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“A great location”
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Refuge Inn
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Sinks Grove, WV
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4 reviews
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“A great location”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

The Refuge Inn is conveniently located on the main route to Assateague Island, close enough to be within walking distance or an easy bicycle ride there. It also is within easy walking distance to several of Chincoteague's decent restaurants. We had reserved a deluxe room for our September mini-vacation, but upon arrival, found that we had been upgraded to a suite. This included a furnished balcony where we could relax after dinner and enjoy the fresh air. The Inn also provided a free breakfast, which we found superior to most of the so-called 'Continental breakfasts' offered at chain motels/hotels. The suite was kept spotless and we found everything to our satisfaction. Had we stayed longer, we undoubtedly would have made better use of the suite's kitchen facilities. Should we visit Chincoteague again, the Refuge Inn would be our first choice.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pasadena, Maryland, United States
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

The rooms are always clean and comfortable and the breakfasts include something special...waffles or french toast this past weekend. The hot tub is inviting in the cool weather and the pool big enough to really swim.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the island look right out on the ponies.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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87 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed November 25, 2012

Very nice set up! Rooms were clean, front desk was nice, breakfast was limited, but still breakfast! There was a hot dish each day: first day scrambled eggs, the next waffles made to order. Each day they have cereal, oatmeal, toast, english muffins, fresh fruit, juice, coffee, tea, etc. Well worth it. The kids loved the pool and hot tub! We were on the second floor and it was very quiet there. Within biking distance to the National Park. We didn't see any ponies at the park, but there were about 10 corralled at the hotel. They were all super nice and sociable! Would stay again if we visit Chincoteague again!

Room Tip: Upstairs was very quiet and facing parking lot gives a great views of the pony corral!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Waldorf, Maryland
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

What a wonderful place to vacation! The family and I went for a weekend getaway. We all loved it here. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The motel is situated right at the entrance of Chincoteague National Park. The indoor pool was enjoyed by the entire family. There is a rooftop terrace where you can relax looking out over the National Park. There is a corral with some ponies from the island that were rounded up for all to feed and enjoy. There is a morning breakfast provided each morning. Nothing extraordinary but certainly on par with any other hotel or motel that offers a complimentary breakfast. In other reviews I noticed preferences on which side of the motel to stay. We chose the side away from the parking lot and on the ground floor. This is an open, wooded area where the kids could go out and play while we sat on the deck and read or watched them having fun. This was very nice but I think the parking lot side would be nice as well since that is the side facing the pony corral. You would be able to sit on your porch and watch the ponies play. I also want to point out that any negative comments that I saw posted here in the reviews seem to have been addressed by the ownership and staff. Bike racks, microwaves available for use, a mixture of soft and stiff pillows, etc., etc. The only negative I have is that my wife felt the beds were too soft and she did not sleep comfortably. I, on the otherhand, love a soft mattress and slept wonderfully. We will be back soon. This is my 10 year old daughter's favorite place and she demands we return. LOL She is well travelled having been to Hawaii, Key West, Sanibel Island FL, Arizona, California, Maine and North Carolina. Thanks for a new family getaway that is closer to home.

Room Tip: As mentioned earlier, I think either side is great. If you want more quiet and privacy then choose...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you are going to Chincoteague Island for a few days, you need to try the Refuge Inn. It's close to the beach and restaurants, and you'll love the amenities. The Refuge Inn has Chincoteague ponies on site - a must see, especially for the kids. The rooms are comforatable and the staff is very friendly. Toss in the complimentary breakfast in the quaint gift shop, and you'll have a comfortable stay that doesn't break your travel wallet.

Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Petoskey, Michigan
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21 reviews
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Our family of three stayed here mid-July for three days and found the Inn to be charming, convenient to everything, and nicely secluded. The staff were very helpful and friendly, and the breakfast much more than the usual 'continental' type offers. The gift shop has neat items that are priced very reasonably for kids wanting a souvenir (which we did not expect - we live in a tourist area and know how that can go!). We also enjoyed the ponies who live at the Inn and the fun indoor-outdoor pool.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

I second all the great reviews of this place. It is the PERFECT location -- you can WALK to Assateague! And it shows such pride of ownership. Each room is individually decorated and has little artistic touches that reflect the area. The pool is a special treat, in an indoor garden setting. The gift shop is well-stocked and a nice touch. The staff are all most pleasant and they really care about the facility and their guest's comfort. We loved that we could borrow beach chairs and an umbrella.

Room Tip: It wasn't noisy on the parking lot and we liked being able to get from car to room easily.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Refuge Inn
Address: 7058 Maddox Blvd, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336-2102 (Formerly Refuge Motor Inn)
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Location: United States > Virginia > Chincoteague Island
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Chincoteague Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Refuge Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Exceed your expectations in this family owned inn where no detail is overlooked. The Refuge Inn is located within walking distance of the wildlife refuge and minutes from our beautiful undeveloped beach. Amenities include Continental Breakfast, Wireless Internet, Indoor/Outdoor Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Fitness Room, Bicycle & Beach Gear Rentals, Conference Room and Gift Shop. A Treasure of a place, Family Owned and Proudly Operated. ... more   less 
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