"Plenty of attractions for everyone to enjoy "
Norfolk, VA isn't simply just a military town. While it offers Nauticus, a great maritime museum and battleship exhibit, there are also plenty of attractions for everyone to enjoy which includes the beautiful Norfolk Botanical Garden, Virginia Zoological Park, the Scope Arena which houses many sports and entertainment acts as well as the newly renovated Chrysler Museum of Art. There is so much to see and do, not even including the downtown area! Granby St. in Downtown Norfolk is where it's at! There are a variety of sport bars (Scottie Quixx Bistro and Lounge), pubs, restaurants (Plaza Azteca) and clubs (Granby Theater), to entertain your nightlife interests. It is an area great for young professionals, college students and the working class. If you enjoy shopping, there is the MacArthur Center which has more than 140 stores. Finally, Waterside is also the place to be if you're looking for adventure by the water! There are art, Jazz and Cajun food festivals throughout the year there. You can even take a ride on the Spirit of Norfolk Cruises, offering lunch and dinner packages. Stay at the Tazewell Hotel and Suites or the Courtyard Norfolk Downtown and experience all that Norfolk has to offer!
Colonialism in the early 1600s began Norfolk's history as a city in the United States, and as a result Norfolk has historical properties that span centuries. Some of Norfolk's buildings bear scars from past battles during the Revolutionary War. Today, a large portion of Norfolk's arts and culture focuses on history. Other activities, like concerts, operas, and plays happen in Norfolk's plentiful performance venues.
When to Visit Norfolk, Virginia
The most crowded time to visit the Norfolk area is during summer, starting with Memorial Day. Rates go up in the metropolitan area near Virginia Beach because people are flocking to the shore to enjoy the warm weather and the waves. Lots of festivals happen in the area during this time; if you don't mind higher hotel rates and large crowds, it's a fun time to visit. Just remember that the Norfolk area has lots of colleges and universities, so times like graduation and move-in day will fill up the hotels near the schools.
Avoid crowds by booking in spring or fall instead. The weather is mild enough that you can do outdoor activities and walk around Norfolk without being cold. Fall foliage is quite beautiful in Virginia, adding an incentive to book during fall. Winters are mild, with average highs dipping into the high 40s and low 50s most days. You won't experience crowds to nearly the same extent as you would see in summer, making winter an ideal time for some savings and some extra space.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Norfolk, VA:
Norfolk by Star Rating
Below we've posted 3 graphs demonstrating mean nightly cost patterns by star rating class in Norfolk, VA. You can use these illustrations to evaluate the cheapest seasons to book in Norfolk for upcoming travels.
Luxury Hotel Options in Norfolk, Virginia
4 Star Average Prices: $148.40
Enjoy your favorite luxuries at upscale properties when you stay in Norfolk, Virginia. Lovely views, gorgeous interior spaces, and amenities designed to take all your cares away are available when you book the right luxury property during your Virginia vacation.
The Norfolk Waterside Marriott is a 3.5-star luxury property offering spacious rooms that feature pillow-top beds and gorgeous bay views. Relaxation is easy at this property because you can choose one of three spa tubs to soak in. You may also decide to take a swim in the indoor pool, or spend some time on the rooftop terrace enjoying gorgeous bay and city views. If you visit in winter, sitting with a free cup of coffee by the lobby fireplace is sublime.
The staff features a concierge and a porter, making dealing with bags and arranging activities and extra amenities quite simple. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center, and a 24-hour fitness center. The property features a bar and lounge, and you can get a delicious buffet breakfast for a fee. Valet parking is also available for a surcharge. Be sure to book a room with an accessible bathroom, in-room accessibility, or a roll-in shower if you have accessibility needs.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Norfolk Airport offers a 3.5-star experience near the Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Virginia Zoo. The property features both an indoor and a seasonal outdoor pool with umbrellas for your swimming pleasure. A health club is the perfect spot for you to use cardio and weights to get rid of some stress. Think about visiting the hair salon for some pampering, whether you just need your hair styled for a day on the town or you're ready for a whole new look.
Pillow-top beds at the DoubleTree come with down comforters, and rooms feature mp3 docking stations, free Wi-Fi, and video game consoles. A complimentary area shuttle operates within a three-mile radius of the hotel, so be sure to chat with the concierge about the sights you should be seeing!
Affordable Options in Norfolk, Virginia
3 Star Average Prices: $108.48
Stay in Norfolk for less than $50 a night when you book at the right budget property during the right season. The Motel 6 Norfolk offers affordable room rates, and you only pay for the amenities you need. An outdoor seasonal pool and a pet-friendly policy are a few perks you'll get when you choose this location. Unlimited Wi-Fi is $4.95, or you can pay $2.99 for Wi-Fi for a 24-hour period. Laundry facilities and free coffee in common areas are also available. Ask for in-room accessibility for your guest room if you require it.
The Econo Lodge at Military Circle offers affordable rates and lots of included perks. Save extra money if you're traveling with kids, because kids 18 and under stay free with parents and guardians, as long as they use existing bedding. Free Wi-Fi and free breakfast are available for guests. Laundry facilities and a news stand are also available. If you're traveling with a pet, it's just $20 per night, per pet to bring your furry family member into your room.
2 Star Average Prices: $102.89
Norfolk: Real Discounts
Enjoy great discounts when you stay in Norfolk by taking advantage of reduced rates for AAA and AARP members, senior citizens, government employees, and military folks. At La Quinta Inn & Suites Norfolk Airport, AAA members save around $5 a night, AARP members and seniors save about $11, military discounts save you $13, and government rates save you as much as $20 per night. Choose the Quality Suites Lake Wright - Norfolk Airport and save $11 if you're a senior, or a AAA or AARP member. Government and military discounts at the Quality Suites are typically $21 per night.
When you stay at La Quinta Inn & Suites Norfolk Airport, you'll have access to a free airport shuttle, free long-term parking, free Wi-Fi, and a delicious free breakfast each morning. This property features both a business center and conference space. An indoor pool and fitness facilities are great for recreation, while laundry facilities help take care of the more mundane needs that develop while traveling. Children 18 and under get to stay free at La Quinta using existing bedding in a parent's or guardian's room.
Enjoy an on-site golf course, a bar, a picnic area, and an indoor pool at the Quality Suites Lake Wright - Norfolk Airport. Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and free airport transportation are all available. Kids 18 and under stay free with parents or guardians if they use existing bedding. An outdoor pool, a game room, and 24-hour fitness facilities are also available for extra recreation. Rooms featuring accessible bathrooms, in-room accessibility, and roll-in showers are available.
Best Value Options in Norfolk, Virginia
Book at the Springhill Suites by Marriott Norfolk Virginia Beach to stay in a location other guests have found conveniently close to many attractions. This hotel offers a long list of amenities at a reasonable nightly rate, and it has special touches in common spaces like the lobby fireplace and the snack bar that make your stay more convenient and comfortable. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free airport transportation, and a free area shuttle when you stay here. The indoor pool and spa tub are fantastic for both relaxation and family fun. Rooms with in-room accessibility, accessible bathrooms, and roll-in showers are available at this location.
At the Residence Inn by Marriott Norfolk Airport, you'll be at a hotel that former guests have loved. Most reviews are quite favorable and cite many aspects of the hotel, from the staff to the amenities to the cleanliness, as top-notch. Tennis, an indoor pool, a snack bar, and a library can all be found at this hotel. This property offers a delicious free breakfast, fast and free Wi-Fi, and a library. A free grocery shopping service, free airport transportation, and free long-term parking are also available.
Great Downtown Hotels in Norfolk, Virginia
Stay in the heart of Norfolk's downtown when you choose the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel. This 3.5-star property offers beautiful views of the city and the bay from guest rooms. Rooms with in-room accessibility, accessible bathrooms, and roll-in showers are available. This property participates in the Virginia Green Lodging sustainability program. Free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center, fitness facilities, a restaurant, and an outdoor seasonal pool are a few of the amenities you'll find here.
The Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown is another 3.5-star hotel in downtown Norfolk that offers lovely skyline views from the upper windows. Accessible bathrooms, roll-in showers, and in-room accessibility are available at this location. Enjoy amenities such as free Wi-Fi, express check-out, 24-hour fitness facilities, and a 24-hour business center. An outdoor pool and a picnic area help you enjoy days full of sunshine and lovely weather. In the evening, the bar is your destination for great drinks. Then, head to the pool table to unwind a bit.
Whether you're booking a solo trip, finding the perfect accommodations for your family, or orchestrating a large group's stay, HotelPlanner is your resource for finding the best rates in Norfolk. Enjoy your time in Norfolk!
Recent traveler reviews of Norfolk, VA
Below are reviews of the city of Norfolk, VA from an actual visitor's perspective.
Score 5.0 / 5
Softball fields at Princess Anne Complex were magnificent.
Score 4.0 / 5
I came to visit the Botanical Gardens where we had a wedding.
Score 5.0 / 5
Cheap car rental and child donkey rides by Oceana base wasn't too bad for the money. Virginia beach is way cleaner and warmer than San Diego with great beaches.
"Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach"
Score 5.0 / 5
The complex that we went to for the Jimmy Buffett concert was very nice and easy to find from your hotel. Being the Memorial Day weekend, I think we picked a good time to arrive/depart, hour wise, for our travel to that congested area. It was a pleasant experience and we enjoyed our visit. The water/shipyards were fantastic.
Score 4.0 / 5
Well, it's very convenient as far as the shopping malls, restaurants, etc. Also I have family in the area. Great place.
Score 4.0 / 5
A lunch cruise is a nice attraction to take in while visiting.
The average traveler rating of the city of Norfolk, VA shown above is 4.6 out of 5 based on 7 reviews