The Bellmoor Inn & Spa Review

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6 Christian Street, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971
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Editor’s Review of The Bellmoor Inn & Spa

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? Grandma is hoping for tea in the afternoon with oodles of time to catch up. The twins howl if they're pulled from the sand too early. What to do?

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
... more 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 me 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.

Best of all (to me anyway), the Moore's created a library on the first floor and decked it in light summer reading like Tom Clancy novels, old favorites of mine like Gifts from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and many other titles courtesy of a North Carolina thrift store that closed a few years ago. They also put out magazines and newspapers, and somehow managed to bring in a magical thing called silence. (If it was winter and the oversized fireplace was crackling, you couldn't shoehorn me out of this room.) 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. (And to that I say: Thank you.)

The spacious patio garden is lush with old trees, Adirondack chairs and tables, fountains and koi in one of the small ponds.

And 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. A Gardener's Cottage even has a kitchen.

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.

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. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Countryside-like inn with afternoon tea and a lovely breakfast buffet, just two blocks from the beach
  • Outdoor family pool, adult pool and hot tub
  • Designated cozy library, plus a board game room with old treasures like LIFE, checkers and chess
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Water Sports
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Family Room 5+
  • Kids' Pool
  • Laundry Service
  • Pool
Our Member Reviews 459 Reviews
Reviewed on 05/28/2014
We had been going to the Bellmoor for years; at least 3 times a summer. From the first time we walked in we felt uncomfortable. Unwanted. The management kept watching us; it seemed that wherever we were they were peering behind ...
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The Bellmoor Inn seems cozy and intimate, but with 78 rooms in total, you can choose between several room configurations. Each guest room 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.

We stayed in the Deluxe Room, which 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.


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