Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center
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Great Place Overall
The Virginia Beach Resort Hotel is a great place to stay. The hotel is not located on the Chesapeake Bay, not the Oceanfront. The rooms were large enough to walk around in. The balcony overlooking the bay was wonderful, especially at sunset. The restaurant downstairs Tradewinds had good food for us to eat. Overall we would stay here again.
Nice and roomy Hotel
We travel to the Va Beach Resort every September and have enjoyed it! The rooms are very roomy and clean. The only thing I don't like is that this hotel is in the middle of two big condos that are super close and you really don't have a lot of room.
we loved this hotel resort. it was a wonderful room with a great view of the chesapeak bay. even if you do not choose this hotel. resort for your stay i do recomend a nice dinner in thier restruant Trade winds. it is hard to see from the outside but on the first floor of the hotel there is hiding a fabulous dinning experience. the food is great anlong with the atmosphere. the daily specials are a great deal and taste great. the best time to expierence the restraunt is right about sunset. the panoramic view of the chesapeak bay could only look better from a boat. i highly recommend this hotel, resort, and restruant.
Just Ok - not Great!
My husband and I got married at the Duck-In, which is a hop-skip-and-jump from the Resort Center - so for our wedding night, we decided to stay at the Resort Center because it was close and easy.
We requested the honeymoon suite. I don't think there is a designated "honeymoon suite" - so instead we were given a typical suite with a good view. Overall, we were exhausted and only slept a few hours before leaving for our honeymoon the next morning, but here's my thoughts:
Room: Kinda dingy and dark with very old furnishings - looked like they were from the late 80's. The bed was a four post bed, but completely hideous looking - not nice at all. We did take advantage of the jacuzzi tub, which was nice. Suite was very spacious and large.
View: Was amazing. We had a balcony overlooking the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the water. This is one of the best views on the bay in my opinion.
Service: Usually, for honeymooner's or a wedding, the hotel will provide complimintary champagne/strawberries, etc. We recieved nothing - and the staff / hotel didn't even acknowledge it was our wedding night - besides the staff smiling when we walked into the reception area to check-in with tux and wedding gown on.
Food: I am a native of Virginia Beach and the Sunday brunch at Tradewinds has been a long-time favorite. IT'S AWESOME! There is a lot to choose from, including a tuna searing station, omelet/waffle station - there is even a dougnut machine to make home-made doughnuts. I would highly recommend brunch!
Family Atmosphere: My sister and her two kids stayed at the Resort Center during the summer and thought it was great for the family. There's an indoor and outdoor pool - plus the beach - which the kids loved. I think they cater well to families with small kids in the summer with lots of activities, etc.
Overall, not an upscale place - good for young families with kids, but would not recommend staying here if you are looking for a high-end resort on the beach.
Our Stay was "Fantastic!"
My husband and I, both avid travelers, recently stayed at this hotel and have only positive things to say about it! The hotel staff was very pleasant, accomodating, and helpful. We reserved a room on the bayfront which was extremely large (both the bedroom and the living area) and it had a beautiful view of the Chesapeake Bay! We found this hotel to exceed our expectations in ALL areas!
1. The suite was very spacious, and having the bedroom separated
from the living area was very nice. Our room was very clean, and
was made up every day by housekeeping.
2. The Tradewinds Restaurant - We ate at this restaurant twice. Once
for dinner, which happened to be some of the best food that
we've ever eaten. The presentation of the dishes was excellent and
the taste was even better. Hats off to the Chef! We also had the
Sunday Brunch, which was way beyond Fabulous!
3. The Health club had a mixture of cardio machines and free weights.
It also has a hydrosonic relaxation bed that guests can use for 15
minutes each day at no charge. We took advantage of this and it
was very relaxing!
4. We used the heated indoor swimming pool, the suana, and the hot
tub. All were very clean and surpassed our expectations!
We disagree with the negative reviews people have written about this hotel, and in reading them, it must be true that more people complain than compliment! We must say that we would stay at this hotel again, and that we would also recommend this hotel to others.
I had stayed there twice with the organization I was working with. My first impression of the room was okay. I was on the top floor, so I had a jet tub, which was a plus.
The halls echo voices- - - even when speaking in a normal tone. Since the bedrooms is closest to the door, you can hear EVERYTHING.
There is a sofa pull out couch in the living room. Pretty normal, uncomfortable sofa couch. To escape the noise, I dragged the mattress into the living room and put it on top of the sofa bed.
Since I was there for an extended time and the month ended during my stay, rather than bill my company as directed, they billed me DIRECTLY to the credit card I left on file for incidentals. Although I had not even made one call or billed anything at all to the room, I was charged over $1000!!! (It was a lengthy stay) When I went to the front desk, I spoke with a young man, who called over the front desk assistant manager. Although I was EXTREMELY patient, and had not really vented my frustration hoping it would be taken care of immediately, his response was he was too busy now and would take care of it when he had time. I cannot tell you how disappointed I was in the way this situation was handled and at no time was ANY APOLOGY even offered!
I wouldn't have known if I hadn't contacted my bank.
My very first trip to this resort, I got a massage therapist through the hotel. This is a great service the hotel offers. It is done at the sports center downstairs. The hotel puts through the charges and I guess gives the $ to the therapist. I had the massage, paid for it and felt great! About two weeks later, I received a call from someone in the business office of the hotel stating they had billed my card twice in error. I didn't think twice because things happen. The credit was posted to my account--no problem. In retrospect, this should have been an indicator.
Enough about the $ horror stories - Knowing the hotel does offer a small kitchen area, but no dishes, I decided to bring a my own from home. When I used them the next morning, I then left for a bit and returned to my room. When I looked down, OUTSIDE my door, in the FLOOR were MY OWN DISHES! When I called the front desk, she put me on hold and connected me to the cafe. When I got them, they explained it would have been housekeeping that would have put them outside the room and they were just the people that would pick the dishes up.
Coffee is supposed to be left daily. Depending on the maid, you may or may not get it daily. Another service is the daily newspaper. They are good about delivering them by 7:00 am each day. Like the other reviews mentioned, there were problems with the remotes for the tvs not working. The bedroom was fine, but the living room didn't work at all.
There is a drop ceiling in the bathroom with big tiles just set in each square. When the patio door is open the tiles blow up into the ceiling.
I tried to wash clothes in the hotel - as their are washers and dryers available on some floors. The washer worked fine, but the dryer sounded like it turned on and nothing happened. I think it was just the motor trying to work, but no heat and the thing didn't turn.
The plus was the view and private beach. The restaurant has good specials and great food.
All this said, I would never be able to tell to stay at this resort. If you are looking for two room suites, head to the strip to Dolphin Inn or Station One.
Filthy hotel, rude staff
I found this to be a filthy hotel. The pillows were brown, the carpets were sticky, room was not clean. The beds were very uncomfortable. They also offered services and did not come through with them. No maintenance staff at night. Upon complaints to the staff the front desk clerks were very rude. I thought the rooms to be way over priced and the quality to be of the lowest class of all hotels I have even stayed in. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.
Would not go back to this hotel
This hotel, despite being rately highly on many sites, is not up to par. It was not as clean as I would prefer, had very old furniture and bathrooms, was very noisy, and the oceanfront balconies are not child-safe as the railing is too far apart.
Since the bedrooms are the front rooms along the halls and the living area is on the balcony, it is extremely noisy at night, even for a family hotel.
I would not recommend this hotel to anyone nor return.
Beware . . .
We stayed at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center for 7 nights from July 4th to July 11th, 2004. The stay was not perfect. The elevators did not work half the time and usually only one worked and the waiting took forever. We usually ended up taking the stairs because we got tired of the waiting. The parking garage was really tight to park in. The remotes for the TVs didn't work very well and the TV in the bedroom would all of a sudden start blasting. This was very disturbing at night when some of the family was asleep. The room during the week we stayed was not cleaned up very well. And the worst thing that happened was the fact that we had some items disappear. They were small items that were left on the table. At first, we only noticed the one item missing and we searched the room up and down and could not find it. We did not make a big deal out of it when we checked out, but on our way back home, we realized another item that was missing. We decided to call after we got home to talk to the manager. We explained to her what had happened and she said she would look into it and she would give us a call back. She never did call back. We do not want this to happen to other people who decide to stay there. After all, that is a lot of money to spend to have your personal items disappear. I guess the best part of the stay was the swimming pool. It was nice.
I did not necessarily receive bad service from this hotel, but I do feel that the reviews I read prior to booking my room were rather misleading. The suites open up to the bedroom, which did not have a door between it and the living area. We were traveling with an infant, so this meant extreme quiet once he was put to bed and no leaving the hotel room for any of us, as we would have to walk through the bedroom. The kitchenette had a small microwave, sink & refrigerator, but no silverware, plates, or stove. The TV remote control did not work, which would not have been much of a problem, except that the only way to change the channels was by the remote. One article I read mentioned a wet bar, although, our room did not have one. The bath tub was was very "worn". The decor was rather drab and boring. We booked a "Bayview" room. Our view was of the parking lot. If we went out on the balcony, we could see the bay, but even that was limited. I felt the description was somewhat deceiving. The rooms that actually face the bay are called "Bayfront". In addition, the power went out briefly during our stay. For quite sometime after the power was restored, the elevators were not working, the air conditionser was not working (in July), the water pressure was gone, and the water was yellow/brown. The staff was friendly, but if you are looking for a "resort", I would stay elsewhere.
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