When my wife and I were looking for places to stay in Rehoboth for a short getaway (three days), I saw pics and reviews here on tripadvisor, and was immediately intrigued. Could the reviews be that true? Was this the stylish, quiet, yet fantastically relaxing Inn so many others had talked about?
Yes; that and more. From the moment we arrived, we noticed that the other vehicles parked in the roomy parking lot included the owners'--and even their vehicle was sparkling. Walking around the perimeter, and inside, we actually commented on how "tidy" everything looked. No cigarette butts carelessly tossed in the parking lot, no little bits and pieces of land-ho flotsam and jetsam sneaking into the plants or grass. Our impression was of a place where the owners do a "periodic walkaround" picking up any bits of litter they might find, so that guests do not.
The owners greeted us and briefly chatted with us, in a polite, no-nonsense, business-like manner. If you're looking for a place where the owners act like overly-friendly smile machines (think Jennifer Aniston's "37 pieces of flair"-covered Joanna in "Office Space") go elsewhere. The owners are extremely accommodating at every turn, and happily provided us with extra amenities we'd forgotten, and kept the breakfast each morning fully stocked with a variety of healthy and delicious foods, cleaned the small, but intimate [and extremely clean] pool--without feeling the need to fill in the empty spaces with inane jibber jabber.
If you want someone to chat with while you take your bags to your room, or yammer away with small talk while you relax by the pool, hire a teenager. If you want efficient, quick, and very effective service by owner-operators who treat you like a fellow professional, go here.
Now, on to the rooms. We stayed in one of the rooms on the web site with the blue wall. When we entered, we immediately noticed the small (but perfect for a romantic getaway's foodstuffs) area where we could use their appliances, and popped a few bottles of Peace Valley Winery wine into the fridge to chill them down. Everything worked perfectly, and the bar area was extremely clean, inside the cabinets and out. You may notice that's a major theme: the remarkable cleanliness of the room, the bathroom, and the entire establishment. In fact, my wife and I felt like the room hadn't just been cleaned that day, we felt like we were the first people to step foot in the room after it had just been remodeled--THAT is how fastidiously neat and organized they keep the place.
The bathroom, painted in a brilliant yellow, came with some very smooth, very sweet-smelling shampoos and soaps my wife loved and which we both were more than happy to use. She always brings her own shampoo (Garnier Fructis), soap, and conditioner, but here she was more than happy to use what was presented for us to use, and she reported that they didn't dry out her skin or make her hair frizzy.
The shower's water pressure was perfect, and didn't punish you with a massive spray nor trickle out pathetically. The shower head was sparkling, and appeared to be wiped down itself after guests left. Usually you see some sort of "crud" (lime scale, calcium, rust) around the jet areas of a shower head, but this one had none I could see.
Because we're both totally OCD when it comes to cleanliness, we did a thorough check of the toilet, pedestal sink, and environs. This revealed nothing--no dust, nothing left behind from some other person's body (hair of any shape or size), no soap scum, no residue under the toilet seat, nothing--not even water spots on the mirror. The bathroom was light and airy feeling, despite being on the the slightly smaller side; it's not a Vegas bathroom at the Signature, but a small area where you feel pampered after taking a long, soothing shower.
The bed was very comfortable, the AC didn't make any undue noise (that I can remember, at least), and the decorations were contemporary/modern with a classic appeal to them.
As far as the walk to the beach, it's several blocks (which was "excellent" for us, but probably only "very good" for some others). We're both into physical fitness, so the walk was an added blessing. We enjoyed being able to walk past the many wonderful houses along the way to the beach (there's some great architecture to admire), to walk to the many restaurants, and then, after plying ourselves with food and drink, being able to "walk it off" on the way "home" to the Canalside. Once there, we went to the porch, hung out drinking our wine, and spent the rest of the nights talking and listening to....nothing. No crowds, no noise, no thumpa-thumpa-thump of car stereos cruising past, just the sound of the wind and tree leaves swaying in the ocean breeze.
All in all, it was the perfect place for two people to enjoy a romantic getaway, recover from the "daily grind", relax, and just use as a wonderful "home base" to return to after a day at the beach and a night out.
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