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Inn At The Olde Silk Mill
Ranked #8 of 10 Fredericksburg B&B and Inns
Richmond, VA
1 review
“Great Beds, Great Hospitality, Great Rates - Great Place!”
Reviewed July 13, 2009

Our board retreat couldn't have been in a more conducive place. The rooms are furnished in antiques, but the bed was so incredibly comfortable and everything was clean, neat and lovely. The staff were wonderful to us, and made our stay seem like a family reunion. Within walking distance of downtown, we were able to visit museums and restaurants without getting in the car. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
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Stafford, VA
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Reviewed July 13, 2009

Very nice historic inn. Nice decor. Located in historic downtown, a 5 minute walk from most shops and restaurants.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
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Washington, D.C.
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Reviewed July 12, 2009

My room was lovely and furnished with antiques. A small parlor adjoined the bathroom. The Inn staff was friendly and helpful. I was in a group and we held our meeting in the Inn's conference center room, which also worked well. Lots of restaurants are within walking distance. The immediate area around the inn leaves a little to be desired but it is on the edge of a lovely historic neighborhood with beautiful gardens and interesting houses.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
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Greenville, South Carolina
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50 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2009

I loved this little inn and would go back in a heartbeat. It was old and charming and very relaxing. The staff was professional and kind. The room was cozy and the breakfast was simple and very good. This inn is close to Old Town and away from the all the motels and stores right off of the interstate, which makes it seem far away from all the hustle and bustle of life.

The inn has plenty of parking also so you don't have to worry about that.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Williamsburg, VA
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2009

We are U. of Mary Washington alumni and we stayed here for Valentine's Day weekend 2009 and we booked the hotel very easily on their website. You can look through the pictures of the rooms and pick which one you want! Although now the Inn is called "Inn at the Olde Silk Mill". It was so easy to get to from I-95, a walk from Carl's Frozen Custard stand (which was surprisingly open in February!), down the street from the Historic District, GREAT parking (one of the reasons we chose this place instead of another B&B with cramped parking). The staff was very friendly, it was private, a nice fridge & tv (which most B&B's don't have) and beautiful wood bathroom. True-you can't control the thermostat, but they had an extra blanket in the closet. A really good price (we paid a $100/night) and if you like the idea of B&B's but not the feeling like you're staying in a stranger's home; this is a great place to stay, it has around 30 rooms. Check in was a breeze, check-out was a breeze, and they have a free continental breakfast in the am. If you are a light sleeper, bring white noise like we did (a small fan) so you don't hear cars or people in the hall, but we bring white noise in regular hotels since noises are inevitable. We would definitely stay here again, it felt comfortable and we came and went as we wanted, we hardly even saw other guests. Like someone else said-don't be discouraged by the outside of the Inn, it is nice inside and laid out nicely. Great visit!!

  • Liked — parking
  • Disliked — continental breakfast was average
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 25, 2009

Visiting from the UK for the Inauguration and chose the coldest days for many years according to locals ! Hotel provided everything we needed and we will stay again. Spotlessly clean and nothing too much trouble, staff warm and welcoming and concerned for our comfort. We felt that this hotel offered excellent value for money. Don't be put off by the rather unusual exterior...inside is lovely !!

Stayed January 2009
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Greensboro, NC / North Myrtle Beach, SC
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Reviewed October 18, 2007

I will utilize the most overused word in travel writing to describe the Fredericksburg Colonial Inn: quaint. "Quaint" truly sums up the inn in one word; I've never stayed at a place quite like this!

The Colonial Inn is situated on the edge of the Fredericksburg "Old Towne" Historic District, about 7 blocks from the major attractions and boutiques (in other words, you have to drive into the district proper, and obtain a free parking pass from the visitor's center...not a big deal). The inn is directly across the street from a Hardee's fast food restaurant; not the prettiest view out the window! The inn, built in 1926, is presently undergoing major renovations under a new owner, who bought the old inn in May, 2007. The interiors of most of the rooms have been renovated, and the exterior and the common areas are to be renovated over the next year.

Also, gone with the old owner are the litany of rules other travelers have cited in their reviews. The only rule now is "No Smoking Indoors." There were signs everywhere reminding you of this, and the innkeeper reminded me of this 4 times as I checked in, asking me to sign a copy of the policy that carried expensive consequences for those who broke the rule and smoked indoors. I get the point, already! Otherwise, the innkeeper was very helpful, assisting me in unloading and carrying my luggage up the stairs to my room.

My room was a "basic twin," which consisted of a small room with 2 twin beds, an adjoining vanity area with a sink, linen closet, and built-in dresser, and a very small bathroom with a toilet and a tub/shower combo. In addition to "basic" rooms, the inn offers "deluxe" rooms, which consist of a bedroom, sitting parlor, and walk-through bathroom, and "family" rooms, which contain a small room with twin beds in place of the sitting parlor.

The room's textured plaster walls and ceilings were freshly painted a crisp white. The new lace curtains, bed linens, bedspreads, and shower curtain were, likewise, crisp white. The hardwoods appeared freshly refinished and polished. I am a stickler for cleanliness, and I was truly impressed by the cleanliness of this room; one of the best I've ever seen! On the downside, the inn needs to replace the mattresses on the beds: they were semi-comfortable but far too soft and squeaky. The toilet, shower, and sink also appeared worn, and were tell-tale 1980s because of their almond color.

The decor is, well, quaint. The twin beds featured high posts with carved pineapple finials. An antique country-style table separated the beds, and a green Victorian chair graced the corner. These pretty objects shared space with cheap, framed reprints of 18th and 19th century botanical etchings, and a small television perched atop a faux woodgrain mini-fridge! Also, the pocket door which separated the vanity area from the bathroom badly needed repainting: it was peeling and looked terrible. Perhaps they missed it in the renovation?

The housekeeper allowed me to peek into a "deluxe" room that was unoccupied. The antiques in this room appeared to be of better quality, and the bathroom was quite spacious, maintaining its charming 1950s black-and-white tiling and fixtures. The sitting parlor contained a beautiful, but uncomfortable, Victorian settee (however, most Victorian furniture is uncomfortable). Like my "basic" room, the room was very clean and tidy. My housekeeper, Nancy, was very friendly and efficient; she even noticed that I ran out of washcloths and left extra ones without being asked!

Breakfast was served in an upstairs conference room. The room contained a long table with soft, comfortable chairs. Along the walls were Civil War prints, examples of Confederate money and documents, and portraits of various Civil War generals. A display case at one end of the room contained genuine artifacts from the war, including an example (of only 100 known pieces) of Fredericksburg Confederate currency. The breakfast was quite simple: 3 cold cereals, milk, juice, coffee, hot tea, and store-bought pastries. They really need to invest in a toaster and some bagels! Even economy inns have these, and it is an oversight in an otherwise decent continential breakfast.

The common areas of the inn contained the same mix of Victorian antiques and kitschy reproductions as did the rooms. The new owner plans new carpeting and paint for the common areas, which they really need. A parlor adjoined the lobby, which offered bottled water, hot tea, coffee, cookies, and history magazines at all hours. The cookies, like the breakfast pastries, were store-bought, the "Danish butter" variety that come in the blue tins.

The biggest drawback to the inn, in my opinion, is the exterior. It looked rather rundown, with peeling paint and cracked pavement; frankly, I would not have stopped here had another innkeeper in town not recommended this place to me. Hopefully, the exterior renovation will bring the exterior up to the standards of the rooms!

Despite my quibbles, I really enjoyed my stay at the Fredericksburg Colonial Inn. The inn provides the closest proximity to the historic area without the high prices of the bed and breakfasts in the heart of the historic area (I paid $89/night plus tax on an October weekend). Plus, you get to stay in a truly "quaint" bit of Americana!

  • Liked — Unique experience; good value for money
  • Disliked — Sub-par mattress; kitschy decor in places
  • Stayed October 2007
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Property: Inn At The Olde Silk Mill
Address: 1707 Princess Anne St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3524
Location: United States > Virginia > Fredericksburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Fredericksburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Inn At The Olde Silk Mill 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Inn At The Olde Silk Mill (formerly Fredericksburg Colonial Inn) is under new ownership since May 2007. Many new upgrades, pillow-top mattress, Royal Suites, wireless internet, new breakfast items, warm and inviting staff. Walking distance to Downtown Fredericksburg Historic sites, restaurants, antique stores. Great shopping and dining options! Perfect for business or leisure. ... more   less 
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