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Econo Lodge on the Ocean 2.0

Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

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Pros

  • 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
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Some parts of the hotel are dated
  • No indoor dining area for breakfast
  • No elevator to second or third floors

Bottom Line

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.

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Scene

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 The lobby is decorated with old paintings and a few outdated wicker chairs with worn cushions.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. 

Location

On the Virginia Beach boardwalk steps from sand, shops, and restaurants

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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.

Rooms

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.  

Features

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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Address

2707 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451-3135, United States

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