After reading many reviews on TripAdvisor, we decided for our first trip to Chincoteague to stay at the Refuge and we were not disappointed! We stayed with our four children and my in-laws joined us so we had three rooms all together. My two oldest children enjoyed staying in the adjoining room to ours and we just left the connecting door open all the time. Since we normally rent a house when we vacation due to our family size, it was quite nice for the six of us to be able to spread out between the two hotel rooms, especially when putting the younger two kiddos down for a nap or early to bed. (in-laws had their own room) Our room was decorated like a bedroom from Country Living magazine...very cozy. We enjoyed starting our day in the breakfast room greeted with a smile by the hostess who always had something hot ready to serve us. I felt the breakfast room size was comparable to most hotel breakfast rooms. I certainly would not call it small. The fact that it was combined with the gift shop just made it more interesting... they have very tasteful, and unique gifts, nothing tacky. Was it a gourmet breakfast...no, but I would never expect that at any hotel. It certainly had more to offer than what I typically have available to choose from in my own kitchen! (eggs, toast, bagels, cereal, yogurt, fruit, juices, milk, coffee, and sometimes waffles or french toast...what more could you want?) The tables were cleaned between each guest and there were highchairs and room trays available as well. While it was always fairly busy, we never had to wait for an available table, and we were easily able to sqeeze at least five of us around one table without feeling crowded. Moving on...the location was the best...right next to the bridge to Assateague, bike shop across the parking lot...and for a quick lunch or late night snack, McDonalds is right next door. We don't normally frequent McD's, esp. on vacation, but since we went in the off-season and several of the restaurants were closed weekdays now, we did find McD's convenient on a couple of occasions. The Sea Shell Cafe is also right across the street, as is the Oyster Museum. The pool was a big hit with our family. It is 1/2 indoor, 1/2 outdoor and heated! We swam both during the day and at night and found it to be very comfortable and clean. It was also very pretty and much larger than most hotel pools. My mother-in-law enjoyed the hot tub. I enjoyed sitting on our patio facing poolside while my youngest was napping so I could watch hubby and the older children in the pool. Of course the ponies were very popular with my horse-crazy girls also. I must say the foals were darling...following us like puppy dogs! There was also a microwave and two sets of washers and dryers which we used a couple of times and appreciated having available. Overall, the hotel was very clean inside and out, nicely landscaped, and the staff was very friendly and accomodating. I felt like I was a guest in someone's home for the week. A couple of reviews I had read commented on the need to use the AC due to the musty smell in some rooms. First, let me say that I am very particular when it comes to cleanliness and staying in hotel rooms...I'm a bit of a germaphobe, I'll admit. I had no issues with the cleanliness of the Refuge. If you live next to water, especially in low-lying areas of high humidity, you're going to have to deal with moisture and I felt like the Refuge was doing everything they could to stay on top of it. All of our rooms had a dehumidifier as well as AC and the maids changed the water daily. We visit Kiawah Is., SC every year and I've stayed in million-plus dollar homes that have a musty smell in some areas. I would say if you can't deal with that, then go visit the mountains instead. We will definitely come back to the Refuge on our next visit to CI. If I had to pick something that could've been improved, I guess I would say that I found the mattresses to be a little too firm for my personal liking, but I hear they do have Tempur-Pedic mattresses in some rooms which are very comfortable, so perhaps I will request that the next time! I would stay here over a chain hotel any day. In fact, we left and stopped in DC on the way home and stayed in a very classy executive suite in a high rise hotel and my kids said it seemed to formal and cold and wanted to go back to the Refuge! Thank you Refuge staff for your excellent service and attention during our stay!
- 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