Oceanaire by Diamond Resorts
What To Know
- Every guestroom has an ocean view
- The Virginia Aquarium is a short drive away
- Valet parking and free private parking are available onsite
- Complimentary WiFi is provided
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
When you stay at Oceanaire by Diamond Resorts in Virginia Beach, you’ll be on the beach and minutes from Pacific Place and Neptune’s Park. This beach hotel is within close proximity of Neptune Statue and Hillier Ignite Fitness Park.
Make yourself at home in one of the 189 air-conditioned rooms featuring microwaves and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Cable programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Don’t miss out on the many recreational opportunities, including an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, and a fitness center. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and an arcade/game room.
Food & Drink
Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, express check-out, and a 24-hour front desk. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
A good thing: the valets at the door were top-notch and unfailingly smiling and helpful. We chose to park our own car and they assisted in making sure our car was in a good temporary spot when we carried our luggage up to our rooms and when we departed.
The not-so-good things:
Parking was a block and a half away. When driving up to the entrance doors, space is tight. We were there during the off-season; we'd hate to see it at peak season! Fortunately the valets assisted everybody in making sure none of our cars were in the way of each other while we got our stuff into the building and then drove our cars to the parking garage. Annoying to have to walk back to the hotel each time we went anywhere.
Our rooms (we used some of our timeshare points for a three-night stay and got an AB suite) were not ready when we arrived at 4pm for check-in.
A "resort fee" of $25 was charged PER DAY not per stay... for what? We were in town for a wedding and had no need for (and did not use) any on-site amenities. To add insult to injury, $3 of that fee was sales tax!!!
The rooms (despite this being a non-smoking resort hotel) smelled of smoke which was very unpleasant. The staff had brought in and turned on a portable ionizer air freshener unit, but it didn't help much -- too noisy and didn't seem to work well.
We dubbed the toilet in the A unit the "athletic toilet" because it kept running every time we used it; we had to always jiggle the handle to make it stop.
The beds were hard, the pillows were okay. The windows weren't particularly clean, but the ocean view from our room was nice. Seeing dolphins swimming parallel to the shore a couple of times was a treat.
One of the curtain rods in the bedroom unexpectedly fell from the ceiling the second morning while we were sitting at breakfast in the dining area. We dressed in the bathroom after that and kept the lights off in the room at night for privacy since there were occupied rooms across the way in the building next door. We're watching our credit card account to see if we're going to be charged for damage we did not cause.
While we were waiting in the lobby for our car late Friday afternoon, dressed for the evening wedding we were in town to attend, a saleslady tried her timeshare sales pitch on us. Being timeshare owners with plenty of points to use and ZERO interest in purchasing anything else, we politely ignored it.
A younger guy nearby, also on the sales staff, tried a "Hawaii pitch" on me (e,g, "Wouldn't it be great to live in Hawaii?") To which I was supposed to respond, "Oh, yes, that'd be lovely!", which would lead to, "well, staying there is the next best thing, yada-yada" and then into the sales pitch. Instead I smiled brightly and said, "No, the cost of living is very high there!" I've had friends and family who have lived in Hawaii and enjoyed it, but they all commented on how much it cost to live there and were glad to move back to the mainland. I'll visit one day, but only to visit and not as a result of a sales pitch.
In a resort, I expect at least one onsite restaurant. There were none. If there were vending machines, I never saw them. The Pocahontas restaurant across the street served a very excellent breakfast. We were out and about for lunch and dinner with family, but if we'd wanted something on-site at the resort for those meals, we would have been out of luck. Very disappointing.
Overall, we were not impressed. We seriously doubt we'll stay there again. There have got to be better places than this in Virginia Beach.
First and foremost, you need to know that this is a timeshare resort. You will get a high-pressure sales pitch when you check in. After a long drive to get there, that was very frustrating. They've put some modern amenities in the rooms (TVs, appliances, fixtures) but the overall feel of the hotel is retro. There is no continental breakfast whatsoever which is insane and there is no hotel market. Only vending machines. On the plus side, we stayed in a suite and it was HUGE. Floor to ceiling windows and a great ocean front view. Bathrooms in the suite are modern. At $1300 for three nights however, I think it's the least to expect. One side of the suite did unfortunately smell like smoke which was very disappointing since it's a non-smoking hotel. The indoor pool in this facility is 21 and over however, they have a sister hotel next door and you're invited to use their indoor pool and amenities. Although we're satisfied with the room, overall it definitely isn't worth the cost. And they also charge you an additional $22 daily "resort fee". Get ready for that when you check in. And parking, although free... is a little over a block away. Not exactly convenient. Hilton or Hyatt properties are still the best places to stay in VA Beach IMO.
If you get a chance to stop by the Ultra lounge at the Oceanaire ask for Ty. His cocktails are the best in Virginia Beach. He is very personable and knows his craft. He will make it an exceptional visit.