Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center

, Virginia Beach, United States
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Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center

3 star

Rooms: 295

2800 Shore Drive - Virginia Beach - Virginia - 23451 - United States Hotel Website | | 7574819000
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Not worth the price
Submitted by: KS in 11/08/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Our family stayed here for a few days for our vacation in Aug. '06. We usually stay on the Oceanfront, but this year we decided to try something different. The outside of the complex looked a little old. We arrived around 12:30 and were able to get to our room. The cleanliness was okay, but I don't think they used any febreeze to deodorise the room. The carpet looked to be new, but in the bedroom, there was a burned mark in the carpet. Sofa and tables and chairs were old. Kitchen wasn't a kitchen because there weren't any plates, cups, silverware, etc. You had to call the restaurant to get some. Balcony door wouldn't shut all the way. The view was nice, a partial view of the bay and the beach. The rooms are barely soundproof, we could hear people talking next door at a normal rate. There were kids running up and down the hallways without parent supervision, oh and another good point to bring up about the hallways. Hallways were dim with old lighting and painted walls. It would be better if they put wallpaper over and better lighting. Elevators were a little slow and had an odor to them. Pools looked old and needed to be repainted. There were kids in the pool without parent supervision, don't kids like the beach anymore? There was a jacuzzi tub by the pool, but it was broken during our entire stay. The restaurant, Tradewinds was expensive and a little overpriced for a restaurant and very little to offer. The price we paid for our stay was well over $200. The price per quality ratio was not really good. Would I stay there again? Maybe if there was some major remodeling to the place and if the price was cheaper.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center

Love This Place!

from MissVT
This place is great! The rooms were spacious (all suites), lovely, and had a beautiful view of the bay. The restaurant had wonderful food, especially the crab cakes, and the staff was always friendly and welcoming. The conference space was full with so many different groups from weddings to seminars but the floors were quiet in the evenings and at night. The location is perfect without all of the boardwalk crowd and the neighboring state park gave us plenty to do during non-beach days. If you are looking for a relaxing family atmosphere or a great place to hold a corporate meeting, this place has it all!!

Joke is on you if you stay here.

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed that the hotet/resort from July 13 thru July 17. My first impression of the outside was good from the front of the building. Everything looked cleaned and well taken care of. There was even a Jeopardy bus parked out front in the parking lot. Check in was fast with no problems. As we went up to our room on the 5th floor, we noticed the hallways where dim and should have been brighter. Our room was a 2 bedroom suite. As we first entered the suite you opened the door to the 1st bedroom. That room was nice except for the lighting was very dim. There were 1 small light next to bed connected to the wall. A small lamp on the dresser. The bathroom itself was the smallest bathroom I have ever been in. There was mold all over the ceiling tiles and in the corners of the small room. There was stains on the tub and the towel rack was falling off the wall. The living room/kitchen combo was average. The kitchen had no dishes or utensils. The main bedroom was nice except for no TV, I have never stayed in a resort where there was no TV in the main bedroom.

In all my experiences at resorts in different cities/locations, I can honestly say that THIS place is one of the worse. If you can handle staying somewhere that is older and dated, has mold and rust everywhere you look, has stains on the carpet, furniture and bathtub. Also, with lighting in the rooms that besides is dim you must also turn on by plugging into the electrical socket then this is the place for you. The prices for food at the Tradewinds as expensive, my food was not worth the money. The prices of rental items that was offered at the beach by the resort was ridiculously expensive. The resort did offer laundry services but at an expense. When ask where exactly it was located at the front desk I was given the wrong info. I had to search each floor to find the washer/ dryer. That I might add was also OUTDATED and required several dollars to dry a load. I personally would never stay at this resort again. I left thinking that this place SHOULD NOT be able to call itself a RESORT at all because it is not. The beach area was nice and relaxing if you do not want all the business ssociated with the broadwalk.


from A TripAdvisor Member
This is by the far, the worst Resort I have ever stayed at. The outside of the complex is dated and is clearly a warning sign of what waits inside for you.

The lobby is a joke. It's dark, dated, and very small. The front desk is run by high school students who have no idea what customer service is. Took the smelly elevator up to the 3rd floor to go to my room. Upon entering my room, I was shocked! It was a non-smoking room, but it smelled of smoke and mold. The rooms are large but that is the only positive thing to say. The carpet was wet due to the high moisture content in the room. The sofa had stains all over it and the dinner table looked as if it was about to fall apart. The door to the patio didn't close properly and there was a large gap between the door and the door jam. The patio faced the parking lot and the corner of the pool. It was very noisy because people swam past midnight.

The worst part of the room is the beds. I have never seen such awful beds. The beds felt as if they were the original beds when the hotel opened 15 years ago. The sheets stuck to you due to the moisture in the room and I wasn't even sure if they were clean to sleep on. My air conditioner didn't work properly and a loud thumping sound of pipes was annoying when trying to sleep at night. The hallways had kids screaming and running every night past midnight too.

The conference rooms are a joke. They are also dark, dated, and hot. The AC didn't work properly either. Several workers from the hotel tried to fix the AC but they stated this was a common problem. Trade Winds, the hotel restaurant, is awful. Poor service, cold food, and expensive prices made the whole experience bad. We asked for a certain bottle of wine, they brought out another wine without telling us they were out of the requested wine. The server poured the wine and never set the bottle down thinking we would catch the wine switch. We asked the manager about the wine and she apologized and said that they should have notified us about them switching the wine. We still had to pay $35 for the bottle and it was probably an $8 bottle.

Over all, the facility is old, dated, and awful. This place can ruin your vacation. For the prices they charge, you shouldn't stay here. Motel 6's are nicer than this place. Beware, and look again before staying here.

Excellent reception site

from Emily_Bla
We held our evening wedding reception here in May 2006, and were absolutely thrilled with the service we received from the catering services manager, Karen Neill, and her staff. Every detail was attended to, and the staff, from chef to server, were very accommodating. We had a large-ish reception (over 150 people), with a few special food requests that were taken completely in stride (including grilled cheeses and chicken fingers for our younger guests). Our off-site ceremony took longer than expected, but instead of holding us to our midnight timing and shortening our reception overall, the hotel let us carry on until nearly 1 a.m., smiling the whole time. Afterward, we went up to our own suite to find the refrigerator stocked with boxes full of food from our hors de'ouvres reception (they knew we wouldn't get time to eat), along with two bottles of champagne!

The comments about slightly dated decor and noisy hallways are true--we were able to compensate for the reception room decor with our own flowers and candles, and just had to remember that this is a family hotel, and where there are families, there are kids--in the pools, on the beach, and in the hallways at 7 in the morning.

However, we still wouldn't have had our reception anywhere else. Being off the VA Beach Boardwalk area was wonderful, having a place for our guests to stay without having to drive after the reception was important to us, and, considering we had a LOT of out-of-towners, THIS was the view of VA Beach we wanted them to see, not the loud-music, crusin' cars, jammed-sidewalks of the Boardwalk at night.

The pros far outweighed the cons for us--this isn't a top-of-the-line super-luxury hotel, but it's clean, with great views, terrific food and a superb, accommodating staff. Definitely recommend it for hosting events and out-of-towners.

Bridal Shower was great

from A TripAdvisor Member
We attended a bridal shower and stayed overnight since we're from out of state and it was a positive experience. The party was in a private room and both food and service were good. We extended our stay because the hotel seemed very friendly - parking right on the premises, the rooms were clean and the beach was great the next morning.

Great Hotel!

from rflan2
My wife and I just returned from a quick getaway to Va. Beach. This hotel was actually very nice. It is located on Shore Drive which puts it beachfront on the Chesapeake Bay, not the Atlantic....but only someone looking at a map would know the difference.

This is an all-suites resort. Each room has a very nice view of the bay with a private balcony. We saw the quality of some of the hotels that are actually on the boardawalk (oceanfront) and were sooooooooo glad that we stayed here. Even some of the BIG hotel chains had run-down looking properties.

This hotel is a 10-minute drive to the boardwalk. It is a little dated in terms of decor, but EVERYTHING was in tip-top shape and spotless. They cater primarily to businesses looking to have conferences. The rooms, which are suites, have a seperate living room/dining room, a bedroom, bathroom, and a nice kitchenette w/ sink, fridge, microwave, and coffee maker. The view from our balcony was spectacular.

The staff was helpful, although we really didn't need them much at all. The indoor pool is heated and the hot-tub was nice. Caution....KIDS. Don't expect for you and your honey to have any alone time in the hot tub or pool.

Ample underground and outdoor parking. Food Lion, Rite Aid, McD's, right across the street. Room Service was quick, and the food at Tradewinds is GREAT, but expensive. Loved the Eggs Benedict.

There is PLENTY to do in Va. Beach. We actually enjoyed just hanging out in the room on Saturday, as it was raining pretty hard.

STAY HERE!!!! It's worth it to stay off the beach. This is very nice for not too much money.

We will be staying here upon our return to Va. Beach

Hated it!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I wish I had known about this review website prior to booking this hotel. Stayed there for the half marathon in VA Beach over Labor Day weekend for 3 days. Room was very outdated, not very clean, very noisy (had to drag mattresses to back room just to sleep), was supposed to have coffee every day, but we didn't. Kids were in and out of jacuzzi so there was hardly any water in it and they were out of towels. We had booked several rooms, supposed to all be same price but they overcharged us on one of them. Will definitely never stay there again!

great place, friendly staff

from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel was great! It is on a private beach and they even had water sport equiptment to rent. The restaurnat had excellent food, and the staff was very friendly. Excellent amenities, ie: fitness center, massage therapist, bikes, etc.
I would highly recommend this hotel for a nice quiet change from the hectic nature of the boardwalk.

Fun for the kids, but the hotel could use lots of updating

from NUmathgrad
Our family stayed here over the Fourth of July holiday weekend and overall, we had a great time. The kids really enjoyed the beach, and we did eat at Tradewinds one night, and the food is very good. Here are some thoughts on the hotel and its services ...

1) The hotel is very dated and old. The rooms, while spacious, are rather nasty. The carpet is old and grungy-looking, and even my 3-year-old insisted on wearing her slippers everywhere she went. The bedding and pillows and blankets are also all pretty worn, as are the thread-bare towels.

2) Housekeeping is not the best. On our first full day there, I returned to the room around 3 pm for a nap with my younger child, and the room had not been made up yet. I called and they came right away with the requested clean towels and also vacuumed. The next day, they made up the room early, but only made the bed and gave us clean towels. They didn't wipe down the table or the counters at all. It was not impressive.

3) The beach area is lots of fun for the kids. You can rent lounge chairs and umbrellas -- $25 per day for two lounge chairs and an umbrella, or $20 for two "regular" beach chairs and an umbrella. The teenage boys who help you set up are very polite, but obviously eager for tips. They also start collecting the umbrellas and chairs around 5:30 pm, which is really too early during the summer months, when the sun does not set until well after 8 pm. You can also rent jetskis for $50 for 30 minutes.

4) As mentioned above, the food at Tradewinds is good, but rather pricey. If you sit out on the deck, you are presented with a "lighter fare" menu, and the prices are lighter too. For instance, a club sandwich with fries was $7. Not bad at all.

5) Parking is horrible. If there is an event going on at the hotel (we saw plenty of wedding rehearsal dinners held there on Friday night), you will be lucky to find any parking at all. And the parking spaces are tiny and cramped, which is strange, considering that this is a place for families to stay, so most arrive in minivans and SUVs. The spaces appear more appropriate if you drive a Ford Focus or a Mini!

6) There really is no nightlife near this hotel. There is the Hot Tuna restaurant and bar across the street (in a strip mall with a Food Lion grocery store). We went to eat there one night -- I highly recommend AGAINST this. Other than that, there is a Mexican restaurant one block away, a MacDonalds, a sandwich place, and I think that's about it. No clubs or bars nearby ... only rows and rows of condos and private homes. Not very exciting. If you would like to walk to nightlife, then stay on the boardwalk.

7) The beach/water is great for little kids, so I highly recommend this hotel for families. The water is amazing calm. There are also organized children's activities during the "season." I noticed signs for Beach Fun in the mornings, Arts and Crafts in the afternoons, and Dinner and a Movie at nights. All are free. Our kids did not join in any of the activities, but it was nice to know if the weather was bad, they would have something to do.

8) I don't care what they say, the pool is NOT heated!

9) The rooms are indeed roomy. We had a king suite (a "bedroom" with a king bed and a living area with a pull-out queen sofabed) that was bayfront and the view was fantastic. If you want to be right on the bay, ask for a room that is higher than the second floor, as the rooftop of the extended Tradewinds restaurant blocked some of our beach view from the balcony of our second-story corner room. Those corner rooms are mighty spacious too, so if you can get one of them, go for it!

10) The hotel is a good 10 minute drive from the boardwalk, so it's an ideal place to stay for those of you who would like to visit the boardwalk, but don't necessarily want to deal with the noise/crowds in the area. We drove to the boardwalk a couple of times during our stay, and it was not too bad finding places to park. If you parked on one end of Atlantic Avenue (boardwalk) and walked too far and don't feel like walking back to your car, then just hope on the "Wave" trolley and it will take you back up Atlantic Avenue. At $1 per person for a one-way fare, that's not bad!

Again, this hotel is great for families -- especially those with young kids. I'm not sure if singles or families with older kids/teens would find too much to do here, especially after the sun has gone down.

Needs lots of work at this hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel was in the process of being updated and remodeled. It certainly needs the work. While the hotel room itself was very roomy and had a wonderful view that's about all I can say. The bedroom was way to dark, prehaps a couple of 100 watt bulbs would be a good investment. The carpet, furniture and woodwork certainly needed updating. But the very worst part
was some sort of malfunction in the pipes (waterpipes or airconditioning?).
Beginning around 12:30 a.m. a whistling noise started non-stop. I can only
compare this to a tea kettle at full boil. It was impossible to sleep and I only
fell asleep around 3:00 a.m. out of sheer exhaustion. This much needed sleep was interrupted by my wake up call which came at 5:05 a.m. The problem with the wake up call was that I had asked for a wake up call at 8:30 a.m. We had dinner at the restaurant (only one was open) and I must say it was a lovely
setting and the food was very good. The wait staff was pleasant, but the service was terrible. There is a problem somewhere, whether it is in the kitchen or in the wait staff, but there is a problem. At the time we were there there were only 4 tables in use. I just can't imagine what it would be like if the dining room was crowded. You might want to try this hotel in the future, but for now I would stay far away.

Top Local Tips for Virginia Beach

Traffic None of us could figure it out, but plan on an extra 30-45 minutes if not longer on the weekend when trying to go between Hampton/ Norfolk/VA Beach with the back up of traffic in the Bay Tunnel on I/64.

Tradewinds Restaurant on-property If you can, stick around for their Sunday brunch. It's awesome!

Tradewinds Restaurant on-property If you can, stick around for their Sunday brunch. It's awesome!


Other names for Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center

  • virginia beach resort conference center
  • virginia beach resort
  • virginia beach hotel
  • Address: 2800 Shore Drive - Virginia Beach - Virginia - 23451 - United States
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