The Inn at the Olde Silk Mill is a friendly place near the historic district of Fredericksburg, VA. The staff is helpful and the atmosphere is charming. However, the building is in need of some repair and updating, and because the systems and some of the equipment is old, you have a 50/50 chance of being kept awake at night.
For example, last year I stayed there for the same family get together and the room I had was near the kitchen (very loud in the early hours) and also had an old refrigerator that cycled all night. This year, I had the Queen Mary Suite which is quite lovely (although the bathroom is in serious need of updating) but the air conditioning system made a strange rhythmic noise the second night that kept me from falling back to sleep.
That being said, I would recommend this Inn and I would stay there again. It is in transition as the current owners are making incremental updates and modifications, and they make a real effort to make you feel welcome and comfortable. They will assign you a new room with no fuss, have a parlor that is open most of the day and early evening for visiting (they provide tea, coffee, and cookies too), and right next door is a wonderful gift shop called Two Sisters.
I noticed this year that they added free wi-fi, expanded cable television, and added a flat screen tv to the parlor. Things are definitely improving to provide the service levels that most of us have come to expect in a hotel stay.
Staff is not onsite 24 hours per day as they go home at 9 pm. Guests are given front door keys so can come and go as they please, but if it is important to you to have staff available, you should consider staying elsewhere. My family and I have never had a problem not having staff onsite, and they leave several emergency numbers should you need to contact someone.
Room rates are competitive with the Courtyard Marriott that just opened, and the Inn also provides a buffet breakfast from 8 am - 10 am. If you want a real experience stay at the Inn. If you miss the cookie cutter lifestyle, there is a Hardee's across the street.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Inn At The Olde Silk Mill Hotel Fredericksburg