Superb beach location on the boardwalk, walk to shops and restaurants
Fantastic ocean views from small balconies in almost every room
Best price in the area for a beachfront hotel
Clean, simple rooms with microwaves, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges
Free bike rentals
Free continental breakfast
Heated outdoor pool with lounge space
Some parts of the hotel are dated
No indoor dining area for breakfast
No elevator to second or third floors
The 38-room Econo Lodge on the Ocean is a two-pearl hotel right on the Virginia Beach boardwalk. Rooms are simple and no frills, with ocean views from basic balconies and nice conveniences including mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers, though some rooms show signs of wear and tear. The hotel offers free bike rentals to cruise the boardwalk, and there is a small outdoor pool and a basic free continental breakfast. This property is geared toward budget travelers looking for proximity to the ocean and Virginia Beach activities at bargain rates -- a night here is cheaper than similar properties like the BEST WESTERN PLUS Oceanfront Virginia Beach, just down the shore.
Simple and small motel style property that's clean and pleasant
Surrounded by other value hotels along the boardwalk, this Econo Lodge is among the smallest, standing only three stories
high. Inside, this property feels like a budget hotel and doesn’t have much communal
space, but guests loyal to the brand aren't staying here to lounge and linger in swish common areas. Instead, this is a solid bet for bargain rates right on the beach. The lobby is decorated with old paintings and a few outdated wicker
chairs with worn cushions. There is a green, faux-granite front desk and a
brochure rack, with an adjacent breakfast-service counter -- there is no dining area, so guests
are encouraged to bring breakfast to their rooms or eat outside by the pool on plastic patio tables. The pool has no
view, but is the epicenter of the property, particularly in spring when the place is teeming with spring break partiers. The hotel draws budget-conscious guests from almost all categories, including families and couples.
On the Virginia Beach boardwalk steps from sand, shops, and restaurants
Situated directly on the Virginia Beach boardwalk, the location is ideal for tourists and those on summer holidays. There are several shops and restaurants within an easy five-minute walk, and the pretty beach is just behind the hotel.
The Virginia Beach Convention and Visitor Bureau is about a six-minute drive away and the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is about a 10-minute
drive away. Colonial WIlliamsburg, a popular family-friendly attraction, is 65 minutes away by car, while Busch Gardens will take about an hour to reach. The hotel is a 25-minute drive from the Norfolk Airport
and downtown Norfolk.
Basic rooms with great ocean views and modern conveniences
There are just 38 rooms at this
Econo Lodge, all of which are accessed from the outside from front doors facing the parking
lot; there is commonly noise from people and traffic coming and going.
Ground floor rooms have direct access to the boardwalk and beach from
small patios while rooms on the second and third floors have small balconies with a small plastic table and pair of chairs, plus great ocean views. There is no elevator access to upper floors. The look in rooms is unremarkable and dated, but pleasant enough and clean, with striped carpet floors, soft green walls, faded wall art, maroon-pattern chairs, and satin bedskirts. The mid-tone wood veneer furniture in some rooms is showing signs of wear and tear. All rooms are equipped
with modern appliances including a flat-screen TV, mini-fridge, microwaves, and coffeemaker. Rooms also have a safe and individual climate control. Bathrooms are bland, with dark
tile floors and yellow shower curtains; all feature shower/tub combos. Wi-Fi is free throughout.
Free bike rentals and heated outdoor pool, but no dining area
The winning feature of this hotel
is the free bike rentals with direct access to the path that runs along the
boardwalk and beach. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi access in rooms, a free but limited
continental breakfast (including cereal and pastries) with no indoor
dining area, and free parking, although the lot is small and restricted to one
car per reservation. The outdoor pool is small and doesn’t have a view, but is
surrounded by plenty of lounge chairs and a few plastic dining tables.
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