Standing guard over Rehoboth Beach’s boardwalk, this Victorian-style hotel adds a bit of character to the Delaware beach town. A nod to the city’s Victorian roots, Boardwalk Plaza Hotel looks as if it could be a historic oceanfront mansion. The pink-washed building is just as charming inside — check in at an old-fashioned front desk, then make your way up to your room, many of which feature authentic antique furnishings.
But this isn’t your everyday beach resort. The oceanfront hotel offers just 84 rooms, so you never feel as if you’re just another guest. In fact, since opening in 1991, the proprietors of this family-owned hotel make sure to be there every day. Unique touches such as resident mascots in the lobby (in the form of tropical birds) add a special flair to Boardwalk Plaza Hotel. Tradition is definitely apparent throughout the hotel — from afternoon tea to the décor that’s reminiscent of the Old World.
As a popular summertime destination, you’ll love the proximity to the beach, which is about 20 feet away on the other side of the boardwalk — and the hotel provides complimentary beach towels daily. The indoor-outdoor heated spa pool is a nice amenity no matter what time of year it is. Kids can splash around during the day, but when the clock strikes 8 p.m., it’s quiet time and adults can relax with poolside cocktails.
Boardwalk Plaza Hotel isn’t short on dining options either. Breakfast, lunch and dinner (as well as afternoon tea) are served in Victoria’s Restaurant. The three-tiered dining room offers stunning views of the Atlantic to go alongside the contemporary American cuisine. For lighter fare, grab a table at the Plaza Pub; and when it’s nice out, be sure to sit on the oceanfront lounge’s boardwalk patio.