My wife and I just returned from a stay at the Hotel Blue. The hotel is beautiful, clean and modern, and our corner (tower) room was bright and cheery. The furnishings were very nice and the glass sink bowls under-lit with blue lights were, of course, very attractive. The glowing ice bucket changed colors, too. We were shocked and surprised by the look of the room when we walked it. It was just beautiful. The bed was off to one side by the windows and the sitting area had sofa, chair and ottoman that were all very comfortable. I, like some others reviewing here, prefer a softer bed or at least a firm mattress with a soft, pillow-top, but I slept well enough. The pillows were very nice and although I brought my own because I have neck problems, I ended up being able to use the ones provided. The only other minor thing was the shower head, which worked well enough but was a basic type that shot thicker streams of water out rather than a fine spray as in most upscale hotels. That's kind of a picky point, but others have noted it as well. The management seems to stay on top of things so I feel pretty confident they will upgrade the shower heads at some point now that they've been advised about t.
We walked to Lewes, a short walk over the bridge and ate at the Buttery, which has a great porch and very good food. It's pricey but if you're looking for a nice experience, that's the place to go. We had the sandwiches at Touch of Italy, a market and restaurant on the corner of Second Street...We're Italian and we know a good sandwich when we bit into it...simply delicious on their large, home made semolina roll and not bad price at 9.99 each. We each took half back to the room and stashed it in the refrigerator for the next day's lunch.
It's a short drive to Rehoboth Beach, where there are many shops and a large, free beach as well.
The Hotel staff were great. Jim and Brian were the two we saw the most and they were very pleasant and helpful in recommending restaurants and giving directions.
The room had a small refrigerator, a separate wine-cooler refrigerator and a microwave, as well as a coffee maker. From our balcony we could see the boats in the canal. I did walk down one day to see about taking the water taxi down the canal to Rehoboth but no one was there and I had to call a posted number and was told that taxi service wasn't available every day, so I'm not sure how much you can count on that. They do schedule trips to see other things but it didn't work as I expected a water taxi to do. The sign didn't tell me anything.
We didn't get a chance to try JD's place or Gilligans, both of which were recommended by several people. Gilligan's is said to have the best crab cakes. The crab cakes I had at the Buttery were great, as well.
Parking at the hotel was no problem and the room was very quiet, even in the mornings when you can usually hear people moving around in most hotels. We were on the top floor, which may account for some of the silence.
The rooftop pool and sitting area were just through a door and up a few steps from the hallway outside our room and is a nice spot to sit and relax. The pool is small, but it's a pool and the chairs and umbrellas were sufficient for the few guests we saw up there. Staff keeps towels up there and everything looked clean and well kept.
We had a wonderful stay at Hotel Blue. Now if they could move it to the beach, so I could watch the waves from my balcony, it would be perfect. But Lewes is a nice little beach town with a lot of history and good ice cream, btw. We highly recommend Hotel Blue and its staff.
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