empty-so you would never have a problem getting a lounge chair to soak in the sun! The Rooftop Sundeck also offers a good view of the Beach and Boardwalk.
LITTLE FEET'S CAFE
This is Sea Gull's oceanfront restaurant. It offers outdoor seating under a canopy as well as indoor seating. We never did eat here, so I cannot comment on the food. However they do have breakfast specials for $3.95 and dinner specials for $13.95.
Overall, besides the small parking lot and small rooms, we have no real complaints about the Sea Gull. It was close to the beach and all activities and the rooms and pool were clean. On our next trip to Virginia Beach, we would probably look for a two-bedroom unit with a full kitchen.
Have stayed at this hotel a few times. However this past visit, will be my last. Never really had too much of a problem here until this year. Upon checking into our room had dirty towels laying in the bathroom. I didn't complain about it, but proceeded to place them on top of an unused trashcan for the next day. After maid service the next day, they were still there, so I proceeded to throw them away. The first night while unpacking, the headboard atop one of the beds fell off the wall. Nice huh? Besides that all of the drawers in our dresser were broken. Then to the parking issue. Don't like the fact of when all the spots are taken, having to park my car 2 blocks away. Didn't mind it much until I saw that they allow people to place orange cones and beach chairs to reserve spots in parking spaces at the hotel upon someone leaving. Asked one of the workers and was told... Well what do you want me to do? Then they have the nerve come to out and write down my license plate number because I double parked there for a MINUTE to run and get my camera. Got major attitude from the guy from the front desk, even though someone was waiting at the car. Needless to say I was highly TICKED off! Also beware... if you have a ground floor room... you do not have a WIDE balcony with a semi-ocean view. You have a view of the parking lot. Isn't that great also? They fail to tell you that. Overall I not impressed like I use to be. Not many improvements at all over the years. Will find a new hotel next year!
Had a great time at the Sea Gull Motel. We went to the beach spur of the moment with no reservations or anything. The Sea Gull had good rates and was so clean. The rooms were very nice and the area was patroled frequently. Very safe. Had a blast!!
A+ Service...5* for less!
Stayed at the seagull last year loved it! will go back again this year worth the money!.
I'd go back in a minute!
My sister and I just got back from Virginia Beach. What a great time we had. We stayed at the Sea Gull Motel. It wasn't the most modern of places but it was very clean and everyone was wonderful. They had a great restaurant downstairs, Little Feets. They had indoor pool and bike rentals. The beach is kept immaculate and it is always being patrolled-safe and clean. I would definitely recommend this vacation for the young and old.
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