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“Fastidiously clean, with Superior Service” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Canalside Inn
Ranked #5 of 14 Rehoboth Beach B&B and Inns
Quakertown, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fastidiously clean, with Superior Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

When my wife and I were looking for places to stay in Rehoboth for a short getaway (three days), I saw pics and reviews here on tripadvisor, and was immediately intrigued. Could the reviews be that true? Was this the stylish, quiet, yet fantastically relaxing Inn so many others had talked about?

Yes; that and more. From the moment we arrived, we noticed that the other vehicles parked in the roomy parking lot included the owners'--and even their vehicle was sparkling. Walking around the perimeter, and inside, we actually commented on how "tidy" everything looked. No cigarette butts carelessly tossed in the parking lot, no little bits and pieces of land-ho flotsam and jetsam sneaking into the plants or grass. Our impression was of a place where the owners do a "periodic walkaround" picking up any bits of litter they might find, so that guests do not.


The owners greeted us and briefly chatted with us, in a polite, no-nonsense, business-like manner. If you're looking for a place where the owners act like overly-friendly smile machines (think Jennifer Aniston's "37 pieces of flair"-covered Joanna in "Office Space") go elsewhere. The owners are extremely accommodating at every turn, and happily provided us with extra amenities we'd forgotten, and kept the breakfast each morning fully stocked with a variety of healthy and delicious foods, cleaned the small, but intimate [and extremely clean] pool--without feeling the need to fill in the empty spaces with inane jibber jabber.

If you want someone to chat with while you take your bags to your room, or yammer away with small talk while you relax by the pool, hire a teenager. If you want efficient, quick, and very effective service by owner-operators who treat you like a fellow professional, go here.

Now, on to the rooms. We stayed in one of the rooms on the web site with the blue wall. When we entered, we immediately noticed the small (but perfect for a romantic getaway's foodstuffs) area where we could use their appliances, and popped a few bottles of Peace Valley Winery wine into the fridge to chill them down. Everything worked perfectly, and the bar area was extremely clean, inside the cabinets and out. You may notice that's a major theme: the remarkable cleanliness of the room, the bathroom, and the entire establishment. In fact, my wife and I felt like the room hadn't just been cleaned that day, we felt like we were the first people to step foot in the room after it had just been remodeled--THAT is how fastidiously neat and organized they keep the place.

The bathroom, painted in a brilliant yellow, came with some very smooth, very sweet-smelling shampoos and soaps my wife loved and which we both were more than happy to use. She always brings her own shampoo (Garnier Fructis), soap, and conditioner, but here she was more than happy to use what was presented for us to use, and she reported that they didn't dry out her skin or make her hair frizzy.

The shower's water pressure was perfect, and didn't punish you with a massive spray nor trickle out pathetically. The shower head was sparkling, and appeared to be wiped down itself after guests left. Usually you see some sort of "crud" (lime scale, calcium, rust) around the jet areas of a shower head, but this one had none I could see.

Because we're both totally OCD when it comes to cleanliness, we did a thorough check of the toilet, pedestal sink, and environs. This revealed nothing--no dust, nothing left behind from some other person's body (hair of any shape or size), no soap scum, no residue under the toilet seat, nothing--not even water spots on the mirror. The bathroom was light and airy feeling, despite being on the the slightly smaller side; it's not a Vegas bathroom at the Signature, but a small area where you feel pampered after taking a long, soothing shower.

The bed was very comfortable, the AC didn't make any undue noise (that I can remember, at least), and the decorations were contemporary/modern with a classic appeal to them.

As far as the walk to the beach, it's several blocks (which was "excellent" for us, but probably only "very good" for some others). We're both into physical fitness, so the walk was an added blessing. We enjoyed being able to walk past the many wonderful houses along the way to the beach (there's some great architecture to admire), to walk to the many restaurants, and then, after plying ourselves with food and drink, being able to "walk it off" on the way "home" to the Canalside. Once there, we went to the porch, hung out drinking our wine, and spent the rest of the nights talking and listening to....nothing. No crowds, no noise, no thumpa-thumpa-thump of car stereos cruising past, just the sound of the wind and tree leaves swaying in the ocean breeze.

All in all, it was the perfect place for two people to enjoy a romantic getaway, recover from the "daily grind", relax, and just use as a wonderful "home base" to return to after a day at the beach and a night out.

Room Tip: As far as we could tell by looking into a few rooms that were being cleaned, ANY room is a good room...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Winchester, Virginia
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2012

As others have said the Inn is tucked a block off of the main street into Rehobeth and is clean, bright, and comfortable. There is a small pool and hot tub out back. There are a lot of trees around the property and if you are just sitting on one of the porches you would never know you are only several blocks from the beach. It is very relaxing. Great place to relax after the day and have a glass of wine outside. This was my first time to the Inn and to Rehobeth and I will be back.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Richard B
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Long Island, New York
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194 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

My wife and I chose the Canalside Inn for our first weekend stay in Rehoboth Beach. Although a short distance from the town center and boardwalk the location and quite setting was perfect. The rooms are very tastefully decorated and the service was excellent. A very nice location for couples.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MHirko
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Syracuse, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2012 via mobile

The Inn is on a quiet street along the canal and is smaller, less than 20 rooms. The decor is very modern and the room was really spacious. There are French doors that lead to a shared balcony, modern lighting in the room, and the bathroom has a rain shower. There is daily continental breakfast which consisted of juice, bagels, pastries, cereal, and yogurts. A small pool and hot tub sit on the back deck which is private, relaxing, and cozy! The Inn is about a 5 minute walk to Dogfish Head and the other restaurants/bars on the main street are walking distance.

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rockville, Maryland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Canalside Inn with our two dogs. The room was large and clean, with a refigerator. It was along the canal, so it was easy to take the dogs for a quick walk if we needed to. The only thing on our wish list would be room darkening cutains or blinds. But we on staying again.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lora G
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Ormond Beach, Florida
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267 reviews
123 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2012

What a little gem this place is! We stayed here because we could bring our small dog with us and a colleague recommended it. it was truly lovely.

It's a small inn, maybe 8 rooms? Our room was fantastic. very clean and comfortable and with a nice decor that made it feel just like home. bright colors, great bed, sleek furniture, it even had a fridge and a sort of kitchenette.

It's walking to distance to town but is on a very quiet sidestreet. We will be staying here again.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bonsai35
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north Jersey
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

Myself, my sister Lillian and our friend with our 2 little terriers stayed at this great place last week for 3 nights, it is a Beautiful place to stay, elegantly decorated, immaculate and the owner Rick was wonderful, all you have to do is mention something needed and he is at your door with it, what a Pleasure he was, always smiling ! We will recommend Canalside-Inn to our friends and we will most certainly return........

Room Tip: pet friendly makes it A +
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Canalside Inn
Address: 34 Sixth Street, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
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Location: United States > Delaware > Rehoboth Beach
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Rehoboth Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Canalside Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Often referred to as The Nation’s Summer Capital, the beautiful Rehoboth Beach offers friendly hospitality partnered with a relaxed pace. When you’re looking for a place to stay in Rehoboth there is no better place than at Canalside Inn. Canalside Inn offers a contemporary boutique style inn exclusively for adults. Canalside Inn offers our guests a casual and contemporary boutique-style inn, which stands out as a cut above the ordinary. Sophistication, style, and affordability are how our guests often describe our inn. Conveniently nestled across from the picturesque Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, Canalside Inn is just a short walk from the center of town, the boardwalk, or the beach. The best way to start your day is with our complimentary Continental Breakfast featuring juice, freshly brewed coffee, tea, yogurt, fresh fruit, and a tempting assortment of muffins served daily in our downstairs living room. Feel free to enjoy your breakfast at our community dining table, poolside, on the front porch, or the privacy of your room. It is our goal at Canalside Inn is to provide a relaxed atmosphere and causal environment for every one of our guests and we are more than happy to aid you in any way during your stay. ... more   less 
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