My wife and I just spent two nights at the Brick Hotel On The Circle, Georgetown DE and we very much enjoyed our stay.
A few days before our stay the owners emailed a short type of letter indicating that they were looking forward to our visit (that was very friendly and refreshing) and gave us some ideas of some things to do in the vicinity. We are used to arriving at a hotel and picking up a brochure of Things To Do near the Front Desk but in this case the information was sent to us so that we could consider the possibilities in advance or our arrival. Each item gave a brief description and at the end of the letter she says that if there is any way that she can help with your planning, to let her know. That advance (email) letter was a very nice touch.
We felt that it really was the sort of place that was approx. 75% hotel and 25% B&B. We don't think think that was a bad thing.
I'll try to explain:
In the hotel sense: It had rooms with private baths (in our case at least, we had a very nice/roomy shower and for us a more than satisfactorily large bedroom to boot) (our room was on the second floor). Our room was clean and the bed/bedding extremely comfortable, they have an internal restaurant (Tue – Sat 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM and a tavern and complementary Wi-Fi. We were not there on a Sunday morning but we understand they have an AUCE Sunday morning breakfast buffet (Sun 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, $9.00). We did not eat in the restaurant at any meal (we were in other locations much of our daylight/evening hours and ate elsewhere) BUT from the on-line reviews that I read earlier they seemed to, in general, cause favorable reports to be generated. The Brick Hotel also have a Veranda or Rooftop Garden Terrace. They have flat screen televisions in the rooms and an impressive list of channels can be viewed. It is our understanding that each room is unique so you should call to determine if they can accommodate your personal needs.
In the B&B sense: At times there is someone in/near the hotel office but they don't have a 24-hour person manning the desk – certainly not overnight BUT the lady owner of the husband/wife team does give you her cell phone number in the event you have a pressing need/situation and that should put your mind at ease. There are no phones in the rooms (and no wake-up calls) but who really needs them in this electronic age anyway.
The building was previously a bank because there is a wine cellar type of room in the banks former vault (very creative) but the floor plan did not feel sterile/commercial like in most hotels or a commercial building - it was more like being in someone home with it's irregular size rooms and hallways.
The Brick Hotel has an “included” morning continental breakfast that is available in “The Parlor” on the second floor. Yes, there are tables and chairs but its the overstuffed chairs and sofas make it feel like you are in someones home.
Our bathroom included two furnished white bathrobes and you were even somewhat encouraged to, if so inclined, to wear one and glide out to partake in the complementary continental breakfast. That doesn't sound like a regular hotel.
Each room was individually decorated/furnished and unique unto itself and successfully credits the hotels private ownership and operation.
During our two day stay I think that we interacted with most if not all of the staff and each one seemed to be knowledgeable, caring and friendly.
Comment: While the materials presented (i.e. web site, printed material in the 3-ring helpful info binder in each room, the advance welcoming letter (sent via email) did give a wealth of information and each was well presented, we could not find a reference to whether or not the snacks/sodas in the room were complementary or if there was a charge (and how much if there was a charge). We didn't need to consume any of these items but disseminating that info would be helpful to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Brick Hotel On The Circle is a circa 1836 National Historic property that underwent a total restoration in 2008. It was restored to its original use as an Inn with 14 guest rooms with private baths, and each is uniquely furnished with antique beds. Located in the small, historic town of Georgetown, Delaware, we are within 15 miles of resort areas and shopping outlets in Lewes & Rehoboth Beach. Each of our rooms is uniquely different, with rates ranging from $99 - $169/night. ... more less
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