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“Hidden Treasure, Fantastic Experience”

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Rittenhouse Motor Lodge
Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Cape Charles
Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Hidden Treasure, Fantastic Experience”
Reviewed September 8, 2009

There are few places that I have been that gave me the same feeling of timelessness. This small gem is located in an unspoiled area in the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The rooms are clean and well appointed if you are thinking of the 1950's. We LOVED the feeling that we got when we met the owner and proprieter, Mr. Rittenhouse. He is a kind person and you can feel the history of the motor lodge. Mr. Rittenhouse build this lodge with his own hands from wood that came from his father's now defunt lumber yard. He has picked out the furnishings for each room, and treats each guest with the kindness and courtesy that we all deserve. I had one of the best weekends of my life while visiting this sleepy town, and this small lodge was a big part of that experience.

I would suggest that if you are looking to stay here, you should request a room on the back of the property.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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Riverhead, New York
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Reviewed August 3, 2009

Our last trip was our third stay at the Rittenhouse and a truly enjoyable experience. I'll start by saying if you are looking for all the amenities along with modern stylings, this motel is not for you. This is a motel owned by Bob Rittenhouse since the fifties (his family cleared the trees to build the place) and it still looks of that era. But it's clean and has been well maintained.

What sets this place apart from just any roadside motor lodge is the grounds. We spend the morning touring Bob's various vegitations and pathways over creeks and various plant life. If you're interested in life on the eastern shore, pull up a chair on the porch and listen to what life is like on this bucolic strip of land.

It's not for everyone, but if you long for those days of road travel and rustic motels to spend the night, this place is perfect. We truly enjoy this place.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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Bussum, The Netherlands
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Reviewed July 26, 2009

attracted by the location we ended up here, on advice of a B&B owner. Bob is a terribly nice guy but his motel is as outdated as he is old. Smell of mould that would not go away, bathroom nice for the standards of 1960 and beds, though not uncomfortable, als old and oldfashioned. Carpet and rugs also old and with stains. Airconditioning according to modern standards old ans noisy. (the 'in window' model) and all that for usd 125 for 4 persons was really overpriced.
Location is nice but all those trees also attracts flies, and we've seen them all... Never again for us and I advise you to avoid it too.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Rittenhouse Motor Lodge
Address: 23054 Lankford Hwy, Cape Charles, VA 23310-2112
Location: United States > Virginia > Cape Charles
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Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Cape Charles
Number of rooms: 13

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