by Courtney Elko
Located in downtown Lewes, Delaware, Hotel Rodney is an ideal hotel for families seeking to soak in the history of Lewes while also visiting the beach. Museums, restaurants, shops and historic houses are steps away from the Hotel Rodney, and the Lewes beach and Cape Henlopen State Park are a short drive away.
Built in 1926, Hotel Rodney is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and its antique restored dÃ©cor is charming. The guestrooms and suites feature hardwood floors, black and white marble tile bathrooms and small closets. The guestrooms are smaller than the average hotel rooms, but families can compensate by requesting connecting rooms.
While the hotel has seen modern-day updates, including insulation in the rooms, sound easily travels through the brick walls and hardwood floors.
Our Editor Loves
- Downtown Lewes
- Beach nearby
- National Register of Historical Places
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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There are 20 guestrooms and four suites on the two floors of Hotel Rodney. Kids will love the semi old-fashioned lift (elevator) with its old-school elevator gate, plus a door, but parents may prefer taking the stairs. All of the guestrooms and suites feature hardwood floors and restored antique furniture. The charming rooms are by no means your typical "cookie-cutter" hotel room. They feature antique dÃ©cor, but with modern convenience.
The guestrooms feature one double bed or two twin beds. The twin bed guestrooms can be connected to a Deluxe Room.
The deluxe guestrooms, which are larger than the guestrooms, feature one queen-size bed and hardwood floors with restored antique furniture. A flat-screen television hangs on the wall and the black and marble tile bathroom features a bathtub.
Families may also enjoy the Corner Deluxe guestroom, which features a mini-fridge and views of downtown Lewes or the rooftop garden. The deluxe rooms can connect to a twin bed room, which is ideal for families.
The Luxury Suite features a king bed and a sitting room with a sleeper sofa and a mini-fridge. The Master Suite features a king bed, day bed and a mini-fridge.
Great location in center of town. Very nice up-to-date room. Has a small elevator that only holds 3 adults and is slow but it works fine. Staff was all very friendly and helpful. Has only 6 designated parking spaces on adjoining bank lot. The wall mounted HVAC unit is very quiet and works well but the remote control for it is very complicated so get instructions from desk.
The hotel and the room we stayed in was a 8 out of 10. Very cute, perfect mix of old and modern, ac was wonderful, awesome HUGE couples tub and shower, very comfortable bed. The PARKING is a 1 out of 10. After a long drive to get the hotel, my gf and I had to spend an extra 30min looking for parking. the hotel provides at most 8-9 parking spots total. TOTAL. that’s ridiculous and unacceptable for the price of the room and quite frankly for ANY hotel. Yes there was an art show in town the weekend of our stay but that is irrelevant. there should be dedicated spots for everyone in the hotel. Its an issue of public safety just as much as convenience. After about 30min of driving around annoyed and exhausted, you’ll probably find a metered spot to park, but do not be a minute late paying the meter because the meter dick will be there waiting to give you a ticket. Def will not let it ruin the overall experience, but you do not want to have to deal with this stress on a relaxing vacation.
Lewes beach is about 1 mile away from the hotel and families can walk, bike or drive to the beach. Families will need to cross over a drawbridge with a pedestrian lane to reach the beach. There is a large parking lot at the beach, but there is a fee for parking. Lewes beach is situated on the calm waters of the Delaware Bay.
Cape Henlopen State Park is also nearby and there, families will find the Atlantic Ocean or the Delaware Bay. Families can bike or drive the 2.5 miles to Cape Henlopen. There is a fee to enter the state park, however, parking is free.
Two onsite bicycles are available for rent through the hotel and more bike rentals can be arranged.
The Rose & Crown Restaurant
Located in the hotel lobby, the Rose & Crown serves lunch and dinner daily. Brunch is also available on weekends. Menu items include things like burgers, fish and chips, salads and seafood. Take-out is also available for in-room dining. Breakfast during the week is not served at the hotel.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available to guests throughout the hotel.
A small fitness center can be found on the lowest level of the hotel. Guests are welcome to sign in at the front desk and use the cardio and weight machines from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
A jewelry store and sundries shop are located off the lobby.
Minimal parking spaces are available at no cost in a lot behind the hotel, but it's first come, first served. Metered street parking surrounds the hotel, too.
The Art of Smart Timing
Hotel Rodney is open year-round and while it's at its busiest during the summer months, there is a steady flow of guests throughout the year.
Lewes, Delaware is located less than an hour south of Dover, Delaware and about 20 minutes north of Rehoboth and Dewey beaches. The Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport, located in Maryland, is about an hour from Lewes and offers connecting flights from Philadelphia or Baltimore. Philadelphia International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport are both about two hours away from Lewes.
Hotel Rodney is located in the center of downtown Lewes, so families can easily walk around town with or without a stroller. Bicycling is also big in Lewes, Delaware, so kids will love riding around town and checking out the historic district. Families will have to walk over a drawbridge to reach the beach but there is a pedestrian walkway. A vehicle is needed to venture much further from the hotel.
For Mom and Dad
Parents will enjoy grabbing a glass of wine or microbrew at the Rose & Crown bar situated off the lobby.