I was very pleased with the courtesy and helpfulness of the staff at check in. I was given lots of helpful information about things to do in the area, as well as discounts for certain activities. The decor in the front entrance is very grand with a Victorian style. I can see why this is a popular place for weddings. I enjoyed sitting in the front parlor by the fireplace with my knitting. See my pictures!
The room itself was small but comfortable, furnished in a cozy vintage style. No one could mistake this for a chain hotel! Linens were a bit worn (fitted sheet kept pulling loose) but soft and comfortable. Bed was squeaky but I'm told that's required at a bed and breakfast. :) I think it was actually a full-size, not a queen-sized, bed but as I was traveling alone it was fine. No problems with internet access on my phone, laptop, and tablet. Mini-fridge was a nice bonus as I was able to save money on eating out by stocking it from the local grocery store. Freezer compartment did not seem to work as the ice cube tray had water in it.
Left a sign on the doorknob to make up my room but no one did--maybe they only come by on your last day? If I'd needed anything I would have asked at the front desk so I let it go and--gasp!--made my own bed! The water takes quite a while to heat up (there are signs warning you as much) so run the hot water for your shower while you're brushing your teeth.
Breakfast was quite basic with coffee, tea, milk, OJ, filtered water available. To eat there were bagels (toaster available), instant oatmeal (hot water available), cold cereal, apples, oranges and an old banana which re-appeared the next day, coffee cake, and yogurt. I took a paper cup to use in my room as there were no cups in my room. A copy of the local paper was on the breakfast table on Weds but not Thurs--I think since this is a small town the paper doesn't come out every day.
Location was excellent with shopping, dining, and tourist attractions all nearby. A friend joined me to tour the A. Smith Bowman distillery on Wednesday and we sampled their award-winning bourbon, gin, vodka and rum. We both bought our favorite bottles and also got free souvenir "bungs"--wooden corks that are used to seal the barrels. This distillery has the distinction of being the only bourbon distillery in Virginia; all the others are in Kentucky. We also went to a beer tasting at Blue and Gray; the restaurant was closed as hours are limited in the winter. We called and they sent us to the side entrance in kind of a warehouse building, where we were welcomed and the employees alternated working in the warehouse and serving us samples. We had a late lunch at Castiglia, an affordable and good Italian restaurant in Old Town.
My room was facing the street but it wasn't too noisy. From other reviewers, this may not be the case on weekends.
Room was a bit warm on the first night so the next day I asked for the temp to be adjusted and it was perfect the 2nd night.
Overall, I feel I got what I paid for and then some. Luxurious it was not, but comfortable and meeting all my needs; charming in appearance and my hosts were gracious yet non-intrusive. Hope to visit again.
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- Inn At The Olde Silk Mill (formerly Fredericksburg Colonial Inn) is under new ownership since May 2007. Many new upgrades, pillow-top mattress, Royal Suites, wireless internet, new breakfast items, warm and inviting staff. Walking distance to Downtown Fredericksburg Historic sites, restaurants, antique stores. Great shopping and dining options! Perfect for business or leisure. ... more less
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