Ideally situated just a short distance from the entrance to Assateague, the Refuge Inn was, indeed, a refuge from daily life for a few days.
The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. When a minor oversight meant we needed more towels, not only did they provide some immediately, but when we returned from a night out, the desk staff had more ready for us, handing them to us as soon as we stepped inside.
The inn's heated pool--half indoor, half out at the time we visited--was the perfect ending to each day. Even after time in the ocean, it's a must-visit. Above the two-floor building is an observation deck (up a narrow winding staircase), offering a panoramic vista out towards Assateague, and back over Chincotegue. On a clear night, the stars are dazzling.
The room--opened with an actual key...remember those?--was clean, spacious (for a family of 3) and tasteful. The good-size in-room fridge was welcome, and kept those water bottles chilled for warm, muggy days. The curtains on the sliding glass door can create total darkness when both are drawn, depending on just how dark you like it. There's also a decent-sized SDTV, with a fairly typical hotel channel lineup. Also in the room: a dehumidifier. Talk about comfort--that coupled with the A/C made for a good environment.
Breakfast, included with the stay, was served in a space that also served as the gift shop. As the staff advised on day 1, it can get crowded, but the patios outside the guest rooms provide another option for eating breakfast. Generally, the menu included English muffins, bagels, bread, several cereals and instant oatmeal, with various other items available depending in the day (French toast, scrambled eggs, yogurt). Juice, tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also available.
Also on site is a bike rental facility, perfect for a ride around town or over the bridge to Assateague. You can rent by the hour, and the selection included standard cruiser type bikes, child seats, tagalongs, tandems and carts. You can also rent beach supplies, like boggie boards. They also sell a limited selection of beach items, bike supplies and assorted souvenirs. One word of advice before going out on a ride: lather up in mosquito repellant. Bathe in it. Pour it on you. Soak your clothes in it. Those bloodsuckers are vicious.
So, mosquitoes aside--and that's said in jest--there's nothing but good things to say about the Refuge Inn, and no reason not to give it a strong recommendation. Lovely accommodations, reasonable rates and friendly people. What's not to like in that package?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exceed your expectations in this family owned inn where no detail is overlooked. The Refuge Inn is located within walking distance of the wildlife refuge and minutes from our beautiful undeveloped beach. Amenities include Continental Breakfast, Wireless Internet, Indoor/Outdoor Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Fitness Room, Bicycle & Beach Gear Rentals, Conference Room and Gift Shop. A Treasure of a place, Family Owned and Proudly Operated. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Refuge Hotel Chincoteague Island
- Refuge Chincoteague Island