Fanciful and exceedingly pleasant decor; very clear throughout, a very sociable host who did everything to please, perfectly good breakfast. What's not to like?
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
Just got back from spending a wonderful Memorial Day weekend at Blue Water House, along with my mom, sister and a family friend! We stayed in the Nautical room and had just a lovely time! Rick (& Lola) were wonderful hosts and awed us with the number of amenities--free bikes, water, beach towels, advice etc. After our morning bike rides down to the nearby beach, we returned to yummy breakfasts made by Rick every morning. The whole house is colorful, fun and quiet so we left feeling recharged & refreshed. Coming from Metro DC & NYC, we were all happy to discover such a gem so close to home! We look forward to making Blue Water House a habit :)
When traveling to the Delaware Beaches, the first thing to decide is which city to stay in. Rehoboth has a huge outlet mall, scores of chain restaurants, gigantic big box stores, a boardwalk with tons of amusements, plenty of opportunities for bar-hopping, and lots of entertainment for children. For most tourists, particularly families, that's exactly why they come to the beach. In order to accommodate these numbers, the Rehoboth area also has lots of bargain chain motels.
Lewes has none of those -- just historic charm and quaint shops. Which is why we decided to come there for our time at the Delaware Shore.
Lodgings in Lewes center on either the city's history or its proximity to the beach. The Blue Water House (BWH) chooses to do the latter -- and spares no effort to do so. This is not surprising, as the place is only a couple blocks from the beach, just over a mile from the Cape May Ferry Dock, and about two miles from Cape Henlopen State Park.
Most B&B's, particularly those in low-key towns like Lewes, try to present a low-key decor and ambiance. The BWH does the exact opposite, decorating in a deliberately "funky" and colorful style. Every room and hallway has bright and loud colors, with beach furniture and artwork at every turn. This is NOT cookie-cutter lodging!
All rooms are on the second or third floor, and there is no elevator. Each room has a spacious bedroom area but a small bathroom -- some with shower only. They all have access to a common balcony that runs around each floor -- at each balcony door there is furniture for that room, but guests can easily walk to all parts of the balcony. Room amenities include AC, iron & board, mini-fridge, and digital TV with 85 channels. Despite being able to connect to the free wi-fi network, neither we nor any other guest were able to access the internet after this connection. Our room was clean, VERY comfortable, and well-maintained. As others have noted, the walls are thin.
The breakfast has made-to-order hot items and a buffet of cold items. Coffee is made at 7:30 am and the rest is ready at 8 am.
Free amenities include parking, a microwave in the kitchen, fruits and snacks, beer & wine, water bottles, ice, tubes of sun-screen, and one-speed bicycles. All are available at all hours, with no need to ask for them -- just take and use.
The top floor has a commons area with books, board games, large couch, and a TV. The ground floor has a covered entertainment area with a propane stove. There is no pool, on-site phone, business center, or exercise equipment. Smoking is prohibited. Manager 'Rick' has a well-behaved, small dog that is easy to find.
If you're looking for bar-hopping, boardwalks, or mall shopping; Lewes is NOT for you. If you want cheap lodging with little more than a roof over your head, the Blue Water House is not for you. But if you just need to unwind at a quiet, historic city with a beach; this would match your needs just about perfectly.
My husband and I stayed here on our way to Avalon from Florida. The place is very Bohemian and extremely comfortable. Rick made us feel right at home from the start. It is located close to town with many fine restaurants. We will definitely stay there again.
This is a wonderful place to stay. The proprietor is friendly and makes awesome banana pancakes. He makes every effort to make you feel welcome and at home. The decorations and furnishings are first rate, particularly if you dream of visiting the tropics. We really enjoyed our stay here and hope to come back soon.
This is a very nice property in quiet Lewes. The hospitality was exceptional, the amenities were of
the highest order, and they were understanding of our concerns when a misunderstanding arose and resolved the situation. Also, the decorations were fun and in keeping with the theme.