by Wendy Irvine
If you have an extended family who vacations together, you dwell among the most fortunate. Sure, tussles over hitting the antique shops versus a day at the water park will happen. And hearing Dad’s golf story for the millionth time gets old. However, these vacation moments will leave the best memories. But how do you find a stay that makes everyone happy, especially at the beach?
At Rehoboth Beach, the answer is clear: The Bellmoor Inn & Spa. Located an easy two blocks from the heart of Rehoboth Avenue, which is lined in fun shops and great dining, is an elegant inn, the kind you don’t expect to find in a casual beach town like Rehoboth. One step into the Bellmoor’s lobby with its gleaming cherry wood floors and elegant bird decor sprinkled throughout, and you just don’t think “beach.” Even combining “kids” and “inn” in the same sentence gives pause. But the multi-generational family, the Moore’s, who own the Bellmoor Inn & Spa, balance everything to keep each age well-rested, well-fed and just plain charmed.
For starters, the Moore family was wise enough to put in two pools. The larger, for families, sits immediately next to the enclosed hot tub. The smaller pool, sitting just off the garden patio, is for adults only. They added a late afternoon tea paired with lemonade and cookies, and for mornings, a beautiful breakfast buffet. All are to be leisurely enjoyed in either the sunroom or garden patio.
The Moore’s created a library on the first floor and decked it in light summer reading like Tom Clancy novels. They also put out magazines and newspapers, and somehow managed to bring in a magical thing called silence. The Moore’s set aside the room next to the library to be the board game room and added old fashioned games like LIFE, checkers and chess. They specifically didn’t want to include a Wii or an Xbox.
The spacious patio garden is lush with old trees, Adirondack chairs and tables, fountains and koi in one of the small ponds.
Every adult seeking even deeper relaxation hour will brighten at the Bellmoor spa’s selection of treatments that include high-end manicures and pedicures, a variety of massages and waxing.
The Bellmoor boasts a total of 78 rooms and offers a variety of room styles ranging from a basic unit with two queen-sized beds to luxury suites with options like a fireplace and luxury tub with jets. The Gardener’s Cottage even has a kitchen.
Our Editor Loves
- Two blocks from the beach
- Outdoor family pool and adult pool
- Board game room
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Pool
Rooms & Rates
The Bellmoor Inn seems cozy and intimate, but with 78 rooms in total, you can choose between several room configurations. Each guestroom is beautifully layered in a blend of English countryside, ocean blues and golden sand hues, and all come with an empty refrigerator and free Wi-Fi.
The Deluxe Room has two queen-sized beds, a huge flat screen TV and a basic bathroom. The Deluxe Suites deliver more square footage and marble bathrooms. Additional amenity options include a fireplace or a fancy tub with jets.
The Palmer House offers several apartment type rooms (without kitchens, however) and sit on the periphery of the Inn, giving guests a more secluded feeling. The Garden Rooms face the garden patio and tinkling fountains.
A family wanting more of a cottage-by-the-sea experience will love the Gardener's Cottage which sits on the periphery of the Inn and comes with two bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, a full kitchen, a private screened porch and a private garden.
We always feel special and are treated like friends when we return each year. We like that we see the same people and how warm and welcoming they are. Your consistent high quality and service keeps us coming back year after year.
Been traveling to Rehoboth Beach for more than 25 years! This is a very beautiful place that brings back memories from when I got to eat at the former restaurant once when I was a little girl. With Southern Living Magazine being my bible, the decor was never a disappointment from the beautiful library with fireplace, afternoon tea, to the scrumptious breakfast. Always look forward to returning.
The Bellmoor's outdoor pool is a moderate size and sits on the second floor directly next to the indoor hot tub. The pool has beautiful chaise lounges and umbrellas for parents not wanting quite so much Vitamin D, and a first level pool just off the garden patio is for adults only. The hot tub is small so plan to nab it when nobody else is around. Comfy chaise lounge chairs wreath both pools and towels are provided at all three spots.
The sand and Atlantic Ocean are located just two short blocks from the inn.
Afternoon Tea at the Bellmoor Inn
It's a custom for elegant inns to put out delicate cookies, teas (cold in summer; hot in winter) and lemonade for guests and the Bellmoor doesn't disappoint. The tables in the sunroom are usually lined with grandparents, adult kids and grand kids enjoying cookies and tea, chatting and sharing funny beach stories.
Breakfast at Bellmoor Inn
The Bellmoor Inn spreads out a beautiful breakfast buffet layered with stainless steel warming trays of scrambled eggs, sausage and French toast, fresh strawberries and cantaloupe, hot quiche, five different flavors of coffee, several kinds of juice and sticky buns to name just a few of the offerings. Eating breakfast on the lush outdoor patio with the fountains tinkling is heaven.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Especially important to know is that the Moore's heartily encourage guests to get the most out of their day of vacation. Check out of your room at 11 a.m, but let your car hang out in the lot while you play at the beach or pool. Afterward, clean up at the Bellmoor's special room just off the garden patio that includes a bathroom and shower.
The Bellmoor Inn offers a complimentary washer and dryer on its second floor.
Parking is completely free at the Bellmoor.
Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the inn.
The Art of Smart Timing
Rehoboth Beach is a summer destination and is at its busiest from Memorial Day to Labor Day. But fall and spring are also great times to visit when there are less crowds.
Delaware doesn't have a commercial airport, so plan to use the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), which is about two hours from the Bellmoor Inn.
For transportation from the Inn around Rehoboth, you just need feet -- the Inn is incredibly close to everything that matters: Restaurants, shops, the beach and even the Rehoboth Library is just a block away. To go further afield, of course, you'll need your car or you might want to try the Jolly Trolly that makes many stops between Rehoboth and Dewey beaches. The Jolly Trolley, a shuttle between Rehoboth and Dewey, passes right by the Bellmoor Inn. For a fee, the Jolly Trolley will pick you up and deposit you in the center of both beach communities, but offers over a dozen stops daily from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Round trip tickets are available.
For Mom and Dad
The small hotel spa boasts six treatment rooms, including one just for couples wanting a side-by-side massage. The Bellmoor's spa offers a large selection of massages including hot stone, Swedish, sports and deep tissue and reflexology massages. Body treatments include a chocolate and raspberry sugar scrub and an anti-aging treatment called the Seatone Firming Treatment. A variety of facials include a pumpkin enzyme peel, a Gentleman's Facial and a signature back facial.