I guess it's a matter of taste and expectation. I don't equate "quaint" with "grandma's house in North Syndney run amuk" but others must because this place continues to be described as "quaint". I found it to be a little over the top in the faded elegance department.
Our room was long overdue for a rehab - in a tiny room was a fireplace, 2 oversized arm chairs, a massive 4 poster bed, a desk and chair, a dresser and a couple of side tables. There was also the ugliest, noisiest air conditioning unit that took up valuable real estate on the floor it shared with 3 worn out and desperately ugly polypropylene area rugs leftover from the 1980's chintz craze. The wallpaper was peeling at the edges; the curtains were long past their best before date; the lighting was poor; the bathroom was tiny and had more competing styles in the fixtures than I could count. It was not a feast for the eyes - the whole cramped and claustrophobic mess made the room uncomfortable which was then aggravated by the ancient, thin and lumpy mattress on the queen bed.
Apparently there are rooms that have been renovated - our fellow travellers' room had a much better mattress, the wall paper was gone and the furniture pared back. I wish we'd known to ask for an updated room.
The gramma-ish decor spills over into other parts of the hotel. What the heck was that cheap, dollar store witch in the lobby supposed to accomplish? Her broken nose exposing styrofoam beneath summarizes our experience at the Blomidon Inn - decor wise, it is trying way too hard with too little.
The breakfast on offer was boring with no variation over our 3 day visit and lacked any offer of protein to help get you through the day. The hyper cheerful and loud voiced server could tone it down a little at 8 am and pay a little more attention to keeping the coffee cups full of the delicious Just-Us local coffee. The male servers could learn to use an iron - if you're going to make them wear white shirts and bowties at breakfast, then insist the shirts be presentable!
We ate one meal in the dining room at night - it was lovely with impeccable service and presentation. Amy was a delight - just the right touch of personable service without being intrusive. Our meals were delicious - the "sliver" of desserts on offer a perfect idea that should be replicated across the land.
Overall, the inn met our needs - it's a beautiful building and we're so happy it was salvaged from its previous history as a student apartment building but that rehab must be 30 years old now and it shows. Let the renovations continue!
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