I had a few people tell me the area was pretty bad. I did NOT see it that way. Transportation was easy and at no time did I see any traffic from the hotel to the shipyard area that was “bumper to bumper”. I’m sure at peak hours, a place with 23000 employees can be a hassle.
I was put up in an Inn Town Suites about 15 minutes from the shipyard. The room was nice and included a full size refrigerator, a microwave, a stove top with 2 eyes, and a large screen TV. The people there were very nice. The maintenance man even spent some time trying to help me get my keys out of the car. I usually don’t lock the doors much but did here in the “big city”.
The room was completely covered by Aerotek. Up until receiving an email a few minutes ago, I was under the understanding that I would have to pay for it. I’m thankful that I don’t as Aerotek ate that cost. I do feel bad about letting them down.
The PARKING near the shipyard is time-consuming. Maybe a 15 to 20 minute walk from the welding school to the parking lot should you be “let go” after normal shift change hours! We did successfully make the “long walk” after being told are skills weren’t good enough without getting mugged nor dying of a heart attack.
The area is full of things to do and see and I enjoyed being there except for the part where I was away from my Wife and dogs! For me, being anywhere close to US Navy ships brought back memories. It was also nice to be near the coast. I have been inland for many years but really enjoy being near the ocean. With photography as a hobby, I was able to entertain myself during the slack time.
It was easy for me to find a local congregation of The Lords church for worship and Bible study. This made my stay much more comfortable. If your in the area and would like to sit with some Christians interested in following Gods Word and it alone, please go visit the Newport news Church of Christ.