Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 243
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by WorldTravelersFour First Time on the North End
We stayed at the Holiday Inn North Beach with our two daughters. The weather was excellent and we spent the majority of our days on the beach. The pool water was too cold. The indoor lazy river was cold as well and there was a very strong chlorine smell in the air. My eyes were burning. In contrast, the sink and shower water temperatures were extraordinarily hot. Our sink pipe busted on our second night. It was too late to have someone come in to repair it but it was repaired the following afternoon. Our shower door was broken and despite multiple requests for repair and promise from management...it was never repaired during our visit. Found an old pair of socks, not belonging to us...a little gross. The "kids eat free" policy, while nice in theory, did not pan out for us. You can not obtain the free meal for carry out or room service...must be eaten in the restaurant. With two children who have been playing in the sun at the beach all day sometimes asking them to be patient in a restaurant is a bit much to ask. We noticed each morning there was a line waiting for seating for breakfast. Also, we liked to picnic on the beach. So we always paid for all of our food. We did not utilize the movie theater nor the kids camp but those are nice features to have...had we stayed longer we most likely would have enjoyed that. Upon our arrival we utilized the valet parking service this was nice as the driveway was crowded with cars. We were informed by the valet that two weddings were going on and that parking was scarce. When we entered the hotel with the luggage cart full of our belongings, the automatic doors opened and we walked into the hotel directly in front of a bride as she was making her way to the alter. Had I been the bride, I sure would have appreciated if someone from the hotel would have stood in the doorway and halted traffic for 30 seconds so I didnt have to walk to the alter behind a family carrying boogie boards and two road weary children. I thought I had booked an oceanfront room but we were assigned a pool side room. Some people may like this but it wasnt my favorite. I prefer to look out the balcony and see a wide view of the ocean. With the situation of our room you had to be on the left side of the balcony to see a partial ocean view. Also, another guest had mentioned (and I have since read other's online reviews) indicated that you could forgo the daily "maid service" and get breakfast vouchers instead. When I asked the front desk about this, the staff looked at me like I had three heads and then without further explanation continued working with some papers behind the desk. She said "I have no idea where you got that idea, but no." She was rude (I did not get her name) but other staff I encountered were very pleasant.
August 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ames1971 Excellent stay...minus a few things
We had a great time during our stay at the hotel. The hotel was clean...from the lobby to the bathroom in our suite. I loved the attention to detail in the room, the palm trees by the back pool, the bar which was easily accessible to that pool. The front and indoor pools were thoroughly enjoyed by our children. Overall, an excellent stay.
Just a few not so great things: elevators are small, the coffee in the room was horrendous, and the PVC pipes used as a guard railing for the balcony were absolutely unsettling. The size of the elevator can't really be helped, it is what it is. The coffee in the room can certainly be changed. Traveling is sometimes stressful enough and then not being able to get a good cup of coffee in your room is just not right...especially when you consider what the cost of the room is.
The PVC material is just frightening. It can crack, break, etc. My husband, who works in the structural engineering field was incredibly surprised that PVC was allowed to be used. I understand that metal will rust, etc., but PVC material can Break.
Other than those few things, the stay we had was awesome, whatever material was used for noise reduction is phenomenal. We heard no outside noise, which was great.
August 27, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WFamily Excellent hotel for families...will definitely go back!!
We had a wonderful vacation with two families. There was a lot to do to keep 5 kids busy between the pools, movie theater, play room and being at the end of the boardwalk where they could ride their scooters. The views of the ocean, beach and pools were stunning. I would highly recommend poolside rooms...views were amazing! We will definitely be going back. The staff at Square Whales and The Greenery were very pleasant and prompt. You can't beat the value for kids eating free when adults eat!! The part of the visit that could be improved was parking and front desk assistance when checking in and parking when checking out. It would have been great if the hotel had valet or staff to help load and unload so that people would get moved in and out faster.
August 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Harlem317 2nd time as good as the first
This was my 2nd time staying at the resort and won't be the last. Last year my then 5 year old son and I traveled solo and had a great time. This time I booked a suite so that my sister and 2 year old nephew could join us. We had a blast. Thankfully the poor weather forcast was mostly wrong and we had 2 great beach days. We learned from experience an brought our own beach chairs and umbrella. We also had a great daytrip to Colonial Williamsburg. Next year we plan to go to Busch Gardens. Great kid focused/ family friendly comfortable environment for vacation. The boardwalk and local sites provide lots of things to do. The amenities at the hotel and wonderfully friendly and helpful staff make this hotel great. I also appreciate the option of being able to pay for lunch as part of the room rate.
August 26, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JonfromCT Enjoyable Oceanfront Stay
Our family of four (two young children) stayed here for 3 nights.
Our room was quite large and had a great view of the beach. The room met all of our expectations.
Staff was very friendly, polite and helpful.
The food was pretty basic and the menu could have more variety. "Kids Eat Free" was offset by the higher price of entrees so it didn't really save us any money, but didn't end up costing us extra compared to eating outside the hotel.
The property is located at the north end of the boardwalk so depending on your outlook it is a good or a bad thing. We enjoyed being away from the action so we were happy with that.
The indoor pool is really a lazy river that seemed to be very heavily chlorinated. There are two outdoor pools and an outdoor "lazy river". The smaller outdoor pool and outdoor lazy river are next to the street, away from the beach, but our kids enjoyed that pool and lazy river more than the others.
We enjoyed staying at this property and would stay there again.
August 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by adnor65 Great service, location and hotel!!!
I was extremely happy with my stay at the Holiday Inn and Suites in VA Beach - North Beach. I took my daughter (7yr) and her two BFFs (7 and 8) for a mini vacation. The girls and I had an excellent time between the beach, pool and lazy river. We are already planning to come back next year! The food, service and staff were excellent. I highly recommend this hotel for families.
August 26, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by harry66 False Advertisement No Accessible Tub!!
Requested accessible tub, also requested early checkin. Arrived at 1:pm and many customers checking in. Obtained room at around 3PM, discovered shower not tub, returned to desk and requested tub, informed no tubs available. Pointed out to desk, I requested tub in my reservation. Room nuber was 512. Reservation number was 65033560
August 26, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by happyfamilyof5 Great Family Vacation
This was my first time visiting Virginia Beach. My family had a wonderful time. The Holiday Inn was the perfect hotel for our family. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we only encountered a super friendly and helpful staff. My kids loved all the pools. They also enjoyed going to the Splash Camp and watching the Tortoises Tonka and Tink eat breakfast and doing crafts and play games. Our room was very spacious and had a magnificent view of the ocean. We never had to rush to get a spot on the beach. It wasn't overcrowded. I think being at the end of the boardwalk might be the reason, it was great. We will definitely come back.
August 25, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 Great place to stay
We just returned from our trip! The room was average and like others have said the bathroom is tight with the way the doors are made and the fan has to be on with the light in the bathroom which were both annoying with young kids. Those were the only complaints and they were minor. Poolside option was the best of both worlds because you had balcony facing the ocean view and the pool. The three pools were great because it spaced the guests out so they weren't too busy. My kids could have spent the entire trip in the indoor pool and hot tub! The beach was not too crowded at all on the north end. I love the movie theater option...no extra money and they set the schedule out for each day. I wish my kids all three of them would have utilized the splash camp because it was sooooo nice. The free meals with entrees for kids under twelve came in handy once we went out a few times and spent tons of money. The breakfast buffet was super delicious!! Thanks for the memories
August 25, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Crowder12 Crowder12
We loved having a choice between the indoor and outdoor pools especially during the times of rainy or cool days. The restaurants were great. We really enjoyed breakfast every morning and the fact kids eat free for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Finally the splash kamp was awesome for when the parents wanted a little free time. I would recommend to any one to visit this vacation spot.
August 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ssme Great Service and staff !!
We got to Virginia beach much earlier than expected and way before check in time with 4 kids in the car, when i told the the nice lady at the front desk(I am sorry I did not get your name) she called us within 15 minutes and told us she had a room ready for us, THANK YOU!
August 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Microphone13 Virginia Beach 2013
My family has stayed at this hotel for many years and we love it. Friendly staff. Very accommodating for special requests. In particular Jeanna was a lot of help. Love the Isle of Capri restaurant. Location is great for us...north end of the beach which is very family oriented and walking distance to many other restaurants. We will continue to stay there.
August 23, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JAV1st NOT worth the price!!
With a family of 5 the suite definitely didn't cut it. The pull out sofa was the most uncomfortable bed I've ever slept on. It needs to be replaced badly. Our room wasn't cleaned in time one day. Cleaning a room after 4:00pm is too late for families. We gave them 7 hrs ( we went out at 9am and lounged on the beach) to clean it. The balcony was too small to sit on and the a/c exhaust took up one third of it blowing HOT air! For $350 a night I expected better. The bathroom layout was awful. Shower and bowl in bathroom with separate sink in between bedroom and living room. NO sink in bathroom.. It seemed to me that maybe we were in an older building(south side) and the north side, looking from the beach, appeared to have larger balconies with NO a/c vents blowing on them. Maybe units were larger too but I can't confirm that. Won't stay there again.
August 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TheBeachBum Great facilities and beach
This was our first stay at Holiday Inn and Suites - North Beach, Virginia Beach. Regarding our enjoyable experience.
Location - though others may have not liked the location at 39th street (Atlantic Ave. ends at 40th north), we found it ideal for our family (including 3 year old and 9 month old). The beaches were less crowded then hotels located in the heart of Atlantic Ave. However, all attractions located around 15th St. were easily accessible via the Atlantic Ave. shuttle bus ($2.00 per adult all day pass) which dropped off/picked up at all locations along Atlantic Ave.
Beach - Was clean and wide to offer plenty of personal space for families to spread out.
Food - Morning breakfast buffet was excellent, offering made to order omelets and waffles, bacon, and biscuits/gravy every day of our stay (buffet included all beverages). ** We chose the green package, waving daily cleaning service, which provided us 2 adult
vouchers every day for the breakfast buffet (saved $28.00 each day of our stay).
Facilities - though main outdoor pool/seating could be crowed, the availability of another indoor pool and other pool (with slides) which were not crowed and provided ample options to enjoy the water. The kids club area (feeding of turtles every day) and movie theatre also offered great activity options for the kids.
As noted, some of the furniture (desk chair) was outdated, however, (2) flat screen TVs were available in our suite, beds were comfortable, room was clean, and the oceanfront suite room offered plenty of space for our family.
We do plan on returning next year.
August 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DeiterW Loved my stay
I don't usually fill out feedback surveys but I wanted to express how much I loved your Holiday Inn in Virginia Beach,va on 39th Atlantic ave.
It is a beautiful hotel. The staff was top notch. Everyone from restaurant staff to housekeeping were so pleasant and amiable.
We had poor weather and couldn't enjoy the beach like we planned but with the great pools , indoor theater and exercise rooms - we had plenty of options.
There were so many amenities and not everything had a price tag attached.
All the staff that I came in contact with were friendly, warm and always seem to anticipate a need or asked what I needed.
I just can't give enough kuddos. I've been to lots of hotels and I loved this one the most!
At times I can be pretty critical and I couldn't find one negative thing!
Thanks so much for a great place to stay and a bright spot despite our poor weather experience.
August 21, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by NubianQueen812 Disappointed
I have stayed at this location before and this is why I was totally shocked at how my family was treated. We arrived at the hotel late, but we had an understanding that we would have a room with a king size bed with a roll away bed. Once we arrived we were infromed that there were no roll away beds, and that they had been trying to find one all week. I need you to understand that we were a family of 5 in a one bed room. We were given more sheets and were told that we would be given more pillows. No pillows were given to us and neither did anyone check on us to see how we were getting along during our remaining stay. No one should be treated in this manner not even an animal! They hide behind what the reservation said oppose to what the customer said was the accomodations should have been!
August 21, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by usfjen00 Great for Families with Children, Restuarant needs an overhaul
Overall I love this place- it's great for families with kids. The number of pools and water play options keep the kids from getting bored. The rooms are clean and updated- nothing extravagant, but once again, nice for families.
The staff is helpful and responsive (except for the Square Whale restaurant which is a whole different story). I stopped at the counter to let them know that one of the sliding glass doors to the balcony was broken, and maintenance was in the room fixing it before I could even get back up there!
For the hotel itself- there are only 2 things that really need some changes- 1) the elevators are ridiculously slow and have been like that for years. Spending the money to upgrade the elevators will be well worth it. The wait to get on the elevator is enough to make you scream. Whenever possible we just used the stairs because they were so much faster. 2) The laundry room in completely inadequate for a hotel this size. There are 4 stackable washer/dryer units- all in one small room on the far wing of the hotel. While its nice that the hotel is trying to provide free laundry service- the result with such few machines is stressful and irritating. One of the units was broken during our stay- which left 3 in use. It became a competition with blood thirsty vultures to get a washer or dryer to use. There was arguing and fighting that basically ruined my entire day because someone was too impatient to understand they were not the only one that needed to use the laundry. Honestly, I would prefer to pay for the machines than deal with hostile people on vacation in front of my children.
My major complaint with the hotel is the Square Whale Restaurant- which is the only option for lunch and dinner for families with kids. First- because the hotel is further away from most of the restaurants on the strip- the Square Whale is pretty much the only option for food unless you get everyone dressed and go out for the night. Usually my kids just want lunch while we are at the pool - which again- the Square Whale is the only option. This would be fine if the food was even half way decent. Other than the food not matching the menu- its just disgusting. I'm not usually picky- but even the salad is ruined by dressing worse that the quality of McDonald's. For the prices they charge, they should be making fresh food and fresh dressings. The marinara sauce served with the mozzarella sticks was so awful that my kids wouldn't even eat it. I could go on and on about how bad the restaurant is. I can't be the only one to notice. Although I love the hotel, I am really considering not staying there anymore because of the food.
August 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mamahad2013 beds were fantastic.view was awesome. the food and restaurant service left a lot to be desired
The overall stay was great. The breakfast buffet and service was fantastic. The evening meal and service left a lot to be desired.
The server sat us then took a very long time to get us drinks. I ordered an appetizer that I did not recieve until after our meal. She did not come back to see if everything was ok. We had to hunt her down to even get our checks.
August 21, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by JW63 Pricey and Needs updating, but great stay for family with kids
We stayed in the deluxe suite for our family of 6. It is a older hotel that needs some updates. Older décor, old sliding doors to balcony, carpet, furniture etc. The roll out couch was horrible , no cushion, we had to ask for 4 blankets to put on top before it was somewhat sleep-able. The service is excellent though and they brought everything we asked for right away with no hassle. The elevators also need work, they are very slow. We had breakfast at the Greenery,? and it could have been better food, but again service was great. There is a lot of things to do with kids...pools, theatre, and play room. Although the planes that fly over are so loud that it scares the little ones. I rate this hotel fair to average, but only because it needs updating and the price of our 2 night stay was too high for the condition of the hotel. I would have loved to have stayed here when it was newer , and worth the price! It would have definitely been a four star hotel then...I loved the ocean front ...We rented lounge chairs ,the service guy will set them up wherever you want, again, great service.
August 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AOL2013 Great Family Place
Great options with pools. Made use of both indoor and outdoor pools depending on the weather. It was a great hotel for children with plenty of things to keep them occupied throughout the day.
August 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MarleneK Another Great Stay!
I recently returned from a "girls" trip to the Holiday Inn North Virginia Beach. Our second and now annual!
The first thing that has to be said is the staff is Amazing! Every person our group dealt with was friendly, and beyond helpful! All our requests were handled quickly and gladly.
The rooms are wonderful. We stayed in a queen deluxe suite. Plenty of room and comfortable beds.
We ate most of our meals at the hotel. From the breakfast buffet to the fine dining Italian the food is very good.
The beach is beautiful. So spacious! Very clean. The umbrella and chair rental optional on the beach is well worth it. Although many people brought there own.
We will be back next year!
August 20, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Restra House keepers save the day
Place was not worth the money, but its a bit better than most of the other options. As mentioned on my headliner, the housekeepers were much nicer than the front desk staff. Front desk staff were a bit rude and always in a hurry.
August 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DMH14 Wonderful experience
Everyone who works there was wonderful. Friendly, helpful and welcoming. The hotel was very clean. We are already planning our next visit! Beautiful location!
August 19, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 2old2go Great place for kids
My husband and I recently stayed at Holiday Inn at the North end of Virginia Beach. This particular hotel has a play room and a hotel theater for kids. It also has three swimming pools. All of them were crowded with kids. The kids were playing ball and running around the pool. Needless to say, this place is not recommended for a couples getaway. We never went into the pools because of the activity. Also, we stayed at the hotel for three days and the housekeeping staff did not leave additional soap, lotion, or shampoo and conditioner the entire time we were there. By the last day we were using a sliver of soap in the shower. Lastly, I tried to use the flat iron provided in the room, but there was black stuff stuck all over it. I ruined an inexpensive sun dress trying to iron it, and I made housekeeping aware of the defective iron. Overall, the things that I didn't like about the hotel had more to do with my choices than with the hotel itself. Another thing I didn't like was the location. When we visit VA Beach, we usually stay at a hotel on 32nd Street. The location is so much more convenient. The buses are great, but we both agree that the central location suits us much better.
August 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Voyageurs Great time in Virginia Beach
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Holiday Inn North Beach. We had an ocean front suite and the view was spectacular. The rooms are assigned on a first come first serve basis even with a reservation. We arrived late and were given a 2nd floor suite. While the view was beautiful, we asked to move to a higher floor for an even better view. The hotel was very accommodating and we moved the next day to the fifth floor. The amenities are great - the outdoor pool is beautiful although there aren't enough chairs to accommodate everyone who wants to swim during the day. We didn't use the indoor pools or the lazy river but they looked fun. The fitness center is small but just enough if you want to get in a workout. The staff was great. We had a couple of issues that they took care of immediately. The service is terrific. My only complaint would be that the rooms need to be updated. We were in 2 rooms and in both the desk chairs were torn, the sofa bed in the suite squeaked and sank when you sat in it. The rooms are comfortable but not luxurious. The hotel is very clean and well kept. We would definitely recommend this hotel.
August 19, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mwhite5 Great Location/Service/Pools!
The staff is very courteous. The location is at a very relaxing, quiet end of the beach. Catch the wave bus for cheap to take you into the busy area of the beach when your ready. The beach access off the hotel is peaceful, mostly only hotel goers. The pools at this hotel are what have made us book this hotel twice. They offer that vacation feel, with a huge pool/bar outside the beach, a pool off the other side of the hotel with a lazy river and slides, and another indoor lazy river/hot tub inside the pool. We bought cheap floats at target before coming and enjoyed floating in the lazy river that way. The only negative is that the elevators are small, but that is easily overlooked. Breakfast isn't included, but is offered for an extra fee in the hotel restaurant. The rooms are pretty standard, but all have a private balcony with ocean view.
August 19, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MikeD67 HOL INN 39TH & ATLANTIC AUG 2013
Maint Staff was especially helpful all throughout our stay.
The room keys kept having to be replaced due to being in area near a cell phone...can this be fixed?
August 18, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by travelerj2121 Disappointed
I was disappointed with this hotel. The sleeper sofa in our room needs to be trashed. The maid service didn't come until after 4pm each day. Parking is challenging after 6pm. It is oceanfront and kid friendly, but elevator is really slow and first floor extremely congested. For the money, find another oceanfront hotel with better amenities and service
August 17, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by blissmommy18 King rooms are too small for a family of 4
We stayed in a King room with a sofa bed. This room was very small for a family of four (two kids, two adults). The sofa bed, when pulled out, was right next to the VERY loud A/C unit. There was a thermostat to control it, but no HI/MED/LOW option for the fan, only on or off. It was very loud and I did not want the kids sleeping so close to it. Thus, my DH had to sleep on the sofa bed. :-( Also, the bathrooms do not have tubs, only walk in showers. Thus, the bathroom was also small. The main benefit of this property is the location on the beach, oceanfront rooms, the great pools for younger kids, and the Splash Camp to drop off kids when desired. If you don't want the great pools, I would recommend staying somewhere else. However, we might stay here again while we have younger kids. The staff was great and there were many staff members around. You could tell the hotel was very well-staffed, which is definitely needed at a family hotel during high season on the beach!
August 17, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by fbrumback Our First Family Vacation
This hotel is perfect for families, especially for families with children who are elementary school aged. Our children, 7 and 2, had a wonderful time. The hotel offers a breakfast buffet where children under 12 eat free with adult meals, which comes to about $32 - about what you would spend at any of the walking-distance diners. The food is not four star, but what you would expect.
The pools are small, but fantastic. They run no deeper than 5 feet and have special features, like an extended 1 ft zone for little ones in the outdoor lazy river. There are floaties you can borrow for free, a movie theater, and childcare for kids over 4. Like I said, this is a great place for families.
The hotel is right on the end of the boardwalk, so the area is much more subdued than further south on the beach. We were able to take a stroll at dusk without much worry beyond the bicycles.
That said, the only cons were that the bathroom had no tub, only a large walk in shower. It makes bathing small children a challenge. The hotel itself has something of a funny smell - a cross between mildew, fish, and cooking smells. Not pleasant.... no over powering but definitely present in the room. Most of the soda machines were broken and while it was fantastic to have a garage to park in, there HRT buses park right at the crosswalk to the hotel, making it a very hazardous blind spot.
I would recommend this hotel to other families, not to couples without children or families with older/teenaged kids.
August 16, 2013