It was so grossly underwhelming, I wasn't sure how else to describe our stay here other than I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. An experience at a good B&B should be charming, inviting and presented with some pride. None of these I would use to describe this place.
My husband and I love B&B's and realize that not all B&B's are created equal, but this, in my opinion, should not even be considered a B&B. It was lacking in every aspect of what a B&B is supposed to be. A warm, special experience with attention to detail. Just because you have a house with extra rooms, does not mean you should call yourself a bed and breakfast. No, really, you shouldn't.
We stayed in the "boat" room. Careful you don't trip when you walk in, it dips down and you'll almost fall right away. The blackout "curtains" are actually shower curtains hanging in your window, very classy. The painted cinder block walls and corrugated tin roof make you feel like you're possibly staying in the nicest shanty in Lakeway (even if you didn't know they existed in this country, they do here). The floor was that 70's style industrial office building tile that looked like it had never seen a mop. Eating in the room consisted of moving chairs to a makeshift table, the seat cushion of the dining chair, fell off when we moved it to the table. It was one of many laughable moments in this room. There's no shortage of odd and dusty decor throughout. I appreciate rustic furnishings, but not dirty ones. The bathroom was another what-th-heck-happened-here after thought. More like an outhouse that was pounded out by a carpenter with a staple gun and some glue dots. The shower was like that in an RV, plastic and tiny. It was like everything else in the room, dirty. Dark hair was clinging to plastic shower walls. The shower curtain was moldy on the bottom, and should have been replaced a few years ago. The toilet sits up on a homemade wooden pedestal with mismatched dirty rugs and more odd, dusty decor with a sign above the toilet "don't squat with yer spurs on" that pretty much fit the theme of the entire room, really.
The first night we stayed, they didn't even bother to clean our room. We had to ask if our room was going to be cleaned (that was 6 pm) and only then did the innkeeper say or whoever the heck it was, "oh you want me to tidy up in there?" DUH? Do we have to ask for that to be done? Ridiculous.
Breakfast was 30 minutes late the first day. They serve it in a basket, which seems cute and hopeful at first glance, until you realize it's all stuffed into tupperware containers, is only modestly warm and dewy when opened. Breakfast consisted of flavorless scrambled eggs, misshaped 3 inch thick, burned banana pancakes, some oddly shaped mystery sausage. All this can be served on discount paper plates, disposable cups, and more consistently mismatched napkins/silverware. There is zero thought given to presentation of any kind, breakfast or otherwise. I don't think I've ever been to a B&B that didn't serve coffee with breakfast, or any hotel for that matter. Instead it's orange juice filled with ice cubes. Another odd example of what they are all about. There is a dingy little coffee maker in the room, with a couple of more mismatched coffee mugs to use. Some of the other cups scattered throughout the room included some disposable, toppled over, dusty stemware. Everything in this room looked like it came from the dollar store or a garage sale. It's a farce to call this charming and quaint.
There are just too many things to even bother to mention in a post. We paid $169 a night to stay in a shanty. Literally. If we had known it was going to be this underwhelming, we would have stayed outside of town and just drove to Lakeway. All the hotels in town were booked, sadly and this was the only option available. Don't bother. It would be more fun to do go to the bank withdraw the money, and simply flush it down a gas station toilet.
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