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Refuge Inn
7058 Maddox Blvd, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (Formerly Refuge Motor Inn)   |  
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Catonsville, Maryland
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“Wonderful Little Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Stayed here with my wife for our anniversary. Check-in was at 4pm (late) but we stopped by around 1pm just to ask if we could get in earlier and were told our room was ready for check-in. Nice.

Room was clean, beds were comfortable, air conditioning worked and the wifi was free. Each room has a balcony for enjoying the fresh air.

We didn't utilize the pool but did take a look around while exploring the place. Pool was clean and looked well maintained. Water is heated. There is also an outdoor shower to rinse off the clorine if you don't want to walk back up to your room.

The continental breakfast was actually much nicer than anticipated. When you arrive, a staff member asks if you would like a fresh waffle/french toast/pancakes - whatever they happen to be cooking that day. Coffee, toast/english muffins, hard boiled eggs, cereal, oatmeal, fresh fruit & juices all available. It was really a nice way to start the day.

We used one of their discounts to get 20% a two-night stay. Place was a tiny bit expensive for frugal travelers, but if you can get one of their many discounts it helps. Plus with the nice breakfast, you really don't have to spend money eating anywhere else in the morning, so you should factor that into your decision when selecting a hotel based on price. Really a nice hotel.

Staff was awesome, always helpful and very friendly. The location is about 5 minutes from the main street area but only a short walk/bike ride from the wildlife refuge, which is great if you are hopping back and forth from the beach. When driving to Main Street, there is lots of free parking, so making trips back and forth isn't an issue.

I enjoyed our 3 day trip to Chincoteague, and if I returned I would definitely stay at the Refuge Inn again.

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  • Stayed September 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

the wife and I returned to the Refuge Inn for the 3rd time since September of last year. I happened across this place while looking for somewhere to stay for our anniversary. Since all the B&B's on the island were booked up, I found the reviews here and decided to give them a try. Best decision I made, besides the trip itself. The people at this hotel are friendly, the rooms are clean and well decorated, and there are tons of reasons to stay here. Ponies and bike rentals across the parking lot, a great diner right across the street, and walking/biking distance to both the wildlife refuge and the rest of Chincoteague. I highly recommend this hotel...I wont come to Chincoteague unless I can stay at the Refuge Inn!

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  • Stayed September 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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Virginia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

My husband and I decided at the last minute to have a quick getaway and chose Refuge Inn on Chincoteague. What a wonderful choice. This is a family run hotel with so much going for it. The room was larger and nicer than most rooms I have seen in chain hotels. Loved the four poster bed and the Adirondack chairs outside the sliding door. The rooms have refrigerators and coffee makers, but no microwave. No problem, they have them in the foyer of each floor for guests use. Also, on the second floor landing is a door that looks like a closet and is marked with a sign that says " Observation Deck". Up an awesome spiral staircase is a deck with more Adirondack chairs and a wonderful place to spend some quiet time. Although we didn't use it, pool looked great. The people at the front desk were friendly and very helpful answering all our questions. Breakfast was very nice, scrambled eggs, cereals, yogurt...typical. But what was not typical was a wonderful homemade banana nut bread! We rented scooters from the place across the street (around $30 for 24 hours), and went exploring. Great quick trip!! Will definitely stay at Refuge Inn the next time we are in Chincoteague!!

  • Stayed September 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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Sussex, New Jersey
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We booked this trip on a whim and were not sure what to expect. The room was a little dated, but very clean, we had a nice view of the pony pasture, the staff was very nice, the prices very reasonable, good parking. We will be back.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mechanicsville
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

This is a lovely, older hotel. The rooms have balconies/patios and each one is decorated uniquely. They have refrigerators, hair dryers, and coffee pots. There's a pool and hot tub, picnic tables and grills, breakfast room and gift shop. The staff were all exceptionally nice. While there is a breakfast bar with the basics, a staff member made waffles on one day and French toast on the other day and delivered them right to your table. They also have coffee available all day. It is very close to the Wildlife refuge, and there are ponies in the pen right next to the parking lot. It is perfect for families or couples. We will definitely return!

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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butler,PA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Had a lovely stay here, closest to the beach, ponies in their pasture just off of our balcony, nice breakfast, coffee all day, exceptional staff- met owners Donna and Jane- just great people. Didn't get to use pool or hot tub but nice. Did get to see rocket launch from their observation deck way on top. All the way around a perfect place!!

  • Stayed September 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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New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

This is our favorite place to stay when we are in Chincoteague. We have stayed here many times. This time we had a 2 bed Queen since the deluxe kings & queens were booked. The deluxe rooms have nicer furnishings but the regular queen was fine. The staff is always friendly and helpful. Good breakfast choices. We love the location and will return again.

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  • Stayed August 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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Address: 7058 Maddox Blvd, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (Formerly Refuge Motor Inn)
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Location: United States > Virginia > Chincoteague Island
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 18 Hotels in Chincoteague Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Exceed your expectations in this family owned inn where no detail is overlooked. The Refuge Inn is located within walking distance of the wildlife refuge and minutes from our beautiful undeveloped beach. Amenities include Continental Breakfast, Wireless Internet, Indoor/Outdoor Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Fitness Room, Bicycle & Beach Gear Rentals, Conference Room and Gift Shop. A Treasure of a place, Family Owned and Proudly Operated. ... more   less 
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Refuge Hotel Chincoteague Island
Refuge Chincoteague Island

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