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“Benham Schoolhouse Inn a nice surprise” 4 of 5 stars
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100 Central Avenue, Benham, KY 40807   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Benham B&B and Inns
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“Benham Schoolhouse Inn a nice surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

We were quite pleased with our stay here. The room was nice with a comfortable king size bed. Decorated in a nice style. the employes were very nice as well. Breakfast was good as well served in a spacious room that used to be the Principal's Office. They have a little reading room stocked with books. We wandered around the town park and loved the town as well. Historic coal town has a coal mining museum that was unfortunately closed when we were there.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Coshocton, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Benham Schoolhouse Inn mid September. We spent a night in the Honeymoon Suite (room number 1960.). It has a king size bed and large jacuzzi tub. It is a very small and quite town but we loved the stay. We loved the mountains although we didn't see any bear. We also loved Portal 31 Mine in Lynch that you can tour. It is amazing to think this was a very active mining town. We enjoyed it so much we went back with other family in October.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Berea, Kentucky
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20 hotel reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Located in the old coal town of Benham, Kentucky, the School House Inn functioned as a school from 1926 to 1961. In 1992, it was turned into a hotel. The setting of the Inn helps you to visualize of the early 1900's Hollywood’s movies. Both the aspects of old school and residence hall are brought together to offer you one of the comfortable accomodations in the surrounding area. The rooms are large and the beds are comfortable.

After a long drive from Williamson, West Virginia to Benham, I could not ask for a more comfortable place to stay. In addition to that, the staff is ready to offer you any extra thing that will make your stay memorable. At first, I was skeptical about the location of the place, especially at night, but when you get in the room, you see a different aspect of the Inn. I loved and will probably return some other day if I have the opportunity.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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12 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

We love quirky places! Our stay was a step down memory lane even though we didn't go to school here. The blocks in the building were the same as my childhood school. Check in was the office. The hallways looked like school hallways lined with lockers. However, the rooms were very up to date and like any hotel. Bed was firm and bedding was soft. Furniture was nice wood materials. There was a fireplace but it did not work. I overheard from another person asking about them that they don't work. The only thing that made you remember you were in a school house was the blocks around the window. Hot water seemed to run out quickly so be advised. They do not have a resturaunt as advertised but do serve a continental breakfast. There are nearby restaraunts. Staff was very friendly and knowledgable about the history of the building. We even got a tour of the place! We will stay here again!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charles Town WV
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

I don't know how things are now but I stayed at the Inn some years ago. I had the first room on the right after making the left turn in to the main hallway. It was the size of the original classroom.
It was a somewhat hot day and the classroom was so cool and the entire place so quiet that I still remember the great night's sleep I had. The museum in what was the US Steele Company store was very well done in it's replication of rooms in earlier homes. It was worth the time. Everyone in the town was extremely nice.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berea, Kentucky
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

I was stunned by the number of positive comments in the log book, as well as the number of thank you cards pinned to the wall. If all of those reviews were here online, it would probably be at least a 4.8 star hotel. There is something slightly weird in the rows of dark-green lockers, hollow corridors and the thought that many of children that used to come to this school to study. However, the rooms themselves are really nice and cozy, sustaining the same color scheme and the same feeling of being somewhere in the previous century. This place is really unique and I'd highly recommend it as a place to stay to really immerse into the coal mining era that this town helps recreate with its museums and exhibits.

Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

Stayed at the Schoolhouse Inn and enjoyed it immensely. Benham, in the mountains of Southeast KY near to its sister cities of Cumberland and Lynch, is sort of a place out of time. The "Schoolhouse" was indeed built as a school in the heyday of coal mining in this area although nearby that has ceased (the railroad tracks are even gone). But a mine tour is conducted if one is so inclined, there are two compact but well kept golf courses nearby, a good area museum, there are hundreds of miles (yes) of trails nearby for cycling, and four wheeling and hiking of course. Located at the foot of the highest mountain in Kentucky it is heavily forested and QUIET. We stayed once three years ago and enjoyed it then and it has improved even since then under its current management. Very nice. Breakfast is continental as often at an Inn but there are alternatives nearby (both local and chain). There internal catering for large events was outstanding. I don't slow down much but this is the kind of place where you can take your coffee, brandy, cigar outside, sit on a bench and not really care that there may be another world out there somewhere. That is a rare feeling for me and much appreciated. So it may seem a bit different but a country inn it is and all the better for it.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: 100 Central Avenue, Benham, KY 40807
Location: United States > Kentucky > Benham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Benham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 30
Also Known As:
Benham School House Hotel Benham

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