Best Areas to Stay in Norfolk, Virginia

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Where to Stay in Norfolk – A Guide to the Port City of Virginia

Norfolk is a city in the state of Virginia, in the United States.

This city has among its attractions a booming cultural movement, leisure options and historical sites.

The best time to travel to Norfolk is from October to December, when there is less chance of rain and the weather is ideal for getting to know the city and doing outdoor activities.

To move around Norfolk, you can choose between buses, light rail in central areas, or taxis, with stops established throughout the City Center.

Norfolk is mostly known for being a port city, being the home of the world’s largest naval base.

The city’s art scene is spearheaded by the Chrysler Museum of Art, where a collection of 30,000 pieces of art and archeology that belonged to Walter P. Chrysler Jr. is on display.

The port city of Virginia is surrounded by the Elizabeth River and the Chesapeake Bay, with hotels that offer spectacular views in most of the city.

Norfolk also has natural attractions like the Botanical Gardens and a zoo, perfect for family trips.

Norfolk International Airport, located 5 km northeast of Downtown, is the most important air terminal in the city, with domestic and international flights.

Among the best areas to stay in Norfolk, the area surrounding Norfolk City Center stands out for its good transport connections and a variety of hotels. (See accommodation in Norfolk City Center).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Norfolk, Virginia

The Best Areas to Stay in Norfolk, Virginia

1. Our Favorite Area: Norfolk City Center

Norfolk City Center brings together the best malls in the city, making it one of the best areas to stay in Norfolk for shopping.

In this area, there are restaurants and hotels of all kinds, from cheap options to places full of exclusivity and luxury.

As far as the cultural sphere is concerned, in the surroundings of the Norfolk City Center, there are museums such as the MacArthur Memorial Museum and some art galleries.

This area is very pedestrian-friendly, but it also has bus stations, light rail and taxi ranks to get to the airport or other Norfolk districts.

In addition, this area is located on the banks of the Elizabeth River, making it possible to visit the river walk and eat something in the late afternoon. It is also possible to visit attractions such as the Norfolk City Hall in this district.

Norfolk City Center is the best area to stay in Norfolk as it is the heart of this city.

Where to stay in Norfolk, Virginia - City Center

Where to stay in Norfolk, Virginia – City Center

Accommodation in Norfolk City Center - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Norfolk City Center – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why We Love This Area for a Stay in Norfolk, Virginia:

  • Heart of the city
  • All kinds of hotels
  • Connected by light rail and bus
  • Best area for shopping
  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Great restaurants

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Norfolk Waterside Marriott

Located just minutes from the Old Town, the Waterside Marriott offers modern accommodations with views of the Norfolk Waterfall. There is also a well-equipped gym and an indoor pool with a hot tub.

from US$119
Budget

Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown

Located in Norfolk, Virginia, opposite the Norfolk Scope Arena and the Chrysler Hall event venue, this hotel offers a restaurant and an outdoor pool.

from US$99
Luxury

Glass Light Hotel & Gallery, Autograph Collection

Glass Light Hotel & Gallery, Autograph Collection offers rooms in Norfolk, 1.7 miles from Eastern Virginia Medical School and 2.2 miles from Norfolk State University. This 4-star hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi. The hotel has family rooms.

from US$179
 

 

 

2. Portsmouth

Portsmouth is located on the south bank of the Elizabeth River and, although it is technically not part of Norfolk, both cities are connected to each other by two bridges.

Things to do in Portsmouth include strolling along the boardwalk, visiting its historic neighborhoods, shopping at vintage and antique shops, or enjoying art.

For fans of architecture and history, it is advisable to go to Olde Towne Portsmouth or the Naval Shipyard Museum.

Portsmouth is a walkable area, particularly in the art district, which houses more than 20 street art exhibits and the Portsmouth Center for Arts and Culture.

Portsmouth is one of the best areas to stay in Norfolk if you are looking for tranquility during your stay

Where to stay in Norfolk, Virginia - Portsmouth

Where to stay in Norfolk, Virginia – Portsmouth

Accommodation in Portsmouth - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Portsmouth – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why We Love This Area for a Stay in Norfolk, Virginia:

  • Peaceful area
  • Vintage stores
  • Connected to Norfolk

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel

    This beachfront hotel in Portsmouth offers panoramic views of the River Elizabeth. It features free WiFi, an indoor pool with a hot tub and a fitness center.

    from US$134
 

 

 

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