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Riverview, New Brunswick
October 3, 2006
All the units, whether they are RCI or hotel, are one bedroom units overlooking the beach. Each has a narrow balcony with a couple of chairs and with binoculars, or the naked eye, you can people-watch the crowds on the boardwalk and the beach or watch the dolphins parading up and down the beach in the morning.
All the units at Barclay Towers are accessed from a hallway to the rear. The odd thing is that the only door opens into the bedroom. For the two of us, that wasn’t a problem… had there been four, then there may be some difficulty. Although the bedroom window overlooks the hallway, it is opaque and well curtained, so it created no problem. The bedroom contained a comfortable king bed, television, adequate storage in a closet (with room safe) and a bureau. The bathroom is off the short hallway to the living area. It was a comfortable size, but of the rooms of the unit, it showed the most wear… peeling wallpaper and a tub that showed evidence of past injuries.
The open living space consisted of a full kitchen with dishwasher, 3 burners and oven, full sized refrigerator and microwave. It was also well equipped with small appliances, dishware, cookware and storage. The rest of the living space had a dining table for four and soft seating for four with a television set and VCR. The space is quite compact but a mirrored wall has the effect of opening it up.
We appreciated the twice-weekly maid service (more if you want it… the maids were great) and the hotel atmosphere… fresh towels, complementary toiletries and a free morning paper. Unlike some resorts, you get a "starter kit" that lasts all week.
The resort has few amenities or guest activities. There are a small swimming pool and workout area and we appreciated the small lending library just off the lobby. RCI guests pay a $59. fee for a continental breakfast; hotel guests don’t. The resort also thoughtfully provides excellent directions for just about everything that you’ll want to see.
The hotel has a parking lot just outside the front doors, but it is reserved for hotel guests; RCI guests are asked to park in the 9th Street garage (no charge). It was across the street, but it presented no problem at all
From journal Wasting Away in Virginia Beach
by Cassie Dominguez
Nutley, New Jersey
July 31, 2003
Our unit was on the second floor and the view of the ocean was great. All the units are oceanfront and have balconies. My family and I sat in chairs on the balcony while we watched the fireworks on the Fourth of July. We had an awesome view. It was five of us, but I even think six chairs would fit. After the fireworks, we walked on the boardwalk. There were many people, but it wasn't too overcrowded. At one point, we decided to walk out onto Atlantic Avenue, which is were all the stores and restaurants were. But it was a madhouse! It was packed full of people and we could hardly walk. Plus we had the baby carriage and there was no way we could move it. There were many police officers and helicopters too. We honestly got a little scared and went back to the boardwalk. It was much better there. I think there must have been so many people there because it was July 4th. I hadn't seen nearly as many people the other days we were there.
Getting back to the resort, I have to say I stayed there three years ago and loved it. What I loved the most is the location and the fact that the units are all oceanfront with balconies. One day, I woke up very early, sat on the balcony, and watched the sun come up over the ocean. It was beautiful. We loved the location so much, we decided to buy a week at the resort. This is the first year we are owners there. We look foward to going week 26 every year.
Barclay Towers maintains their units in very nice shape. The kitchen space is a bit limited, but it has all the essentials. The dishwasher is small, but definitely comes in handy. The king size bed is also nice too. The units come with a little mini safe to put your things in. You put in your own secret code to lock and unlock. Speaking of which, the doors use the key card, which is also very convenient.
All in all, I definitely recommend Barclay Towers to anyone who would like to visit Virginia Beach.
From journal Virginia Beach on the Fourth of July
by Stephen K
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
May 29, 2002
We exchanged a unit in Maui, Hawaii (Gold Crown, Kahana Falls) for Barclay but only as a last resort (ha ha) since our first choice in locations weren't available.
The facilities are fine but I would rank this hotel a "3-star" and I'm used to 4 or 5-star units. The bedroom is right off the hallway, so if you're a light sleeper, be prepared for noise.
The kitchen has a full fridge and a microwave but a tiny dishwasher and the laundry room down the hall had a broken dry for most the week. We didn't complain about the dryer because we didn't need to use it.
The staff was excellent but I don't go to a hotel for the staff. The indoor pool was small and the whirlpool and steamroom even smaller (used both when nobody around).
The best thing about staying at the Barclay was it's location. They are far enough away from the "downtown" area to avoid most of the crowds. Great for small families (didn't test out the sofa bed).
My mixed feelings for my trip are mostly towards VA Beach and not hotel. The resort area is trying too hard to entice families (it's illegal to swear in public) which isn't a bad thing, just a bit "overkill". Definitely not a location for same sex couples like us unless you have kids, then be prepared for some southern folks staring at you.
From journal Week in VA Beach
Overland Park, Kansas
May 1, 2002
Swim in the Ocean. Or Just Sunbathe on the beach.
Walk the boardwalk and watch people.
Rent and ride bicycles or pedal cars. The have a separate path along side of the Boardwalk when bicycles and pedal cars can be operated without interfering with walkers.
Rent Roller blades. Quite a few Roller Bladers on the Boardwalk but most are quite skilled and in 5 trips in the last 6 years, we've never seen or heard of a collision between walkers and rollerbladers.
Have Children? Spend some time at the Fun Park.Best Things About the Resort:All units face the beach. You can sit on your balcony and enjoy the ocean.
You get a free newspaper delivered to your unit door each morning.
Resort Experience:All the units are 1 bedroom units with a small kitchen area, a living room that has an ocean view and a bedroom just off the main hall of the resort.
The resort is a combination hotel and resort, with the units being split roughly 50-50 between the two types.
The employees at the resort are very pleasant and helpful. We arrived on Saturday of 4th of July weekend with a car that overheated a block from the resort and our room not ready and they helped us get our car unloaded, find service for our car and make our check in an excellent experience.
No resort activities other than an indoor swimming pool as Virginia Beach provides the beach, entertainment groups, etc.
Parking is across the street from the resort. Their are a few spots right in front of the resort, but they are normally taken.
Overall the resort is quiet. We had a noisy group in the hall one night, called the desk and they responded immediately and solved the problem.
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My husband and enjoyed romantic walks on the beach at night.
From journal A week at Virginia Beach
by rj monty
March 17, 2003
On the first floor there was a heated indoor pool, hot tub, exercise room and an arcade. There are available clothes washers and dryers in the building. Barclay Towers is located on the south end of the beach on 9th street.
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