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“Expensive and no frills” 3 of 5 stars
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1868 Magnolia House Inn
Ranked #16 of 21 Lexington B&B and Inns
Asheville
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26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Expensive and no frills”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

The “assistant innkeeper” greeted us upon arrival. He showed us our room and proceeded to conduct a tour of the house for us. It turned out that the tour had nothing to do with the history of the dwelling but rather the RULES of the manor. “No noise after 10 PM and if you have a self-serve coffee please leave a small donation to cover our expense.” Pardon me? The tariff for one night at this joint is over $200.

They have no television, no glasses in the room for water, the shampoo is in a community dispenser and morning coffee isn’t served until 7:30. At 8:30 a bell rings ordering lodgers to a single breakfast table. The innkeeper sets the menu. There are no choices. The other lodgers are there to visit students at VMI and I feel as though I'm sitting in on a filibuster as we hear about the rigors of military life. Our assistant innkeeper interrupts the breakfast to announce that our bill is ready. We take the opportunity to leave this happy gathering and head back to the real world.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank mancelt
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We spent three nights at Magnolia House in October and were really well looked after by our host Wes. He was most attentive and did all that could be expected of him including helping to carry the bags upstairs. His breakfasts were of the highest quality. Hate house is unique with its own Victorian charm. Our room, the Garden Room, was small with many period features but very comfortable. The town is lovely with many interesting places to visit and great restaurants, shops and coffee bars. The Blue Ridge Mountains are within easy reach (by car) for great walking. My only advice is that the website still gives the impression that Magnolia House is still actively run by the owners Jan and Tim whereas Wes is the day to day innkeeper and he discharges his duties to an extremely high standard. This should be acknowledged or explained on the website.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Richard M
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Wilmington, Delaware
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96 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

We stayed at 1868 Magnolia House Inn one night at the beginning of our vacation and one night at the end of our week's vacation. The house is close to all the major attractions in Lexington, VA and great restaurants. We stayed in the Lexington room (1st floor) and the Equestrian Suite (2nd floor). We found both of the rooms to be charming, comfortable and quiet. Wes, the innkeeper, was a great host! We were able to enjoy two of his wonderful breakfast meals (the cucumber salad was fabulous!).

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Catbabe
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Bloomington, IN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

We spent out final night of a week-long road trip at the 1868 Magnolia House and could not have selected a better place to rest and relax before our drive home. The home is exquisitely charming and our room - The Sunshine Room - was light, airy and quiet. We loved the hospitality area featuring a fridge, snacks, beverages and a coffee maker for guests. This area led onto an outdoor deck next to the most glorious magnolia tree and provided a wonderful place to enjoy a glass of wine before walking to dinner nearby. Our bed was extremely comfortable and the room and bath well appointed. It was clear that our hosts wanted us to be comfortable in every way and we certainly were! There is much to see in Lexington - we only scratched the surface - so we look forward to our return!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Jan G
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South Carolina
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96 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

We came to Lexington so our son could attend a VMI open house. Instead of staying in a hotel we opted for a bed and breakfast. The Magnolia House was great. Very close to campus but still a quiet and peaceful setting. We stayed in the Equestrian Suite which had plenty of room for the three of us. Staff very friendly and hospitable. Would definitely stay here again. Beautiful place.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank OHWVSC
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

We bid on a night in this hotel through a charity auction. The place was lovely, and the room very comfortable. Lexington is a great place to walk around. Breakfast was delicious.

Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Virginia M
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Richmond, VA
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71 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

We had a room upstairs by the balcony. The room (Graden) was great though the bathroom was tight. But we were on the balcony all the time, like our own private balcony; OK, maybe we hogged it. The communal fridge in the hall was well stocked. Breakfast was excellent, though maybe the host was little uptight about being on-time.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: 1868 Magnolia House Inn
Address: 501 South Main Street, Lexington, VA 24450
Location: United States > Virginia > Lexington
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Ranked #16 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Lexington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — 1868 Magnolia House Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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