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The Mimslyn Inn
RuudenIne from: Weert, The Netherlands
Published Date: Nov, 23, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Nice historic hotel
We were visiting the Shenandoh area for a few day's hiking around the Skyline Drive. Seen most of accommodation was closed at this time of the year at the Skyline Drive, we decided to stay in Luray at this hotel as we like some comfort.
Luray is also just 10-15 minutes drive from a Skyline Drive entrance.
The hotel is back in time if you look to the whole, by which not is said that this is negative !
Its a "warm" comfortable hotel, room and bed were ok, only fan was little to loud, with outside minus 10 Celsius we had to heat the room with the fireplace in the room.
The breakfast is from the menu (no buffet) and this was fine too.
Service was fine, all questions or such were handled correctly and friendly.
We feel it is some overpriced for what you get.
- Rooms: 4
- Location: 5
- Service: 4
DennisK15882 from: Salem
Published Date: Nov, 22, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Best Half-Way Location to Shenandoah Park
This inn is perfect for a single night or a week when visiting the Shenandoah Valley, Luray Caverns or wine tasting. Perfectly located within a few minutes to take the Skyline Drive north or south from the Thornton Gap park entrance station. It is also very close to the Luray Caverns at the west end of town, and there are wineries all over- one of the best is CrossKeys Vineyards which has a bistro- go for lunch.
Mimslyn is an older hotel, member of the Historic Hotels of America group, with all up to date conveniences. Enter thru large, heavy wooden double doors into large lobby with winding staircase, small bar and elevator. Beautiful Circa 31 dining room is open for breakfast (closes @ 10:30), lunch and sometimes dinner-not always. Breakfast is quite good & from menu or daily buffet- lots of fruit. Visit their Speakeasy for dinner which is smaller room, has a bar and small lounge area when waiting for table. Couple of nights has local singing talent. Menu is good comfort food and nearly every item has green beans-chef must have a bean farm ! If ordering out don't call the Dominico Italian Restaurant- they said 30-45 minutes for spaghetti & meatballs w salad & drinks for 2 people and it took 1-1/2 hours after calling them 2X, and they forgot the drinks!!
Our room (#310) was the largest we were told and had a living room with electric fireplace (w/thermostat), pull out sofa bed, flat screen tv, writing desk and coat closet. On the way to the bedroom you pass the large bathroom with deep, jet tub with shower (plenty of water pressure). Opposite the bathroom is a coffee station with mini-fridge. Then to the bedroom with very comfortable king-size bed and pillow top comforter, night stands, flat screen tv, a drawer chest and his & hers closets with large space for lots of clothes. Temperature control worked fine for a little heat the 3rd week October, and did not hear a sound.
This was a great room !
Getting off the elevator at 3rd floor you enter a large, quiet, sunroom w/ fireplace which is nice place to read or nap if don't want to stay in the room.
Staff is friendly and helpful.
This hotel is the place to stay.
- Rooms: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 4
2Billinz from: Clarksville, Virginia
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 7, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 2
My husband and I stayed here for one night while driving the Skyline Drive. This is a beautiful old hotel - the lobby and winding stairway are gorgeous and give a feeling of luxury when you walk in. We stayed in Room 202, one of the least expensive, and it was tight, to say the least. The shower curtain lapped over onto the toilet and the sink was tiny. Bed was comfortable and we would been satisfied overall, until the morning of our departure when we woke up to no heat. We were freezing, it was 45 degrees outside and the unit would only blow cold air. When my husband complained at the desk, the clerk apologized, promised to have Maintenance look at it AFTER we left and handed my husband an ‘OOPS’ bag with a pack of crackers and two water bottles. Seriously. Disturbed that we had to leave earlier than planned without being able to even take a shower, I confronted the desk clerk again as we checked out and requested a discount, which she begrudgingly gave us but only after we asked. This is not the way you get repeat visitors. It’s a shame because it could have been a great stay.
carpentajoseph from: South Burlington, Vermont
Published Date: Oct, 25, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
On our trip to Laray caverns we stayed in the Mimslyn Inn. From a friendly greeting upon our arrival we knew our stay would be wonderful. Our room was a king size bed which was very comfortable. In the room we were offered a bottle of wine, opener and two engraved glasses for a small fee to relax in the room. At dinner we just went down to the restaurant for dinner which offered a good selection of dinner foods which were very tasty. Homemade potato chips and local beers are always a hit when starting a meal. The next morning we had coffee and homemade muffins in the foyer then off to the caverns. Returning in the evening after a full day of touring we found ourselves down stairs again for dinner because our previous nights dinner was so good. It was so easy to dine and have a couple of drinks and not worry about driving back to the hotel. Checked out to another friendly employee left us wishing to travel back to the Mimslyn in the future.
jpete from: Williamsburg, Virginia
Published Date: Oct, 21, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Nice Hotel in the Mountains
While visiting the Shenandoah area for the fall foliage we decided on the Mimslyn Inn as it is affiliated with the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown,WV where have have frequented a number of times over the years.
The Mimslyn appears to be an older Greek Revival style hotel which had been renovated over the years.
The lobby and public areas are classy and appear to be popular for weddings and other events and the Inn is probably the top of the line in Luray.
We had breakfast in the lobby restaurant called Circa'31and it was very good as well as reasonable. There is a buffet but we opted for cook to order omelets' and were very happy with both the food and service.
Dinner at the Speakeasy Pub downstairs was both reasonable and good and the location was the best on a rainy night.
I cannot say enough about the professionalism and friendliness of the entire staff beginning with the front desk, the wait staff and the housekeeping staff who all work hard for the guests.
The room (Historic Room) itself was starting to show some normal wear and tear and my sense is that it is scheduled for a facelift sometime in the future. It wasn't any problem just a few things that we noticed which is normal in any hotel.
One thing to point out is that the King bed had a very large headboard and foot board which took up a lot of extra space making maneuvering a little tight.
The television could have been attached to the wall instead of being located in the enormous entertainment center which would have freed up some space as well perhaps with the large night tables being replaced with smaller tables to open up the room a little.
The hotel was very quiet and the bed was very comfortable which added to a very restful night.
All in all a very pleasant stay with a very nice staff and a very good value.
- Value: 4
- Location: 5
- Service: 5