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The Cavalier

    The Cavalier
 in Virginia Beach


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  • Boardwalk amazing!! Marine at school of music there

    by Mamaliveslarge on 2015-07-08 06:05 pm

    We stayed in the cavalier hotel last July my son was stationed there for music school. My first visit to a beach with a boardwalk. We stayed at the hotel right by the beach but think it might be torn now by now but they are rebuilding or remold in the other one behind the one on the hill. Seeing the beach from this location was out of this world we rented bicycles walked everywhere. Big statue of Neptune way cool fireworks and Alitalia cool restaurant $30 a plate all you can eat seafood was the bomb! Beach was really beautiful. I will go back!! We also took the 3 hour road trip to Washington, D.C. Saw the fireworks on the fourth last year. Right on the steps of the Lincoln memorial. That was a great trip too I

  • A Tale of Two Closings, August 2014

    by Susan L on 2014-11-19 01:37 pm

    It was the best of times at the Sea Gull was the worst of times at the Cavalier Oceanfront. We chose the Cavalier hotel for the 2nd half of our 6-night VA Beach vacation based on a 3rd-night free special on a Virginia travel website. Although the Cavalier was higher-priced than our usual choices, the special put it within our budget. We did not know that the Cavalier Oceanfront was due to close, or that management was cutting corners. When we arrived, the cement & tile floor outside was stained and dirty, with an over-flowing trash container--a bad sign. We had to wait a long time, standing by the elevators, for a cart to become available to load our luggage--no Bellboy to help. The eighth-floor room was decently comfortable and clean enough. Although the mattresses were so soft on the sides that they were unstable and our son rolled right out of bed--something he hasn't done since he was little. But to step outside the room into the hot, humid, and stale, un-airconditioned hallway was to start sweating and choking for air. There was dust in the fingerprints in the dust on the glass console table. An employee had left a storage room door open and the room inside was absolutely filthy. Outside on the patio the planter's were over-flowing with cigarette butts and trash. The pool was filled with sand and was not cleaned at any time during our stay. There was no food available on-site anywhere after 2pm, when the lunch room closed. One could buy a very small, flat coke at the bar for a high price. There are snack vending machines in a dingy hallway off of the lobby. The gift shop was permanently closed, so no luck there, either. We had used the Valet parking service--a mistake. When we went down at 4:15pm to go out (with plans to meet friends at 5pm) the only Valet working was on half-hour break. Management had no idea where our car was. We split up and searched the two distant parking lots (the lot at the old hotel and the church parking lot) to find our car. All the mess and inconvenience contributed to a poor experience. We should have continued our stay at the Sea Gull Inn, which closed this September. Their website advertised the closing, but we didn't experience any cut corners at the Sea Gull. The restaurant and pool were running properly and keeping long hours. The owner, who owned the building from the 1960s, was often present on the property. Rooms and public areas were kept clean and comfortable. The Sea Gull was a motor-inn type motel, so one didn't expect the amenities of a hotel. Yet we enjoyed it immensely. Management had a good approach to closing, maintaining standards until the end. Congratulations to the Sea Gull Inn for going out in style. Shame on the Cavalier Oceanfront for not advertising they were closing and for not maintaining the premises.

  • Hotel is closed for now

    by globaltrekster on 2014-10-15 08:28 pm

    This hotel is now closed for at least 2 years while developers either renovate or rebuild it.. There is a liquidation sale going on for some of the contents of the Cavalier on the Hill and for this Cavalier hotel as of October 2014.

    While walking around during the liquidation sale, they let anyone roam around the kitchen. It was filthy. The floor, the sinks, the mop water basin, etc. I also went onto the 8th floor where there was a janitor's closet open. That also was also filthy, even the walls. Considering these two places should be the cleanest in the building, I hope it was not like this when it was open.

  • Old, charming place

    by Stephanie L on 2014-09-02 06:20 pm

    My family has stayed at the old Cavalier hotel twice, the first time was wonderful and we couldn't wait to come again, unfortunately the second time was a disappointing experience.

    On our second visit, we had to change rooms twice, the first time because the air conditioner was broken and stuck on full blast - the room felt like a freezer and we were quite literally shivering under our blankets (mind you this is during the hot summer outside). Our second room had a leak in the closet that soaked the carpet. Third room, fortunately, was fine.

    Its a short walk to the beach but unfortunately a long hike to the boardwalk. My family prefers the beach over the boardwalk (unlike me), so that was fine enough, but if you favor the boardwalk you'll want to choose another hotel.

    One thing the Cavalier does best is the food - breakfast every morning was delicious. My family also love the steak dinner the hotel offers on special occasion - possibly the best New York Strip steak I have ever had.

    I love the design of the hotel, the historical pieces you see here and there (like fallout shelter signs).

  • Horrible experience

    by tdevic on 2014-08-29 05:57 am

    Very unpleasant personal, dirty rooms, moldy bathrooms, garbage cans not emptied for days, elevator unbearable odor, filter in A/C was health hazard to the point we didn't use it. Read tip below 4more

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