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“Lovely B&B, great hosts.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gay Street Inn

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Gay Street Inn
Ranked #4 of 10 Washington B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
McLean, Virginia
Level Contributor
15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Lovely B&B, great hosts.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Gay Street Inn is a quiet, unpretentious, and very relaxing B&B in Washington, VA. We celebrated our 27th anniversary there and will definitely be back! The hosts were very helpful making recommendations for local activities and very attentive.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KNP60726
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Washington, DC
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

Everything everyone has previously written is true, we loved our stay here. Wonderful Innkeepers, top notch service, extremely clean and comfortable, delicious and plentiful breakfast, special roasted coffee that was wonderful. A memorable experience!

Room Tip: We had the Shenandoah Room on the first floor. It was very quiet and spacious with a small kitchen...
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  • Stayed October 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank awin0
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Rockville, Maryland
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67 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

Just returned from a lovely overnight at the Gay St. Inn. Like other reviewers, my husband and I were celebrating at the Inn at Little Washington (15 years!), willing to pay the price for the fabulous food but not the accommodations. Gay St. Inn is walking distance and the hosts could not be more pleasant and helpful.

We are not really B&B people -- too often they feel to me like you're at a distant relative's house --forced to tiptoe around, be nice to an over-chatty home-owner and make small talk at a communal breakfast table. Gay St Inn is NOT like this. We walked in the door and pressed a little button, which rang Kevin, who is, as others have mentioned, a wonderful host. You really do feel like he wants nothing more than for you to have a great time. He showed us to the Mountain View Room -- spotless, comfortable, and large with a bathroom that looks brand new. As he left us to unpack, he suggested we ring him for a glass of wine when we were ready, and we did. He brought Virginia wine, described the nearby winery, and left us on the cute front porch with wine and nuts. We felt perfectly at home, strolled the town, had an amazing dinner, and slept very well. Though the Inn was full when we were there, we didn't hear noise from the nearby rooms or halls.

The breafkast room is sunny and has individual tables at which to sit (hurray!) and copies of the Washington Post and local papers. Kevin puts out coffee (special blend just for the Inn - delicous) and bread (banana walnut today) at 7:30 a.m., with a hot breakfast at 8:30. My husband and I enjoyed a leisurely hour with the paper and coffee, and a wonderful breakfast by Jay. After breakfast Kevin directed a scenic walk for us, gave us guest passes to a local winery and recommended some stop-offs for a liesurely way home (24 Crows Italian Veggie Sandwich -- awesome!).

One other note - there is almost no cell service in Rappahannock County. Though there are only two roads, in Washington, VA, if you're using a cell phone to navigate, you may find yourself asking strangers for directions. Luckily, there are plenty of friendly strangers in town to help.

Room Tip: We liked the mountain view room -- two nice windows with a cross breeze, two comfortable reading cha...
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  • Stayed October 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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    • 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 heathery
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New Orleans, Louisiana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

A close friend and I stayed at the Gay Street Inn during a long weekend trip to DC and the Shenandoah Valley, and it's not hyperbole to say our stay here was by and far the highlight of the trip - and was the best experience I've ever had staying at a B&B (or for that matter, a hotel). Kevin was our host for the weekend and I can't underestimate how much every detail was thought of; every need you have will have been thought of and provided for already. On Kevin's recommendation we went for a great dinner at a pub 5 minutes away, and then returned to a bottle of port and dark chocolates set out for us in the living room/library (which has a wonderful collection of books, board games, and other nice touches). Complementary wine and cocktails were offered to us several times during our stay. Breakfast was homemade - cornbread pancakes with a raspberry-butter-maple syrup spread, fresh bacon (and a delicious fruit medley for me as a vegetarian), broiled grapefruit, and fresh baked breads. More details: wine key and glasses are provided if you'd like to bring wine back for yourself, any advice you'd need to get the most of the town or the region is readily available, and there's a incredible backyard to a relax in, and a front porch which looks out onto sunsets over the mountains. Finally, the aesthetics of the place are perfectly done - elegant, homey, comfortable, and completely free of kitsch. All and all, the Gay Street Inn is an amazing place to call home for a day or a week!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank NIck P
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RappahannockVA, Owner at Gay Street Inn, responded to this review, October 20, 2012
We are so pleased to know that these guests enjoyed their stay with us, and their kind words mean a lot. We are always happy to share our breakfast recipes with guests--in fact, most of our guest favorites are available for download from our website. And if new or returning guests have a personal favorite, we'll do our best to offer it if we are given a bit of advance notice (grocery shopping in our area has to be done in advance).
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

I echo all of the other 5 star reviews of the Gay Street Inn. It's by far the best B&B I've ever stayed at. The house and rooms are spacious, cheery, and quaint, while the amenities are very modern. Everything is clean and well decorated. And best of all are the innkeepers--Kevin and Jay--two of the friendliest nicest people you will ever meet. The make the experience truly spectacular (and they cook an incredible breakfast).
After staying at the Gay Street Inn, I would never stay anywhere else in Washington, VA. Highly highly recommended!

  • Stayed September 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ben S
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Boulder
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

This lovely inn is perfect in every way, from the beautifully kept public and private spaces to the quiet location. Our room (Mountain View) was spacious and nicely decorated, with a large, well-appointed bathroom. As other reviewers have noted, the proprietors go out of their way to ensure that guests enjoy their stay, offering assistance, ideas, and yes, even wine or port at night in addition to the wonderful breakfast. But Kevin and Jay are low-key and manage to make guests feel welcome and comfortable without compromising our privacy. The setting, just a few blocks from downtown on a dead-end street, offers gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and numerous places to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings (porch, large yard with outdoor seating, cozy living room, breakfast room, etc). As a bonus, the Inn has some interesting works of art, including some of Kevin Adams' pieces, and guests can sometimes visit Kevin's art studio across the street.
The Inn ranks among the best hotels we have visited in the world, and we highly recommend it.

  • Stayed September 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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2 Thank BoulderLindak
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Level Contributor
32 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Gay Street Inn for a combined birthday/anniversary trip to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, and we could not have picked a better place to stay. Kevin and Jay were outstanding hosts with a keen attention to detail, such as their putting out port and chocolate every night in the library for a night cap. Jay's breakfasts were amazing with generous servings of fresh fruits and one of the best french toasts I've had in ages. Kevin was a great resource for local info on hiking trails and eateries, beating any concierge at a five-star hotel. We stayed in the modern country-style Bradams Ridge Room, which was clean, cozy, and comfortable, including a nifty double-headed shower. The inn also has a wonderful garden where you can sit and read or chat. We certainly look forward to staying here again!

  • Stayed September 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
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SJM_DC
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Additional Information about Gay Street Inn

Property: Gay Street Inn
Address: 160 Gay St, Washington, VA 22747-1974
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Virginia > Rappahannock County > Washington
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Washington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Gay Street Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our restored and updated 1850s farmhouse in historic Little Washington, Virginia, will welcome you to a relaxing stay in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We are within walking distance of the renowned Inn at Little Washington, minutes from Shenandoah National Park, award-winning wineries, horseback riding and antiques. Your day begins with a home-cooked breakfast in our sunroom. Lounge in the library or in the quiet of one of our guest rooms, each with private bath. ... more   less 
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Gay Street Hotel Washington

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