I finally got around to booking a hotel in Virginia Beach, VA. I have been procrastinating, but decided I better do it before the hotels are all filled. I am running the Shamrock Marathon in March and wanted something near the starting line of the race. The Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront is 2 blocks from the starting line, but when I looked, it was full. But I used the address for the Hilton to search at Orbitz. I was able to search by address, and it would show me the closest hotels first.
The closest was a Knights Inn, followed by a Travelodge, which was followed by a Ramada. The Knights Inn and the Travelodge were only .2 miles and both 2 star hotels. The Ramada was listed as a 3 star hotel, and .3 miles away. The Ramada didn’t cost that much more than tke Knights Inn. But when I started reading the reviews of the Ramada, it was trashed. Everyone who reviewed it in the last year or more gave it a one out of five. Not good. The cheapest of the three was the Travelodge, but it also had some poor reviews. The Knights Inn had the best reviews of the three, but still a few negative ones.
I brought the seacrh up on my laptop computer, and found some new possiblities showed up that for some reason hadn’t appeared during my first search. Also the price for the Knights Inn had gotten cheaper. Cool! I examined the new listings, but the Knights Inn still seemed to be the best deal. Out of curiousity, I went to Knights Inn’s site and looked up the prices there. I was able to book the same room there for two nights and save $20 over the price at Orbitz.