I just spent a few very fun days in Virginia Beach at the Seaside Garden Hotel. Here is the picture of the hotel from their website. I was staying in room 452 and I believe this is the best room for ocean views in the area and at a very modest off-season price. The room is the one in the upper right corner of the photo (with south- and east-facing windows). You get a terrific view of the sunrise through the east-facing windows (and from the private balcony). You can also view the shoreline and boardwalk from about the fishing pier (14th street) to the northern end of the boardwalk from the balcony. What a treat.
The water is a very comfortable temperature now, too. So, if you are in need of a few days at the beach, check out the Seaside Garden Hotel. Rates go down even more in October. Perhaps I will spend another few days on the beach then.