Freemason Inn

411 W York Street , Norfolk, VA 23510 USA (Show map)

About

THE FREEMASON INN BED AND BREAKFAST is a completely renovated turn of the century Victorian home, in the Historic Freemason District of Downtown Norfolk, Virginia surrounded by cobblestone streets, quiet neighborhoods, tree lined walks, and breathtaking sunsets. Centrally located in Downtown Norfolk, the Freemason Inn Bed and Breakfast is just a short drive from Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown and Williamsburg. Our Bed & Breakfast makes the perfect venue for a small intimate wedding.

Reviews

Overall
4.3

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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.0

Perfect little getaway.

5 on April 14, 2016

Warm, romantic, and cozy.


Wonderful Stay!

4.6 on March 14, 2016

The Freemason Inn B&B was such delightful place to stay in Norfolk. The rooms are large and clean, and the jacuzzi tub was absolutely phenomenal. The Innkeeper was delightful and chatty at breakfast, and we really enjoyed our stay.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review of the Freemason Inn. We feel that Sherry, our new innkeeper, is a real asset to the Inn and will bring back the ambiance we strive for. We hope to see you again soon.


Worst B&B Experience Ever

1.8 on February 26, 2016

This was supposed to be a very special getaway for me and my husband and it was the most disappointing B&B experience we've ever had. The room we stayed in was okay but nothing special considering it was the bridal suite. We were upgraded to that room because "it's too much work to clear out the room you reserved". There was NO service. No innkeeper greeted us when we arrived, just left keys and a parking permit inside on a table. There was no note and no information about the inn or what was available to us as guests. There was an almost empty roll of toilet paper, no trash can, no glasses, ice bucket, etc. When I called later in the evening for toilet paper and a trash can, a young woman who I assume was "in charge" brought the items to us in her pajamas. No apologies, no inquiry about if we needed anything, no information about breakfast. The next morning when I went down about 7:30 looking for coffee and to find out what time breakfast was, there was NO ONE anywhere to be found. Yesterday's cold coffee on the burner, dirty sandals in front of the buffet, a few used dishes on the table. and a vacuum in the corner. I called to find out what was going on and no one answered or returned my call. I also called the emergency room number on the message and no one answered there either. Finally at 8:15 we decided to leave, as it didn't appear we were getting any breakfast. On the way home, someone, I assume the owner, called and apologized, assuring me he would refund my money. This has not happened yet. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

Innkeeper Response
As an owner of the Freemason Inn Bed & Breakfast, I would like to say that we are very sorry for your unfortunate experience at our Inn. We had an innkeeper quit and were transitioning with a new hire that ultimately did not work out. Our new Innkeeper, Sherry, is striving to bring back the excellence that the Freemason Inn works hard to achieve.(Please note follow-up review) We have at this point in time refunded you for your stay . We want to thank you for your comments and hope that you will give us another chance in the future.


A jewel in Norfolk

3.4 on October 28, 2015

The Freemason Inn was a lovely place to stay . You can imagine that you are in Europe, with the lite rail running past the inn, the coffee shop steps away and an excellent international restaurant next door. The caretaker was welcoming and attentive to our needs and the Inn is warm and inviting.


Wonderful treat!

5 on May 11, 2015

We unexpectedly were in Norfollk looking for a place to stay that was relatively close the ODU a campus, and found the Freemason Inn! Beautiful room, fireplace on a rainy night, wonderful large jacuzzi tub, tall and oh so comfortable bed. With a beautiful breakfast the next morning! A wonderful treat from start to finish!Z


Business Travel and a B&B

3.8 on March 17, 2015

I stayed at the Freemason Inn while on business in Norfolk and found it to be very comfortable and luxurious. The Innkeeper welcomed me with open arms and upgraded me to the "Bridal Suite" since he had a last minute cancellation. I wish I had had more time to visit the sites in the area around the B&B. My only disappointment was not having being served a full breakfast. I guess this is only provided on weekends. I would definitely stay there again and for longer so I could take full advantage of the environment and hospitality.


Great stay

4.6 on March 12, 2015

I was very apprehensive about staying at a B&B. The Freemason Inn was outstanding! The innkeeper made us feel at home and his service was top notch. The area around the Inn is beautiful and there is lots to do within walking distance. Would recommend this to anyone wishing to stay at a B&B!


Affordable luxury in Norfolk.

5 on September 16, 2014

Perfect in all respects. Great location too.


29 yr anniversary stay

5 on August 18, 2014

My better half waited 29 years to stay here. We had a very romantic stay and a great breakfast I've had in a while. Will stay here again.


Great find in Norfolk!

4.8 on March 17, 2014

My fiancé and I stayed here overnight to celebrate our 13th anniversary. We're local to the Hampton Roads area & had never known about this wonderful little spot. The room was lovely, the hostess (Lesley) was great and breakfast was delicious! I highly recommend giving it a try :)


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Rooms & Rates

British Tea Council Suite

Large room with bay window sitting area, king size bed, flat screen tv, pedestal sink and two person jacuzzi tub in bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Wishing Oak Bridal Suite

Spacious bridal suite with king size bed, bay window sitting area, flat screen tv, fireplace in bedroom and bath, two pedestal sinks in bathroom plus two person Jacuzzi tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Sir York Suite

Very private suite on third floor, flat screen tv, fireplace, bay window sitting area, pedestal sink and two person jacuzzi tub in bathroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath

East India Tea Company Suite

Black and white décor, queen size bed, large walk-in shower, flat screen TV

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Parlors/Dining room

  • Maximum Capacity: 50

Innkeepers Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Veranda /Courtyard

events up to 50

  • Maximum Capacity: 50

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Location

Location Type

Downtown

Airport

Norfolk, VA (ORF)

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Picnic area, River, Zoo

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Boating, Fishing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: By 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children under 12 are not permitted without prior approval.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Freemason Inn B&B has a 2 night minimum stay on weekends.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A 50% deposit is required at the time of reservation.
  • Cancellations: Deposit is refunded in full with at least 7 days notice of cancellation. No refund for cancellations with less than 7 days notice unless the room is re-booked, then the deposit is refunded in full. A no-show will be charged the full amount. Reserving the entire inn requires a non-refundable deposit of $250.00 and minimum 14 days cancellation notice. Cancellations with less than 14 days notice and no-shows will be charged the full amount unless the inn can be re-booked.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Lesley Lewis

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Dogs

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian