"Hotel was nice and clean. Enjoyed having a microwave and refrigerator in room. Beds were comfortable. Nice to have a separate living room with a desk. ... " More

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Hotel Description

At The Dolphin Inn you'll be 3.2 km (2 mi) from Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center and 4.3 km (2.7 mi) from Ocean Breeze Waterpark. Highlights at this beach hotel include an indoor swimming pool and in-room free WiFi.

TVs with cable channels are featured in all 54 individually decorated rooms, and you can enjoy balconies, sofa beds, and living rooms. In-room dining is easy with amenities like refrigerators and microwaves. Coffee/tea makers, hair dryers, and irons/ironing boards are also available.

This smoke-free hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a 24-hour front desk, and an elevator (lift). There's also the convenience of free self parking.

Attractions within a 20-minute drive of this Virginia Beach hotel include First Landing State Park and Cape Henry Lighthouse.

Suite, Oceanfront

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max
$55 per night

Deluxe Double Room, 1 Bedroom, Ocean View, Oceanfront

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

The Dolphin Inn ratings based on 36 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
2.9 out of 5 3.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.5 out of 5.0
1 out of 5
No bathroom or balcony door lock, unchanged bed sheets, unfinished paint, dirty, no cable tv, parking was super tight, wet hallway floors.

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017

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3 out of 5

Beachfront hotel

Pros: Reasonable priced for beachfront. Also right next to Dairy Queen and the open area with stage.
Hotel was nice and clean. Enjoyed having a microwave and refrigerator in room. Beds were comfortable. Nice to have a separate living room with a desk. Pool was nice, but a little small.

Posted by , from WV on Sep 19, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

Oct 27, 2016 by GRM

Dear Janet, Thank you for reviewing your stay here a tour hotel. We appreciate you giving your feedback about your experience in our hotel. I assure you that we will make sure you will enjoy your next visit at our hotel again

1 out of 5

Never Again

This hotel is not kept in good condition whatsoever. There are tripping hazards everywhere around the common areas and hallways. My wife sprained her ankle on one of the the unlit steps in the parking garage. There was mold throughout the room, drywall patches, delaminating cabinetry. Had to purchase mold killer immediately after checking into the room just to get the smell out of air. Coffee maker had used coffee and coffee filter was used and not removed or cleaned. Minutes after checking into the room, housekeeping entered the room without knocking and was smoking which subsequently went throughout the room but smelled better than the mold.

Posted by , from MD on Sep 16, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

Oct 27, 2016 by GRM

Dear Mike, I regret that we failed to meet your satisfaction following your visit here at our hotel. I will escalate your review, I assure you that our key people will verify your stay with us and address your review accordingly especially about our housekeeping staff entering your room without knocking and smoked inside your room. Very unlikely but we will carefully look into this matter. Thank you for staying here with us.

4 out of 5

Cramped parking

The only real downfall the hotel has is the parking. It's a little cramped, especially the lower level. The pool was just the right temp. View was perfect and price was reasonable. Would probably stay again if I ever decided to go back to VA Beach but it's not my favorite beach.

Posted by , from WV on Jul 21, 2016

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1 out of 5


Pros: On the beach
Cons: New ownership
Sure, Virginia Beach is nice, but not when you can't sleep. Hotel didn't disclose that they were RIGHT NEXT TO CONCERT VENUE UNTIL 11 PM, followed by LIVE MUSIC ON BOARDWALK UNTIL 3:45 AM! Needless to say, we didn't sleep. Then they hotel closed the indoor pool when it was raining (no thunderstorms). Hotel staff incredibly rude and disrespectful when we complained and would not offer apology. We'll never stay here again!!!!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016

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5 out of 5

Great location and ocean view, good management

Pros: Location and some and improvements made in rooms.
Cons: It would be nice if the pool had a heater. It would be so much nicer for kids. It was a little cold, even after it was 90 degrees out.
Location: All of VA beach...so fun!
Pleasant, professional staff and Management. We will definitely come again. Good location! Front desk had a good sense of humor and welcoming.

Posted by , from Virginia on Jun 15, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jun 29, 2016 by Guest Relations Manager

Dear Chris, We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our hotel and you found our location ideal. Thank you for taking the time to share with us your assessment of our services and the quality of accommodation we provided you. It is heartwarming to hear that we met your satisfaction. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon. Have a lovely day!

4 out of 5
The room was nice and big, especially for the price. It was clean. The door didn't shut properly and the handle to the bedroom door was also broken. The room appeared to be in the middle of being updated. There was fresh paint, a new couch and other modern touches. Some of the other furniture needed replacing. Access to the beach was through the parking garage and a gross puddle of water. Great for one night.

Posted by on May 29, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jun 7, 2016 by tricia

Let me begin by thanking you for taking time to review our property. Please accept our apologies for the inconveniences you incurred during your stay. We hope that this will not prevent you from visiting us again during your next visit to Virginia Beach. Our goal is to provide a quality experience to all of our guests.

1 out of 5

Worst hotel ever

I just spent one nught there. My stay was horrible...no customer service at all...the room was dirty... The bath tub look terrible. No housekeeping sercice... I ask for towel the front office told me to get it myself... Please please do not go there..i know itsna good but u get what u pay for which is nothing

Posted by , from n on Jan 4, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

Feb 25, 2016 by Matthew

Hi Dee, I would like to thank you for stopping by and giving us an honest review from your experience. I am a new manager just starting at this property and I will use your experience to help guide our team into better cleaning practices along with improved customer service skills. I hope that you will allow me to earn your business back. As of February 24, 2016 we are currently under renovations to improve on the appearance and cleanliness and I am working hard with our team to improve our customer service skills. Thanks again for your input and I hope to see you in the near future.

1 out of 5

Nice location BUT NEVER AGAIN!!

Pros: Large, clean, nice balcony loved the Jacuzzi tub. Housekeeping staff very friendly and helpful. Microwave, fridge, cupboards, dresser drawers.
Cons: The hotel staff and the way they book rooms and rectify problems, how slow the elevator is. Vending needs to be on all floors.
Location: Beachfront, Atlantic Avenue. Boardwalk, King Neptune statue, lots of free shows and music, shopping galore Virginia Zoo, Rudee's dolphin tours
After an 11 hour road trip because of traffic, we get to the hotel to be told we didn't have a reservation for that night even though we had the confirmation in our hand. They had changed owners and apparently it was for the worst. Sat in their "lobby" which was in a box in the parking lot with no more than room for 3 people to stand in there for more than an hour waiting for them to rectify their mistake. Meanwhile, they were waiting on people that came in after us instead of finding us a room that we already paid for. After another customer who had only paid for 2 rooms and had 3 rooms tied up (this is the one that came in after us) decided which room she didn't want we finally got a room. EXACTLY why didn't they give us the room that was open??? Because they were trying to charge us twice and more for a room we already paid for. We had problems with the staff the whole 4 days we were there. Did they offer us a free dinner or a voucher or a percent off what we already paid for the aggravation of not having a room when we got there, NO! Too Bad, sucks to be you is pretty much what we got told. Then they tried to tell us we didn't pay for the room because they wanted to charge us the going rate for that week. The point of booking 3 months ahead was to get it a little cheaper. Unfriendly, unprofessional, not helpful hotel staff and of course when half the people that booked a room wanted to complain to the owner they were not available.

Posted by , from Woodhull, NY on Aug 10, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

May 20, 2016 by Tricia

thank you for your review

2 out of 5

not clean

3 stars I don't think so for the price $ not clean stain sofas no no no

Posted by , from Baltimore, MD on Sep 6, 2013

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Renovations + Closures

The property will be renovating from 01 November 2017 to 31 March 2018 (completion date subject to change). The following areas are affected:

  • Swimming pool

During renovations, the hotel will make every effort to minimize noise and disturbance.

Property Features

The Dolphin Inn offers its guests an indoor pool and an elevator (lift). WiFi is free in public spaces. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This Virginia Beach hotel is smoke free.

  • 54 guestrooms or units
  • 11 levels
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Indoor pool
  • Separate living room
  • Sofa bed
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , Parking (limited spaces)


  • Airport: Norfolk, VA (ORF-Norfolk Intl.) (28.8 km / 17.9 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

The Dolphin Inn offers 54 air-conditioned accommodations with coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. Rooms open to balconies. These individually decorated and furnished accommodations have separate living rooms and include double sofa beds. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and microwaves. Bathrooms include bathtubs. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Premium cable television is provided. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Private balcony
  • Separate bedroom
  • Living room
  • Pull-out sofa bed
  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Bathtub
  • Cribs (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe (surcharge)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an indoor pool. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing on site
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 21

Special check-in instructions:

If you are planning to arrive after 5 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 13 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for USD 10.00 per stay.


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Only service animals are allowed



The charges below are included in your overall room price:

  • Resort fee

The resort fee includes:

  • Pool access
  • Beach access
  • Internet access
  • In-room safe and safe insurance
  • In-room coffee
  • Self parking
  • Parking
  • Housekeeping

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Early check-in fee: USD 35
  • Late check-out fee: USD 50.00
  • In-room safe fee: USD 1.00 per night
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: USD 10.00 per stay

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

You should know

  • The total price shown includes a resort fee.
  • Children 13 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.