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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Virginia Beach (Oceanfront)
Ranked #24 of 109 Hotels in Virginia Beach
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Nice Holiday Weekend”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

Formally a Howard Johnson's; major renovations. Ideal location for everything, all rooms oceanfront. Great breakfast, lots of choices, hot selections changed every day. Nothing ever ran out, staff continually replenishing. Opened adjoining conference room to acommodate crowd Friendly and acommodating staff Rooms a little small for family of 4, bathroom; small counter, no storage space, 1 small dresser in outer room. Small indoor pool. Attached parking building a nightmare. Not designed for vans or SUV's, small spaces, very hard to maneuver from 1 level to next.

Room Tip: All oceanfront; away from elevators
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Beverly H
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tsgm, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Virginia Beach (Oceanfront), responded to this review, 22 April 2012
Dear Beverly H:

I appreciate you taking the time on posting a comment about your recent stay with us.
I am glad to read that your overall experience was an enjoyable one and the staff provided a memorable guest experience. I am also glad that you enjoyed all the changes we made converting from a Howard Johnson.
Next time call the hotel directly for your reservation. I also have a special website for return guest. Contact me at the number below and I well give it to you.
On behalf of our entire staff here at the Country Inns & Suites we would like to thank you for your business and we hope to see you again when your travels bring you back to the area!


Sincerely,
Tony Sierra
General Manager
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

My husband and I decided to stay three nights in Virginia Beach as a small getaway. After looking at several different oceanfront hotels and all of the reviews, we chose County Inn & Suites. We love their breakfast and they are always clean. The hotel staff was very friendly and they were constantly cleaning to ensure that the hotel was in good shape. Also, my husband and I were very pleased that our room key was needed to get into the hotel from the boardwalk and from the parking garage. It was also needed to use the restrooms in the lobby which also kept unwanted traffic from coming in off the boardwalk. The room was very clean and tidy and the beds were very, very comfortable; The quality of beds and bedding compared to those in a Hampton Inn. The breakfast was hot and delicious with a different selection all three mornings. This was not just a breakfast with bagels, muffins, and donuts- You could make your own waffles, there was bacon, eggs, and sausage gravy with biscuits. The hotel is in a prime location with several restaurants around.

I had seen some pictures and read some reviews of water damage, poor renovation, and how narrow the parking garage was. There were some VERY MINOR cosmetic issues in the bathroom, but the room was extremely clean. The parking garage was very narrow, but there is definitely enough room to navigate if you know how to drive.

Overall, it was an excellent stay with accommodating staff, comfortable and clean rooms, and an excellent breakfast. If you are worried about small cosmetic issues, then pay $200 more a night to stay in one of the Marriott hotels for the same cleanliness and accommodations that you will have at the Country Inn & Suites.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank MUfan3
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Weymouth, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

Remembered this hotel as a HoJo back when I lived in VaBch and was pleasantly surprise during my stay. The new management/owners have really spent money upgrading & updated every part of this hotel. The lobby, the bedding, marble in the bathrooms, fluffy towels, brand name shampoo and lotion, the indoor pool etc….this was not HoJos it was like a Marriott. The rooms were large, clean and comfortable. The staff helpful and friendly and what a great deal with a nice breakfast included. I was in awe this used to be a very dreary HoJos!! Great location too.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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4 Thank CCBear
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tsgm, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Virginia Beach (Oceanfront), responded to this review, 25 March 2012
Dear CC Bear,
I appreciate you taking the time you took to write a review about your recent at the Country Inn and Suites of Virginia Beach. I was excited to read to that you noticed all the changes we have gone through being a former Howard Johnson and compared us to a Marriott. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and I will share your comments with the staff.

On behalf of our entire staff here at the Country Inns & Suites and we hope to see you again when your travels bring you back to the area. Again thank you for our kind word about the hotel and especially the staff.

Sincerely,
Tony Sierra
General Manager
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Avon, NC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

We wanted to extend a weekend visit to Virginia Beach and chose this oceanfront hotel due to location, price and other reviews. Check in was quick and easy. The parking garage is great for small cars like our VW but the turns would be a challenge for a large SUV. We had a top floor, corner room with fantastic views. It was very clean and nicely decorated with a micro and small fridge. The bathroom was clean but small. After about 30 minutes in the room we lost power to half of the hotel. We walked down 8 flights to see what happened. A transformer had blown. There was no heat, TV or elevators. This lasted about 5 hours. The front desk was great in providing information, even suggesting a great place for dinner within easy walking distance, Abby Road. We found the pool closed due to the power but adjusted. We walked back up the 8 flights and enjoyed the quiet and the views. Next morning we enjoyed the complimentary full breakfast after finding out the door to the fitness center could not be opened for our planned workout. When we talked to the morning front desk staff they were overly nice and reassuring. We were given a 30% credit for our stay due to the power, pool and fitness issues. We talked with maintenance and housekeeping staff and all were so polite and accommodating. The staff could not have been any friendlier in dealing with a power issue. They were GREAT. We would definitely stay here again if our plans brought us back this way. Great hotel for the value!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank avon814
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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2012

This hotel was wonderful! The location was perfect - right in the middle of the oceanfront, the views from the room were gorgeous. The continental breakfasts were so good, they made you want to go back for more. The staff was very accommodating. The pool temperature was extremely comfortable. I can't find anything to complain about.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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6 Thank E C
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tsgm, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Virginia Beach (Oceanfront), responded to this review, 2 February 2012
Dear EC:

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay at Country Inn and Suites located in Virginia Beach. I am glad to read that our stay was enjoyable one. It is also to see that you got to enjoy the in-door heated pool and the breakfast staff did disappoint by delivering a great breakfast. I hope that you and your family have found a home away from home and make the Country Inn our hotel of choice.

On behalf of our entire staff here at the Country Inns & Suites we would like to thank you for your business and we hope to see you again when your travels bring you back to the area!


Sincerely,
Tony Sierra
General Manager
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757-437-9100
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Additional Information about Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Virginia Beach (Oceanfront)

Property: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Virginia Beach (Oceanfront)
Address: 1801 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3308
Phone Number:
Region: United States > Virginia > Virginia Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Virginia Beach
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Virginia Beach
#28 Business Hotel in Virginia Beach
#34 Family Hotel in Virginia Beach
Price range (per night): ₹ 7,774 - ₹ 24,414
Hotel Class:3 star — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Virginia Beach (Oceanfront) 3*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Country Inn & Suites Virginia Beach Oceanfront hotel! Located on the beach and just steps away from the world-famous Virginia Beach Boardwalk, our hotel provides easy access to the beach, area dining, souvenir shopping, entertainment and more. Every room features spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean along with a private balcony, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. With its convenient amenities like complimentary hot breakfast, free high-speed wireless Internet access, heated indoor pool, fitness center, oceanfront restaurant, and on-site parking, our oceanfront hotel in Virginia Beach, VA is sure to please leisure and business travelers alike. Come visit us for a fantastic beach vacation! ... more   less 
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