As temperatures warm and our thoughts turn to a sun-and-sand beach vacation, one of the country’s top spots to consider is the resort town of Virginia Beach. Populated by hundreds of hotels—among them some of the best hotels in America, great all-inclusive resorts and pet-friendly hotels—it’s not always easy to figure out where to book in this coastal city. Luckily, we’ve done the research for you. So pack your bathing suit and get ready for your stay at one of the best hotels in Virginia Beach.
Best hotels in Virginia Beach
Hampton Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront North
Hampton operates a number of properties in and around Virginia Beach, but this beach-facing hotel stands out for its prime location right near town attractions like the Neptune Statue on the boardwalk, and the Virginia Aquarium. Just steps from the beach, the hotel caters to guests who plan to spend their days splashing in the surf, laying out a complimentary breakfast buffet to fuel up for swimming as well as providing early-rising guests with a breakfast bag to take right to the water. Amenities like Wi-Fi, parking and fitness center access are all free, and comfy rooms decorated in a coastal palette are available with fun touches like private balconies, whirlpool baths and wet bars.
Comfort Inn & Suites Oceanfront
Located right on the boardwalk, this hotel stays true to its name, offering guests homey comfort with amenities like family-friendly suites equipped with living rooms, kitchenettes and private balconies. Located just a short drive from Virginia Beach attractions like the Convention Center and New Adventure Park, the hotel’s obvious draw is the beach. But for guests who prefer indoor swimming, the Inn boasts a lovely heated indoor pool that overlooks the boardwalk and sand, plus an adjacent hot tub for even deeper relaxation. All the rooms are oceanfront, offering sea views and a beautiful breeze, and in the morning the highlight of the bounteous hot and cold buffet is the make-your-own waffle station.
Belvedere Beach Resort
One of Virginia Beach’s best value offerings for boardwalk-adjacent hotels, the Belvedere is a tourist favorite: a retro-chic resort with bright, beach-themed rooms, a heated outdoor pool and thoughtful complimentary amenities like free bike rentals. Artfully blending modernity with tradition, the hotel boasts blazing-fast free Wi-Fi and sleek flatscreen TVs in all 50 rooms, but keeps things homespun with a nightly turndown service complete with locally made saltwater taffy. Breakfast at the hotel isn’t included, but tucking into a stack of fluffy pancakes at the Belvedere’s adorably retro, blue-and-white on-site diner is an experience well worth the few extra bucks.
Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
One of two Hilton properties in Virginia Beach, this location offers great proximity to the beach and boardwalk and we love its comfortable, spacious guestrooms. Sun and sand are the hotel’s obvious attractions, but even ocean-lovers will be tempted by the property’s gorgeous heated rooftop infinity pool overlooking the coast (there’s also a smaller indoor pool perfect for children). Gourmands will appreciate the hotels’ award-winning seafood restaurant, Catch 31, where they can dine on pristine raw-bar items as well as hardwood-grilled filets and whole fish. Big spenders should seek out the Empyrean Club, the rooms located on the hotel’s top three floors, where guests are pampered with plush bathrobes, nightly turndown service, free beverages, private breakfast and evening hors d'oeuvres in the club room.
Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Town Center
While beachfront hotels are often the most desired in Virginia Beach, sometimes it’s nice to get away from the sandy masses—that’s when a relaxing stay at this downtown Hilton property is in order. Within walking distance of the town’s cute shops and tasty restaurants—and a short drive from the boardwalk—the hotel offers amenities including a 24-hour fitness center (to work on that beach bod), a heated indoor pool and jacuzzi and coffee and tea bar in the lobby. Rooms and suites feature traditional decor and comfy Serta Perfect Sleeper beds, and the hotel restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner.
Courtyard Virginia Beach Oceanfront/South
This oceanfront Marriott property was recently renovated and sparkles with a fresh, clean design evident in the hotel’s refined lobby, comfortable guestrooms and furnished private balconies overlooking the sea. There’s fast, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, an indoor pool and hot tub, and a sleek fitness center. Perfectly located right on the boardwalk, within walking distance of Neptune’s Park and other attractions, the hotel’s guestrooms all have an ocean view, with 32-inch flatscreen televisions, coffeemakers and plush new bedding, and suite options offer additional rooms plus a kitchenette and wet bar.
Oceanaire Resort Hotel
This 18-story luxury resort is a good choice for couples traveling without kids, offering an indulgent beachside stay that pampers with amenities like a 10th-floor lounge and sun deck, 24-hour valet parking and extensive outdoor lounge areas equipped with fire pits. The hotel features four oceanfront pools—two indoor and two outdoor—including Aqua 21, an adult-only indoor pool furnished with chaise lounges and a hot tub. Oceanfront rooms are clean, quiet and equipped with kitchenettes and private balconies, and imbibers will enjoy the lobby-side Ultra Craft Cocktails bar, which serves up refreshing cocktails both traditional and inventive.
The Founders Inn and Spa
For Virginia Beach vacationers looking for a little distance from the beach, Founders Inn is an ideal choice: beach access is only about a 20 minute drive away, and it’s also close to the towns of Norfolk and Chesapeake. Laid out on elegant grounds surrounding a calm lake, the inn’s most compelling attraction is definitely its Flowering Almond Spa, where guests can pamper themselves with massages, facials, body scrubs and more. Additional amenities include an indoor saltwater pool and hot tub, an outdoor pool with water slide, and a 30,000-square-foot enclosed dog run for guests’ furry friends. The 240 Colonial-style rooms are bright and tastefully appointed; suites feature living rooms and working fireplaces.
Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach
Located right on the beach, this Holiday Inn is particularly well suited for families, boasting an indoor pool and river as well an oceanfront outdoor pool and lagoon with a water slide. Supervised activities for children, known as Splash Kamp, are posted daily, giving parents a chance to duck away to the beach alone; for sun-tuckered kids, there’s also a 48-seat movie theater screening children’s movies throughout the day. The 238 ocean- and pool-side guestrooms are relaxed and comfortable, their teal tones echoing the sea and the hotel’s pools. Kids under 12 eat breakfast, lunch and dinner free, and adults can enjoy a cocktail at the poolside bar.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Virginia Beach
Located just a five-minute drive from the boardwalk and beach, this 292-room hotel offers free parking, a recently updated fitness center and an indoor heated swimming pool. Don’t feel like driving? The hotel’s free shuttles will bring you to the beach and back between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Room furnishings are modern and comfortable, with Sweet Dreams beds, flatscreen televisions and spacious work desks, and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel is free and fast. As at all DoubleTree properties, you’ll get a warm chocolate-chip-walnut cookie upon check-in (and whenever else you want one).
Best Western Plus Virginia Beach
This beachfront hotel is perfectly situated within walking distance of favorite Virginia Beach attractions such as Neptune’s Park and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. The 206 guestrooms are divided between two buildings: 40 non-oceanfront (and more modestly priced) rooms in one, and 166 oceanfront rooms with private balconies in another. All rooms are decked out with cooling sea and warm earth tones, with refrigerators, coffee makers, microwaves and fast, free Wi-Fi. Take a swim in the heated indoor pool or dip into the outdoor pool, work up a sweat in the fitness center, or take the kids down to arcade room and the ice cream shop. Each morning, a free hot breakfast is served in the beach-adjacent restaurant.
Hampton Inn Virginia Beach-Oceanfront South
Like its property located at the north end of the boardwalk, this Hampton Inn towards the south end of the beach offers a comfortable, calming stay. All 141 rooms face the ocean and are equipped with private balconies; inside, furnishings are modern and tasteful, with Hampton beds and 32-inch flatscreen TVs. Hotel amenities include a free hot breakfast daily, a heated indoor pool, a fitness room and a playground for small children. Adults can enjoy a cold beer in the hotel’s Tap House, which stocks 32 brews on draft.