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Apalachicola River Inn

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Went down to Apalachicola to cover Hurricane Michael -- and my crew and I ended up booked at the Apalachicola River Inn. The staff took care of us like we were their own family in a crazy situation. Dena was communicative from the get-go, super helpful, and went above and beyond the call of duty. I was so sad to see both the hotel and Boss Oyster were damaged by the hurricane -- but when they reopen, I hope anyone who's paying a visit to the area stays for a night or two at this place. It's a cute hotel with a great view of the river, and centrally located to anything and everything this town has to offer. Like I said -- the staff is beyond helpful, and you will feel right at home your entire stay.

We stayed in the Rose Suite and enjoyed the view of the river at sunset and sunrise the next morning. The staff were very friendly and helpful...especially Jessica and Dena. We will definitely stay here again!

We can't wait to go back again! Very clean rooms, beautiful view right on top of the water! The staff was amazing!Top customer service! Staci, Kristi and Deena, we hope to see you again! You need a raise!

Beautiful views from each room. Rooms are comfortable and clean. They are redoing several and updating. Always great staff ready to help you out. The restaurant has the best breakfast anywhere. Love their shrimp and grits. Inn guests get a discount coupon for each days breakfast. This is a great place to sit back and relax. Hurry is a forgotten word on this coast.

I have stayed here three times in the past four years, most recently this weekend. You are paying for the view and the location. The front counter workers are always very friendly. The rooms are large enough, with the usual amenities. Most importantly, the air conditioners have worked well on each trip. The river view is nicer from the room than from the dock. With everyone's AC pumping out moist hot air, it is loud and miserable to sit just outside the room. The lower dock is better but sit loud. Apalachicola is a small town, so this location is perfect for walking to shopping and food. There is no wear legal to park your boat, but Boss Oyster next door does have a docking area. The Gibson Inn is nicer, but much more costly. Given the choices, I will use River Inn in my future trips to Apalachicola. I am not sure why this is listed as a bed and breakfast. Carolines is next door, but is a separate entitiy.

I’m giving 5 stars because I knew exactly what I was getting myself into. Apalachicola is an old beach town and all of the accommodations match that appeal. Yes, the room has a back to visit Nana vibe but it was so cute and clean. We stayed on the second floor and had a private balcony that overlooked the river. Our friends, however, stayed on the first floor and I think the extra $$ amount they charge for upstairs is worth it. We’ve stayed everywhere in Apalach at this point and I will definitely stay at the River Inn again!

The River Inn used to be a nice Inn to include the Boss Oyster restaurant next door but after staying there for more than 5 years now.. It appears the owners are running it into the ground. The entire place could use a extensive renovation and update. They don't even have WIFI in the rooms and the once charming upstairs bar has been closed. Its a shame because this Inn could be a spectacular place to stay in Apalachacola. If you are looking to stay on the water for less... This is the place but don't expect anything more than a water view.

The Apalachicola River Inn is not a chain hotel. It is old, classic Apalachicola. The floors are crooked, it could use an exterior paint and landscaping job. Other than that, I don't think I was at the same hotel as many of the previous reviewers. Once we found the registration office, we were treated professionally and with southern charm. The room was clean and I neither smelled or saw mold in my room. The A/C unit cooled our room off nicely. The beds were clean and comfortable. The towels were well aged but clean and absorbent. The hotel was an easy walking distance to the Downtown shopping area. I spent a good amount of time sitting in the new Adirondack chairs on our small veranda. Yes, I had to scoot the chair over when someone from another room walked by but again, that is part of the old Florida ambiance. We ate at Boss Oyster which is exactly as it has been for the 20 years we have visited it - well worn, lots of fried food and very fresh oysters. We used our $10 credit for breakfast at Carolines which was also clean, cutely decorated and delicious. All in all, we had a lovely weekend and I would not hesitate to stay here again.

We have always looked forward to staying and having oysters and beer in the bar. Breakfasts were fantastic. We have stayed at the inn many times for the last several years. We noticed last year that things were declining. . We were disappointed last year when they no longer served oysters in the bar and our room had a bad moldy smell. The outside needed the bugs power washed from the siding. This year in May, we debated on taking the additional 4 hours to go out of our way to stay there, but decided to do it. We were OK with the breakfast voucher instead with complementary breakfasts. We went to bed after an exhausting day of driving. I made comment to my husband that they hadn't addressed the bad smell in the rooms, but attributed this to being on the water. I woke up around midnight because of the smell and realized as I got out of bed that the back of my PJ's were damp. The smell was so bad!!! Apparently, someone had wet the bed. The bed was made over it and with me laying on it, it wicked the wetness to the top!!! I was disgusted and sick!!! I took a shower and put our clothes in a plastic bag, but had that smell all day long. We went to the desk around 1:00 AM to tell them what had happened. They were closed so we left a note and left. We called back the next day and were told the manager was going to call us back, but never did. Now I see the bill on our credit card for $162.41. Really??? Do NOT stay there!

This Inn feels like camp... right at the rivers edge, beautiful sunrises, watching fellow “campers” fishing with their kids. The rooms are large and clean and the beds comfortable, but the furniture is old (and I don’t mean antique) and bathrooms are dated (though I loved the black dot honeycomb tile floors). I’ve stayed here numerous times because I love this not-quite-camp feeling despite the almost ragged look of the Inn (a weed eater could do wonders!). It’s charming in its own special way. So...if you love the beauty and tranquility of the river, the fishing-village charm of Apalachicola, and the rugged feel of “sitting on the dock of the bay”, you’ll love this place and won’t cringe at the room rate. If you’re expecting anything more, you might be disappointed. Don’t forget to enjoy Boss Oyster House right next door.

123 Water St. Apalachicola FL

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Apalachicola River Inn is a short stroll from John Gorrie State Museum and Orman House Historic State Park. This 24-room, 3.5-star inn has conveniences like 2 restaurants, a bar/lounge, and free self parking.


Enjoy dining at the inn's 2 onsite restaurants: Caroline's River Dining specializes in southern cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch; Boss Oyster offers relaxing ocean views. At the end of the day, unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge.


Guests can expect to find a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Other standard amenities include a balcony or patio and a desk.

Property features

Guests of Apalachicola River Inn enjoy features like free WiFi in public areas. If you decide to drive, there's free parking. Friendly staff can provide front-desk service during limited hours, and also offer advice about sightseeing.

Room options

Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Room, 2 Queen Beds

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

78.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 351 reviews

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.