The Best Hotels to Book Near Norfolk Botanical Garden, Virginia

There is more to Virginia Beach than its famous shore
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17 September 2021

Norfolk Botanical Garden is the largest of its kind in Virginia, USA, and one of the stand-out highlights of any visit to Virginia Beach.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the aptly named Virginia Beach is known for its sands. But the area is also packed with history and culture, to be explored in its wide array of tourist activities like First Landing State Park, where the early colonists came ashore, and its marine science center. The Norfolk Botanical Garden is a real jewel in the town’s crown, featuring miles of floral trails and gorgeous roses and azaleas. Whether you’re here for the flowers or the fish, stay at one of our top hotel picks – bookable via Culture Trip.

The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center

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If you’re traveling with a pooch in tow, then this pet-friendly Westin is a great bet. There’s also a pool and fitness center, and you can even request a WestinWORKOUT guest room complete with a private exercise bike – so there’s no reason to drop your workout routine on the road. The Westin trademark Heavenly Bed is a plus for any room – with its pillow-top mattress, it’s certainly deserving of its name. This stay is right in the heart of Virginia Beach so you can drive to the botanical garden, the beach, or Norfolk International Airport, all in under 20 minutes.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Virginia Beach/Norfolk Airport

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Another super convenient pad, this one is just 3mi (5km) from the airport, and just a mile from gorgeous designer shopping outlets – just the thing for some holiday retail therapy. After a day at the beach, the botanical garden, or the shops, you can return to your room to flop out in front of its big-screen TV, hit the gym, or take a dip in the heated outdoor pool. Free hot and cold breakfast seals the deal.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Norfolk Old Dominion University

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A smart modern building resembling a colonial mansion, this Marriott hotel is part of the Old Dominion University and adjacent to the Ted Constant Convocation Center and is great for business travelers and university visitors as well as tourists. Within a 15-minute drive of the airport, it’s close to the beach, the botanical garden, and shopping outlets, too. There’s a gym on-site, if you want to keep up your home workout routine, and kitchenettes in the suites make self-catering a penny-saving option, too.

The Bay Inn

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This north Norfolk motel is a great choice for those who like their accommodation simple. Turn up, park your car for free, and get a clean room with a fridge, microwave, air conditioning, wifi, and cable TV. Room decor is basic but there’s a lovely garden in the center of the property that’s a real suntrap. Room service is available from the 24-hour reception, and the beach is a four-minute walk away. It’s all you need, really.

Page House Inn

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Located in the historic Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk, VA, this cozy colonial-style inn is a short drive from Virginia Beach. Choose from one of seven rooms and suites – we love the Ghent suite for its relaxing pale decor, private sitting room, and two-person whirlpool bath (particularly great for soaking after a day at the botanical garden or the beach). The breakfast is delicious – continental, with the addition of a chef’s special that changes daily – and you can help yourself to tea, coffee, and homemade snacks all day.

Glass Light Hotel & Gallery

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Part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection of boutique hotels, Glass Light is the product of a culturally inspired reimagining of an early 20th-century hotel. In the heart of Downtown Norfolk’s Local Historic District, it doubles as a gallery for – yes, you’ve guessed it – glass art by legends like Peter Bremers and Lino Tagliapietra. Basque in its glow while eating at the on-site French restaurant and sophisticated bar space.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Norfolk Airport

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If you’re flying in (or out) from Norfolk International airport and want super convenience, then this smart stay is a great choice. Just 2mi (3.2km) from the airport (there’s a free shuttle), and 3mi (4.8km) from the botanical garden, it comes with a gym, swimming pool, and bar, as well as clean comfortable rooms as standard. Free wifi and complimentary bottled water each day are the cherry on top.

Hilton Norfolk The Main

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High end and high rise, this Hilton makes a fantastic hub for a city break. Located in Downtown Norfolk, it’s under a 20 minutes drive away from Virginia Beach and the Norfolk Botanical Garden, and there’s plenty to do within walking distance, too. Views are supercharged from the roof, where you’ll find Norfolk’s first rooftop garden bar. After a sharpening cocktail there, you’ve got the choice of more than 50 restaurants for dinner, all within a 10-minute walk, including two on-site: an Italian trattoria and Saltine for tasty fish dishes.

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

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Right on the Elizabeth River, this impressive upscale Sheraton hotel is a top choice, whether you’re here to sightsee, party, or do business. Guests enjoy a luxury experience thanks to its top-of-the-range fitness center, outdoor pool, and rooms with pillow-top mattresses as standard. If you’re planning a meeting or event while you’re in Norfolk, this hotel can cater to all of your needs whether you’re hosting a few people or 200 – thanks to no less than 17 separate venues for hire.

The Church Point Manor

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This gorgeous old manor house, built in 1860, has certainly seen some sights in its 200-year history. Formerly part of a working farm, since the 1990s it’s been a bed and breakfast, hosting Barack Obama and Caroline Kennedy, among others. The main house was renovated in 2021 and larger groups can rent its adjoining three-bedroom carriage house, with opulent furnishings and use of a tennis court.

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