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“Nearly 100 Years Old.....”
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Riverview Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in St. Marys
Palm Harbor, Florida
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44 reviews
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“Nearly 100 Years Old.....”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2013

and it shows it. Bathroom and A/C are completely modern and up to date and that's about it. Carpet on stairs is very worn. We were upgraded and given a good rate. Management tries but until there is some serious dollars spent, it's old and musty. Continental breakfast was nicely done. Loved the hotel cat and dog. Inadequate electric plug ins in the room. WiFi only works in the lobby. Very convenient location. We want to return to St. Mary's GA as the gateway to the Cumberland Island National Park but we'd probably stay the necessary 2 nights on I-95 and GA 40. B & B's looked inviting in downtown St. Mary's too. Welcome center, Robyn, was exceptionally helpful in helping us plan a return visit to see those horses on that island. Ferry schedule is very limited.

Room Tip: If they are not sold out, they are very accommodating in upgrading room at the lower quoted price.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

It's in a terrific location, particularly if you are going to take the ferry to Cumberland Island. It's got some great history and real character.

But it's in need of a lot of attention. Everything is really run down. The porch outside has actual holes in the floors and is filthy. The windows to the rooms that open to the porch have no mechanism for locking them.

The view from some rooms is great. Somebody really ought to buy this place and fix it up. It could be a real treasure.

Some plusses - the owner gave us some free drink coupons for the bar. The bar was fun and the bar tender entertaining, but the drinks were expensive. The lunch they packed for us for our trip to Cumberland was perfect and worth the price.

Big minus - the restaurant on the property is just about the worst we encountered on this trip. Truly horrible. There has got to be someplace else in town that's better.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

What a great hotel. Similar to the ones you might find out west. There aren't many of these family run hotels left anymore. It was clean, comfortable, and friendly. You can't beat the location either, right across the street from the ferry to Cumberland Island. We paid the extra fee to have our dog with us. We ate in the cafe and it was great. The local saloon was hoot. There was even music in the park right on the waterfront. This is our third visit, but not our last. We loved it.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Kevin B
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Douglasville, Georgia
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50 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

Location is great! Right across the street from where you get on the ferry for Cumberland Island. A couple of cats and a dog roam the place. I did have to ask for towels several times and our room was only cleaned one or twice. The day before we left when we got back they hadn't been there and there was still dirty towels on the floor in the bathroom? The rooms were small but the air conditioner worked very well! The breakfast was good. They had bagels, fresh fruit, coffee and juice. If you wanted anything else, there are plenty of places to go, but this was good to grab and go about whatever you wanted to do for the day.
The food at Seagles, their restaurant was good. Dinner was better than lunch. The bar, was wonderful! Very quaint and my husband and I fell in love with the bartender Cindy, she goes by the Queen and will not put up with anything!! She was very funny, knew her drinks and was more than willing to talk and laugh with you! I even got a picture with her!! She was the BEST!! Every place on the walls were covered in old signs with funny and wise cracking sayings on them. Even if you don't stay at the hotel, go to the bar!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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100 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

An old hotel (100 years?) which could be a quaint experience. I was with a group so I don't know cost/value. Internet for computer worked but harder to connect for iPhones/Tablets. Individual room AC worked well. Lobby is crowded with memorabilia. A cat and dog (both friendly) room the place. Owners were comfortable with the lobby door open (for breeze) or closed. Modern conveniences are more to my liking so not quite my thing. Location next to the ferry is great and the owner gave me her last cup of laundry detergent to use at the store next door.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Vinalhaven, Maine
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48 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2013

I've stayed at the Riverview three times. It is truly a kind of time travel experience to stay here: a little like being in a Cagney movie from the 1930's
Yes, it's a little dusty and there's a dog wandering around holding a fish-skeleton (with head) in its mouth. And a very friendly cat on a chair in the lobby. It's not a Hampton Inn. The rooms are a little small, but the bathroom with our room was clean and updated: lovely tile, plenty of hot water. I took a shower and ended up drying myself with a couple of hand-towels, which was ok. We eventually got bath towels (as did another guest who also hadn't gotten any).
It all works out.
The food at Seagles, its restaurant was ok, if unexciting.
The bar, though, is not to be missed. Comfortable, well-stocked, every inch of the walls covered in old advertisements or wise-guy signs.
Cindy, the Queen, runs the place. Cindy is a piece of work, trading hilarious foul-mouthed insults with the regulars, loudly, but without malice. She's a tug-boat Annie type, with dozens of tattoos covering her arms and legs. She's a force of nature and not to be missed.

Room Tip: Try to get a room facing the docks.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Florida Panhandle, Florida
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62 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2013

I have to second, third, fourth... what other reviewers have said about the maintenance of this place. I've been in a lot of older buildings, and old doesn't have to mean dirty, dingy, or ill maintained, but that's how the Riverview felt. I wanted to love it, I really did, but I couldn't. The location is their best feature, right across the street from the dock for the Cumberland Island ferry. Our river view room was smaller than I expected from the photos online, but part of that may have been that they crammed two chairs into the already small room on each side of the door, so I felt claustrophobic walking in. The antique furniture could have used a good polishing. There were no hooks of any kind in the bathroom to hang your towels or clothes, which was a huge annoyance. There was tile in the bathroom that was cracked and creaky, and I suspect that they laid tile down on top of the hardwood floor without doing proper prep work. It appeared that the owners tried to do some minor upgrade and improvements but didn't pay attention to the details and finish work, like a horrible grout and paint job around the edge of a fairly new shower stall and a lack of simple cleaning. The floors, both in our room and on the rugs upstairs, needed a good vacuuming. The pillows on the bed were flat and not comfortable, and the bed was very creaky just to sit on, much less roll around on. I will say that the water pressure in the shower was excellent, but that was about the best thing... except for Cocoa the dog who greeted us quietly as we arrived and the old cat who lives upstairs. The breakfast was okay, I guess, but nothing substantial, so if you need something more than bagels, fruit, oatmeal, and coffee, then you'll need to go a couple doors down to the cafe on the same block. We just didn't get a welcome reception when we arrived, and even though two of the owners were downstairs while we were grabbing coffee before we checked out, neither of them bothered to even say "good morning" to us. I wish we'd paid just a little more money and stayed in one of the three B&B's within walking distance downtown, because this was little more than a place to lay our heads for the night. If we ever go to Cumberland Island again, I seriously doubt we'll stay at the Riverview Hotel again.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Riverview Hotel
Address: 105 Osborne St, St. Marys, GA 31558-4599
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Region: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > St. Marys
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in St. Marys
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Riverview Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Closest Lodging to Cumberland Island Ferry, The Riverview Hotel circa 1916 has 18 guest rooms each named after some of the notable guests that have either visited or stayed at the hotel over the years. We serve a deluxe continental breakfast daily, wireless internet access, full service bar and restaurant, and pack picnic lunches to carry out. Reasonable rates and convenient location are a plus. Discover history, discover Cumberland Island, discover yourself, at the Riverview Hotel. Relax and enjoy beautiful St. Marys, GA, the little town by the sea. ... more   less 
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