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Cabana Gardens Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #10 of 14 Rehoboth Beach B&B and Inns
Smithsburg, Maryland
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Another Great Stay”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

Again, a great stay at Cabana Gardens. As usual the room was clean, the pool relaxing and the company of Gary delightful. The location is wonderful, walking distance to everything. I only moved my car to go on an ice run. Gary provides ice for cups, but not enough to ice down a cooler. The only suggestion I have left for this property would be the addition of a larger(not inside a refrigerator) ice machine. It would be nice not to have to run to the 7-11.

Room Tip: If you like the pool, ask for a pool view room. Otherwise, get a view of the lake.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

We recently stayed at this inn and found it to be nice, but more “basic” than “luxury.” Here are some honest pros and cons:

First, we stayed in one of their tiniest rooms, and totally understood that when we made the reservation. It was the only room left in mid-summer. It was definitely small – even by New York City standards – and a sardine-sized space with barely enough room to walk around the bed. We found it to be a bit pricey for the size.

When we arrived, we were greeted warmly by Francesca, who was super-nice and friendly. She truly understands the meaning of hospitality! Other than our interactions with Francesca, we found some warmth lacking. The inn has a “polite” vibe, but not an overly-friendly, caring one – and guests should definitely not expect to be pampered in any way.

Pros:
VERY clean – the entire place was immaculate.
Quiet & cool. Our room had air conditioning and a ceiling fan, so the room was very cool. The room seemed to be new-ish and somewhat renovated, although not high-end or stylish.
The pool area is private -- very nice and clean with lounge chairs and a table with an umbrella.
Parking: They have a parking lot for guests.
Location: excellent if you want to be near all the high-end restaurants and fun bars.

Cons:
The walk to the beach is a good 10+ minutes or so, a hike if you are carrying beach stuff in the heat.
As a few other reviewers mentioned, the one-hour breakfast time (9 – 10 a.m.) is simply odd and not the norm anywhere. I’ve traveled around the world, and most hotels / b&b’s offer at least a 2 hour breakfast. It does show your guests that you care & sends a clear message that you are doing the bare minimum.
Breakfast selection is very basic as well. Fruit, instant oatmeal, yogurt and yes, the coffee is weak (really). The pastries are delicious, however. There is not an abundance of food, so it’s “just okay” for a quick continental breakfast.
No extras: The hotel does not offer beach chairs, beach towels or water bottles as some other inns do. (But you can rent chairs and umbrellas on the beach, so that’s not really an issue.)
Bring your own shampoo, conditioner & moisturizer. They have soap in the bathroom, but no other toiletries.
Lots of rules posted everywhere. Some are necessary, some are not -- and only serve to make the guests feel less welcome.

Overall, it’s not a bad inn, but a lesson in hospitality would be well worth it. It’s sad because this place has a lot of potential and with just a few "minor" improvements (and perhaps hiring the right people), this inn would go from humdrum to possibly getting some rave reviews. Maybe take a cue from other successful B&B’s – offer a warm, welcoming atmosphere and provide a few nice extras that keep your guests happy -- and wanting to return.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dover, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

My husband and i spent 3 nights here,,the room was clean ,comfortable and Gary was friendly and helpful with everything we needed or asked for. The pool was cozy and had a nice secluded setting to relax in.Breakfast was yummy and always fresh and inviting .It was our first stay in Rehobeth and i thoroughly enjoyed it over the rat race of the other larger local beaches.Hope to return again as soon as we can .The location is ideal for shopping and most of the better restaurants..THANK YOU GARY AND STAFF ...for a much needed relaxing vacation.

Room Tip: rooms upstairs should be quieter and more private
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Centreville, Virginia
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

I selected Cabana Gardens for a fairly last-minute get away and was delighted with the place. My room was small but just fine for me alone, and the gatherings at the pool after being out on the beach satisfied my desire for casual conversation. The pool is small but the pool area is secluded and serene which makes it the perfect retreat after mornings on a crowded beach! I will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

My husband and I have been enjoying the hospitality of the Cabana Gardens and inn keeper, Gary, for several years. Our room is always neat and clean, cool and we especially enjoy having breakfast on the covered deck. The environment is quiet and relaxing. The pool is private, clean and very relaxing! The location to the main street in Rehoboth is key; close to some of the nicer dining areas in Rehoboth. The beach is a couple of blocks away. We always feel welcome.

Room Tip: There are a couple of properties connected with the bed and breakfast: some overlook the pool, othe...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, PA
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

This was either the 8th or 9th time to stay at the Cabana Gardens. We've stayed at a few other B&Bs in Rehoboth, but once we found Cabana Gardens, nothing else compares. The B&B is always clean, the staff is friendly and we always look forward to seeing them each year. The guests are equally as friendly, and the place just has a very welcoming feel for everyone. It's close to the beach, restaurants and shopping. You park, and everything else is within walking distance. The pool is always a great way to cool off after a day at the beach. I recommend this place to anyone looking for the perfect getaway to the beach!

Room Tip: Make sure you get a room with access to the deck.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wilmington, Delaware, United States
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

My husband and I have stayed here many times over the last six years - a perfect location with lovely views, clean and comfortable and a great host. Highly recommend Cabana Gardens if you want a relaxing beach vacation.

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Cabana Gardens Bed & Breakfast
Address: 20 Lake Ave, Corner of Lake Ave and Third Street, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971-2110
Location: United States > Delaware > Rehoboth Beach
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Rehoboth Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cabana Gardens B & B was built in 1995 and is located on the corner of Third Street and Lake Avenue. We rent rooms with private baths and provide a continental breakfast every morning. Some rooms have direct access to a deck and a view of Lake Gerar or our inground swimming pool. Maximum of 2 adults per room.Cabana Gardens is a quiet retreat in the heart of downtown Rehoboth Beach just three blocks to the nearest beach and one quick block to the hustle and bustle of shopping and fine dining on Baltimore and Rehoboth Avenues.No children under 12. No pets. No smoking except in the outdoor areas. ... more   less 
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