This is a hotel/ timeshare property and I had purchased a week sight unseen through a bankruptcy proceeding. I happened to be visiting Colonial Williamsburg (1.5 hours away - staying at Marriott's Manor Club) during Thanksgiving week, so we stopped by to check the property out. It so happens that the week of my ownership at the Clarion is also Thanksgiving week, so it was a perfect time to see what I really bought.
Conclusion - I am very pleased with my purchase. While the Clarion is an average timeshare, not near the level of our Marriott timeshare, it is a good value relative to the cost. The room we were allowed to view (8th floor) was average at best. However, the views and the amenities were well above average. All rooms are oceanfront suites with kitchenettes and there are three different room types. The indoor pool was very attractive and of good size, with a hot tub. The biggest surprise was the health club, which had an enormous array of weight equipment, a steam room, sauna, and whilrpool tub. The lady we met stated they did allow locals to purchase memberships at the club, which enabled them to have one of the most superior health clubs I have ever seen in a hotel resort.
The beach is amazing - very wide and well groomed. The boardwalk is also well maintained. From Thanksgiving week through Chrismtas, they have a holiday light display that is quite enjoyable. After dusk, you do have to clear the boardwalk as they allow cars to pay a small fee and drive the 3 miles to view the holiday displays along the beach and boardwalk. The weather was very pleasant (high 60s), although it did vary through the week and got cool in the evening. On some days, there were people actually in the water surfing (in November!). They had wet suits on which must help in the cooler water.
We had dinner at Mahi Mahs, which is in the Ramada right next to the Clarion. We sat outside with a view of the beach and the lights. Excellent seafood and nice happy hour specials. Entrees were expensive, but worth it. Look for coupons in the local guides to defray some of that cost.
So, all in all, I learned that November is a good time to visit Virginia Beach, especially once the light displays are up. Also, this will be a great place if your expectations are in line and you have the mindset that the room is mostly a place to sleep and focus the rest of your time enjoying the beach and ammenities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With the most amenities of any resort on the beach and all oceanfront rooms and suites, Beach Quarters is easily the best value on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. One-bedroom suites that sleep up to six, and a full kitchen and queen sleeper sofa in living room, make it great choice for families vacationing for a week or more. Studios include one king bed or two double beds and a kitchenette. Get in a game of rooftop tennis or shuffle board, swim in the heated indoor oceanfront pool or soak up the sun at the 7th floor rooftop pool. Enjoy a frozen cocktail or a meal poolside at Sandbar, a tropical bar and grill on the 7th floor pool deck, open seasonally. Work-out in the expansive athletic club which features a sauna, steam room, whirlpool, and exercise machines. Additional resort amenities include a Business Center, laundry facilities onsite, free Wi-fi and onsite guest parking, a Youth Activity Center and Game Room, and easy access to water sports at Rudee Inlet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beach Quarters Hotel Virginia Beach
- Va Beach
- Beach Quarters Virginia
- Clarion Virginia Beach
- Virginia Beach Clarion