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“Friendly and accomodating staff”
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Riverview Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in St. Marys
West Palm Beach, Florida
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Friendly and accomodating staff”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

This big, old house has more of a B&B feel to it, even though rooms are complete with basic amenities. Proprietors were very pleasant. I had both dinner and breakfast onsite and both were very good. Locatio, adjacent to Cumberland Island ferry couldn't have been better for me.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2011

i can't believe someone could give this place a poor dating. my room was great. spotless, quaint, affordable. a cool hotel. the lobby and halls really take me back in time. like a hotel in the old west perhaps. i ate dinner in the bar on the first floor and had an amazing meal and a ton of laughs.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Delaware
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2011

The old Hotel faces the St. Mary's River separating Georgia and Florida. It is central to the Cumberland Island Ferry, dock, and shops. The reception by the young male manager was cool, as he barely spoke or smiled. In contrast, his female partner was chipper even when housekeeping. The room was very clean, cool and homey, but the common areas needed some sprucing up. The high temperatures prevented accessing cold tap water, and the shared tiny fridge led to guests squabbling over water bottles. The lazing animals were a treat, but the left over breakfast items were not. Overall, it was a mixed experience, but I would recommend a stay.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Atlanta, GA
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

I really don't understand why this place is rated so highly. It has two things going for it, it's dirt (emphasis on "dirt") cheap and it's right next to the ferry for Cumberland Island. Despite these things I would not stay here again. The whole place looks like its about to fall apart. I understand the charm of old buildings but this place is just gross, dirty and dilapidated looking. I would not recommend this place to any one. Also the staff was no where to be found most of the time.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 4, 2011

We weren't sure what to expect upon arriving at Riverview. The initial online booking option was convenient. Even though we weren't able to reserve our initial preference online, the proprietor was kind enough to arrange an option that was as close as possible to our initial preference. The workers were knowledgeable and helpful, but never pushy or high pressure with sales. Gaila, who helped us the most, made us delicious homemade lunches each day and made sure our stay was as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. The room itself is nothing like a Hilton garden inn (no flat screen tv, desk, or other items that typically prevent the possibility for true relaxation)... But rather contain the simple necessities. The balcony off of the hotel has a perfect view of the river... And the entire experience is a perfect opportunity to relax and bond with a significant other or with family. We cannot express enough how helpful, kind and thoughtful Gaila was. This was our first time staying here... And we will undoubtedly be back.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Columbia, SC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 2, 2011

Booked this hotel for the first night of a Cumberland Island trip; rooms seemed cheap and the view had to be great. Got a little nervous when they mixed up my room number and trip date in the confirmation email, then took two more tries to get them both corrected, but that was no biggie.

On arriving, the place is just a touch more rustic than you would probably want. There was an uncovered outlet in the room, several of the windows were cracked behind the shutters, and everything seemed pretty dingy. Furniture in the common area was "oh sweet jesus I ain't gonna sit on that' level.

Everything else was pretty much as expected and the little side bar was actually really nice. If you're okay with a really shabby (but reasonably clean) room you'll find it okay for the price, but I won't be back.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Tallahassee, FL
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Reviewed April 13, 2011

Jerry and Gaila ,our host ,were very accomodating. When I called to make reservations I ask if they could make 4 box lunches for our day trip to Cumberland Island. They did a great job! The lunches packed in 2 small coolers and waiting for us upon our arrivial.After a warm day on Cumberland we returned to the hotel for hot showers (plenty of hot water) They have updated the bathrooms and did a lovely job. Our rooms, 16 and 17 were very clean and we had a view of the river. We enjoyed drinks at one of their 2 bars"Gaila's Bar" Very nice. We like cats so we enjoyed meeting their 2. The location is the best, right across the street from the Ferry. They have a restaurant at the hotel, but there are several others in short walking distance. Very laid back, we enjoyed our stay!

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Riverview Hotel
Address: 105 Osborne St, St. Marys, GA 31558-4599
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Location: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > St. Marys
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in St. Marys
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Riverview Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Closest Lodging to Cumberland Island Ferry, The Riverview Hotel circa 1916 has 18 guest rooms each named after some of the notable guests that have either visited or stayed at the hotel over the years. We serve a deluxe continental breakfast daily, wireless internet access, full service bar and restaurant, and pack picnic lunches to carry out. Reasonable rates and convenient location are a plus. Discover history, discover Cumberland Island, discover yourself, at the Riverview Hotel. Relax and enjoy beautiful St. Marys, GA, the little town by the sea. ... more   less 
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