This was our first stay in the Inlet Inn, though we have visited Beaufort many times over the years. That said, I believe the Inlet Inn is where we'll go from now on, in the Spring or Fall. The rates are better then, and the town is less crowded then. And the weather -- delightful!
Note that this is not a typically cozy B&B, which can be wonderful indeed. Nor is it a typical motel, with a lobby-side room offering multiple continental breakfast do-it-yourself choices. This is a seaside inn with a twist: you can simply call room 309 anytime between 7:30 and 9:30 and they will bring a tray to your room. Not "room service" where you make your selections and then pay extra on your check-out. It is simply two very large glasses of good orange juice, two toasted bagels, two large muffins [each one a little different], assortment of spreads, and either coffee or hot tea. Nothing special on that menu, but what a treat to have it delivered, without a hand out for a tip, or a "room service" charge added to your bill. Alternatively, you can go to room 309 yourself and find a comfortable seat up on an indoor balcony or outside on the widow's walk. The view from each is definitely worth the flight of stairs.
But most folks don't choose a hotel based on its breakfast. What really matters is the size of the room, the comfort of the bed, the cleanliness, the privacy, and in this case the view. Inlet Inn scores high on all counts. We chose a waterfront room on the second floor, which meant a private balcony overlooking Front Street and the yacht harbor -- both provide ample entertainment just watching the people and the birds. What surprised us was the good size of the balcony, with two very nice wooden rockers [and room for several more]. The walls between the balconies, and apparently between the rooms, were so thick that we actually never heard a single neighbor in our 4 days there, even though the inn was nearly full. The room had a nice double closet, a sink and vanity area separate from the toilet and shower, an alcove with a nice little refrigerator and drawer and cabinets for food items. There was also a bureau with flat screen TV, two bedside chests with drawers for clothing, a comfortable sofa with nice throw pillows, a good size coffee table, and a drop-leaf table and chairs for dining or playing games. All the funiture, knotty pine, was reminiscent of a nice beach cottage, nothing pretentious. Our bed was king size, and so were the four pillows. And all of these items left room to spare, a truly spacious and homey design. I'm already looking forward to our next opportunity to stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small family owned waterfront hotel in downtown historic Beaufort with great views of the harbor. We have 36 rooms divided among three floors. Our first and second floor waterfront rooms have king beds and private balconies to relax and enjoy the warm summer breezes. Some of our first floor waterfront rooms have wood burning fireplaces for the chilly winter months. Our third floor rooms have two queen beds and a large bay window seat perfect for watching the wild horses and traveling mariners. We also have some non-waterfront rooms as well as one room with a king bed and two twin beds, but with no balcony, perfect for larger families. Included with your stay is a small continental breakfast with warm muffins, bagels, and orange juice with coffee upon request. We deliver to your room or breakfast can be enjoyed in our third floor widows walk lounge. However don't hesitate to try many of our great downtown Beaufort dining locales, all within a few blocks of our location on the waterfront. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Inlet Inn And Conference Center
- Inlet Hotel Beaufort