Mom turned 77 this year and, as usual, wanted to celebrate with a 'girls weekend' in Rehoboth Beach. We had considered other hotels based on the TriipAdvisor reviews and settled on the Avenue Inn.
I have to say that this weekend was top notch from start to finish:
I called on Wednesday to see if there was a room available with two queen size beds, a balcony and a nice view of Rehoboth Avenue. Mary Lou answered the call and asked if she could make a suggestion? Sure! She recommended that we stay in the Luxury Queen Suite, which not only had all that I had asked for but included a fireplace and queen size sofa bed as well. Sold!
We arrived on Friday afternoon and were greeted very warmly by Melissa. She checked us in and told us that we were the only folks at the hotel that night so we basically had the place to ourselves. We checked into the room, which was everything that was promised, and enjoyed the view of snow covered Rehoboth Avenue.
I went down to the gym, which was very nicely equipped, while Mom and Julie unpacked. To our delight, there there three champagne glasses waiting for us with a chilled bottle of champs in the fridge. Happy Birthday from the Avenue Inn! Delicious!
We grabbed our drinks and headed to the pool, which is located on the thrid floor. It's indoor and headed and stainless steel. The pool was very refreshing as was the sauna and the steam room. LOVED the steam room. But more than that, the outside hot tub was open and waiting for us and there is nothing that compares to exiting a heated pool and stepping out into 10 degree temperature to jump into the hot tub! Sitting out on the deck, looking over the sky line of Rehoboth was just breathtaking.
After our exursion to the pool area, we changed and headed downstairs where Melissa was very accomodating with serving our wine, even though we were way past the 5 to 6 timeframe. We ventured into the Avenue Inn Lounge, where we (unbeknownst to us at the time) met one of the owners of the hotel, there conducting a business meeting. This guy was so down to earth and so friendly - we had no idea that he was anything other than a visitor as well. Erin was our bartender/server and while the menu in the Lounge is small, it is so satifying. We ordered the hummus and the spinach dip, both made from scratch and absolutely delicious. That was our dinner and was more than satisfying - so much so that we had it again the next night!
The room was very comfortable and quiet, the mattresses were very soft and my sister and I took turns sleeping on the sofa, which was equally soft and did not need to be opened at all. The ONLY thing that I would improve upon is the bathroom, which really could have used a double sink.
The room had more than enough towels, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, mouthwash and even included make up removal pads. There was a fridge and microwave as well.
Since were were the only folks in the hotel on Thursday night, there was not a breakfast on Friday morning which was fine by us. The hotel sent us down to the Robin Hood Diner on Rehoboth Avenue and picked up our entire tab, tip and all! There was a full breakfast on Saturday morning, however, and man oh man was it good. I have never had such good food in a hotel before. Never. The French Toast is indescribable: it was like a little muffin, loaded up with banana and was sweet enough that no syrup was necessary. It was delicious! As were the eggs - also like little muffins, loaded with with sausage and bacon or spinach. There were pastries and bagels and breads and fresh (yes, FRESH) fruit.
Coffee and tea and ice water are available 24 hours a day.
The staff is just incredible, to the point where we hugged most when we left. They were so open and friendly and you just felt like you knew they your entire life.
I will go back to the Avenue Inn, without a doubt. I have never been made to feel so welcome in a hotel before.