Winter Getaway: Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach

Main Entrance to Boardwalk Plaza Hotel

At Christmas time every street side balcony is decorated by a wreath and the old world lamp posts are wrapped in evergreen garlands and bright red bows.
At Christmas time every street side balcony is decorated by a wreath and the old world lamp posts are wrapped in evergreen garlands and bright red bows. | Source
A friendly doorman will usher you into the main lobby.
A friendly doorman will usher you into the main lobby. | Source

The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, has old world Victorian charm with all the conveniences and luxuries of a modern resort. As its name implies, the hotel is located directly on the boardwalk and many of the rooms have ocean views with private balconies. It is a fabulous retreat for lovers of any age.

Imagine spending Christmas, New Year's or Valentine's Day at this AAA Four Diamond Award-Winning hotel, or coming for a winter week-end getaway or mid-week vacation. Couples without children can stay on the adults only concierge level which offers accommodations enhanced with pampering extras like evening turn-down service, comfortable bathrobes, the daily newspaper and a later checkout time.

But even before you reach your room, the stress of modern day living melts away as the doorman ushers you into the main lobby. It may be cold outside but the parlor like sitting area to the left of the front desk has a fireplace that helps warm you up and the friendly staff make you feel right at home.

Victorian Style Parlor Sitting Area

Parlor sitting area to left of lobby decorated for the Christmas and New Year's holiday season provides a cozy place to warm up.
Parlor sitting area to left of lobby decorated for the Christmas and New Year's holiday season provides a cozy place to warm up. | Source

Afternoon Tea at Victoria's Restaurant

A delightful Victorian custom and pastime was having tea in the late afternoon. This pastime is re-enacted every Monday through Saturday between 3 and 5 p.m. in the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel dining room known as Victoria's Restaurant. Reservations are required and guests can choose from a variety of fine teas, nibble on sweets and tea sandwiches and enjoy quiet conversations by the sea.

Victoria's Restaurant

Victoria's can be entered from several different locations. This photo is of the entrance that's off the main lobby and parlor area.
Victoria's can be entered from several different locations. This photo is of the entrance that's off the main lobby and parlor area. | Source

In addition to serving afternoon tea, Victoria's Restaurant offers fine dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dining room has a three-tiered design with floor to ceiling windows along the full length of the room so that guests sitting in any level can look out on a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean. Victoria's is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Guests looking for lighter fare and cocktails can visit the Plaza Pub which is adjacent to Victoria's and has a cozy walnut bar, leather chairs and more views of the ocean.

Victoria's Restaurant

Victoria's has 3 separate levels so that diners who sit in any location can take advantage of the ocean front views.
Victoria's has 3 separate levels so that diners who sit in any location can take advantage of the ocean front views. | Source
The lowest level of Victoria's has a corner fireplace. The hearth in this picture is decorated for the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Decorations change depending on the holiday and season.
The lowest level of Victoria's has a corner fireplace. The hearth in this picture is decorated for the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Decorations change depending on the holiday and season. | Source

Live Piano Music

Baby Grand piano in Victoria's Restaurant decorated for Christmas and New Year's.
Baby Grand piano in Victoria's Restaurant decorated for Christmas and New Year's. | Source

Live Piano Music in Victoria's

Jeff Irwin plays live piano music in the tradition of "the great American songbook" on a baby grand piano in Victoria's restaurant and he is sometimes joined by Dr. Robert Thomas or Bryan Irwin who provide a bass accompaniment. Jeff's piano playing has been a year round weekly event since 1992.

Boardwalk Entrances to Plaza Hotel & Victoria's

Ocean front rooms and suites with private balconies are available at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel. Victoria's Restaurant also has a boardwalk entrance which can be seen to the right. In warm weather there is outdoor seating under the two large canopies.
Ocean front rooms and suites with private balconies are available at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel. Victoria's Restaurant also has a boardwalk entrance which can be seen to the right. In warm weather there is outdoor seating under the two large canopies. | Source

Boardwalk Entrance to Plaza Hotel

Guests can exit and enter the hotel from the boardwalk. The boardwalk entrance has a Victorian gift shop and large decorated foyer which is pictured below.

Close-up of boardwalk entrance.
Close-up of boardwalk entrance. | Source

Plaza Gift Shop & Boardwalk Entrance Foyer

Plaza Shoppe.
Plaza Shoppe. | Source
Santa Decor in boardwalk entrance foyer.
Santa Decor in boardwalk entrance foyer. | Source
Old fashioned flower cart in boardwalk entrance foyer filled with poinsetta plants.
Old fashioned flower cart in boardwalk entrance foyer filled with poinsetta plants. | Source

Indoor Spa Pool

Heated Indoor spa pool with view of outside pool, deck and ocean. The spa pool is reserved for adults only in the evenings. Guests of any age may use it in the daytime.
Heated Indoor spa pool with view of outside pool, deck and ocean. The spa pool is reserved for adults only in the evenings. Guests of any age may use it in the daytime. | Source

Victorian Christmas Decorations

Victorian Village display in lobby.
Victorian Village display in lobby. | Source
Large Victorian style doll house in lobby.
Large Victorian style doll house in lobby. | Source
Hot cider stand and Victorian display in lobby.
Hot cider stand and Victorian display in lobby. | Source

Wintertime Ocean View at Sunset Hour

Atlantic Ocean view you might see from your sitting room or balcony. The weather is cold in winter but the views are still spectacular.
Atlantic Ocean view you might see from your sitting room or balcony. The weather is cold in winter but the views are still spectacular. | Source

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3.3 out of 5 stars from 3 ratings of Boardwalk Plaza Hotel

Accommodations

Accommodations range from standard non-ocean view rooms brimming with Victorian charm for the more budget minded to ocean front suites with sitting rooms that overlook private balconies and stunning views of the sea. Some suites have whirlpool bathtubs.

The hotel offers special packages for weekends, weekdays and holidays. Rates vary based on accommodation and dates selected and advance reservations are required. For more information about specific rates and deals go to the hotel website at:

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

A marker2 Olive Ave. Rehoboth Beach, DE -
2 Olive Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, USA
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Boardwalk Plaza Hotel is a romantic, Victorian style seaside luxury hotel.

Victorian Style Romance is Priceless

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is within a 2 to 3 hour drive from Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA and New York City which makes it easy for millions of people who live in these cities to get away for a few days of mid-winter pampering, romance and love without the additional cost, time and hassle of flying to a romantic location.

Even if you can't afford the most luxurious oceanfront suite, your love will appreciate staying in one of the more economical yet still beautiful, standard rooms especially if you enhance your stay by bringing scented candles, a personalized play-list of his/her favorite romantic music, massage oil and bath oils.

A short get away to the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel may be just the thing to ignite and/or revive a burning passion in the middle of a long cold winter.

It traveling this year is out of the question, surprise your love with a romantic evening at home by converting your own bedroom into a luxurious retreat with the scent of the ocean, the sound of the sea in a medley of instrumental music, a turned down bed made up with your finest linens and a chocolate rose splayed across the pillow. You get the idea. Let your imagination and love for each other take the two of you to a place that's private, special and meaningful.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

What a lovely place. It is like stepping back in time. I really must get my family up that way for a vacation. The more you publish, the more I love that area. Thanks for sharing a Victorian Christmas from Rehoboth.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Hyphenbird,

You're so welcome. Yes, stepping back in time (but with modern conveniences) is exactly the experience that the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel owners want guests to have and they have paid much attention to detail in order to make it that way. Also, all staff is very friendly and families and children, not just couples are very welcome.

Thanks for taking time to leave such a lovely comment.


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Genesis 4 years ago from Canada

This is a beautiful hotel! It looks very inviting, and cozy.

Thank you for sharing Happyboomernurse, if I'm ever in the area I would love to spend some time here.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Up and all across but funny Gail. Absolutely stunning! Such a beautiful place and great pics as always HBN. I would love to spend some time there. I am really not that far away and I hope I can visit this area in the near future. I was hoping to catch a Ravens game. Hopefully I will have a reliable car soon. Your pictures have laid out the blueprints to a great and much needed vacation.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

What a Treat to read and Look at those Wonderful, Wonderful, Pictures Gail. It truly is a Step back in time... Who wouldn't want to go there...You need to become a "Travel Guide" you are so thorough and informative. Also Loved the Indoor Spa. a well deserved Vote Up, and Beautiful, and all those buttons!


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akirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

Well, gee, Gail - my reservation must be in the mail somewhere....wow~ What a romantic and enchanting appearing place. Please sign me up~~~ I especially can visualize myself in the spa pool. Ahhhhhh......

Happiest of holidays~~~


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

I love beach resorts in winter and the Boardwalk Plaza looks like a wonderful place as well as a winter bargain. I'm bookmarking this and voting it up. Thanks for a great idea,happyboomernurse.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

The Hotel looks great. You've have put so much into this great hub thank you.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Genesis,

Glad you enjoyed the photos and hub. Hope you do make it to southern Delaware some day.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday season wherever you are.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Lyricwriter,

Hope 2012 brings many good things for you and your wife including a reliable car and a much needed vacation. I know from the songs you write that you are a true romantic at heart and you take the time to let your wife know how much she means to you.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi B. Malin,

My best friend from nursing college who lives in Northern NJ recently stayed at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel with her husband and they loved its central location and the amenities. We were able to meet for dinner a few times and it was still warm enough to sit out on the balcony and also walk the length of the boardwalk which was great. It really is a throw back to a simpler time.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. Am so looking forward to more of your Florida tales!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Audrey,

I could so easily picture you relaxing in that heated indoor spa pool. If ever a lady deserved some wonderful R & R time it's hardworking you!

So glad you enjoyed the hub and hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Robie2,

You're welcome. So glad you found the information useful and am happy that you enjoyed the hub and photos. The one thing I can't really convey through the pictures is how friendly the staff is. The hotel has an old world elegance but is casual and relaxed.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Writer20,

You are so welcome and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday season.


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GClark 4 years ago from United States

Looks like a great place to visit. Definitely on my "to see" list the next time back east. Great photos and description really made this place come alive. Appreciated all of the photos but especially liked the wintertime ocean view at sunset photo. GClark


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome GClark,

I'm glad you enjoyed the photos and hub and Thank you for the specific feedback. Hope you do get a chance to visit one day.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I just want to pack my suitcase, jump on a plane and check in!

The pictures are wonderful, it sounds the ideal place to forget all your worries and just relax and soak up the atmosphere!

Voted up, best wishes MM


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Movie Master,

So glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for the vote up and your ongoing support. It really means a lot to me.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Gail,

Such a beautiful place and you have certainly portrayed its beauty with your photos and descriptions. If we ever travel that way...will keep it in mind due to your wonderful hub. Up votes!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Peggy,

So glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for the vote up.

The hotel is family run and the owners are very hands on about every aspect of service, decorating, etc. If you're ever out this way I think you would really enjoy staying there.


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alekhouse 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Wow! What a great place. Perfect place to get away at Christmas time. Thanks for sharing.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Alekhouse,

You're welcome. Glad you enjoyed the hub and photos. It is a special place especially during holidays.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hey HBN,

Well I know where I'm staying when I come to visit! So beautiful, warm and inviting. Love, love, love your DE hubs. AND a big congrats on your 100 hub score. Very well deserved!

Sharyn


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sharyn,

You've got great taste- you couldn't pick a finer place to stay! (smile).

Thanks for the congrats. That score goes up and down like a yo-yo but it is fun to see it hit the top on occasion.

Hope you do get to Delaware. It's a great place to visit.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow...this was beautiful hotel. Thanks for writing and share with us. I love the pictures above. I hope I can visit this place one day. Rated up!

Prasetio


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Prasetio,

Am so glad you enjoyed the hub and photos and do hope you get to visit one day.

Thanks so much for the vote up.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

I could just imagine walking into this hotel and stepping into another era. The wreaths on the balconies makes for a striking photo. Voted up


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Danette,

Yes, it is like walking into another era. Peaceful and elegant, yet at the same time casual.

Thanks so much for the vote up.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

I thoroughly enjoyed the composition of photography intermingled with text. Voted ^ & Awesome.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Gjfalcone,

Thanks so much for taking time to leave such a lovely comment and for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

I am going to start saving my pennies for a trip to Delaware - such a beautiful inn! Thanks for sharing those lovely photos!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi RedElf,

So glad you enjoyed the photos and are feeling inspired to visit the Delaware beaches.

Thanks for your feedback. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Ashusuman,

I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the photos and hub and thank you for taking time to leave such a detailed and lovely comment.

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