I stayed for 4 nights for a weekend convention in mid-June 2013.
Wanting to book ahead of time, I inquired by email in early spring. The old format website had the option to view availability of rooms on a calendar and from the looks of it at that time, all rooms I wanted were booked. So I emailed and inquired if any other rooms were available. I was offered the Porch Room. A gentleman had given a good review of this room on TripAdvisor, so I booked it.
It was ok. But not exactly to my liking. The room was a good size, but the space was misappropriated.
I didn't want to complain at the time to anyone because I was alone without a car. I didn't want to check-out, haggle a refund, and wander around on foot dragging my luggage behind me looking for an available room at another establishment.
The major issue was the fact this room isn't used primarily as a guest room, but as a massage room. I didn't like the available storage space, room odor, and washroom dimensions.
It would appear on first glance that there was available space to store clothing, toiletries, etc... but on further investigation these spaces where filled up with massage related things.
For example, a standing wardrobe with cabinet and three pull-out drawers. When the cabinet doors were opened, there was no rail to put clothes hangers. When the three drawers were opened up, they were full of massage stuff. There was a desk and chair beside the pull-down "Murphy" style double-bed. The desk had a over-head cabinet and a drawer. But, when the cabinet was opened, it was full of books and office supplies. The desk drawer was also full, mainly with receipts for massage. There was closet in the vestibule leading from the common space entry to the room, but this was also full of massage things (I wasn't surprised). A shelving unit stood by the fireplace. There were three shelves. On the top one there were three wicker baskets full of tranquility music cds and other massage odds & ends. The bottom shelf was full of sheets I assume are used to cover someone when they get a massage. That left me one shelf to put clothing. I opted out on that option and left my clothes in my suitcase.
The bathroom had a raised square-shaped "bowl" style sink on top of a cabinet. There was no counter space. The standing shower didn't have a shelf or soap dish. There wasn't a bath towel rack. The bath towel, hand towel, and face cloths were on a free-standing rack in the room nearby the porch entry. The top of the toilet tank had a wicker basket on top with some complimentary toiletries that appear to be from a "dollar store". A packaged toothbrush and paste, cotton swabs and pads, a single bandage, and shower cap. There was a wall mounted hand soap dispenser by the sink, and three wall mounted dispensers with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash on the shower wall... but these too appeared to be "dollar store" quality. The under-sink cabinet had a wooden box on rails that could be pulled out... but this was full too. An opened box of tampons, opened box of panty liners, a full tube of toothpaste, a squeezed out tube of toothpaste, three old tooth flosses, an unwrapped toothbrush (ewww!), and a discarded tube of foundation make-up sitting in a dirty glass. So I was out of luck too when it came to storing my personal toiletries. I put them on the fireplace mantle.
There was also an antique school desk and chair in the room with a DVD player on top. I opened up the desk top to discover a hand-held Debit machine.
The flat-screen wall-mounted tv only had analog basic cable. No digital adapter. There was free WIFI but I don't have a device.
The room smelled of massage oil. I don't mind the smell of massage oil when I'm having a massage. But it isn't pleasant to smell for four nights, especially when you're trying to fall asleep.
The room had two walls of windows with privacy blinds but these windows didn't open. I believe this room might have been a "sun" room once upon a time.
There is air conditioning, but it's an in-the-window unit with a loud fan. It cooled the room, but I had to turn it off to sleep.
The fireplace hearth had a broken tile. I discovered this by accidentally kicking it loose while walking by it. I just put it back in place and tried to be mindful of it.
The bed had two protruding corners at the foot that gave me several shin bruises over the course of my stay as I banged into them when rounding it.
The bathroom is private but tiny. The sink is next to the toilet is next to the standing shower. The shower had a glass partition with a hinged door that swings open towards you and it hits the toilet in the process. The shower partition door also came up short in meeting the wall and so there's a gap you need to avoid spraying water through. The shower floor is textured but I still had a feeling I was going to fall. The good thing I can say about the shower is that there's plenty of high-pressure, hot water through the option of either a "rain" style or hand-held shower head. Each shower head has it's individual tap and there's temperature control.
Breakfast was hot and ready at a time convenient for each guest. But the menu wasn't really up to the guests preference. I was offered a "continental" style meal or the day's special. One morning that was Eggs Benedict. I've had this, and even made this, meal many times. The poached eggs were served on toast. Traditionally, it's supposed to be English Muffins. And the side was asparagus. Who eats asparagus at 8 am? Complimentary snacks and beverages were available. A selection of chocolate bars (eg. Ritter's) sat on top of the kitchenette microwave with price list and "honor system" payment bowl. I thought that was strange. I can go to a corner store and buy my own chocolate. Plus, who's to say that the chocolate or money won't be stolen off the microwave?
Guests are expected to remove their footwear on entering the common areas and a basket of slippers and flip-flops are available to use. I don't want to wear shoes other people have worn. What's wrong with a broom or a vacuum cleaner?
I was appreciative of Amanda's picking me up from the GO train station upon arrival and driving me to the Aud one morning in the Mini Cooper. It was a rainy weekend.
I would stay here again. The location is extremely convenient being within walking distance of everywhere I needed to go. Amanda, Harold, and other staff are very helpful and friendly. I just won't stay in the Porch Room again. It's a massage therapy room not a guest room. For $488 I expected more.
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Sorry to hear that the Porch room was not to your liking. I have so many guests that absolutely love the room it was quite a surprise to me that you were not happy in there. (I have requests for the room and they are put out that I have to massage in there!)
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A few points to note in your list of comments:
I would have move massage items from the drawers if you had asked.
My soaps are homemade by a local company called Body Blessed, and they are a lovely vanilla scent. They are not from the dollar store! (although the q-tips and shower caps are indeed)
That was not toast. That was a slice of toasted, freshly baked grain bread from a local baker which bakes bread over a wooden fire. We serve fresh local food that is in season, hence the asparagus. Egg and asparagus is a classic, so it is just a matter of preference. If English muffins were in season you would have found your eggs benedict on one lol
I wash the house slippers if they have been used. But, if you decide to return it may be best to bring your own.
Best to you,
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