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“Lovely Garden & Pool, very controlling owners who can be rude” 3 of 5 stars
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Ranked #5 of 36 Ashland B&B and Inns
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“Lovely Garden & Pool, very controlling owners who can be rude”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2007

Everything in all the other posts (both good and bad) is true. You have to decide if the positives are worth the negatives to you.

Our room was very comfortable and well decorated (in the classic B&B flowered print style), the public rooms are nice, the place is spotless, the breakfast was good. There is a refrigerator for guests, and a cookie jar and baked goods available during the day.

A major attraction is a decent-sized garden with a great hammock, and a reasonable-sized pool (not large, but big enough to do laps in). Both are perfect for Ashland summer weather, and you can even use them after check-out.

The main disadvantage is an air of rigidity and control. From the sign on the door specifying a limited time-slot for check-in, to the rope barring access to the kitchen, you are frequently reminded of what you can and can't do.The owners are not unfriendly, and they can be helpful. But when we checked out 9 minutes late (albeit on a holiday), one of them spoke very rudely to me.

  • Liked — Garden, Hammock w/view, pool, cupcakes
  • Disliked — air of control, rudeness of owner
  • Stayed June 2007
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
new britain, ct
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2007

where to begin? my stay at romeo inn in quaint ashland, oregon was an absolute delight! there are not enough good things to be said about this lovely little b & b. stayed in the canterbury suite this most recent visit, but have also previously stayed in the stratford suite (which has a jacuzzi!). both rooms were incredibly spacious, with large bathrooms, beautiful furnishings and decorative touches. the inn itself is impeccably clean, comfy, and cozy, and its keepers are respectfully sociable-- you want to talk, they'll talk; you want to be left alone, they'll leave you alone. (but, they're lovely people, and you'll want to talk to them!)
since one of the most important aspects of a b & b is the second b (breakfast), i'll spend a little time elaborating on the gourmet offerings. the guest book located in each room refers to the breakfast as lavish, and it definitely is! each morning's breakfast has several courses, beginning, naturally, with coffee or tea (coffee is fantastic), then a fruit smoothie or fresh squeezed juice. next comes a starch of sorts, a scone or muffin (deana-- who does most of the baking-- makes scones to die for). next, a fruit course-- some days a salad, others a yogurt parfait, etc. finally, the main course: some delicious conception of eggs, or waffles, or french toast-- you name it! they strive for variety, and i've never had eggs two days in a row (though everything is so good, it wouldn't bother me if i had). and no worries, when scheduling your stay, you will be asked if you have any food allergies, dietary needs, or dislikes, and don and deana are incredibly accommodating; if you hate mushrooms, they won't serve you a mushroom omelette and expect you to pick out the mushrooms. breakfast is served 8:30- 9:30, and you definitely want to make sure you're awake for it!
in addition to breakfast, deana also conjures daily snacks which are in the common area leading to the pool out back. near the snacks are also complimentary coffee and tea, as well as soft drinks which are located in the guest fridge-- yes, guest fridge. so, if you have leftovers from one of the many wonderful area restaurants, you've got a place to put them.
the pool and patio area is lovely, with different places to sit, lounge chairs, etc. the pool is well-maintained, and definitely spacious for a few guests to use at a time. there is also a jacuzzi located in this area. adjacent to the pool is an extensive garden, inhabited by one of the friendliest (and most attention-loving) orange tabby cats i have ever met: Buster. if you visit romeo inn, you will surely get to know Buster. he's an outdoor cat, so don't worry if you have allergies, because he's not allowed inside the inn. nestled among the garden area are different benches and the most comfortable hammock known to man.
over all, my stays at romeo inn have been what a stay at a b & b should be: relaxing, care-free, and fulfilling. i would recommend it to anyone.

  • Liked — everything, but especially the food.
  • Disliked — that i eventually had to leave.
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2007

We flew all the way from the East coast and chose to stay at this awesome Inn on the recommendation of someone we knew. Good advice! The room we stayed in was gorgeous! Deana has a decorator's eye in this luxurious room with fireplace and private entrance. Ironed sheets!! Are you serious??? And the breakfasts...scrumptious: fresh squeezed juice or smoothie to start, muffin or scone (served with homemade jelly), fruit course, and then the breakfast entree. Who's needs lunch?? Daily snacks and a guest refrig for chilling one's wine completed the food front. The lovely patio area with pool, hot tub, and oversized hammock made for a very peaceful spot for rest and relaxation. Newspapaers in the fireplaced living room made us feel right at home. Don and Deana are quick to please and are just great people to have a conversation with. It is clear they want to their guests to have a very homey experience. The Inn is in walking distance to a bustling downtown and the theater experience is awesome. Even if Shakespeare is not one's cup of tea, there are also contemporary plays concurrent with the Bard's.

  • Liked — everything was of highest quality
  • Disliked — We ahd to go home
  • Stayed June 2007
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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No. Michigan
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2007

In January my wife and I stayed at the Romeo Inn B&B in Ashland, OR. It was a wonderful stay! We were close to Mt. Ashland skiing which was really convenient, and enjoyed the close walk to downtown Ashland, what a cute little town. The service at the Inn was great. Our breakfasts were better than restaurant quality. The food was unique, fresh, and tasty combinations of fruit, scones, muffins, egg dishes and every bite was awesome. I'd like to just eat there all the time, Deana is a fabulous chef. Don was a card, always had a joke and a smile, together they made the stay really a comfortable and welcoming experience. Our room was fantastic. We stayed in the one with a fireplace, jet tub-for-two and everything was absolutely spotless clean. It was a great trip and someplace we would really love to go back to. I can recommend staying there with all confidence that Don and Deana work hard to make everything perfect, they do a really nice job!

  • Liked — the Inn keepers
  • Disliked — too short of time
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Palo Alto, CA
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2007

We thought this was the friendliest and best eqipped B & B we have ever stayed at. The room was lovely with all the amenities one could possibly use. The breakfasts were great. Tthe innkeepers were most helpful and gracious. We recommended the Romeo Inn to some tourists we had met at Crater Lake. After their stay at the Romeo, we received a lovely note from innkeepers, Deana and Don thanking us for the recommendation.

We enjoyed staying at an inn that was in a residential neighborhood and not right in the center of town. The walk to town is about 15 minutes and we chose to walk each time we went to town.

We are well travelled and rate the Romeo Inn as one of the best places to stay at and hope to return in the future.

  • Liked — Clean, well appointed room, friendly innkeepers, great breakfasts
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sunnyvale, CA
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2006

We have just returned from our fourth stay at this wonderful B&B. The rooms are beautiful. We stayed in the Canterbury Room, a large room with a king bed. two very comfortable chairs, a day bed, a fireplace, and lots of windows. Parking for this room and the one next to it , the Windsor Room, is right in front of the door. The inn is within walking distance of the theater although the walk back up the hill is steep. The breakfasts are fine and they will accomodate any dietary restrictions. The back has a hillside garden., a pool and hot tub, and a very nice, large patio, great for sitting out with a good book or friends. Don and Deanna, the owners, are very nice people! We love this inn and know you will too.

  • Liked — The lovely rooms and the back patio area.
  • Disliked — The steep uphill climb back from the theater
  • Tips/Secrets — Book well in advance
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Eureka,CA
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2006

Fabulous, delightful inn, innkeepers are attentive to (nearly) every detail. I read all reviews I could find about this inn before booking and questioned Deana, the innkeeper, directly about the "unrelaxing" review here on Trip Advisor. She gave a courteous and non-condenming response that satisfied me enough to go ahead and book. My husband and I agreed: we are so glad I did.

Light timers: On only 2 lights of many in the livingroom to ensure that guests returning late from the theatre can see their way in. We returned at 11:45 pm. and really appreciated them.

The innkeepers do make an effort to provide you with alternatives to practices that would shorten the life of their supplies. For example: they provide generous and fluffy pool and spa towels
and ask that you don't use room towels at the pool. There are special "industrial use wipes" in your room, nicely presented, for cleaning shoes, etc, also to avoid the use of room towels for such things. I saw this as thoughtful and helpful. Someone else might see this as "controlling".

If I was trying to find fault I couldn't come up with more than that the cookies in the cookie jar were stale and the jar was not refilled when only 4 old cookies were left in the jar. Also, the welcoming tour and orientation perhaps could be offered after guests have a chance to use the restroom facilities and freshen up after a long , hot drive BUT I wasn't looking to find fault and we found these 2 things to be comparatively minor. B & B Inns are run by individuals, and we guests get to enjoy and benefit from that individuality and sometimes get to puzzle over it.

These hosts greeted us with the incredible news that they had upgraded us from one of their more modest rooms to their grandest suite "because it was available and that's just what we do when we can". We had a private door that was only 2 steps to the pool and spa, private garden, HUGE very private apt like room with sunken sitting area and huge bathroom. We thoroughly enjoyed this Cambridge Suite (which generally is $40 more per night than the room we had reserved.)

I can't thank our innkeepers enough for the lovely experience.

  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 295 Idaho Street, Ashland, OR 97520
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Location: United States > Oregon > Ashland
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Ashland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just 8 blocks from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in a very quiet residential area. Our Cape Cod style inn has 4 spacious guest rooms and 2 luxurious suites all with king beds, en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, free wireless internet. Two rooms (Canterbury and Windsor) have a twin bed in addition to the king and can accommodate 3 guests. Some rooms have private entrances, fireplaces and a jetted tub. All guests enjoy a three course breakfast, homemade cookies and refreshments available all day. The inn is on 1/2 acre with lush gardens, outdoor swimming pool and spa (available seasonally). Relax poolside or in the hammock amid the pines.PA#96-024 ... more   less 

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