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“The old gem has a new polish” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Riverview Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in St. Marys
Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“The old gem has a new polish”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2012

I have just arrived home to Beaufort SC after another stay at my favorite hotel. It is about an 8 hour boat ride down the ICW to St Marys and the Riverview Hotel. I could make the trip faster but it is kind of like staying at the Riverview. I just want to enjoy the view and time with friends.
Friends are what you will find upon your arrival. You may find yourself setting in the bar (no smoking inside anymore) or on the veranda overlooking the St Marys River, but where ever you are you will meet someone like yourself. You can read the reviews from the folks who rated their stay as anything below very good or excellent, and be assured that they will not be there to dampen your dayor spoil the old time spirit of this gem of a seaside inn.

Jerry, the ex mayor of St Marys, has restored the inn to it's original grandeur. All of the rooms have been remodeled and the hardwood floors need to be bragged on, as Jerry refinished them himself and he did an excellent job. Yes, there are window units in the bedrooms but it is sort of hard to run modern HVAC in a 100 year old building. Mine worked great! We had to take a couple of more rooms than we had reserved because we realized that, as we have aged we sleep lighter and snore louder, so a double just does not work any more for some of us. The hotel was booked and one room not rented because of a broked air conditioning unit (they are mostly new now) but the owner bought a new one and installed it himself so that we could have the room.

If you have to have room service, don't like cats or the fact that you have to go all the way down a flight of stairs to get your own coffee, then go stay some where else. The Riverview is for happy people; so smile and go meet your new friends at the Riverview.

Robert

Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ocala, Florida
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74 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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cape cod
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112 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
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
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, Maine
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank annahicks
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Jacksonville, Florida
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53 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank balinesian
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Jacksonville, Florida
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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
    • 4 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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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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