If you are thinking of popping into the Mimslyn Inn for just one night; don't. You won't want to leave so soon. I won tickets to Luray Caverns in a breast cancer research fundraising raffle. From southeast VA, it was too long a trip for one day so we booked a room at the Mimslyn Inn. I would have preferred to skip the caverns and spend the time at the Mimslyn.
It is beautiful inside and out and the era appropriate music really adds to the atmosphere. After these flatlanders spent half the day in the car and the rest of it marching up and down hills, including 1.25 miles in the cold, damp caverns, the hot tub was Nirvana and the only thing that enabled us to get out of the luxuriously comfortable bed the next morning. Our room and the entire hotel was immaculate. While the standard rooms are not large, do not be fooled by the photos. We had a king sized bed and there was plenty of space in the room. The bathroom is on the small side, but not cramped and, unless your party includes two women who need to be ready at the same time, not a problem at all. Who needs all that wasted space? An extra mirror in the room would have been handy, though.
The complimentary coffee in the lobby was perfect. Not burnt, not too strong, not too weak. The blueberry muffins were sinfully delicious. We saved them for our "breakfast dessert." We had breakfast in the beautiful "formal" restaurant Circa '31. I was wearing jeans and an old golf shirt and my companion was in shorts and a t-shirt. Perhaps they have a stricter dress code at dinner, but the staff made us feel comfortable regardless. The dining room is gorgeous filled with chandeliers, windows, and handsome chairs. I was heartbroken that we weren't able to visit The Speakeasy. The front porch was a delightful place to enjoy the breeze and we met and shared laughs with some interesting guests while enjoying the view of the mountains in the distance.
It has been my experience that a good manager makes for happy employees which makes for a better environment and better service for the customers. Because of this, I have to give kudos to the management. Without fail, every employee I encountered was friendly and helpful. Right down to the guys working outside. The doorman, the bartender who ran to get me ice for the bucket so I could keep my morning can of Diet Coke cold, the waitress in Circa '31 at breakfast who said to use as many little jars of preserves as I wanted, they had plenty, and I could keep the empties to store small objects. Great idea and I wouldn't have done it if she hadn't mentioned it.
I have stayed in five star hotels in New York City and wasn't this charmed, catered to, and delighted.
I whined and moaned like a toddler when my companion's responsibilities did not allow us to stay an extra day. I couldn't recommend this hotel more highly to anyone visiting the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This refined Georgian Revival inn is only 3 minutes to the Luray Caverns, gardens and museum, and 10.6 miles from the Thornton Gap Entrance of Shenandoah National Park. Each of the 45 rooms has been individually decorated with relaxing color schemes, beautiful fabrics, rich patterns, classic furnishings and modern amenities. Pillow-top bedding provides exceptional comfort. Large windows with natural light illuminate most rooms, allowing the vivid landscape of the outdoors to be seen. In addition to a fine-dining restaurant, Circa '31 and meeting facilities, the inn has a fitness center, a spa and an art deco-inspired cocktail bar known as The Speakeasy. There are also gardens, a gift shop and an art gallery. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Mimslyn Hotel Luray
- Mimslyn Hotel Luray
- Mimslyn Inn