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princess008 from: northern virginia
Published Date: Nov, 4, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
We were in town for a wedding and stayed in the Jordan room at Hotel Laurence. Boy did I make the right choice! We were greeted by 2 friendly staff members who checked us in, showed us around and explained a few things to us. This hotel is a charming, beautifully appointed historic building. The owner has thought of everything. Our room was incredible. The pictures online don't do it justice. It was enormous and cozy. The bed is comfortable, the kitchen area was well appointed, the living room are was relaxing and spacious. There are multiple restaurants & shops within walking distance.
greagan from: Potomac, Maryland
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Oct, 14, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
When somewhere gets it this right, it’s well worth a repeat.
The request was made by a seven year old, who stayed here a year ago, and had such great memories, she wished to return.
Some wishes are easy to grant!
And what was the great attraction? The loft sleeping area, at the top of a ladder, which tracks along the wall, up to the space just below the ceiling.
Too too perfect for young ones! She and her now four year old sister instantly reclaimed their space, and enjoyed it as much this time as last!
Were all things so easy to achieve!
The bedroom for adults is lovely, and a pleasant separate space, but not SO far distant as to make young ones nervous.
Already planning for another return, which we will be happy to create!
This really is a wonderful place, and the library is well stocked with games, books, comfy furniture, and attractive antiques. Perfect for in-house alternate activities!
TracyDowns101 from: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Published Date: Sep, 21, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
We stayed at the Hotel Laurance for two nights and it was most enjoyable. We stayed in The Jordan which was very spacious. The bed was super comfortable and it was decorated beautifully with an enormous TV which was fantastic. I would suggest two things to make this an even better experience...a comfortable sofa in the living area or two comfortable chairs that you can sink into. A better stocked kitchen would also be good...couldn't find a teaspoon. Other than that...top notch...we loved it!! would definitely go back again.
- Value: 5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5
129stacyt from: Sacramento, California
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Sep, 5, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Hotel Laurance a Delight!
I found Hotel Laurance online and was contemplating between Mimslyn Inn and it. I chose Hotel Laurance due to its online ratings and its history.
The Hotel was built in 1833 by Emanual Grove and his wife Frances. He was a merchant in Luray and held s level of stature in the community. They raised a family in the building that was then their home and general store. Found out while here the general entrance was on Main Street and you can still see the original doors.
In 1856 Colonel Mann Spitler, of the Confederate army conducted a general merchandise business here, but due to his being away he sold the building to John Booton in 1866 who raised his family here.
In 1883 the building was bought by the Parkinson family. The Parkinson’s made it a hotel proper and named it Hotel Laurance after the wife, Laura Parkinson.
In 1902, It was bought by the Mims family and continued as the Hotel Laurence during that time. The Mims family also owns the Mimslyn Inn a block down from the hotel. From the hotel brochure, in 1937, the hotel became an apartment building and was run as one through 1970.
In 2015, the hotel underwent a renovation and from it 12 large suites were created with full kitchens. In addition, two banquet rooms, “The Keeping Room” and “The Parlour” were added where the original mercantile business would have originally been.
We stayed in “The Laura”, which is room #7. It was absolutely gorgeous with two rooms the living space and an attached kitchen area. One TV exists in the living area only. No dishwasher in the kitchen, but wasn’t an issue for us on our stay.
The staff was very pleasant at check in and the hotel doesn’t require a checkout.
My only complaint were the stairs to get to our room and the street traffic – it was insane and noisy at all hours (and this was a Wednesday).
I would come back and stay most definitely, but would request “The Tucker” although this would mean a smaller room :(
Trip Type: Business
Published Date: Jun, 15, 2019 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Charming Hotel in Small Town
I stayed here for business and it was better than expected for a small town. It is a boutique hotel. I was surprised at first at checkin: no front desk only an envelope left on the front door with an access code to your room. However, the room was amazing. It was spacious and decorated lovely. Beds were comfy. It had everything I needed for a quick business trip. Lots of sunlight and good amenities. If you needed anything, you call the number provided but as I said there is no front desk. I will definitely stay here again!
- Rooms: 5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5