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A block from the beach and the boardwalk
The Clarion Inn & Suites is located a block and two busy streets away from the beach and boardwalk. However, numerous hotels are lined up alongside it, and thus there are pedestrian-friendly crosswalks that make it easy enough to get to the sand.
Virginia Beach is a large naval town, and you'll see plenty of cars plastered with bumper stickers that read "I love jet noise." But the city has much more to offer besides naval history -- though there's certainly plenty. The boardwalk is lined by a variety of restaurants, ranging from gourmet fine dining to burger joints, and the beach is nice and great for surfing; during the summer there are numerous surfing competitions. There are many bars in the area that are within walking distance of the hotel as well.
If you're looking for culture, however, you'll want to drive to Norfolk, about a half hour away (be warned: there can be a good amount of traffic during rush hour). Norfolk is home to the Virginia Opera, which has a great reputation, as well as the Chrysler Art Museum, the Nauticus Museum, which boasts the USS Wisconsin naval ship, and the MacArthur Memorial. Unless you're only staying for a brief weekend, you'll definitely want to rent a car. Though the recent addition of a light rail has greatly improved public transportation, it only reaches a small area and cabs are hard to come by.
This mid-range chain hotel offers big rooms with fresh, contemporary decor (green accent walls, geometric pattern carpets, dark wood furniture) and lots of freebies that add to the value. But the hotel is not directly on the beach: Guests must cross two busy streets to get to the sand. The hotel certainly offers solid value; low rates include free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and free parking even for oversized vehicles. And all rooms have conveniences such as sitting areas, microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers; some have pull-out sofas and pillow-top mattresses. Hotel features include a fitness center and a pool, though the fitness center is small and the pool is next to the parking lot. It may be worth comparing rates with the Comfort Inn; though its rooms are a touch less stylish, the hotel is located right on the beach.
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