Good, but not great.... A review of Holiday Inn Oceanside - Virginia Beach (21st)
Of all the beach hotels I visited this summer, I really felt this was the best overall. The price was reasonable and the room I had was very nice... clean, all the decorations were clean and crisp, the balcony was nice, and this is an all oceanfront hotel... the view is to die for!The downsides are, the pool seemed small and perpetually crowded... the elevator was painfully, agonizingly slow.One evening after a night out, I used their convenient door to the beach from the lobby to go take a night walk on the beach. I made sure to take my keycard with me as that door had a keycard reader on it with a sign that explained you'd need a key for entry after dark. But when I got back, my keycard wouldn't work... so I walked over a few steps where there was a security guard chatting with the front desk people. He came over and let me in, but informed me that they keep that door locked... even to hotel guests!!! After dark. And that really he should make me (a single woman) walk around the hotel, through the parking lot (sparsely lit), to come in through the front door. This seemed utterly brilliant to me, and I told him so, and he got incredibly nasty with me. I think they need to work on their customer service and they should keep their keycard protected doors... well... protected by keycards! Of course people want to enjoy the beach while they are there, and walking at night on the beach is a wonderful way to do so. Please don't tell me to walk in "Go Get Mugged Central," and not to use my keycard! What nonsense.It's an unfortunate fact that there are some very bad neighborhoods bordering on VA Beach, and I'd rather not spend my night time there in unlit parking lots. On the beach where there's plenty of people is another issue!But the room was nice! And the beach was *wonderful*, huge, clean, beautiful, and the water is not so salty due to a river emptying out just to the north. Beware of those tempting chairs and umbrellas tho... they cost $20 to use, whether you want to be there for an hour or eight hours! Bring your own which you can buy for less than $20 across the street!