on March 7, 2007
Composed of five historic residences this small hotel is a European style accommodation. There are twenty three-distinctive rooms spread over the five houses. This was not my first choice in Staunton but after my B&B canceled my reservation, which is a whole other story, I had to make a reservation quickly. Frederick House offers online booking which made it easy to have a confirmed reservation. One thing I didn’t like about the website was that it didn’t show pictures of the rooms. We received a very warm welcome when we arrived. We had chosen one of the rooms with a balcony. Okay it’s not a balcony, it’s a back porch and it overlooks the parking lot but the description didn’t exactly say that. This room had a sleigh bed and a very small bathroom but the seating area included a sofa as well as a chair. We stayed in that room for about a half hour, by then we had realized that the TV wasn’t working correctly. The innkeepers were very pleasant about making a change. We were moved to one of the buildings up the hill. We had a pretty room with a canopy bed and a fireplace. This was much more what I had envisioned. Our bathroom was huge, I mean it was as big as a bedroom. There was a basket of Caswell & Massey amenities and two quilted bathrobes. We had a seating area with two arm chairs at the foot of our bed and the armoire hid our TV. The TV was dated and a bit small given the size of the room. The rooms have Internet access and since I travel with my laptop, I hoped to enjoy this but was unable to connect. A warning to light sleepers, this is a downtown hotel and the street is very close to the room. I had no problem but I was aware of the street noise. Our room was at ground level in the front of the house, we needed a special key to get into the building and another one to get into our room. There was also parking for us next to this building. The location of Frederick House couldn’t be much better. It is across the street from Mary Baldwin College and within walking distance of everything in downtown Staunton. You really can leave your car and hit the pavement. It is however a hilly area. Karen and Denny were more than happy to give us dinner suggestions and to point out those choices that might not be open on a Sunday night. Breakfast is served in the same building as check in. It is restaurant style with small tables and the coffee mugs are the menus. There are lots of choices and one is sure to please. I chose fruit, yogurt and granola. Al had a frittata. We both were very pleased with our choice.
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