Stayed here for one night while visiting friends in Smithfield, a small historic Virginia town famous for hams and pork products.. The Inn is a hotel-marina complex on the Pagan River with a restaurant, bar and a few shops. We arrived and were greeted pleasantly and checkin was quick and efficient. We stayed in the original inn above the restaurant that requires walking up steps to get to your room. The new section has a elevator but is not connected. The room was a little dated and the bath area was small but the room had a queen, very comfortable bed, and was clean and well appointed, except there was no desk or work area. Rooms in this area are being renovated at present. The view of marsh and the park across the street was nice. There was a sitting area outside our door that viewed the Lighthouse Suite, the marina, and the Pagan River, where you can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or a good book in front of a large window with a beautiful view. We walked the docks checking out the yachts and had happy hour at the bar. The view of the river and the marshes is wonderful. The house wine was reasonable, with a nice pour, and the appetizer we ordered was very good.
We noted a sign at the front door of restaurant that stated that the old hotel area. where we were staying, was closed at 11 pm to protect the guest and there was a phone number to get someone to let you in after 11. We got back at 10:30 because of this, and still found the door locked, and then had to wait some 15 minutes for someone to open the door. This was the only problem with our stay here.
Next morning we went down for the "continental" breakfast included in the rate, and found a very nice spread. There were fresh pastries, country ham biscuits, waffles, and the lady in charge would also fix scrambled eggs, and pretty much anything else you would want. The coffee was excellent. The food was delicious.
We would gladly stay here again, but would probably stay in the newer area, though the rooms there are more expensive. The Inn experience, overall, was very pleasant. Every employee we encountered was extremely pleasuant and helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family owned boutique hotel on the banks of the Pagan River in Downtown, Historic Smithfield. 44 well appointed rooms including a Chesapeake Bay Style Lighthouse you can spend the night in. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Smithfield Station Hotel Smithfield