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Gay Street Inn
160 Gay Street, Washington, VA 22747   |  
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Ranked #4 of 10 Washington B&B and Inns
Arlington, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We stayed on Saturday night while we were in town to eat at the Inn. Kevin greeted us personally and wished my wife happy birthday before showing us to the room. The place was very clean and nicely decorated. We had a quiet night in front of the fire after coming back from dinner. Breakfast in the morning was delicious and the breakfast room was a nice place to start the day with the day's newspaper. If we had more time in town I would like to have sat on the porch or in the yard to relax a little bit more but we had to take off to get back home. I would definitely recommend it if you are staying in the area or if you are planning to eat at the Inn but dont want to stay there

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Gay Street Inn is a quiet, unpretentious, and very relaxing B&B in Washington, VA. We celebrated our 27th anniversary there and will definitely be back! The hosts were very helpful making recommendations for local activities and very attentive.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Everything everyone has previously written is true, we loved our stay here. Wonderful Innkeepers, top notch service, extremely clean and comfortable, delicious and plentiful breakfast, special roasted coffee that was wonderful. A memorable experience!

Room Tip: We had the Shenandoah Room on the first floor. It was very quiet and spacious with a small kitchen...
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  • Stayed October 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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Rockville, Maryland
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Just returned from a lovely overnight at the Gay St. Inn. Like other reviewers, my husband and I were celebrating at the Inn at Little Washington (15 years!), willing to pay the price for the fabulous food but not the accommodations. Gay St. Inn is walking distance and the hosts could not be more pleasant and helpful.

We are not really B&B people -- too often they feel to me like you're at a distant relative's house --forced to tiptoe around, be nice to an over-chatty home-owner and make small talk at a communal breakfast table. Gay St Inn is NOT like this. We walked in the door and pressed a little button, which rang Kevin, who is, as others have mentioned, a wonderful host. You really do feel like he wants nothing more than for you to have a great time. He showed us to the Mountain View Room -- spotless, comfortable, and large with a bathroom that looks brand new. As he left us to unpack, he suggested we ring him for a glass of wine when we were ready, and we did. He brought Virginia wine, described the nearby winery, and left us on the cute front porch with wine and nuts. We felt perfectly at home, strolled the town, had an amazing dinner, and slept very well. Though the Inn was full when we were there, we didn't hear noise from the nearby rooms or halls.

The breafkast room is sunny and has individual tables at which to sit (hurray!) and copies of the Washington Post and local papers. Kevin puts out coffee (special blend just for the Inn - delicous) and bread (banana walnut today) at 7:30 a.m., with a hot breakfast at 8:30. My husband and I enjoyed a leisurely hour with the paper and coffee, and a wonderful breakfast by Jay. After breakfast Kevin directed a scenic walk for us, gave us guest passes to a local winery and recommended some stop-offs for a liesurely way home (24 Crows Italian Veggie Sandwich -- awesome!).

One other note - there is almost no cell service in Rappahannock County. Though there are only two roads, in Washington, VA, if you're using a cell phone to navigate, you may find yourself asking strangers for directions. Luckily, there are plenty of friendly strangers in town to help.

Room Tip: We liked the mountain view room -- two nice windows with a cross breeze, two comfortable reading cha...
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  • Stayed October 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 Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

A close friend and I stayed at the Gay Street Inn during a long weekend trip to DC and the Shenandoah Valley, and it's not hyperbole to say our stay here was by and far the highlight of the trip - and was the best experience I've ever had staying at a B&B (or for that matter, a hotel). Kevin was our host for the weekend and I can't underestimate how much every detail was thought of; every need you have will have been thought of and provided for already. On Kevin's recommendation we went for a great dinner at a pub 5 minutes away, and then returned to a bottle of port and dark chocolates set out for us in the living room/library (which has a wonderful collection of books, board games, and other nice touches). Complementary wine and cocktails were offered to us several times during our stay. Breakfast was homemade - cornbread pancakes with a raspberry-butter-maple syrup spread, fresh bacon (and a delicious fruit medley for me as a vegetarian), broiled grapefruit, and fresh baked breads. More details: wine key and glasses are provided if you'd like to bring wine back for yourself, any advice you'd need to get the most of the town or the region is readily available, and there's a incredible backyard to a relax in, and a front porch which looks out onto sunsets over the mountains. Finally, the aesthetics of the place are perfectly done - elegant, homey, comfortable, and completely free of kitsch. All and all, the Gay Street Inn is an amazing place to call home for a day or a week!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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RappahannockVA, Owner at Gay Street Inn, responded to this review, October 20, 2012
We are so pleased to know that these guests enjoyed their stay with us, and their kind words mean a lot. We are always happy to share our breakfast recipes with guests--in fact, most of our guest favorites are available for download from our website. And if new or returning guests have a personal favorite, we'll do our best to offer it if we are given a bit of advance notice (grocery shopping in our area has to be done in advance).
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

I echo all of the other 5 star reviews of the Gay Street Inn. It's by far the best B&B I've ever stayed at. The house and rooms are spacious, cheery, and quaint, while the amenities are very modern. Everything is clean and well decorated. And best of all are the innkeepers--Kevin and Jay--two of the friendliest nicest people you will ever meet. The make the experience truly spectacular (and they cook an incredible breakfast).
After staying at the Gay Street Inn, I would never stay anywhere else in Washington, VA. Highly highly recommended!

  • Stayed September 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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Boulder
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

This lovely inn is perfect in every way, from the beautifully kept public and private spaces to the quiet location. Our room (Mountain View) was spacious and nicely decorated, with a large, well-appointed bathroom. As other reviewers have noted, the proprietors go out of their way to ensure that guests enjoy their stay, offering assistance, ideas, and yes, even wine or port at night in addition to the wonderful breakfast. But Kevin and Jay are low-key and manage to make guests feel welcome and comfortable without compromising our privacy. The setting, just a few blocks from downtown on a dead-end street, offers gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and numerous places to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings (porch, large yard with outdoor seating, cozy living room, breakfast room, etc). As a bonus, the Inn has some interesting works of art, including some of Kevin Adams' pieces, and guests can sometimes visit Kevin's art studio across the street.
The Inn ranks among the best hotels we have visited in the world, and we highly recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Gay Street Hotel
Gay Street Hotel Washington
Address: 160 Gay Street, Washington, VA 22747
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Location: United States > Virginia > Rappahannock County > Washington
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Washington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our restored and updated 1850s farmhouse in historic Little Washington, Virginia, will welcome you to a relaxing stay in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We are walking distance from the renowned restaurant of The Inn at Little Washington, minutes from Shenandoah National Park, award-winning wineries, horseback riding and antiques. Your day begins with a home-cooked breakfast in our sunroom. Lounge in the library or in the quiet of one of our guest rooms, each with private bath. ... more   less 
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