Figured I’d write a quick blog post on whether I thought it was worth staying at the Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach since I received so many DMs after I posted my stories. No, this wasn’t a sponsored or gifted stay. I stayed there with my own money (points).
We were in town for a friend’s birthday, and, since we’ve always wanted to stay at the Cavalier, especially since its renovation a few years back, we decided it was a good opportunity to cash in some points. Plus, the rates in January are impressively low compared to the rest of the year, so why not?
As soon as I posted a few photos, I received a flurry of DMs asking whether or not I thought it was worth staying at the Cavalier Hotel. Turns out, this Marriott property has been on everyone’s radar, but the booking rates beg some questions. Let’s discuss.
My Thoughts on the Cavalier Hotel
It’s lovely. The building is historic and stately. You walk in and immediately you’re hit with the most luscious, rich fragrance. It’s absolutely designed for a luxurious experience. There is not a grand lobby, though there is the Raleigh Room, or the hotel’s living room, as they call it, off to the left where there’s live music in the evening and a bar open at times.
I didn’t expect a sign to greet us upon walking onto our floor that warned us of the potential ghosts haunting the sixth floor, but what a thrill, right?
Our room was pretty and comfortable, and the bathroom was done in that tile that looks like marble but isn’t (funny enough, I’d considered this for our bathroom reno, and this was the nail in the coffin that we will absolutely not do it). There is turn down service with delicious cookies, which will always win me over.
We had a drink at the Hunt Room, which is a moody, masculine space. It seemed like an awesome place to hang out, though it was mobbed with two wildly different groups while we were there — a building conference was in town, with all men in baseball hats between the ages of 25 and 55, and girls’ trips ready to go out in their bodycon. There was no in between, besides our group, and no mingling of the two single-gender cohorts, which made for hilarious people watching. I’d love to go back on a quieter night.
We didn’t get to fit in a distillery tour, though it’s great that they have one there, and the tours seemed busy. Adam was able to find one available reservation, but it didn’t work with our schedule. Again, need to go back.
It was an unseasonably warm weekend, which meant we were able to grab drinks and sit outside by the fire pit. That might have been a highlight — we got to see what it’s like when the weather is nicer, and I can imagine sitting in the adirondacks out front is one of the best parts of staying at the property.
…And Becca Restaurant
Several people asked me what I thought (and each of them had a previous so-so experience, which is why they wanted to know!). Honestly, I thought the food was great and the prices were what I’m used to in DC. We ate brunch here simply because it was the easy option, but I loved how light, bright, and pretty the sunroom space is. Service was a little frazzled, but incredibly kind, and my avocado toast was fresh, vibrant, and exactly what I wanted. I can’t speak for dinner, but I was totally content having brunch there rather than trying to find an off-site option.
So, Is It Worth Staying at The Cavalier Hotel?
For a basic room on a Friday through Sunday May weekend, you’ll pay $1,371.65 plus $30/night for valet. Bump that up to June, and you’re look at $1,877.67. However, in February, it’s $680.88.
I’d struggle with paying those late spring and summer rates for rooms that are pretty but nothing to write home about. However, the property truly is stunning and there’s a gorgeous indoor pool, which makes the off-season rate totally worth it.
Where I thought it was lacking, and it may be different in the high season, is that they have this beautiful area, the Raleigh Room, for sitting just off the main hall, yet, unless it’s the evening, there’s no way to grab a drink to sit and enjoy it. I never saw anyone utilizing it and I imagine it’s because people can’t tell if it’s a restaurant space or a lobby-type space. That could absolutely be better utilized, giving people somewhere to hang out during the off-season when they can’t take advantage of the outdoor spaces to the same extent (we were lucky it was warm enough to sit by the fire pit!). They refer to it on the website as the hotel’s living room but, at least in January, it felt absolutely under-utilized.
So is it worth it? Maybe. It depends on the time of year, whether or not you plan on taking a dip in the pool, indoor or out, and if you have a reason to be in the area.