I spent two nights at the Capes Hotel this weekend with two teenage boys. I did extensive research of all the hotel options that I could find on Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline, and the VA Beach website, made spreadsheets and compared prices, and based on the reviews decided on Capes. I was very pleased; it met all my expectations.
The price was lower than nearby and comparable properties. It was right on the beach and had rooms overlooking the boardwalk and ocean, with a balcony. I expected a minifridge and found a full fridge with freezer, which was a plus. It's a reasonable walk or a short drive to the Harris Teeter at 38th and Arctic for coffee and food - be sure to pick up or bring silverware, plates, napkins, plastic bags, and soap dishes because these are not in the room. The soap and shampoo were inadequate to me so I picked that up at the store too so we'd be comfortable and have all we needed.
It's true that the balcony doors have no screens, which would be nice, but it wasn't a big problem; we went down to the beach more than hanging out in the room.
I plan meetings as part of my job, and get to stay in 4 star resorts, so my expectation of a clean and attractive room is pretty high. I was absolutely satisfied with how clean and comfortable the beds were. The towels were thin but adequate. The public areas were quite nice looking and also clean. The pool wasn't overwhelming but it was very cute and you could see the beach from the windows in the pool area. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful.
I would have liked a late checkout, which they couldn't accommodate, but they were nice about my inability to get my car packed and out by 11. I asked at the desk and they said I wouldn't get towed at 11, which happened to someone at some other hotel among all the reviews I read in my research. The area seemed safe and nice to walk around in, and while there was activity at night with the shops and street musicians, it wasn't blaring rock n roll like down by the Hilton. It was just perfect for me. The location was immediately off the end of 264 so quite easy to get in and out.
With the extra parking across the street, parking was no major problem.
The elevator was sometimes slow, but the stairs were right there so not a problem.
For the price, I felt this was a fantastic deal and I would definitely stay there again. My criteria were cleanliness, low price, free parking and wifi, suite accommodations so the boys could sleep in a separate room from me, balcony overlooking the ocean, location on the boardwalk, safe and secure location. All expectations were met very well. Things I didn't care about for this trip: fancy soaps and plush towels, room service, fitness center, stove/oven, beautiful hallways and common areas. Since I didn't care about these, the nice lobby and sitting area were a pleasant surprise.
The room layout (Room 301, on the north end of the third floor) was fantastic for us. You entered the room into a bedroom with two twin beds and a flat screen tv and dresser - I don't even remember if it had a window; the boys slept in there and kept it dark. You walk through a closeable doorway into the sink/mirror area where there was an alcove for hanging clothes and a shelf above where I kept the aloe, hairbrush, extra stuff that would have cluttered the bathroom. Under the hangers was a suitcase rack that I used to keep our beach blankets. Next to the "closet" alcove was the bathroom with toilet and bath/shower combo. Space was limited in there.
Past the sink/mirror was the fridge, kitchenette sink, cabinets (empty other than an ice bucket) and drawers (empty), and microwave.
Past that, with no additional door, was a larger room with another twin bed, two upholstered chairs, a table with four more dining chairs, a dresser and flat screen tv, wall of windows looking out at the beach and sliding glass door onto the balcony. The balcony had two chairs on it.
The AC unit was in this room and was blasting freezing air when we arrived, but I turned the air down to a reasonable level and forgot all about it. In some cheap hotels I find those units loud and either you freeze or suffocate; this didn't seem to be a problem here.
I would recommend this hotel to my parents, who are even pickier than me. I had very low expectations for a Virginia Beach hotel right on the beach, expected musty, dingy, sandy accommodations and found the Capes Hotel to be better than that for a very reasonable price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Capes has 59 spacious, comfortable, affordable rooms, eight stories, an oceanfront cafe, refreshing indoor pool all to be enjoyed, right here on the ocean. All rooms are non-smoking offering refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. The Capes offers accommodations to fit your needs, with our one room unit that includes two full size beds; or our two room unit with three full size beds and 2 tvs offering your family just the right space for a relaxing vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Capes Hotel Virginia Beach
- Capes Virginia Beach
- Capes Ocean Hotel Virginia Beach