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“A quiet and historic gem...”
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Riverview Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in St. Marys
Ocala, Florida
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“A quiet and historic gem...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2012

I've only stayed here once but I will come back. The room was lovely, very clean, and furnished in period antiques. Everything about the hotel is quaint and "homey" - - including Pepper and Daisy, the two resident cats who will come and visit in your room if you like. Daisy spent a few hours on my bed with me one evening, which made me miss my furries a little less. I highly recommend this place!

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the water... :)
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2012

Best feature: Right across the street from Cumberland Island ferry.
Worst: Rather pricey for an old, smallish room. Also, minimal b'fast choices.

Room Tip: I've heard that rooms facing the river are preferable but one was not available when I was there...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Portland, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2012

This place is definitely not a chain. Very laid back sort of place, with cats hanging out in the hallway and at the front desk. Staff were a little dis-organized, but very friendly, helpful and accommodating. The room was great, nice clean and recently renovated/updated bathroom. This served as a great jumping off point to Cumberland Island and is definitely worth the price.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2012

My husband and I were celebrating our one year anniversary. We found this place last minute and we loved it. Perfect location and had the cozy home feeling of a bed and breakfast. The room we stayed in was nice but with 2 beds it was kind of hard to move around in. For a cheap stay this place was great. :)

  • Stayed March 2012
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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2012

We made our 7th trip to Cumberland Island the best ever by staying at the Rivewview Hotel. We couldn't believe the convenience to the Cumberland Island ferry, and the old time ambience of the hotel. It was great! Nothing like being able to park in front of the hotel, walk around the town, enjoy a view of the river, and then walk across the street to the ferry.

The weekend got even better when we returned from Cumberland Island - tired and weary (from carrying our limit of seashells) and being able to roll into the shower, enjoy a nice cocktail and dinner without leaving the Riverview!

The hotel itself was picture worthy as the lobby cat was sleeping atop the registration book. We were a little afraid of how we would sleep with the older innerspring mattress, but it worked nicely, and neither of us had issues with it. Liked the updated bathroom and nice shower in the Carnegie Room, it was just right.

Room Tip: View of the river is good, and there is access to the balcony for all guests.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2012

One of the things that also appeals to me is the legendary bartender-Cindy Dean. I understand that she is cutting back on her hours lthough. This Brit girlfriend of mine really enjoyed her sense of humor-sort of a Don Rickles southern counterpart, if you were around in 1960's, 1970's America.

Room Tip: Riverview and rooms near verandah are nicer.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Hammond, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2012

We stayed at the Riverview over Christmas and found it charming and clean. Family owned hotels like this rarely exist these days. The owners were very friendly, husband and wife team. The husband seems to be a bit scattered but both were extremely friendly, and were very accommodating. If you are looking for the Ritz don't stay there. If you looking for "Americana" you have found your place. The most adorable little boy (her 5 year old grandson) will greet you at the desk and attempt to check you in. You are in a small town with locals all around. Children are riding their bikes, people fill the waterfront park, fisherman are launching their boats at the dock across the street, independent shops and eateries, etc. If you want to stay in a hotel with a concrete parking lot, this isn't for you. The hotel was built in 1916 across the street from the waterfront. If you have ever owned a historic building you must know that it is a work in progress. It is costly to upkeep, and continuous. This hotel is steeped in history and is well worth the visit. We wouldn't stay anywhere else, and we will return again and again. Cumberland Island gets under your skin and stays there every time you have a fond memory of a pleasant time. Don't be so stuffy. Let your hair down and enjoy true "Americana" on the east coast.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the river side if you want a view and lots of sunshine. Otherwise, room 2 was our...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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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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