I remember staying at this hotel in the 1990's when it first opened and it was really nice. The location in old town Hampton on the marina is fabulously situated. The owners and management should be fined for letting a nice property go downhill. This his a neglected hotel.
The staff is fantastic - friendly, helpful, and hospitable - they deserve a better place to work too! If it were not for the lively staff, I'd give this place one star based on the rundown feel of many areas of the property.
The lobby, bar and restaurant are nice, and the rooms are okay, but the bathrooms are awful. My teenage son put down a towel over the dingy and cracked tiles on the shower floor. I couldn't change hotels, it was sold out. My folks in other roooms had hit or miss responses to their rooms. The marina view surely made a big difference - but I had a view of the garage :-(
The only saving grace is the great location. Lovely Hampton University is across the marina, and the harbor tour boats are right outside the hotel's front doors. There's also a nice plaza with live music and a nice museum next door.
Nearby Buckroe Beach is a gem I shouldn't even write about as it seems like the best kept secret in the area. Only ten minutes away from this hotel and you don't have to brace the long trek and congestion at Virginia Beach (warning - no major tourist amenities - so that's the trade off).
The staff said it's being turned into a Hilton property so I hope it gets a big update!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled between renowned Hampton University and the celebrated Virginia Air & Space Museum, our lodging is the only waterfront hotel in Hampton, VA. Our newly renovated guest rooms provide floor to ceiling views of downtown Hampton or the Hampton River. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel Hampton
- Hampton Crowne Plaza