We stayed at this hotel for a long weekend getaway and had a really nice time. Staff were helpful and attentive; there was always someone easily found at or near the front desk.
The hotel is undergoing renovations; the third floor is complete, but they were still working on the second floor while we were there. Despite some extra furniture scattered about the lobby, there wasn't much to indicate there was construction going on, including noise or dust. I'm sure they plan to have the renovation complete before the busy summer season begins.
We had a "Deluxe" front corner room overlooking Second Street, the canal, and on towards the ocean. The newly renovated room was really nice, with modern, minimalist furnishings, wood floors, and marble in the bathroom. It was spacious but cozy and had a nice "clean" feel to it, especially with the flat-screen tv mounted on the wall in the corner and a wall-mounted heating/cooling system (that sounds clunky, but the heater was really neat, once we figured out which buttons got it to work).
While we enjoyed our stay, there are two things to consider: 1. The beds aren't terribly comfortable. I never have high expectations for hotel mattresses, so I wasn't surprised, but these were sort of lumpy and the sheets made a lot of very squeaky noise whenever you'd move. Also, if you're coming by car, I would suggest tossing your own pillow in. 2. The entire hotel is wood floors, and it's an old building. Despite the fact that the hotel management has put rugs down in the rooms and hallways, it can be noisy, and noise seems to really travel between rooms and through the hallways. It's something to consider if you're sensitive to that sort of thing and if you stay there, maybe just be aware of it and try to keep your own noise level down. We were there in the off season so there were very few people in the hotel, but it was still something noticeable.
Second street, where the hotel is located, has several cute shops and good restaurants. We had an excellent light meal of small plates at the bistro in the hotel lobby - Beseme - and also enjoyed the local seafood restaurant down the street (Jerry's). There's a great, very friendly coffee shop right up the street. We took in some local "nightlife" with a happy hour at The Buttery. I get the feeling this town is geared for travelers older than myself, maybe more middle-aged and up. Or maybe it just felt that way because it was the off-season, I'm not sure. Either way, we still had a great time. Plus, it's only 15 minutes to Rehoboth and all the restaurants and shops there, including Dogfish Head Brewery.
And definitely walk the two blocks from the hotel to the Blue Plate Diner - the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict is terrific.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Rodney is a boutique style hotel fashioned after classic New York style hotels. The hotel has its home in the heart of historic Lewes, Delaware, which is known for being the first town in the first state. The hotel is located in a building built in 1926, on the Historical Registry, on property originally owned by members of the historically famous Rodney family. At the Hotel Rodney the staff and management strive to meet all of our guests needs and offer a gym and business center as well as 24 hour front desk service. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rodney Hotel Lewes