12 Top-Rated Resorts in Virginia Beach, VA
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Whether you're packing up the car and driving the entire family to the beach or looking to take a romantic vacation, Virginia Beach features plenty of resorts for all styles and budgets of travelers. Located where the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet, Virginia Beach features a long swathe of golden sand fronting the sea.
It is backed by the three-mile-long Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Known as the Oceanfront district, this is by far the most popular area to stay, whether you are a luxury or value-seeking traveler, and many of the resorts are located either on the boardwalk or around it. But while it is the most popular, it is not the only place to sleep in the Virginia Beach environs.
More resorts are found around the Chesapeake Bay portion of town, and there are also options in the downtown district, known as the Town Center. These other districts are excellent choices if you want to escape the crowds around the boardwalk in summer.
Choose from our selection of the best resorts in Virginia Beach.
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1. Historic Cavalier Hotel & Beach Club
The Historic Cavalier Hotel & Beach Club re-opened recently following a four-year, multi-million-dollar renovation that restored it to its yesteryear grandeur. Originally opened in 1927, the four-star hotel has hosted presidents and celebrities over the decades, including Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor.
Set just back from the beachfront, the Cavalier is now part of Marriott's Autograph Collection and features 85 beautifully decorated rooms and suites. These are artistically decorated with bold color splashes, art, and fabrics and classic architecture. The best ones have ocean views.
Amenities include a seasonal beach club with cabanas and a swimming pool by the sea. It is located just a short golf cart ride from the hotel. There is also a fitness center, a spa, and six different restaurants on-site.
Accommodation: The Historic Cavalier Hotel & Beach Club
2. Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
The Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront is right on the beach, and the city's famed boardwalk next to Neptune's Park. It is a contemporary high-rise resort, with 189 rooms and suites done up in modern style, with comfortable beds and flat-screen TVs. The best rooms have balconies fronting the ocean.
This hotel is packed with amenities as well. Check out the rooftop infinity swimming pool with ocean views and a hot tub. There is a second indoor swimming pool for cold weather days. The Hilton also features a well-equipped gym and has sun-loungers and umbrellas set up on the beach for guests.
Finally, there are two restaurants here: Salacia is a trendy four-diamond-rated steakhouse, with Wagyu Kobe beef among other cuts. Catch 31 is the other restaurant. It fronts the boardwalk and ocean beyond and serves a varied menu.
Accommodation: Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
3. The Founders Inn & Spa
In the countryside, about 16 miles from the Virginia Beach waterfront, the Founders Inn & Spa is not on the ocean but does come with views of a pretty lake and a landscaped English-style garden. Sharing 26 acres of land with Regent University, the hotel has 240 rooms and suites. These are comfortable, and many come with fireplaces and lake or garden views.
The property is also known for its excellent dining at two restaurants: Swan Terrace Grill and The Commonwealth. Both serve gourmet, fresh fare that is locally sourced with seasonal ingredients. Swan Terrace does good steaks, while The Commonwealth is known for its made-to-order burgers and flatbreads.
The popular on-site spa is open to guests and locals, and it has a peaceful conservatory for further relaxation. If you are traveling with a pup, the resort is also pet-friendly and has an on-site dog park.
Accommodation: The Founders Inn & Spa
4. Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront
In a dramatic modern building, the Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront is right on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. A contemporary, upscale hotel, it features 167 rooms and suites, all of which have at least partial ocean views from private balconies.
Beyond the rooms, you'll find a wonderful sun deck on the third floor that features panoramic ocean views. There are also two waterfront restaurants on-site: One is open for breakfast only, which features made-to-order entrees and a buffet. The other serves American fare for lunch and dinner and has an ocean-facing patio. It is family friendly and there is often live music.
Other amenities include an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a 24-hour convenience store for late night munchies.
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront
5. Four Sails Resort
Located at the more upscale north end of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Four Sails Resort is just across the boardwalk from the beach. It has one- and two-bedroom suites that are modestly decorated and a good choice for families or groups of friends, as these all offer sofa beds in the living room and spacious kitchens with dining areas. The balconies come with ocean views, and some of the suites also feature Jacuzzi tubs.
Away from the rooms, amenities include an open-air cafe right on the boardwalk, free breakfast and Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and heated indoor pool inside an atrium.
Accommodation: Four Sails Resort
6. Courtyard Virginia Beach Oceanfront/North 37th Street
If you're looking to golf during your beach vacation, check out the Courtyard Virginia Beach Oceanfront. This contemporary resort is located just a few minutes' walk from the Prince Anne Country Club's championship 18-hole golf course.
The rooms here feature stylish modern decor and amenities like flat-screen TVs with premium channels and ocean views from the balconies. The suites add living areas with sofa beds and Jacuzzi tubs. On-site amenities include an American restaurant, a fitness room, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
Accommodation: Courtyard Virginia Beach Oceanfront/North 37th Street
7. Best Western Plus Sandcastle Beachfront Hotel
The Best Western Plus Sandcastle sits right across from the Virginia Beach Boardwalk and is hard to miss - it features a bold exterior paint job that gives it a blue-, orange-, and green-striped appearance. Inside, it features clean and comfortable rooms with modern decor and amenities like microwaves, coffee makers, and mini-fridges. Upgraded options have private balconies with views of the sea.
There is an included buffet breakfast to get you going in the morning, and the hotel's restaurant stays open for lunch and dinner. It serves up steaks, pasta, and other American fare. There is also an indoor swimming pool, a fitness room, and bikes for hire.
Accommodation: Best Western Plus Sandcastle Beachfront Hotel
8. Courtyard Virginia Beach Oceanfront/South
Recently renovated, the Courtyard Virginia Beach Oceanfront/South occupies a prime location right on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk and steps from the sea.
All the rooms face the ocean, with a wall of floor-to-ceiling, sliding glass doors, and offer views from private balconies. They also boast comfy beds with plush linens, flats-screen TVs, work spaces, and mini-fridges. The suites add even more space, as well as microwaves, which are helpful for families.
When it comes to amenities, you'll find an indoor swimming pool and fitness room here. There is also a casual American restaurant called The Bistro that is open for breakfast and dinner only. There is no reason to dine at the hotel, however, as the boardwalk location makes it just a few minutes walk in either direction from multiple restaurants.
Accommodation: Courtyard Virginia Beach Oceanfront/South
9. Four Points by Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
The Four Points by Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront is right across the street from the sand and sea and has a casual beach-style vibe. The rooms are low-key and stylish but comfortable and come with ocean views from balconies. Book a suite if you want more space, including a kitchenette and living space with a sofa bed. Many also boast Jacuzzi tubs for true relaxation.
The complimentary hot breakfast is another perk, and there is also a seafood restaurant and 24-hour coffee and juice station. Other amenities you'll find here include a kids' pool, separate indoor pool, and laundry facilities.
Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
10. Hyatt House Virginia Beach/Oceanfront
In the Oceanfront district, right on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, the Hyatt House Virginia Beach is a modern luxe hotel that works for couples and families alike.
The airy rooms have flat-screen TVs and balconies, and most offer ocean views. If you're traveling with kids, the studios here have kitchens and pullout couches, and the one-bedroom suites add an extra living room as well.
Rates include breakfast, and there is also a heated indoor swimming pool, 24-hour fitness room, and a convenience store should you wish to grab some snacks. The on-site restaurant, Ocean 27, is open for lunch and dinner daily from April through September. It often has live music and outdoor games.
Accommodation: Hyatt House Virginia Beach/Oceanfront
11. Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach
On the north end of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, the Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach is designed with family vacations in mind and has amenities like a seasonal Splash Kamp for kids and tweens. There is a beautiful lagoon-style outdoor pool with a lazy river and two 12-foot waterslides.
The 238 rooms and suites all feature ocean views from private balconies and are spacious with modern decor. Beyond the rooms, the hotel has three restaurants, including one serving Italian and another focusing on seafood, and a 48-seat movie theater.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach
12. Turtle Cay Resort
On the quiet south end of Virginia Beach, Turtle Cay Resort offers accommodation in studios, as well as spacious one- and two-bedroom suites with at least partial kitchens. The property bills itself as a quiet retreat away from the tourist hot spots and as such is a great pick if you want to get away from it all and go back to nature a bit. The resort is not on the beach itself but is just a few minutes walk away.
From here, it is easy to go hiking around False Cape or Cape Henry Memorial State Parks or exploring the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. On-site amenities include two swimming pools, one with a nine-foot waterfall, as well as hot tubs.
Accommodation: Turtle Cay Resort