Is it a B&B, a hotel or an inn? It depends on what you're after, I guess. The sign outside says "a small hotel," and that's about right.
We spent one summer evening there, and found it to be very nice.
We stayed in Patrick House, one block up from the main house and registration. There is ample parking. Security is good, and it's easy to get in and out of the parking lot and the houses.
We stayed in Room 35, on the second floor, in a nice suite with an old sunroom as the bedroom, with a small sitting room and private bath. It was very spacious and sunny. But man, do those old house floorboards creak, every single step. I had to wonder if the folks in the room below were hearing our every step--hint: ask for a room above so you don't have creaky floors above you.
It was very clean, and this is something I always notice. Spotless throughout, corners, ceiling corners, under tables, window sills, the whole bit. Major kudos on the cleanliness.
Check-in was quick and easy, with the owner and wife very friendly, ready with maps to show us how to get to our house and room, and hot spots in town to see.
The amenities in the room are plastic cups, with no ice or bucket in the house itself--you have to got to the main building. And, it's not an ice bucket but essentially a plastic paint can. So, the ice doesn't last that long. If you want a real glass, like for wine or champagne, you get one at the main house, too. There are two matching robes, and ample bathroom amenities and towels.
The room has its own thermostat, which is nice. There is a door deadbolt for security. The ceilings are 12', with sprinklers. The room has a fireplace, but it doesn't work. All the doors are framed and have matching cornice work--nice. There is a small color TV with ample cable, but it's an old tube-style TV, not a new flat screen. But then again, you don't come here to sit and watch TV, right?
The bed was huge and soft, with very nice linens. At night it was very quiet, but as I figured, that sunny and airy former sunroom also lit up with the sunrise, so there was not a lot of sleeping in.
In the morning breakfast is in the main house. The wife had the yogurt with fruit, which she liked, and I had their excellent strata. It was fast and hot, and the staff very friendly.
Bottom line: this was a first visit to Staunton, and this stay stamped it as a very solid positive. This is a very nice little hotel, and we will not hesitate to stay again, and to recommend it to friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Frederick House is a small hotel in downtown historic Staunton, across from Mary Baldwin College, convenient to restaurants, shops, galleries, and Blackfriars Playhouse where exciting performances of plays by William Shakespeare occur 52 weeks each year. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Frederick House Hotel Staunton