The Waterside Marina is conveniently located in Downtown Norfolk. New Floating Docks and Power installed in 2020. Amenities include: showers, floating docks, 20 foot depth, ice, complimentary grocery shuttle service, free wireless internet and winter storage. Walking distance to Norfolk's shopping, restaurants, arts, entertainment and attractions.
Tied up my dinghy twice this month. Great, helpful, friendly staff. It is nice to be greeted at the dock and have dockhands who actually know how to tie up your lines at a cleat.
Staff were excellent, and the new docks very nice, but the heads are totally inadequate with no hot water at sinks, not well maintained (dirty and missing supplies), and only two stalls for a marina this size is surprising.
Nov 19, 2020: stayed overnight at Waterside. Staff was good. The disappointment were the new slips having only finger piers. Any boat 35’ or longer had to potentially back into a slip. Dec 16, 2019: The marina has a great location and easy walk to downtown. It is neat and maintained. Bathrooms are a walking distance but clean. I know we were coming through in December, but we stayed five days and finding any staff around to answer questions or help with lines as we left - no one around. The wifi was absolutely awful - lucky to get two bars. The only advantage is the easy walk to downtown restaurants, shopping, etc.
Great docks! all new. Strong WIFI and helpful staff. Would have given 5 stars if there was laundry and fuel. Strong (gale force) winds from the NW and all was fine in the basin.
5 star marina!! great staff and great location!
The marina was great. Staff was very helpful. Easy in and out.
Great spot, extremely courteous staff.
Very pleasant facility. Helpful, very organized and clean. The baths are a bit far but clean. Nice staff. Great access to restaurants, perfect walking paths offering great views. Close to large shopping mall but nearest groceries are close to 2 miles.
The dock hands and facilities are top notch and the location can’t be beat. Our only negative is we were here during 2 gales. The second was from the west and it beat us up. No damage or anything but it was pretty uncomfortable. Their sea wall mitigated wave effect but certainly didn’t nullify it.
Helpful, knowledgeable and friendly Dock hands. Excellent very nice facility.
New docks, friendly staff & location, location, location.
I would give it 4.5 stars. The bar noise is annoying sometimes and there is no security. Besides that, the staff was great and communicated very well with us and were helpful with anything we needed. The docks are clean and spacious and the location is great for going downtown.
Excellent location. Great dockhand service. Well maintained floating docks. A lot of walking to get to the restrooms and showers. Wifi signal did not reach my slip.
Great Location, right on ICW. Walk to many local activities. Quiet & no waves etc at night. Many friendly transient boaters. GREAT STAFF. SETH was immense help in docking & information. Well Done!
Inexperienced dock handlers
An excellent experience. The dockhands were responsive, pleasant, and competent. We did a pump out upon arrival and then tied up. The location is wonderful: downtown with the marvelous "Stripers" restaurant adjacent to the dock. The docks are newer and the facility sparkling. We couldn't have asked for more.
Very friendly and staff. Courtesy transportation to Harris Teeter. Very walkable to lots of restaurants (all types) and Macarthur Mall. Would have given it a 5 if WiFi was better. Definitely will return.
Nice docks, great location and helpful staff. They offer a complimentary taxi to Harris Teeter Grocery every morning. Great restaurants. We enjoyed our stay.
Dock crew was wonderful! Beautiful views of the waterway and downtown, only downside, it is very tight maneuvering thru turn and down the fairway. Definitely would stop again!
Great reception by staff with plenty of hands for ropes! Internet was a little slow considering not many people docking for the night but it was decent.
Staff very helpful. brand new floating docks. Location location to downtown activities
Even though CV-19 caused much of the waterfront to be closed, we had a great experience at the marina. From first call on ch. 16, to departure, we were greeted professionally and every interaction was first class. I do not remember the name of the young man (who seemed to be on duty at all hours), but he was great and will be successful at what ever he chooses after completing college. Clean rest rooms, immaculate docks, strong internet. Great stop off point in the center of Norfolk.
Great dock hands, very efficient. Clean new floating Docks on the inside of the marina, and great shorepower. Very happy with my experience at Waterside Marina
The service was excellent and the support from the staff was above and beyond. Fantastic location.
Nice facility right in the heart of downtown. Great restaurants nearby on Granby St. Good rates and very little roll through the boat basin.
Waterside Marina in Norfolk is an awesome place to stay. You definitely pay a high price for location, but it's worth it! You will be docked in the heart of Norfolk within a quick walking distance to pretty much everything. We loved being surrounded by all of the huge Navy ships and watching all of the interesting sights of the harbor. Waterside is right in the center of all of it, but very protected and safe. The docks are extremely nice and the dock hands are knowledgeable and helpful. If you are needing/wanting to stay in the Norfolk area, this marina would be my top choice.
Had a great stay perfect spot right downtown and Dockmaster Tom and his team were excellent would highly recommend
Very nice location. Clean Marina. Very Friendly Staff. Great location. No fuel. shower and head facilities are a bit of a walk.
Great staff. Very friendly and helpful. Easy to get in & out. Looking forward to coming back.
This is a great marina! Great views, great restaurants, excellent staff! Waterside is closed for renovations, but the is still a lot to do.
Nice docks, not much more
Great new floating docks, always friendly dock hands and close to excellent restaurants in Norfolk.
The young lady dock attendant stayed late to help me secure and she ran my power cord. I have stayed here before and enjoyed it too. I think the electric could use an update. Update 12/11. Thank you for your response. It's nice to know reviews are read. I look forward to the new docks! I'm sure the crew will remain top notch!
Docks are shabby and should have been replaced years ago. Bathrooms are 1/2 mile from the slips
Great marina. People are super nice! And provided free taxi to grocery store and back! Downtown near restaurants and mall. Will stay again!
Very nice marina in Downtown Norfolk. The staff is exceptionally professional and helpful. Marina is very clean and well maintained.
I can’t say enough good things about this marina and the staff that works there. I was greeted by Danny, a young college aged kid that had been around docks for a period of time. He provided clear instructions on the VHF and met me promptly at the slip, waving me in. I was single handed so it was great having a capable person on the dock anticipating when to tension or slacken the dock lines. At the dock master office he provided great local information which allowed for an enjoyable visit. The following day I met Alex and Don. Don seemed to be THE MAN running the show and he was great! He hooked me up with some discounted tour tickets (greatly appreciated), called me on my cell when my dog escaped from the boat and offered great dinner recommendations at a nearby restaurant (Stripers). I will definitely stop at Waterside Marina on my return trip.
Very nice marina right in heart of downtown close to many restaurants. Only negative is distance to restrooms/showers, but the walk provides great view of area in the morning.
Wonderful location if you are looking for city energy, which we were after the isolation of the N.C. ICW.
Staff was professional and available to assist with docking. Slip assignment was challenging for a 40' sailboat (backed in but needed to rig a warp line to properly exit the assigned slip. Bathing facilities are too far from the dock. Relied on shipboard facilities for bathing needs. Wonderful location for the fireworks. Will definitely return.
Unfortunately we could not dock at Waterside since the draw bridges south of Norfolk VA (where we are traveling from) have been closed since 4/19 due to flooding. I would certainly appreciate a credit for our deposit since we could not dock due to act of God.
Very happy with this Marina and location, right on the Starting line of the ICW, dock staff very nice, right in the middle of the city lots of great restaurants near this location. Clean showers and bathrooms!
Can’t beat the location. Right downtown. Staff was very helpful. Not a lot of amenities but if it’s local night life you’re looking for. Waterside is the place.
Always a great place to stay. Right in the center of the Norfolk action
Nice guy at our arrival. The only problem is that there is too much light during the night.
excellent location. very friendly staff
Great, smaller marina with lots to do, all walking distamce. Staff works late, no security issues and full amenities.
The location is always great! The wifi was spotty on connectivity and the powers on the dock was problematic that we had to switch power posts and the. No problems. The new Hilton hotels roof top lounge "The Main" is a great place and within walking distance.
Glad to have Norfolk Waterside back in our destinations... the marina unfortunately did not get touched by the renovation magic. The docks are showing their age and wear, and WiFi is non-existent (even though it is advertised and info given at check-in). John (dockmaster) and dock hands are friendly, but at these rates there should be full-service facilities. While the bath house facilities are new, they are missing basics like seating for changing, more than one head, hooks within reach of the showers, hot/cold water is reversed in the showers, and no washer/dryer.
No laundry facilities, no cable and Wifii was poor. They do pay for a taxi once a day at 10am to go to the Harris Teeter, which is nice. What was disappointing is we had to find this out on our own through the Visitor's Center. They aren't open about advertising it!