Ok so I recently stayed in this hotel and just feel that it needs a little bit of redemption because previous reviewers did this place injustice by writing the reviews they did. My boyfriend booked this place for himself, my sister and I. We range in ages from 23 to 32. Before booking we did read the reviews and honestly didn't really care. Most of them discuss the owner and how unpleasant she is and even though I did'nt experience this I wouldn't have cared if I did because all I was concerned about was the cleanliness.
So let me tell you this is the cleanest hotel you will EVER stay at and have ever stayed at. I have stayed in some awful hotels and I have stayed at some of the most expensive hotels and this place was immaculate. None of the reviewers ever said anything about it being dirty but for me I don't really care about much as long as it is clean. There was not a speck of dirt or even a granule of sand in this place. Not in the corners, not in the shower and not even in the pull out sofa. With that being said if your looking for a clean place this is a safe bet.
Onto the owner. I know exactly who the previous reviewers are referring to because she is the main lady in the office but I did not find this to be true. Now maybe it was because I didn't have any problems with the hotel but she was actually more than accommodating a friendly to us. Even randomly came over to our room to ask if there was anything we needed. Now again... I didn't need any special pillows, or wasn't trying to cram a team of cheerleaders into my room and also didn't trash the place during my stay. Bottom line if your respectful to the hotel then she will be respectful to you...but I feel like that goes with any place you stay at. So if you are a family staying here or a group of friends who aren't young, obnoxious, late night partiers then this is your place.
Onto the room itself and the facilities. Like I said the room itself honestly for me could'nt have been any better. It was clean, spacious and had everything I needed. One reviewer wrote they had to request for towels. Now I highly doubt there were no towels in the room at all I just believe they had to ask for me...as did I. There were 3 of us in the room and 4 towels. I usually use 2 each time so all I did was place a phone call and asked for more towels. Which... again I have had to do at every place Ive stayed at ranging from NYC to Las Vegas. Yes the room is out dated as one person wrote but it is a regular beach hotel what do you expect. Its not some big fancy resort on the beach its your everyday beach hotel. So it is outdated but clean! And by out dated I mean it had wall paper. Big deal. As for the smell of mildew I did not smell this and I would think that I would have because I have a sensitive nose to things like that but I didn't. The place even had a dishwasher! I personally did'nt use the pillows because I am very particular about my pillows and bring my own everywhere as should you if you are the same way. My sister and boyfriend used them and had no complaints. No there was no elevator but Ive never stayed in a beach hotel like this with an elevator so if you need access to an elevator ask for a 1st floor room. Most people just think they need elevators because we lazy Americans eat to much to be physically able to walk the steps.
So I think I covered it all. I was able to get early check in but only by like an hour and I did ask if I could wait by the pool but by then my room was ready. Please remember this is a smaller hotel so while you may be able to get early check in at a bigger hotel that has plenty of room you may not be able to at a smaller place with less rooms. So all in all please don't let other reviewers and their personal problems prevent you from booking the hotel. While I understand some people have special medical needs I think it should be their responsibility to take care of the needs rather than expecting a small family owned hotel to take care of it for them. The owner take GREAT pride in making sure this is a clean and peaceful place for people to relax in so unless you plan on having a huge party at 3am you will really enjoy this place. It is in the center of everything and literally across the street from the beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family Style Hotel. We are about cleanliness and quality rooms. We offer a continental breakfast may 1 thru September 15th. We are a 2 minute walk to the boardwalk. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alamar Hotel Virginia Beach