Summer is right around the corner. Before you know it, the kids will be out of school and it will be time to hit the beach! While the water may beckon, those crowded shores leave something to be desired. That’s why we are over-the-moon about Virginia Beach’s newest hotel property, Delta Hotels Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites. Just a quick 3-hour drive from DC, Delta Hotels Virginia Beach is the only private beach hotel on the bay! We’re swooning over this property with water views and sweeping vistas of First Landing State Park. Read on for 7 reasons to book a stay with Delta Hotels Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites NOW!

photo: Meghan Yudes Meyers

1. Every Room is Family Friendly

This all-suite hotel offers spacious, family-friendly rooms designed for comfortable travel. Each room features a living area that doubles as extra sleeping space at night so even the smallest room on property can hold a max of 6 guests (starting at $179/night)! Need more space? There are 13 two-room suites available for those with larger families.

Our favorite is the west-facing double suites that feature not one, but two sets of bunk beds! These bunk rooms were designed for kids to lounge in, with a large screen TV and faux-leather poufs! Each standard suite has a small microwave so you can conveniently heat up your DoorDash or reheat your cup of Starbuck's. If you need more than a microwave, this hotel also has a Kitchen Suite (maximum 6 guests). 

photo: Meghan Yudes Meyers

2. You Can Gather As a Group

Has it been a minute since you've seen loved ones? This hotel has amble space to gather... for free! The second floor features a space aptly named the Living Room where you and your fam can lounge, play or watch TV en masse. Want to grab a bite? You can reserve The Conservatory, a private party room at the hotel's signature restaurant, Tin Cup Kitchen + Oyster Bar, for no additional fee (seats 50), or host a smaller gathering on the Dune Deck. 

3. A State Park Is Just Steps Away

First Landing State Park, VA's most visited state park, is just a foot path (or bike ride) away. First Landing boasts over 20 miles of trails and 1.5 miles of coastline. Visitors prefer this park for its kid-friendly hiking and calm waters. Hotel guests can gain access to Cape Henry Trail, a 7.5-mile path that winds through the wooded acres of First Landing, directly across the street from Delta Hotels. Cape Henry Trail is bike-friendly; bike rentals are available at the hotel's boutique, Seas the Day, for $12/hr (helmets are complimentary). 

photo: Meghan Yudes Meyers

4. Calm Waters Welcome Little Swimmers

Delta Hotels Virginia Beach is the ONLY hotel that sits on a private beach on this bay. While the ocean is just under 2 miles away (by shore), the bay offers mild waves and calm waters which makes for a safer beach experience for the littles. These waters are so tranquil you can launch a kayak  or paddle board straight from the beach. Both are available to rent from Seas the Day for $35/hr. (or $50/2 hr.; life jackets are complimentary). 

5. Foodie Adventures Await

This hotel's on-site restaurant, Tin Cup Kitchen + Oyster Bar, showcases the best of Virginia's seafood scene, from Upper Bay to Seaside oysters to the Chesapeake Bay's sugar toads, crabs and more. If you've never tried puffer fish (considered both dangerous and a delicacy), you have to dive in to its regional equivalent, sugar toads, featured as an appetizer on the Tin Cup menu. Made famous by DC's own The Dabney, fans of The Dabney will appreciate this replicated version of sugar toads listed as Buffalo Sugar Toad on the menu—a lighter, crispier version of a buffalo wing.

You'll also find beachside staples like burgers and fried chicken sandwiches. The kids' menu includes chicken tenders, mac & cheese, grilled cheese and grilled chicken. Tin Cup has a laid-back atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor dining. Bonus: the entire restaurant boasts water views! 

 

photo: Meghan Yudes Meyers

6. You Never Have to Leave Your Hotel

Delta Hotels Virginia Beach overlooks the beautiful Chesapeake Bay for stunning views from sunrise to sunset (speaking of, the early morning and evening shows on this beach are worth the trip alone!). You can play on the sandy shores, lounge by the outdoor (heated!) pool, take a hike through First Landing State Park, bike near-by trails and paths, kayak (or paddle board) the calm bay waters and chow down on some of the best seafood in VA Beach... all while on (or near) the property! 

7. It's Convenient to VA Beach Attractions

At Delta Hotels Virginia Beach, you can get away from it all (literally) with a location perched on the only private beach on the bay! Sheltered by First Landing State Park, this hotel feels worlds away from the VA Beach strip, but conveniently located for those looking to dive in to touristy fun. Our fav? The Virginia Aquarium & Science Center! Whether it is a rainy day or you're just looking to dive in with the fishes, this aquarium features an outdoor tank filled with seals (feedings occur throughout the day), an aquarium tunnel where you can walk beneath the sharks, turtles and sting rays, and an outdoor nature path where you can explore the local wildlife (and littles can run off some steam!). 

Cost: $179+/night
Where: Delta Hotels Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites, 2800 Shore Dr. Virginia Beach, VA
Online: marriott.com/delta-hotels-virginia-beach-bayfront-suites/

—Meghan Yudes Meyers

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