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Oakwood Inn Bed & Breakfast - 21 Reviews - 411 N Bloodworth St, Raleigh, NC - Hotels & Lodging Reviews - Phone (919) 746-7593

Oakwood Inn Bed & Breakfast

411 N Bloodworth St (at N Person Street)
Raleigh, NC 27604
(919) 746-7593
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It's a great hotel but if any of you are looking to save some $$ then book it at They usually have some pretty good deals on there!


The inn itself is very nice. I have called three times now, leaving messages the last few weeks, and NO ONE ever calls me back. WhenEVER I call, no one picks up the phone. Go a...

Editorial review from Citysearch 8/28/2013

Great 3 days stay in B&B. I recommend this place more

Editorial review from Citysearch 9/20/2012

I went by the ratings on one site and missed that one mentioned Doris' lack of hospitality. Also, the main page does not mention the dogs. The dogs are mentioned but only on the Innkeepers tab (which I did not review). I have stayed at more than 20 B&Bs over the years. I understand that they are not always perfect. \r \r Upon arriving, Doris opened the door with a unpleasant look on her face. We overlooked her manner but could not avoid the stench of the dogs. My wife is very sensitive (allergic) to dog smells and, had I known of the dogs, I would not have made a reservation here. We tried to overlook it and the dogs jumping and barking behind the dutch door to the private quarters. Once in our room, we looked in the bathroom and found the shower liner to be torn and stained. We tried to take a look at another room in case we felt better about the situation. Doris pointed out that she had an inoperative smoke detector in the room and that she had not gotten around to replacing it. I am a safety engineer and this did not sit well with me. However, the bottom line was that the pervasive smell and the incessant barking (once Doris put the dogs in the backyard), led us to decide to cancel our stay.\r \r I walked out to Doris and explained the situation. Mind you, we had a reservation in 30 minutes at a restaurant and a show at 8:30. It was not our plan to start our 6th anniversary celebration in this way. She went from simply unpleasant to foul in an instant. She said, ""I sent you the cancellation policy. I can't stop you from leaving."" I questioned whether this was a wise business decision. She refused to consider refunding our money and accused me of lying. She said she did not smell the dogs and had had no complaints about them. I understand she might not smell them since she lives there. I repeated that I thought it was unwise and that I now had to find a place to stay with no notice. She said ""I will refund part of your payment."" and stomped out of the room. She went into the backyard and starting screaming at the dogs and slamming doors. When she came back in, I asked what portion she would refund. She said 80% since she was going to have to spend time ""making up"" the room since we had entered it. \r \r I took my credit card and handed me the receipt. She then stood in the hall while we hastily grabbed our bags and walked out. She said something to the effect that she had had a lousy day. I responded that I hoped it would improve.\r \r In summary, I do not know what was going on with Doris on the day we visited. I have never encountered such behavior in any B&B. The onus is always on the innkeeper to provide well kept accommodations and good service to guests. That Doris refused to refund our payment and then, after a legthy and heated discussion, decided she was going to get what she could ($40) and bear the long-term cost of a poor review, speaks to whether it is prudent to stay at this B&B. Often, what you see is an indicator of what you cannot see. We hope that this review will be helpful to you. Had our experience been pleasant, we would have submitted a positive review. I certainly would have preferred that. By the way, we ended up at the Marriott, were treated to great service (including them setting us up at Second Empire, one of the best restaurants I have dined in) and we salvaged the weekend. We could not let this rough start to our celebration overshadow our time together. more

Great Hotel BUT... 2/6/2011

It's a great hotel but if any of you are looking to save some $$ then book it at They usually have some pretty good deals on there! more

Only B&Bs from now on! 5/18/2010

This was our first B&B experience, but after staying here I doubt we’ll ever stay in another chain hotel if we can help it. Gary and Doris really made the house feel like our home for two nights, and they gave us great recommendations for restaurants and activities. They even invited us to join them out at one of their favorite places. We didn’t know what to expect from the rooms, but we found that they combined the best of hotels – well kept, secure, even with mini shampoos and bars of soap! – with the comforts and charms of home. All the rooms have a TV/DVD player and there is a DVD library downstairs that we were free to browse. Breakfasts were delicious – one featured white chocolate macadamia nut pancakes, another had feta and spinach quiche. The location was great as well – we walked to everything in the heart of Raleigh: the state capital, museums, governor’s mansion, city market, Oakwood Cemetery. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places, and other, similar Victorian-era houses surround it. We had a great time! Pros: Service, rooms, food Cons: None!! more

Don't they want our business??? 9/17/2009

The inn itself is very nice. I have called three times now, leaving messages the last few weeks, and NO ONE ever calls me back. WhenEVER I call, no one picks up the phone. Go ahead, try it: 832-9712. I have called a zillion times, leaving 3 messages, and they never get back to me. That is so WEIRD! Also, there's no information on their Murder Mystery on their website. I think they just have their personal friends or their own ""in crowd"" attend. Pros: nice decor Cons: NEVER return phone calls more

Catered Tea Parties 8/11/2009

I am so sorry to hear of the Wolfpack discouraged review and how you may have felt that day. I am the owner of the Duchess's Tea. I host Tea Parties every weekend at the Oakwood B & B and have been hosting them for 1 1/2 years now. I was not aware of this happening at the time and wish that I had been advised that day. However, Gary and I spoke breifly about this. With knowing him the way that I do and his work ethics, Im sure this was an off day for all people involved. \r I have been working with Gary and Doris at the Oakwood B & B and both are wonderful people and gracious B & B host. We have a great working relationship and they trust me with their home to provide the wonderful tea parties that people have hosted there. This is unfortunately the first negative reply/review that I have been aware. Again, I sincerely apologize for this situation. In responding to Gary's defense, I do offer water when anyone would like it before, during, or after a Teaparty. There are areas in the home that are designated for the guest of the B & B. Of course, many of the tea party guest would not know this. This brings to my attention to make this comment prior to each teaparty. That to please ask me if you need anything at all while the guest are attending the tea parties. The Oakwood is absolutely wonderful for a Tea Party. I hope the comment doesnt discourage anyone from experiencing how sweet and beautiful the home is and how wonderful the Tea Parties are. Pros: Victorian Tea Party with Loose Tea and Beautiful China more

Beautiful Place, But a Negative Comment to Share 5/18/2009

I actually did not stay at the B & B, but held an event there.I can't comment on the rooms, but the grounds are lovely and well-kept and the lower-level of the inn is beautiful. It is a charming inn in the Oakwood area ofRaleigh. I held a tea party/baby shower there one weekend. The owners of the inn have an arrangement with a local catering company and allow them to use the dining room and parlor of the inn for tea parties. The owners of the inn charge the company a rental fee or a per person fee of some sort to use the space. While the tea party was lovely and the location beautiful, I felt the staff of the inn were rude to me on two occasions. On the day of the tea party, the pregnant guest of honor helped herself to a drink in the refreshment area of the inn (while we were cleaning up the inn after the party). These were intended for B & B guests; however, as the guest of honor didn't plan her own shower, she had no idea that the B & B was essentially a third-party leasing out their space. I, the person that planned it, wasn't there to stop her from getting a drink. A male staff member (or perhaps the I believe it was the innkeeper, Gary) made a big deal about her drinking the drink and told her they were for guests only. She offered to pay for it as she didn't know, and he was still short with her (but didn't take the money). I feel like the appropriate thing to do would have been to ask the person in charge of the catering company to reimburse them the cost, rather than insulting the guest of honor.Once I saw her drinking the drink, I had planned on mentioning it to the head of the catering company, so I could offer to pay for it. But to make a big deal out of it to the guest of honor was simply rude and uncalled for. Since they received some money for us being there, we were in a sense their guests. One drink wasn't going to break the bank. Also, prior to the shower I stopped by to see the space and ask about parking. They made a HUGE deal about how we couldn't park in the back and needed to park on the street. I completely understand this, but the tone in which the message was delivered was really rude. I can see that all the reviews have been stellar for the inn and I am the only one with a negative review; however, I thought it was just worth sharing as another perspective of how people who use their facilities (who are not guests sleeping over in the inn) were treated. more

Our Favorite B&B 3/26/2007

We love everything about this B&B. We have stayed in most of the rooms at this sweet B&B, and plan to stay in all of them sooner or later. The Murder Mystery Weekend was so much fun, and we had a lovely dinner with the cast (who stayed in character the entire time). It lasted the entire weekend.....what fun! We returned for the Candlelight Tour over the holidays and now we are booked to see the Garden Tour. We love all the breakfasts that Doris and Gary have prepared. They treat us so well.....making us feel very special. I wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else. We love the area since you can walk to downtown. It is just perfect, the house, the location, the meals......but mostly the innkeepers themselves. more

Great weekend getaway 9/12/2006

my husband and I planned a quick getaway from our lovely two young toddlers. Our first BB experience was very pleasant; welcoming hosts, exploris, lots choices of dining, walking distance downtown, array of small shops including cafe, etc. The room was simply romantic. It was well AC'd and my husband loved it( little too cold for me). Most of all it fitted our budget and made us feel at home right away. \r \r more

My home away from home. 3/15/2006

For the past two years I have traveled to Raleigh almost every week and when I stay over I always stay at The Oakwood Inn with Doris and Gary. It has become a wonderful second home to me with its charm from another era, wonderful breakfast where you can eat alone or sit with other guests and have engaging conversations.In the cold months I like to curl up in bed with the fireplace going and in the warmer months sit out on the front porch with Doris, Gary and other guests and have front porch picnics with wine and cheese and other fresh baked goodies and have fun friendly conversation. They go out of their way to make you feel special and whether you are a bussiness traveler or just getting away for some romance I highley recommend The Oakwood Inn. Cheri Rhodes Pros: Romantic, Friendly , Wonderful breakfast more

Absolutely Wonderful B&B 2/14/2004

We had the pleasure of staying with Gary and Doris this Valentine's Weekend at the Oakwood Inn. Aside from the beautiful house, gorgeous room, and wonderful snacks and breakfasts, we were welcomed into their home and made to feel truly special. They had a wonderful Valentine's Day surprise, as Gary had arranged for a quartet to serenade us at breakfast, with a rose for each of the ladies. We were very pleased at the size of the room, the romantic colors, and inviting fireplace. Everything worked at perfectly, as we were also able to see Les Miserables while we were in town. I truly applaud Gary and Doris and the Oakwood Inn for making this Valentine's Day truly special. I assure you we will return, and would highly recommend this inn. Pros: Wonderful Rooms, Great location, Wonderful hosts more

Doctor's choice 8/27/2002

Hosts' Gary and Doris present a beautiful hospitality with historic home in 'Old Raleigh"". Take that loved one on one of the many romantic movie/dinner weekends they have available. Great way to say ""thank you"" to employees, friends or bonus points with your spouse! more

10 out of 10 8/18/2002

The Oakwood was a wonderful get away for us. My husband and I were very pleased with the Inn, the wonderful food and we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the owners. Great Job!!! Pros: convenient, romantic, comfortable more

Great for a Night Away! 8/18/2002

We have been to the Oakwood Inn for a night away from the kids several evenings in the last couple of years. A great way to recharge! more

The only place to stay to feel at home 8/9/2002

Every time I visit the Oakwood Inn, Doris and Gary make me feel right at home. The breakfasts could out cook my own mother! And my room is always beautiful (I've stayed in the Linden and the Polk). Going to the Oakwood Inn is like visiting my dearest friends, they go the extra mile to make me feel welcome. Looking foward to my next visit!-Donna Lomas more

FELT LIKE HOME! 8/4/2002

I am a bed and breakfast addict!! It is my favorite way to travel. The Oakwood Inn was a definite MUST COME BACK! Doris and Gary and their family made us feel right at home. Doris can cook for me anytime! Thanks again for a wonderful stay! Pros: spacious rooms, close to city life, peaceful more

This Place is Great 8/2/2002

I really love this charming place. The people are great and the food is too. The rooms are very pretty and spacious. I would stay here every weekend if I could. Pros: great people, great rooms, close to everything more

From MI to NC 8/1/2002

Very relaxing with friendly staff, good food, comfortable rooms with attractions close by. I would recommend this place to all my friends. Pros: Friendly staff, good food, relaxing more

Go Hurricanes!! 7/26/2002

We had a great time-beautiful home, wonderful hosts and a fabulous breakfast!! We will stay there again when we come to see The Carolina Hurricanes play! more

Running-friendly inn 7/22/2002

Oakwood Inn's proprieters are former clients of mine and have been successful in fulfilling what is my dream also. The inn is located in a quiet residential neighborhood free from traffic and an excellent location for a one of my requirements when traveling - a safe running location. The inn is also located close to downtown and provides easy access to dining, entertainment, shopping, and business. Pros: Residential setting, Excellent breakfast, Business traveler more
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Curl up on a Victorian sleigh bed, light the fireplace and let romance heat up at this high-end bed-and-breakfast.


  • In Short
    At Oakwood, guests are encouraged to relax, slide off uncomfortable shoes and nestle into amazing Victorian pieces. Each of the six guest rooms comes with its own distinct...

  • 5/25/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Central, Oakwood