A stay in the Smithfield Station is a must if you are in the area. The rooms are cozy, the views are magnificent, and the seafood (I especially enjoyed the shrimp cocktail) is fabulous. Notably, the Station restaurant also has an extensive wine list.
I have stayed at Smithfield Station twice. Three years ago we hosted a rehearsal dinner and had family staying at the Station for the weekend. We were very impressed by the overall accomodations and service. The rehearsal dinner could not have been nicer with cocktails on the deck overlooking the marina and Pagan River.
Recently my wife and I had the opportunity to stay at the Station in the new portion of the Inn. While the old portion of the Station is still very nice, the new section is truely impressive. The new rooms are very luxurious and the views remain very tranquil looking over the river. The staff is still very attentive and, I especially enjoyed the Sunday morning breakfast buffet.
This is a very good place for a weekend getaway!
Great weekend getaway in a quaint waterfront town in southeastern Virginia. Rooms are charming with breathtaking views of the Pagan River. Magnificant sunsets! Restaurant has great seafood and a great Sunday Brunch.
I've used this facility for several large events (200-300 people) over the years, and the service and attitude have always been fantastic. When not there with a group, I've also stayed there overnight and have always thoroughly enjoyed myself. A great place to 'get away from it all'.
The Smithfield Station is everything we were looking for! Great Location! Wonderful folks, courteous service, great food, and the BEST accomodations for 50 miles! We checked in late, but it was okay, everyone bent over backwards to serve us. We had children with us, and felt totally comfortable. WONDERFUL experience! Keep up the great work.
What's not to like! You can come by boat or car and enjoy a great dinner or just sip a cocktail and watch the sun go down. The staff is always friendly, the sevice great and the seafood is consistently good.
We are looking forward to our annual Christmas gathering at the Station.
I've stayed at the Smithfield Station and have always enjoyed it. I'm probably heading down that way soon so I was looking into staying there again when I ran across these recent bad reviews. I wanted to balance their comments. I have not been since the remodeling these people are talking about but since even they seem to have nice things to say about the remodeling, I would not expect it to detract.
I've been a big fan of the food there. Great seafood and its getting fancier with its dishes which opens it up to better flavors. It is not Red Lobster. If you want that, go to Red Lobster and stuff yourself on grade B fish.
The rooms are also nice and comfortable with a seaside feel to them which is a nice change from typical bland hotel rooms if you travel a lot (I do). It also has a great view you won't find in other places and a good walking area, even up to the nice little town. I enjoy the docks too. Pretty cool to walk around and see the different boats.
Breakfasts are always my favorite and they do a great brunch which I try to catch on my way out in the morning.
Hopefully my next stay will be as good as my past.
We have family in the Smithfield area and have visited Smithfield Station several times. If you are staying in the new lodge/hotel be fair warned that customer service is not a strength of this organization. Perhaps this is due to their new billing/reservation system and new staff, but all the same, the manager should take over where the staff leaves off vs. giving the customer the run around--as they have done in our situation. If you have billing errors, in particular, be prepared to fight them tooth and nail to get your money back or even a phone call. It seems to be more of a fight to them (read: winning), vs. an positive effort to resolve the issues. We have traveled extensively for business and pleasure have never experienced anything quite like it.
We have eaten dinner at the restaurant several times. The food is very hit and miss, and usually over-cooked (especially the fish) and a little on the greasy-side.
The new rooms in the lodge are well appointed and spacious (huge improvement over the older hotel section) and the view is lovely(other than looking at the meat packing plant across the marsh). The balconies in the new lodge area have no chairs, and are probably too small to add them. A case of form over function, which is unfortunate. The beds were comfortable.
Our summary: Smithfield Station has yet to find (not even in the ball park) the sweet spot for consistently good food and even a passable grade in customer service. Suggestion: send management staff to customer service/hospitality school!
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