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Get a Room

Posted by on July 26, 2011
After Sesame Place, we continued with our drive southbound with stops and visits with various family members along the way.

On Day 4 of our trip, we arrived to the Hampton Roads area in Virginia. We called the Navy Lodge at NAS Norfolk, however, since it was the July 4th holiday weekend, they did not have any rooms available. We then decided to see if there was any Space Available rooms at the Quarters on base. We were successful and found a room for $55. This room was awesome! When you walk in, you enter the general room. It had a sofa bed, a table with chairs, a microwave, and a TV.


Attached to this room was a bedroom, which also had a TV and a desk. This room worked out great because we were able to put the boys to bed and still be free to watch TV or hop on the laptop without disturbing them.


The next day we found out that the Quarters have been privatized. This is something we did not know. Before, you had to wait until a certain time of the day and then call to see if they had any rooms left. This is no longer the case and you can reserve your rooms in advance.

Later along in our trip, Day 9, we needed a place to stay in North Carolina. We were looking for a place about halfway from Jacksonville, FL and Annapolis, MD and also not too far off of Interstate 95. We decided we would stop at Pope AFB. We called and found a room for $80. Now I should rephrase, because it wasn’t really a room. It had two bedrooms, a sitting room, AND a full service kitchen. There was also a washer and dryer in the hall which was available to our unit and one other. We did not need all of the space and would have been happy with a smaller unit. I think because we said there were 4 of us, they just put us in a bigger place. Next time we will be sure to ask for a smaller place. The rooms are as cheap as $35 a night. Definitely, something to look into when traveling next time. The $80 room had a queen bed and full bath in the one room and two twin beds and a full bath in the second room. There were TVs in both bedrooms and one in the sitting room as well. The sitting room had 3 chairs, which appeared to also convert to beds.

We were pleasantly surprised by this option of lodging to us and we will definitely look for a Quarters before a hotel next time. The website I used was http://dodlodging.net/. The site is very user-friendly, just click on the state and a list will show up of available bases (Navy and Air Force) with lodging options. You can also create an account and search availability and make reservations online.

Here is a summary of all of the lodging available to military. Bookmark this page for reference. I know I will since it seems like we will be having to stay at one while waiting for a place in Hawaii, but that’s another story for another day.

Army Lodging: http://new.armymwr.com/travel/lodging/lodging_locations.aspx
Toll free Reservation line: (866)-363-5771

Navy Gateway Inns & Suites: http://dodlodging.net/
Toll free Reservation line: (877)-628-9233

Navy Lodges: https://www.navy-lodge.com/index.html
Toll free Reservation line: (800)-NAVY-INN

Air Force Lodging: http://dodlodging.net/
Toll free Reservation line: (888)-AF-LODGE

Marine Corps Lodging: http://www.usmc-mccs.org/lodging/index.cfm

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