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Holiday Inn Va Beach-Oceanside (21st St)
Ranked #26 of 109 Hotels in Virginia Beach
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102 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Great views”
Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

This is a great hotel overall. The oceanside rooms offer fantastic ocean views that were great to wake up to. Each room had a nice balcony as well. The rooms are a little pricey for the size but the location is worth it. This location does not offer the typical complimentary breakfast like most HI locations. We did not use the pool due to the great beach but it did look nice. The location on the strip is not too terrible but I would not take kids out there at night. It was fine during the day with plenty of restaurants within walking distance.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Joe H, General Manager at Holiday Inn Va Beach-Oceanside (21st St), responded to this review, 31 July 2014
Thank you for the great review. You are correct every room we have has the same great view. Also, while booking ask for breakfast to be included for an additional $5 and you can have breakfast for the entire family which includes our buffet that has omelet's, and eggs cooked any style you would like. Hope to see you soon.
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Goshen, New York
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2014

We stayed at this hotel at the end of June just before the July 4th rush. It's clean, the front desk and housekeeping staff are friendly, and the food/beverage prices at the restaurant are reasonable for breakfast and dinner. Dinner was great— the tacos and she-crab soup were delicious!

The best part is the location— it's not too busy out on the boardwalk in front of this hotel, but it is right in the middle of the stretch of boardwalk, so it's easy to get to everything. We loved the view from the balcony!

Wi-fi was on the slower side and would require a reconnection every time the device (iPad, iPhone, Macbook) "woke up". A little annoying, but not a big deal considering that this hotel provided free wi-fi at all— this was one of the amenities we looked for when we were searching for a hotel.

They also extended their government employee discount to police officers and firefighters— something we definitely appreciate. (Other hotels we called in the area either said they didn't offer the police/firefighter discount during that week, they ran out of rooms available for that rate, or they only offered the discount to federal employees or military families.)

Because the week we stayed was insanely hot, it would have been nice to stay at a hotel with an outdoor pool (which this Holiday Inn location did not have), however their indoor pool was beautiful and was always at the perfect temperature.

Oh! Another plus is that if you forget a razor/shaving cream or toothbrush/toothpaste (small toiletries), they have those for you at the front desk. It was definitely a great perk to not have to shlep down to Walgreens for those things.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on a higher floor— if you can get yourself up a little before dawn, the view is gorge...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Joe H, General Manager at Holiday Inn Va Beach-Oceanside (21st St), responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Thank you for the detailed review of our hotel and staff. The WiFi system has been upgraded again since your stay and it is still free along with parking. Rates do change but by the middle of August they will be dropping. Hope to see you soon.
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 26 July 2014

The food in the restaurants were excellent... great customer service..... very spacious king suite!! With excellent view and not a teeny tiny balcony. Would recommend this to anybody. The pool stated that it was heated... I stayed at the end of April so this was an important selling point however myself and my 3 year old son were freezing to the point that we couldn't really stay in longer than 30 minutes total... Although a very beautiful pool.. I did talk to the front desk and they stated that the heated pool can't be above 82 degrees because of some regulation so it wasn't their fault but just know if you are looking for heated like a typical 87 or 88 degrees... this is not it. and either the city or state regulates the temperature so nowhere in VA beach would have real heated/warm pools.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Joe H, General Manager at Holiday Inn Va Beach-Oceanside (21st St), responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Thank you for the comments about the hotel and staff. Our newly renovated salt water pool has water features that make it unique for an oceanfront hotel. Guests love the temp because it enables them to cool off from the 100 degree temp's outside and they also know we do not use the harsh chemicals that the other operators use in order to keep the PH in line with code. Hope to see you soon.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed here a week while on vacation. This hotel is very nicely located on the beach and has free parking. I appreciated how helpful the staff was in making our stay comfortable- our room was very clean but the bed was not very comfortable in comparison with other hotels I've stayed at in this class. Overall though it was a good spot!

Stayed June 2014
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Joe H, General Manager at Holiday Inn Va Beach-Oceanside (21st St), responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Thanks for the great comments about the staff and please look us up the next time you plan on visiting the beach and are looking for the best value on the beachfront.
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Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
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87 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2014

The room was clean and it is nice to sit out on balcony with view of beach. Staff is courtesy and friendly.
The breakfast buffet seemed over priced to me and the bar area is only open until 10pm????
This has to be one of the busiest spots at the beach, parking can be complicated and irritating. I-264 feeds right into this spot. So beware during the summer months. But if you get your space and don't have to move, no worries. I prefer the slower months.

Room Tip: All rooms have balconies that face beach.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Joe H, General Manager at Holiday Inn Va Beach-Oceanside (21st St), responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Thank you for the feedback, and I agree we have the best location of anyone but your best bet is to park(which is still free) and enjoy the views. September and October are the best times to come since we are slower and offer much lower rates and packages. Hope to see you soon.
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Coton in the Elms, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2014

I just came back from our annual family vacation down on Oceanfront Va Beach and stayed on Atlantic Ave. at Holiday Inn Express. The staff was excellent...friendly greeting...and had us in our room in a decent amount of time. The room was booked way in advanced and was a one bedroom suite. Excellent amount of space being that we had 2 2yr olds and a 6yr old. They had plenty of room. The comp.breakfast was fulfilling...bacon eggs sausage pancakes muffins cereal yogurt....you get the pic ..it was wery good ! I had one problem with the cleanliness of the room. I feel housekeeping can upgrade on how they clean. There was food ..food wrappers behind my pullout couch and food brings critters. There were several little "knats" in my room where it was an inconvenience for my family and i to swat them and explain to the kids they were from the ocean ?? As the front desk explained to me and refunded me some monies :). They handle my concerns promptly and it was greatly appreciated. On my return to Va i would rather book a hotel worth the money that they charge. $370 a night was NOT worth my stay at HIE but all in all i had a great time ...not a bad hotel !!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Joe H, General Manager at Holiday Inn Va Beach-Oceanside (21st St), responded to this review, 25 July 2014
Hello from the Oceanside Holiday Inn. It seems your comments were for the Express Holiday Inn 5 blocks north of us on Atlantic Ave. I will pass these comments to their GM and staff so that the issues you have noted are handled for the next guests that stay with them. Thank you for sharing information about your stay at the Express.
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Mebane, North Carolina
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Our family enjoyed staying here last week while in the area for a softball tournament. The weather was great and so was our room. It was very clean and the whole hotel smelled so good! Seriously the air freshener they use is awsome. We really enjoyed the view from our balcony of the boardwalk and also the ocean. During our stay there was a fireworks display on the ocean and it was directly in front of us. It was great! Also there was a laser light show of patriotic music on the beach that was refreshing. There were some good restaurants in the area within walking distance and the staff was really helpful in giving suggestions. The beach matts/towels they provided at the front desk were nice and thick. Also there were free boogie boards to use during our stay, which was nice not to have to purchase them or worry about taking them home. The music at the outdoor restaurant/bar was really nice. Steel drums playing current top 40 music. It was a little pricey, but not knowing the area, I trusted Holiday Inn for knowing it would be worth it. We have stayed in Myrtle Beach for half the price with just as nice service.

Room Tip: Stay up higher to see dolphins swimming daily!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Joe H, General Manager at Holiday Inn Va Beach-Oceanside (21st St), responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Thank you for the detailed review of the hotel and area. Keep in mind we offer much lower rates starting the middle of August and packages which include breakfast for the family. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon.
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Property: Holiday Inn Va Beach-Oceanside (21st St)
Address: 2101 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3346 (Formerly Holiday Inn Oceanside Virginia Beach)
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
#12 Green Hotel in Virginia Beach
#15 Romantic Hotel in Virginia Beach
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Virginia Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Va Beach-Oceanside (21st St) 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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