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“Great Getaway!!!!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Holiday Inn Oceanside Virginia Beach

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Holiday Inn Oceanside Virginia Beach
Ranked #22 of 109 Hotels in Virginia Beach
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersBronze level
Huntington, NY
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Getaway!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2008

I was in need of a serious break from work and wanted a weekend getaway. I checked out various reviews of hotels at the beach and chose this hotel which was right in the center of the boardwalk and activites. When I arrived, the front desk staff was smiling and receptive to us being there. We made small talk with them and in turn they directed us to a few great restaurants and offered some fun activities that were happening in the area. Our first impression of the room was clean, neat and crisp. We did have an "Executive King" which was great because we had more space and could sit out on a larger balcony. We ordered room service the first morning and it arrived promptly and the food was accurate and hot. We spent Saturday and Sunday at the beach which was great! It was nice to have the hotel right on the beach. After spending the first day at the beach, we went to a local restaurant--"TauTogs"-- and the place was excellent and reasonably priced for fresh seafood. We could walk the two blocks too which beat driving. The second night we ate on the patio of the hotel. The view was wonderful as a soft beach breeze was blowing. The service was very good and the menu selections were plentiful, especially for a hotel. Great crab bisque! Overall good experience in the restaurant/patio. I was very pleased with our overall stay and would recommend this hotel as a clean, yet somewhat older hotel, but it has a great location and a very friendly staff!

  • Liked — Room Size and cleanliness
  • Disliked — Too short of a stay
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank SuzieQ1967
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2008

I totally agree with Jujubetoo from Denver.
My friend and I were given concert tickets and a night at the Holiday Inn as a Birthday gift. We thought it would be great as we were informed that Oceanside was a 5 star hotel - what a surprise we received.
It seems as though we were given the same room as Jujubetoo.
I made the mistake and pulled the curtains back to open the door and was rewarded by seeing all the filth which was eating into the top of the air conditioner. The sheets, although they looked clean, also looked as though someone had used them before. The bathroom was the worst though. Black finger prints from the bottom of the door till about 12" above the handle. GROSS! The counter top was sticky, the mirror full of dust and the toilet seat was not fixed properly so that if you were not careful you had a painful nip from it.
Reception gave me the impression of being incompetent and seemed to be upset when we asked about a snack vending machine being as the bar/restaurant was closed before we returned from the concert. They were not even capable of giving us information on transportation.
I have been to a few Holday Inn's and am a Priority member but I have never come across one this dirty or unfriendly before.

  • Liked — The View
  • Disliked — Dirty Room
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank JAJ92
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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2008

We usually stay at Holiday Inns because they are generally clean and ok for the price. So what a shock when we arrived and the front desk person seemed bored to see us. The room was dirty and the hotel was run down. For the price I was shocked. We called housekeeping and they said someone would clean the room. It hadn't been dusty for at least a month and the hand rail in the bathroom was corroded along with filthy fingerprints on the back of the bathroom door.

We went to dinner and when we got back, the room was the same. I called housekeeping again but they said the room had been deep cleaned. Yeah right. So they showed up again and I pointed out what needed to be done (I have photos). We went for a walk and when we got back, it was more of the same. EW! I didn't bother to call again.

The next day, we went out. When we got back the one bed had been made but that was it. No one even bothered to straighten the pillows on the other bed. And the dusty filth and gross bathroom still was the same. But a maid stopped by to see how it was and I showed her. She came back with a manager and our maid. I showed them all. We went out to breakfast. When we got back, 1/2 of the stuff was done, the rest wasn't.

Dont' bother with the Attitudes grill either. They have the worst service although the food is edible. The attitude all over the hotel is one of "we'd rather you didnt' bother to show up!" Next time, I won't.

  • Liked — the location--right on the beach
  • Disliked — the run down dirty atmostphere for an outrageous price.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank jujubetoo
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Virginia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2008

We just returned from a wonderful vacation at Virginia Beach. Virginia beach is one the best, clean and secure beaches. It was not very crowded during the peak season.

Overall, the hotel is averagely clean and staff is nice. The bath rooms were the cleanest and had well maintained tiles. The TV is small. However, there are several nice hotels on the beach that I felt I would have been better option. But, this was not bad, just that I paid more than 200 for a room, that I don't think is worth that much. I wouldn't recommend their restaurant. They have *very* limited menu items and for vegetarians, don't even think about it. Their highly advertised kids eat free is just a joke. My kids told me that they would rather eat from the Subway infront of the hotel than eat in their restaurant.

As far as access to the beach, this is hotel is strategically located with access to everything. Given that they have a very limited parking next to hotel, I saw lot of musical chairs to grab a spot and once you got one, you don't want to leave and prefer to walk around or take $1 bus. The indoor swimming pool is very much next to the entrance and next to the beach side exit. It just doesn't give any privacy. But I hardly saw people swimming, given that their is enough water to play outside. The pool by itself is very small and if you are not careful, you could fall into the pool on one side. One of the side is just too narrow.

There are two elevators and 12 floors. We have been lucky most of the time to get elevator within few minutes of pushing the button. I highly recommend you to carry drinking water with you up the floor. Most of the time, the vending machines (on each floor) are sold out for water.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank VacationTravelr
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Kentucky
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2008

This was our first time to Virginia Beach. If we go to a beach in the South it is usually Mrytle Beach, SC. Virginia Beach is so much better than Mrytle Beach! Holiday Inn on 21st is in the middle of it all. The streets and the boardwalk is live and active late hours.
If you bring your children, bring the bikes. However there are bikes to rent.
We only ate out one night, we at at the Holiday Inn, it has excellent seafood (crab cakes/soft shell crab sandwich).
The hotel is clean and updated. I am actually there right now using the free access, the weather was a bit cloudy today.
I would stay here again.
The only thing I didn't like was the parking, but we lucked out found a parking spot on the lot. We used public transportation and kept the car parked.

  • Liked — The restaurant and the open area that you can eat outside on the patio
  • Disliked — parking
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank couponqueen08
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ny
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2008

Just came back from awesome vacation here. I was hesitant upon arrival because at last minute changed reservations from Holiday Inn Sunspree due to terrible reviews. I was pleasantly suprised.

The parking lot is too small and was concerned over the safety of the other lot due to the teenagers walking around. But they actually had an attendant sitting in chair for greater part of the day and put my mind to ease!.

Rooms had fantastic view of the ocean from laying in my bed!!! Beaches were crowded but very clean. Staff was excellent and very friendly and my room was very clean upon arrival. We dont let housekeeping in each day but found fresh towels at our door each time we didnt let them in and this impressed me that I didnt have to spend time chasing someone down.

The boardwalk (on street) does get crazy at night but hey its Virginia Beach and its for the younger crowd. Boardwalk on the ocean is peaceful and not bad at all. Our family walked it many times

Awesome time and great hotel. Will definitely go back and trust me I read these reviews and find them helpful. Im very picky about where we go and would recommend this hotel 100%.

  • Liked — Beautiful Ocean views--Sunsets and Sunrises from my bed
  • Disliked — parking- small indoor pool; no outdoor pool
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank xxxmrsanselmoxxx
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MA
Level Contributor
21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2008

We just got back from Virginia Beach, the weather was great and jellyfish were far and few. The past 2 times we were here we stayed at the Dyas Inn Oceanfront. It was further to walk to the shops and quieter. We thought this year, we would try something new The hotel itself was good, front desk, and anyone who worked there, went out of their way to accomodate. One day coming back from a walk along the boardwalk we were approaching the Holiday Inn and all you could see was a massive swarm of seagulls! It was disgusting. People were feeding them from the balconies! So you can imagine what the balconies below looked like. We told the front desk and they did go out and tell the people to stop feeding the seagulls. But that was an ongoing problem all week. Also one night kids were throwing water balloons at the people walking by on the boardwalk. That was also addressed by the the front desk. Yes the parking is terrible,we only got a space after 4 days, but for the most part we walked everywhere. So nothing against the hotel, it seems that Virginia beach itself is going down the tubes. Which is too bad. Alot of teenagers hanging around looking for trouble.

  • Liked — the oceanfront view, access to beach and the strip
  • Disliked — the clientele, the parking
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank fab4Ma
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Property: Holiday Inn Oceanside Virginia Beach
Address: 2101 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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Region: United States > Virginia > Virginia Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Virginia Beach
#11 Family Hotel in Virginia Beach
#11 Green Hotel in Virginia Beach
#15 Romantic Hotel in Virginia Beach
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Virginia Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Oceanside Virginia Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 149
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Holiday Inn Oceanside hotel in the heart of the Virginia Beach Resort District, a hotel especially designed to make your Virginia Beach vacation fun, comfortable and convenient. At the Holiday Inn Oceanside hotel, Virginia Beach, VA, all of our 150 rooms offer a beautiful oceanfront view of the coast and boardwalk with a large private balcony, refrigerator, coffee maker, free wireless high-speed Internet access, pay-per-view movies and HBO. Our guest rooms are perfect for family vacations, business travel or that special weekend getaway. Enjoy a delicious meal in your hotel room using our convenient room service or visit Key West Bar & Grill open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For your enjoyment we also have an oceanfront outdoor cafe for a relaxing meal overlooking the beach and the boardwalk. You are only seconds away from many of the main attractions that Virginia Beach Resort District has to offer such as the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Farm Bureau Live and the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Whether you are in Virginia Beach on business or pleasure, the Holiday Inn Oceanside Hotel is the perfect east coast oceanfront retreat. ... more   less 
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