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“Really #1?” 4 of 5 stars
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Lighthouse Inn Bed & Breakfast
20 Delaware Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971   |  
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Bethesda, Maryland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Really #1?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

We stayed two midweek nights, and we selected this B&B based on TripAdvisor's #1 ranking.

The positives include:
- Location, 1/2 block from the beach (though an especially crowded portion of it)
- Free loaner beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels (which we took to the much quieter Delaware Beach State Park, a few miles south)
- Helpful, friendly hosts (even to schlepping bags upstairs for us)
- On-site free parking (street parking is very expensive)
- Comfortable bed (king-size in our case, although queen would have been adequate)
- Very clean and well maintained
- Pleasant porch for breakfast

Not so great:
- Weekday breakfasts, which were almost entirely store-bought items and less elaborate than at some chain motels. Banana jam was labeled as homemade; freshly baked bread (though probably from frozen dough) was offered one morning; and, hard cooked eggs (yolk tending to black) were available--these, plus coffee, were all that were made in-house. It wasn't bad, but I am used to B&Bs (in Rehoboth and elsewhere) where the second "B" is as important as the first.
- Although our third floor room was large, the sloping ceiling reduced usable space. Further, lots of floor space was taken up by tchotchkes, including a large plant with widely spread leaves. There was, as a result, no proper place for suitcases and other bags, which had to be left out on the floor. I tripped over one, fortunately with just a minor abrasion resulting.
- They only provide one hand towel for two people, and (like other hotels) they ask you to reuse towels for "ecological" reasons. However, they do not provide adequate rack space to spread out two wet bath towels and wash cloths, so they can dry in a reasonable amount of time.

To sum up, This is a perfectly adequate B&B for a short stay, but I am hard pressed to believe that it is really the best one in Rehoboth Beach.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Silver Spring, Maryland
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Just got back from a fantastic weekend celebrating my 30th birthday at Rehoboth, and Matt and Jerry helped make the weekend really special. My husband booked at Lighthouse Inn after reading reviews on TripAdvisor. You can't beat the location - it's one block from the beach! We ran into terrible Friday night traffic driving from DC, so it was wonderful to be able to park the car and walk everywhere we needed to for the weekend.

Matt and Jerry have thought of everything you might need and more! They have beach towels, chairs, and umbrellas, which we borrowed both days we went to the beach. While we had to check out at 11am, we were able to keep the car parked at the house (though there are meters right outside if folks are checking in) and use their recently renovated outdoor shower to clean up before the drive home. They even left us fresh towels in the outdoor shower (which has shampoo and soap).

The breakfasts were great - continental style on Saturday with lots of fresh fruit, mini bagels with cream cheese and homemade jams, delicious coffee, orange juice, and mini muffins. Jerry made us "red, white, and blue" french toast the next day - french toast with strawberries, blueberries, coconut, and a tropical syrup. Delicious! They had cold bottled water available for a dollar each, saving us the hassle of running to the store before going to the beach. They sent my husband several recommendations for nearby restaurants ahead of time. We ended up at Henlopen City Oyster House for a delicious seafood dinner and a wide variety of beers and drinks. I can't stress enough what a convenient location this is - we walked to dinner and there were several options for drinks afterward. It's also fun to walk along the boardwalk, and we stopped by Funland, which is like a mini carnival with a few rides and games that make you feel like a kid again.

I love staying at B&Bs because it has a more personal, homey feel, and Lighthouse Inn certainly met this expectation. While the shower in our room could use a minor update, the room and house in general were very clean. It is obvious that Matt and Jerry put a lot into keeping the house up and providing a welcoming, comfortable experience for their guests.

I usually stay at B&Bs when traveling, including abroad, and Matt and Jerry win first prize for the considerate details that made this such a memorable weekend. A Happy Birthday sign greeted us in the room, and at breakfast, Matt and Jerry brought out a muffin with a candle in it, singing Happy Birthday, holding a sign with my name on it, and blowing noisemakers. They had happy hour on Saturday night, and we shared a drink and light hors d'oeuvres with them and the other guests before heading to dinner. When we returned from dinner, we found a nightcap and chocolates waiting on a silver tray in our room. Then before we checked out, they left a thank you postcard and magnet as a memento on our bed.

While I have found some lodging places "meh" (even after reading decent reviews on Trip Advisor), I would not hesitate at all in recommending Lighthouse B&B to friends and family. In fact, I'd say "Book now!" because it only has a handful of rooms and you don't want to miss out on this lovely, relaxing experience!

Room Tip: King bed in the Key West Room (top floor)
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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beachblock, Manager at Lighthouse Inn Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We always welcome feedback so others will know that B&B'S are a great place to stay in Rehoboth Beach.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We decided to have a little get-away at Rehoboth and decided to stay at this B&B. The price was great. We stayed in the 'Key West Room' and although parts of the room were tight, our sleeping area was perfect and we had our own private shower/bath room. It's about half of a block to the boardwalk and ends at the big arcade and rides area of the boardwalk. Surprisingly, as close as we were to the kiddie adventures, it was quiet in our room at reasonable hours.

As an aside, we saw dolphins every time we went to the beach.

This B&B is perfectly located to not be bothered by the hoopla but close enough to a walk to the beach without any trouble. Breakfast is great, sleeping conditions are perfect, and the guys that run this place are very personable. It's also walking distance (blocks) from the best seafood restaurants in the area.

Bottom line: If you're going to Rehoboth Beach, stay here.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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beachblock, Manager at Lighthouse Inn Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We always welcome feedback so others will know that B&B'S are a great place to stay in Rehoboth Beach.
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

We cannot say enough good things about The Lighthouse B&B -- and we come back every summer at least twice! Here are top reasons it is so good!

1. Matt & Jerry are fantastic hosts. They are great guys -- welcoming and accomodating.

2. So close to the beach!

3. Great rooms!

4. Located in heart of Rehoboth with great proximity to excellent restaurants -- and a great workout facility a block away to work off those restaurant calories!

We hope to see you there -- join us for Labor Day!

Rob & Michelle

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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beachblock, Manager at Lighthouse Inn Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We always welcome feedback so others will know that B&B'S are a great place to stay in Rehoboth Beach. And your review got over 100 hits....We can not thank you enough for taking the time to write a review.
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Alexandria, Virginia
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Great place, location and initial welcome. Wonderful arrangement to park and even leave our bikes outside without worry about anything. Parked and walked everywhere. Being a caffeine hound, however, I was extremely disappointed with the offerings and with the timing of the breakfast on most mornings. Fortunately, there are many places just a short walk away with extremely good coffee, lattes, breakfast, etc. Arrived a couple minutes after breakfast and happy hour and was told I needed to learn how to be fashionably late..? Because of the dismal coffee situation, we were reluctant to partake of the special Sunday brunch, which we regretted.

Room Tip: The room in the top floor King size had a cute sitting area if one of you doesn't stay up late o...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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beachblock, Manager at Lighthouse Inn Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are very sorry you did not like our coffee. We will try harder next time. However, we are limited to space and that is why we provide a Kureg coffee maker 24-7.
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Waynesboro, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We stayed from June 24-30, and every single day we were made to feel special! From the easy, effortless check-in to the checkout! Jerry and Matt were the most exceptional, caring, kind and genuine hosts we could've asked for! The small touches really made this place! We had "valet" parking (thanks Matt for always being willing to park our car!), mints from the local candy shop, the absolute BEST breakfasts ANYONE could ask for (fresh fruits, vegetables, homemade pastries, homemade banana jam every morning), wine and cheese on Saturday night, and chocolates and cordials on our last night! The Sunday brunch was absolutely to die for! They also have beach chairs and umbrellas for you to use, which we used almost everyday. The beach is LITERALLY a 1/2 block away from the inn. The location couldn't have been any better either! We were within walking distance of anything we wanted to do!! We really have not one bad thing to say about the stay, the hosts or our vacation here! You MUST stay here! It's incredible!!!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Egyptian room, and was pleased with the size of the room and private bath! With the...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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beachblock, Owner at Lighthouse Inn Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, July 28, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We always welcome feedback so others will know that B&B'S are a great place to stay in Rehoboth Beach. We can not thank you enough for taking the time to write a review.
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Chino Hills, California
Top Contributor
164 reviews 164 reviews
41 hotel reviews
Reviews in 69 cities Reviews in 69 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

Matt and Jerry are great hosts. The inn is near downtown while not being in the thick I'd things. The price is a little high for what it is (but we were here in busy season and the rates are comparable to the other places). It has a charm to it. If you are a couple in Rehoboth, this is a good choice.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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beachblock, Owner at Lighthouse Inn Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We always welcome feedback so others will know that B&B'S are a great place to stay in Rehoboth Beach. We can not thank you enough for taking the time to write a review.
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Also Known As:
Lighthouse Inn Bed And Breakfast
Lighthouse Hotel Rehoboth Beach
Lighthouse Hotel
Address: 20 Delaware Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
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Location: United States > Delaware > Rehoboth Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Rehoboth Beach
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just a 1/2 block to the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, four rooms and one cottage available for rental with a nautical beach atmosphere.  All rooms have private bathrooms, AC, heat, remote controlled fireplace, direct-TV, DVD/VCR, Sonny radio with CD player, in-room refrigerator, videos, free parking, a quiet patio with fountain, complimentary wireless Internet access and upon request, a 40-minute complimentary Thermal Acupressure Massage on our Chi Bed. For the beach we provide free chairs, umbrella, towels, cooler and ice. Wine and cheese served on Saturdays in Season. ... more   less 

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