Freemason Inn

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


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. Built in the late 1890's, the Inn is conveniently located the heart of the Downtown Norfolk action. The Chrylser Museum and Glass Blowing Studio are within walking distance. Nauticus, the Wisconsin (a retired Naval battleship), the Pagoda Garden and Town Point Park are just a few of the attractions within walking distance. Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), Norfolk Sentara Heart Hospital and Children's Hosptial of the Kings Daughters (CHKD) are within 1 mile. 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 up to 60 people. Whether you are traveling for pleasure, work or just passing through, The Freemason Inn offers home away from home comfort.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.2

Norfolk's best kept secret.

4.6 on November 16, 2016

Wonderful ambiance, with an in-city location that is perfect for long walks or short Uber drives to Norfolk's museums, restaurants, and shopping. Will definitely stay there again.

Innkeeper Response
Thank so much! I am so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed our city! Norfolk is such a great "walkable" city. We hope you will choose to stay with us the next time you visit! Happy Holidays!

A little piece of heaven in Norfolk!

5 on October 24, 2016

I was so pleasantly surprised by the charm of this lovely BnB. I had to be up very early each day and coffee was set to accommodate me. The host was exceptional, leaving me be when I wanted to do my own thing yet very available should I feel like having company. She made great recommendations on local "gems". The room itself was SO cozy I did not want to leave each morning. Tip: give yourself an extra day so you can stay in bed one day!

Innkeeper Response
I am so glad your business stay turned into a pleasant getaway! There is nothing better than the smell of coffee when you have to leave early in the morning! Please come stay with us the next time you are in town!

Business Stay

5 on August 01, 2016

Absolutely loved the stay at Freemason Inn. I have recommended it to my company travel representative for future use.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much for the vote of confidence! Our goal is to make all of guests feel at home. When you are traveling for business, that is even more important! Please come and visit us the next time you are in town and ask you company representative to call me for our corporate rate information!

Anniiversary bliss

4.6 on July 11, 2016

Sherry cordially invited us into her exquisite home, complete with fresh cookies and flowers. My wife, a clean freak, marveled at the cleanliness following a thorough exam. Don't forget to relax in the double Jacuzzi. We will go back.

classic and charming

5 on June 01, 2016

stayed here for an anniversary visit. great location in downtown norfolk, near cobblestone streets and mansions and the elizabeth river. minutes walk from great restaurants and shopping. greeted by host Sherry who was available for all of our needs. and since breakfast isn't normally until 8am and we had to leave at 7am, she accomodated! the rooms are beautiful and amenities modern. would easily stay again!

Beautiful room, lovely neighborhood and excellent recommendations!

4.4 on May 25, 2016

Loved the beautiful room and gorgeous bathroom! The bed was extraordinarily comfy and the whole home was beautiful. Loved the recommendation for our celebration dinner at Voila, literally could see if from my window. Their food was outstanding! I will definitely be visiting Freemason Inn again!

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.

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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
  • Beds 1 Queen

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
  • Beds 1 Twin

Innkeepers Room


  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Twin

Veranda /Courtyard

events up to 50

  • Maximum Capacity: 50
  • Beds 1 Twin

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Location Type

Downtown, Urban, Waterview


Newport News, VA (PHF-Newport News Williamsburg Intl.) 20 miles

Directions to property:

From Norfolk International Airport, get on I-64 E from Norview Ave. Continue on I-64 E, take I-264 W to Downtown Norfolk. Take the Waterside Drive exit. Follow Waterside Drive. As it curves to the right, it becomes Bousch Street. Stay in LEFT lane. Turn LEFT onto Bute Street. Stay on Bute Street for 4 blocks. Turn RIGHT onto Botetourt Street for 1 block. Turn LEFT onto York Street. DO NOT GO THROUGH THE STOP LIGHT AT BRAMBLETON. The Inn is the first townhouse on the left. 411 W York St 411 W York St

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, Night life, Ocean, Performing Theater, University, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Fridge, Library, Microwave, Outdoor grilling, Walk to mass transit, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar

Room amenities

Air conditioning, 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, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • 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
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments 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.
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Sherry Fitzpatrick

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About the innkeepers

Come on in and let me make sure your stay is comfortable. A lifelong resident of Hampton Roads, I will be happy to give you the scoop on anything from museums to concerts, plays and more. I'm a bit of a I will be happy to point in the direction of some of our finest eating establishments to my favorite dives. If I don't have an answer, I probably know someone who does....enjoy your stay!

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  • Time Served: 8 a.m .til 9:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Garden, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

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