I recently stayed at this hotel for the VA Beach Marathon (March 2014), and was extraordinarily pleased. Now, it being March, I wasn't looking for a nice pool or anything like that... I was looking for a clean room that was close to the start and finish of the race... The check-in went very smooth, the room actually had 2 bedrooms, and the bathroom, while small, was clean. That said, the reason I rated this hotel 5-stars was NOT because it is a 5-star resort (it isn't the Ritz), but rather the helpful nature of the staff. Given that it was March and a slow period, and that my marathon running pace is far from fast, i was definitely not going to make it back to the room by the 11am check-out time. I asked the front desk while checking in if I could leave my car in the parking lot after check-out (and pick it up around 4pm once I was done with race), and the receptionist said "well, absolutely... in fact, I'll just code your room key so it works until 6pm tomorrow, so you can shower and rest before driving home"... that type of customer service is outstanding - I've done literally 100s of races and that (such a late check-out) has never happened before. I will definitely be staying at the Royal Clipper the next time I am in VA Beach, and certainly for follow-on VA Beach marathons. Oh yeah, it is about 3 blocks from the start/finish area, so it was nice to leave the room at 8:20 for an 8:30 race start.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Clipper Hotel Virginia Beach
- Royal Clipper Motel