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“Found our happy place!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Colonial Inn at Historic Smithville
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   615 E. Moss Mill Rd., Smithville, NJ 08205   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Smithville B&B and Inns
PA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Found our happy place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

There are so many good things to say, I don't even know where to start!

Our absolutely stunning but oh so homey room, the hospitable staff, the amazing hot cocoa, shortbread and Gingerbread Almond Biscotti (!!), the fabulous village...wish we were back there right now!!

The front desk offered us wine glasses and a corkscrew upon checking in, which we thought was very nice of them. We brought our own and didn't need to take them up on their offer, but a nice perk and very thoughtful!

We were also offered cookies and a warm beverage at check-in, which was much appreciated. We were just stunned by our surroundings and just sat in the cafe beaming. Even though we got there hours early, our room was ready and we were given our key right away. We were also given a map and a list of specials and discounts that the shops offer to guests staying at the inn.

I should mention that every single time we went to the front desk, every staff member treated us like family. Everyone was warm, welcoming and accommodating. They really went above and beyond.

We stayed in The Johnson Suite 201. The bed was so comfy, the rooms were so warm, the tub and shower were delicious, the front porch and back patio so comfy! Super clean and welcoming, too. And QUIET! We never wanted to leave, seriously!

The continental breakfast baskets of muffins or croissants, coffee or tea and yogurts were fine for us. It left us room for lunch or a snack and then a nice dinner. The only thing that could make breakfast better is if they delivered to the room, or at least to the rooms that aren't in the main building. (We are NOT morning people!) (Little touches like the cutlery, napkins, bags of butter and jams/jellies in the basket really made a difference. They really think of everything!)

The complimentary snack in the afternoons really hit the spot. The cookies are delicious, especially on the day they had cranberry shortbread! The hot cocoa is so, so yummy with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle. It's nice to stop in while out shopping or walking and have something comforting in a warm and comfy setting.

Only rooms in the main building & the cafe have free wifi, which was ok with us, but just a head's up for anyone who that might be important to. We did want to watch movies and we brought a laptop with us, so we went down the street to the Redbox outside of CVS.

Our room had a small refrigerator, a coffee maker and a microwave. Also there was a basket of pre-measured coffee filter packs, tea bags, sugar/sweeteners, napkins and stirrers that was refilled as needed by housekeeping each day. There were 2 Colonial Inn coffee mugs there for us to use. The coffee isn't the greatest, but enough to get you going until you get to the front desk for your breakfast!

We had a living room with 2 chairs, a side table, fireplace, tv (in a closet) and a little food prep area (in another closet). That room also had a table with two chairs. It had a door that opened to the back patio/deck with chairs. Also our front door, which led to the front porch with rocking chairs and a table.

The bedroom was large with a king bed, end tables and lamps. 2 large closets with hangers and shelves. There are no dressers with drawers, so the shelves were where we slid our folded clothes. The tv is in one of the closets. There's also a fireplace, a chair with side table and a rocker. The bed is extremely comfortable with lots of pillows. The bedding is very soft and pretty.

The multi-jet shower was enjoyed by my husband and I absolutely loved the jacuzzi tub. We did have a problem with our hot water, but that was rectified. Something to note: while the rooms have heaters (plus fireplaces in ours) that get very warm, the bathroom has no heater, so you need to leave the door open at all times not in use and even then it's still a little chilly in there.

I loved the black makeup towel so much that I purchased one to bring home. The other towels are kind of scratchy, so I would bring my own next time. This was surprising since the bedroom linens are so luxurious.

Even though our room was in the village, right next to the soap shop, it was very serene and quiet. There are blinds and curtains that make your rooms feel very private. There was some noise our first night that sounded like the people upstairs were jumping up and down heavily for awhile, but they checked out the next day and all was super quiet after that.

I've read that some people find the village/shops "corny" or whatever, but we truly felt so at peace there. Most everyone we met was so down to Earth, so laid back and welcoming that we were just overwhelmed. It's definitely not a fast-paced place, so if you're looking for that, it's not for you. This is a place to RELAX, to not be in a hurry, to really enjoy your surroundings, the views and serenity. To just take your time and do things at your own pace, so different from a typical day in our lives. Maybe it's different in the summer, but in the off-season it's lovely. Walking though the village in the evening with some warm mulled wine from Tomasello's was really nice before settling into our room for the night. (We bought a couple bottles and placed the contents of one in the carafe of the coffee maker for a little while.)

I just can't say enough great things about The Colonial Inn. Customer service is top notch. I almost didn't want to write a review because I didn't want a bunch of people to find out about it, but they deserve the recognition! :)

We can't wait to go back and plan on making this our "go to" place at least once, hopefully twice, a year.

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  • Stayed January 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Shamong, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

My husband and I just spent our 24th wedding anniversary at the Colonial Inn - January 2013. We keep coming back. Tracey (owner) is one of the most gracious people I have ever met. When you step into the cafe, you suddenly feel at home. Who else welcomes you with a hot drink and the most delicious shortbread cookies! This year we decided to purchase the sweethearts package for our room. We were welcomed with beautiful roses, champagne and beautiful rose curls. It made our anniversary day a little bit more special. We have already booked for the light show in December. My husband and I were trying to decide where to go for our 25th anniversary and once we walked into the Inn, we knew where we wanted to stay. We booked a 3 night stay in January 2014.

  • Stayed January 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

My husband and I recently went to Historic Smithville Village for a friend's birthday dinner. Neither of us had been to the Village and since it was an hour + drive away, we decided very last minute (afternoon before) to stay overnight. There was one room left at the Colonial Inn (the actual Inn, not the Barn, or the small suite buildings throughout the village), so we snatched it up. I thought the rate was a bit pricey for a Saturday in January, but once I saw the room and received all the amazing hospitable perks, I completely felt the money was well spent. And not to mention that being able to walk across a tiny street and over an old-timey bridge covered in whimsical twinkle lights after a fun night at Fred and Ethel's was definitely worth the money. (Side note - very yummy food at Fred & Ethel's.)
Let's get down to basics.......parking is free in the village parking lots. As far as check-ins go, I've never experienced a more delightful process. Emily, sweet as can be, checked us in and told us everything we needed to know. The most important thing being about the free cookies (chocolate chip shortbread....MmmmmMmmmm - make sure you get there during "snack time" from 3-5pm) and free coffee or tea (the entrance to the inn is also the entrance to their attached cafe) as we desired. She also handed us a sheet with store names and their various discounts/free items offered. She had us fill out our breakfast card – choice of croissant or muffin, choice of yogurt flavor, choice of juice and choice of tea or coffee. She let us know that in the morning, we just needed to come back to the front desk/counter and the “cutest old man you’ve ever seen” would put together our breakfast basket which we could either enjoy in the café or take back to our room. She then showed us to our room...so quaint!
The room was huge (Baremore, 102). And so super clean! The bed was very comfy, the heat worked well and the bathroom was great! The only teeny tiny drawback was that our lake view room was literally on the lake and the entire village is crawling with water fowl (ducks, swans, geese, you name it), so at about 4am, we started to hear all kinds of squawking. However, we were so cozy, we just fell right back asleep.
In the morning, Emily did not disappoint. I did, in fact, meet the cutest old man ever. Cute Bob got our breakfast basket ready in a matter of minutes and off I went back to the room to enjoy. The tea and coffee were self serve in the hallway which was easy breezy.
All in all, we had an absolutely wonderful stay in an absolutely adorable Inn.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

Just arrived home from a night at Colonial Inn.We stayed in the Johnson suite room 201.It was more than I hoped it would be. It is so warm and cozy.It has an adorable front porch with two rocking chairs and a back porch with two more chairs.It also has two electric fireplaces which adds to the comfy feeling. We enjoyed it so much and didn't want to leave that we requested a late check out.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 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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Cheektowaga, New York
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Everything about our stay here was wonderful. The booking/check-in process was simple and fast - plus free cookies and coffee at check-in! The room was large, rustic but sophisticated, and comfortable. We stayed at "the Barn" property, which is a little removed from the main Smithville Village area, and it was very quiet and private. Historic Smithville Village was fun to explore, with lots of cute shops and places to eat. You couldn't spend more than a day or two in the "village" itself, but there are plenty of attractions nearby (AC is an easy drive).

The Colonial-style accommodations/decorations were tasteful and added to the charm of our stay. The owners and front desk staff were friendly and helpful. We had no problem accessing wifi from upstairs in the Barn (but not on the ground floor) and from in the cafe. The free coffee and tea all day was *great*, and the shortbread afternoon snack is a nice touch. Breakfast was a muffin, juice, coffee, and yogurt - plenty for me, not enough for my boyfriend, who bought milk (kept in the mini-fridge in the room) and cereal at the CVS on the corner to supplement. There was cable and a DVD player, although we chose to unplug for a more romantic weekend!

I cannot recommend this property enough! We will definitely return!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Barn property upstairs in Room 304, where we had no problem accessing wifi and wher...
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We found out a few days in advance that we were upgraded to the Leeds Room, a larger room with jacuzzi, king bed, and separate tile shower from our originally booked Noyes Room because we were frequent customers. Also, our confirmation letter included a handsome Christmas tree ornament!
We do indeed frequently stay here because my parents live a very short distance away and it's convenient to stay here. The inn continues to provide us with very clean accommodations, comfortable beds, and an airy room with cathedral ceilings and a lake view that's warm and cozy at night. Breakfast is served in the Inn's dining room, or we typically bring it to our room where there is a table for two. Coffee is served in the hallway and is pretty much unlimited. Breakfast of muffins, yogurt, coffee, and orange juice is fresh and substantial enough. The people at the front desk and inn are still as welcoming and friendly as can be.

We look forward to our next visit!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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new jersey
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

This is the best B & B we have ever been too. We had Johnson Suite 202 which is beyond words lovely. The suite is so warm, homey and inviting. The bathroom with the great tub and unbelievable shower---worth the visit alone.

The Living Room and Bedroom each have their own TV and Fireplace---so gorgeous. The bed is not only outstanding, but so comfortable. Breakfast is delicious.

If you have never been to Smithville you have really missed something. We have never been away from home and family on Christmas Eve and Christmas, but this year we selected The Colonial Inn and it was one of our best holidays ever.

We enjoyed a great lunch at the Smithville Inn with a table by the window overlooking the lake. The village and shops were all lighted and decorated so beautifully. At 5:30 p.m they had a lighted Tree show on the lake which was fabulous.

This was a perfect holiday thanks to The Colonial Inn---a place that we will visit more often. Thank you!

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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Address: 615 E. Moss Mill Rd., Smithville, NJ 08205
Location: United States > New Jersey > Smithville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Smithville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Colonial Inn at Historic Smithville 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Colonial Inn and the Barn at Smithville are a destination vacation. We are a bed and breakfast located in the middle of a Colonial shopping village with over 70 shops, 7 eateries, a train and carousel and so much more. Once you arrive at this lovely, luxurious inn there is no reason to get back in your car! ... more   less 
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