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“Charming old house, helpful host” 4 of 5 stars
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Olde Staunton Inn
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   260 North Lewis Street, Staunton, VA 24401   |  
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Ranked #2 of 11 Staunton B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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“Charming old house, helpful host”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

The Olde Staunton Inn reflects the character of Staunton; charming, quiet and full of nice people. We arrived late in the afternoon and the host, David, had gone out to run an errand, but left us a welcome note on the door telling us where to find our room, keys and towels.

The room was great, with a very authentic décor. The brass bedstead was a particular highlight, though a little short for anyone above 6'2" (like my boyfriend, with whom I was staying). We shared a very clean and spacious bathroom with one other room.

Breakfast was very good, with all guests sharing a large table. Mango, strawberry, home-grown tomatoes, English muffins and home-made quiche (?!), all of which were delicious, made for a hearty breakfast before a long day of hiking in the Shenandoah Valley.

David was also very helpful when our hostel plans for the following night fell through. All in all, a very nice stay in charming surroundings.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This is the second summer – mid-August – that I have spent at the charming and cozy Olde Staunton Inn in Staunton, Virginia. I am a frequent participant at the Staunton Music Festival, now in its seventeenth season and one of the most ambitious, imaginatively programmed, and best well-kept secrets vis-à-vis music festivals in this country, and the Olde Staunton Inn is right in the center of picturesque Staunton and all of the musical, theatrical and artistic events that it has to offer. David Bottenfield, the innkeeper, is a gracious and generous host who personally oversees all of the details of this well-appointed and comfortable guesthouse. Breakfasts are a communal affair, so you get a chance to engage in lively conversation with guests from around the world. David not only introduces everyone but he provides a feast that varies from morning to morning that includes local fresh eggs and fruits along with homemade quiche and muffins and breads and unending pots of coffee and tea and fresh fruit juices. David also recommends local trips to caverns and wineries and various other tourist attractions. Each room is unique, beautifully decorated, clean, and with a private bath. Simply put: it feels like you are sharing your home away from home with very good friends.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 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 June 23, 2013

Staunton is a great place to visit, full of history, things to see and fun just to walk round. There are plenty of places to eat and have a drink and all in a small friendly environment. The Olde Staunton Inn is really well placed for a stay as it is a very short walk to the main centre. It is also very easy to find and drive to. The house itself is full of character and charm. But for us the most important part of our stay was the welcome given by David. He was always ready to give helpful advice and offer ideas. We loved chatting to him and other guests during breakfast. And finally the breakfasts. There was so much choice of hot and cold dishes all superbly cooked. Easily the best we had during our stay in the USA. Hopefully we'll get a chance to return one day. Bryan & Polly

Room Tip: All rooms are good and don't be put off the ones that share a bathroom. Not a problem.
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We just stayed one night, and left before breakfast, but we enjoyed our stay at the Olde Staunton Inn. The owner is obviously very dedicated to his B & B. Our room was beautifully decorated and spotless. The owner was most helpful and I would have loved to sit and chat about Staunton's history with him. Unfortunately, we had to get up and out very early, so we passed on breakfast. I'm sure it was our loss.

One warning to those who aren't great at stairs and lugging their bags -- the rooms are upstairs, and like all beautiful, old homes, that means hauling bags. There's also very limited parking at the house, so you may be hauling bags up to the house and then upstairs. To be fair, there is plenty of on street parking and a big, free parking lot just down the way.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Attractive and interesting, old weatherboard house. We stayed in the John Lewis room on the top floor, which was spacious, thoughtfully and tastefully furnished, with a large bathroom (shower only), very comfortable bed, plenty of storage and - at last for Virginia - an opening window (but as we were at attic level the windows are below waist height. David, the innkeeper, was friendly and helpful and we enjoyed breakfast, which included juice, fruit, yoghurts, cereals and muffins and were offered a quiche. All this was very much to our taste but those who are looking for a cooked breakfast might be disappointed. It is a very short stroll to the centre of Staunton, with plenty of choice of restaurants (we would recommend Aioli). You can park on the street or in a car park immediately next to the Inn, both free. Just some very minor quibbles. The air-conditioning for our floor was shared amongst three rooms and as the control is on the landing it helps if one's temperature preferences are the same as one's fellow guests! The top flight of stairs is a little narrow and steep and could be challenging for some.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Winchester, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Our old, favorite inn in Staunton converted to a restaurant, so we recently stayed here for a weekend and found this inn to be very nice. Very clean. Our room was well appointed and quiet. Decor was a bit of a mix; given how beautiful the old house is, it would be nice to decorate in period-appropriate way. Innkeeper was friendly & helpful. It's not in the most beautiful spot, but has nice grounds and is in easy walking distance to all downtown attractions.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We have a very brief yet pleasant stay at the Olde Staunton Inn this holiday weekend. The house is very nice and the room we stayed in (William Beverly) very comfortable and cozy. The owner was very hospitable and helpful. I am vegan so breakfast was pretty simple for me (this is always to be expected) but my husband enjoyed his eggs, sausage and fresh made baked goods.

One nice touch in the Inn was that the hallway had a bottled water dispenser, I like to fill my water bottle often that was a nice extra. I will say, they only offer small bars of soap so be sure to pack all your own toiletries...most of us do this anyway but I had forgotten my shampoo and had to make a special request from the owner.

It was a quick walk from the Inn to the "downtown" area of Staunton. Despite the lovely stay at the Inn we were very unimpressed with the town. We were there for the Memorial Day holiday but there were very few shops open on Monday and little to do. And honestly even if all the shops had been open, there were not many places to shop with the exception of a few antique stores and the glass blowing studio. There were only a few restaurants, it appeared several of them had recently closed. But we did have a nice dinner at the Byer Street Bistro, a cold beer at the Baja Bean Company, and tasty lunch the Depot Grille.

All in all it was a fine getaway, I was just really disappointed with the town itself. I think if you are into history there are a few museums that would be of interest, we are just not much in the way of history buffs and were looking for a quaint downtown to shop and peruse and unfortunately that was not what we encountered.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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: 260 North Lewis Street, Staunton, VA 24401
Location: United States > Virginia > Staunton
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Ranked #2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Staunton
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Hotel Class:3 star — Olde Staunton Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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