I've been to Augusta a few times on business and each time I've stayed at some non-special chain hotel and have been unimpressed by them. This time, I took my client's suggestion and stayed at the Partridge Inn. The location is great, and as you drive up Walton Way, you see this clearly historical property smiling at you around the corner. Looks great!
Then you turn down the street into the car park, and still have your hopes pretty high as the car park looks safe, secure and with enough spots.
Walk into the hotel where you pass the pool, and you notice that the pool is pretty small, but looks clean and good enough to enjoy if you'd have time to do so (I did not).
The lobby is pretty well lit and clean and the staff was certainly courteous. At this time I was actually starting to get excited about my 1 night stay here. I really don't require much... A clean bed, quiet room, working TV and Shower, and a safe feeling and I'm good.
When I get to the room, I immediately notice a slight "musty" smell, but don't think too much as it is a historical property and I'm only staying 1 night.
I then notice the tiny bathroom - with a GIANT walk-in closet in it (couldn't they have used the space a little better?) and small TV opposite the bed... note the TV did have cable but the quality of the signal and the TV picture were both pretty poor.
There were only 3 outlets in this very large room, and there were 2 power strips connected into each other which seemed a bit unsafe as tons of stuff were plugged into them. I also noted that the mattress was stamped "Jan/Feb/Mar" although my stay was in June - indicating it had been a while since it was changed.
All of this is barely notable until I kept hearing what sounded like an old refrigerator, like the one your grandmother has in her basement since the year of the flood... just kicking off, and on, and making all kinds of noises. I poked around the other end of this room (it was a big room) where I found the noise seemed to be coming from behind a closet door that was locked.
I pulled the door handle and although it was locked, it just opened right up and I saw a small hot water heater and what seemed like a ventilation system from the 1900's and a pile of other old, decrepit looking wood and stuff which apparently was the source of the noise.
What I couldn't figure out was, why was this in my room (the air conditioner was in the wall, so this was not providing any air conditioning)... the thing worked all night, even though I clearly wasn't running the water in the sink... it wasn't heat in June... No idea but it was loud, and quite ugly. This totally didn't need to be IN the room as the room had all of these nooks and crannies in it, where this area could've been made outside of the room and it would've still been large enough to be comfortable.
Bottom line is this hotel probably was gorgeous back in the day but needs a complete restoration. So far I haven't found a "great" hotel in Augusta but please do not believe anyone who says this one is it.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for your recent stay at the Partridge Inn.
Report response as inappropriate
We appreciate that you took the time to review our hotel.
Though the property has many charming charateristics it does have unique architecture that is indictive to the time period of i's orgin which in some ways make this a quaint facility. We truly apologize if it did not meet your expectations because that is what we strive for with each and every customer.
We thank you for your thoughts and hope that you have an opportunity to visit the Augusta area again and stay with us.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.