7 Chic Hotels for a Relaxing Virginia Beach Getaway

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The Cavalier Virginia Beach, Autograph Collection - Exterior
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With sunny weather and one of the best beaches on the east coast, Virginia Beach beckons travelers throughout the year. The town is home to a bustling three-mile boardwalk dotted with nightlife venues, live entertainment, restaurants, and amusement rides that make it a great family destination. For outdoor adventurers, there are even a couple of state parks nearby to stretch your legs and explore nature. When it comes to hotels, oceanfront properties tend to be the preferred choice for direct access to the sandy shore and views of the beautiful Atlantic. But for those who want to stay a little more inland—whether it be to visit Regent University or explore nearby historic Williamsburg—there are also some great options. Here, we take a look at seven of the best hotels to book for a visit to Virginia Beach.

Best Hotels in the Virginia Beach Area in 2022

Editor’s Pick: The Cavalier Virginia Beach, Autograph Collection

The Cavalier Virginia Beach, Autograph Collection Suite

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Why We Chose It

After completing a multi-million dollar renovation in 2018, the Historic Cavalier Hotel & Beach Club is more luxurious than ever.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: Starts from $20+ per night
  • Room Rate: $$

Notable Amenities

Outdoor and indoor pools, beach club, bike rentals

Hotel Description

Listed on the National Register of Historic places, the Historic Cavalier Hotel & Beach Club dates back to 1927 and has welcomed famous figures including Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor. The 85-key property boasts spacious accommodations with white marble bathrooms; a 6,200-square-foot spa with a Himalayan salt room; an on-site distillery that produces bourbon, rye whiskey, and vodka; and multiple dining options, such as Becca Restaurant & Garden, where local ingredients are the star. And while there’s an indoor pool at the hotel, you’ll undoubtedly spend most of your time at the full-service beach club. Guests get access to private cabanas, plenty of sun loungers, an oceanfront infinity pool, and a bar and grill to keep you nourished throughout the day.

Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront Exterior

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Why We Chose It

This new hotel has prime oceanfront real estate.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: Starts from $20+ per night
  • Room Rate: $$

Notable Amenities

Outdoor and indoor pools, 24/7 fitness center, bike rentals

Hotel Description

Opened in 2020, Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront is one of the latest additions to Virginia Beach. The 24-story glass high-rise is set on the northern end of the boardwalk just down the street from its sister property, the Historic Cavalier Hotel. The 305 modern rooms and suites are decorated in a light color palette with blue accents and feature the latest technology, such as smart TVs. Most rooms also feature balconies with ocean views as well. You’ll have the choice between three restaurants that include Orion’s Roof, an Asian-fusion restaurant with 360-degree views of Virginia Beach; Tulu Seaside Bar & Grill for locally sourced fare; and the Beach Bar and Grill. And in addition to direct beach access and a pair of stunning pools, guests are also invited to enjoy the landscaped grounds, complete with bocce ball and fire pits.

Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront

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Why We Chose It

With a great location and a reasonable price point, Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront has long been favored by frequent visitors to the area.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: No
  • Room Rate: $$

Notable Amenities

Outdoor and indoor pools, rooftop bar

Hotel Description

Not only does the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront offer guests direct beach and boardwalk access, but it’s also situated right next to Neptune’s Park. The park hosts free concerts throughout the summer, making this arguably one of the best located hotels in the area. Plus, many of its accommodations boast balconies to enjoy views of the Atlantic Ocean right from your digs. During your stay you’ll have access to an indoor and outdoor pool; a rooftop bar that transforms into a club Thursday through Sunday when the DJ hits the turntables; and a fitness center. While there are plenty of dining options in the immediate area, the property has its own all-day restaurant, Catch 31, where you’ll find local seafood served alongside nightly live entertainment from May to September.

Founders Inn and Spa, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

The Founders Inn and Spa, Tapestry Collection by Hilton Swan Room

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Why We Chose It

This hotel, located next to Regent University, is family- and pet-friendly.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: No
  • Room Rate: $$

Notable Amenities

Outdoor and indoor pools, on-site dog parks, EV charging stations

Hotel Description

Sharing 26 acres with Regent University, the Founders Inn and Spa is perfect for anyone visiting a student or touring the campus. While it’s a ways out from the beach, guests will still be able to bask in the sun at the seasonal outdoor pool, complete with a kid-friendly slide, while cooler months call for time spent at the indoor oasis that includes a hot tub. The accommodations are a little dated, but guests will find modern conveniences such as a Cuisinart coffeemaker, mini refrigerator, and HD TVs in their rooms. During your stay, relax at the Flowering Almond Spa with a massage or facial and dine at one of the two restaurants. Plus, if you’re bringing a pooch along, there are two large dog parks for your beloved pet to roam around.

Williamsburg Inn

Williamsburg Inn Virginia

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Why We Chose It

A historic hotel built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. that’s just a stone’s throw away from the Revolutionary City.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $25+ per night
  • Room Rate: $$$

Notable Amenities

Golf course, outdoor and indoor pools, shuttle service

Hotel Description

Dating back to 1937, the Williamsburg Inn is a Colonial Revival hotel with oversize rooms decorated in the early 19th-century Regency style (think damask, chintz, mahogany wardrobes, and ornamental curtains). Guests will find it to be the perfect spot for exploring the historic town, which is just steps from the property, but there’s also plenty to keep you busy on the grounds.

Here, you’ll find an extensive golf club with 36 walkable holes spread across three courses; a beloved 20,000-square-foot spa complete with steam rooms and whirlpools; and two outdoor pools, one of which is heated, along with an indoor oasis. When hunger strikes, there’s no shortage of options between the Terrace & Goodwin Rooms for breakfast and dinner, the Social Terrace for al fresco evenings, and Rockefeller Room for contemporary Southern fine dining.

Kingsmill Resort

Kingsmill Resort Virginia Beach Aerial

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Why We Chose It

Kingsmill is a sprawling resort with all the bells and whistles set along the iconic James River.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: Starts from $24 per night
  • Room Rate: $$

Notable Amenities

Golf courses, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools

Hotel Description

For those in search of a spot that sits by the water and is still close to historic Williamsburg, look no further than Kingsmill Resort. This massive property spans 2,900 acres and offers guests a myriad of activities for the entire family. Sports and outdoors enthusiasts will appreciate the pair of 18-hole golf courses and 15 clay- and hard-surfaced tennis courts. There is also a marina where fishing tours can be arranged, in addition to access to water sports equipment and bike rentals to explore the James River and miles of paved paths, respectively. For the more leisurely traveler, book some time at the spa and enjoy facilities like the sauna and steam room, or unwind at any of the three pools (one includes a lazy river that’s perfect for kids). And while there are four on-site dining options, the resort’s crown jewel is arguably the riverfront James Landing Grille, featuring local and sustainable seafood.

When it comes to accommodations, you’ll be spoiled for choice. If you’re popping in for a short vacation, standard guest rooms are an ideal option. For longer stays or family trips, the resort offers both multi-room condos and standalone cottages that are equipped with a full kitchen and in-unit washer and dryer. For the ultimate in luxury and privacy, there’s a 7,000-square-foot estate with an infinity pool that comes with a chef and exclusive use of two SUVs and golf carts.

Barclay Cottage Bed and Breakfast

Why We Chose It

An intimate B&B with friendly staff, the Barclay Cottage is also just a short walk away from the beach.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: No
  • Room Rate: $

Notable Amenities

Overhead fans, sound machines, bike rentals, complimentary self parking

Hotel Description

Staying at the beach doesn’t mean that big chain hotels are your only option. The five-room Barclay Cottage Bed and Breakfast is an adults-only retreat nestled in a quiet neighborhood just a short walk or bike ride away from the shore. Each of the cozy accommodations at this intimate property have been individually designed (expect a mix of antique and vintage furnishings) and have access to wraparound porches. For some additional relaxation during your trip, visit the small spa for a massage, reiki treatment, or facial. And while there’s no on-site restaurant for meals throughout the day, gourmet breakfasts are served daily at 9 a.m. in the Great Room to help kickstart your day.

Final Verdict

In Virginia Beach, the sandy shores are the crown jewel and there are plenty of options when it comes to hotels near the water. The most elegant is the Historic Cavalier Hotel, which not only boasts a great spa and on-site dining, but also has its own beach club that’s a quick shuttle ride away from the property. For those who prefer direct access, hotels situated on the boardwalk, like the new Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront and long-beloved Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, are great choices for their location and amenities. But for travelers looking for a stay that’s both close to the beach and rich in history, head on over to Williamsburg, where you’ll find the iconic Williamsburg Inn built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. or the sprawling Kingsmill Resort on the banks of the James River.

Know Before You Go

  • Virginia Beach’s high seasons last from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Expect high room rates during this time.
  • Summers range from moderate to hot. It does rain throughout the season, especially in July, and can get humid.
  • If you decide to go in the winter, there’s plenty of holiday cheer.

How We Chose These Hotels

We evaluated over a dozen hotels in Virginia Beach before settling on some of the best in the city. Notable amenities, pricing, quality of service, design, proximity to attractions, and recent openings were all taken into consideration. In determining this list, we evaluated countless customer reviews and considered whether or not the property has collected any accolades in recent years.

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