First: this B & B lacks charm. It is not really a B&B, but a modern house in a suburb of Alexandria. It has 3 floors, and a trampoline outside. One room, located in the basement, is dark, containing a bar, and an assortment of games (pool, foosball to name two), along with a gigantic TV that dominates the room--i.e., this could be anyone's basement. The top floor room was tiny, and uninhabitable--no bathroom, and not even one coat hanger or cabinet to hang clothing.
Second: this place is run unprofessionally. When my spouse tried to confirm and reconfirm the reservation, her calls went unanswered. When she finally did get ahold of the proprietriess, she told her we were going to arrive on a red-eye flight very early in the morning from the West Coast, and had no place to go. My wife inquired if we might come to the B&B early(?) The proprietriess said she would try to accommodate us, provided we arrived around noon.
When we called at l0:00 a.m., and, again at ll:00 a.m. on the day of our arrival, we received no answer. Lacking any other option, we and our companions drove to the site, arriving at around 11:45 a.m. We arrived to find only the cleaning staff and no note or any explanation of what to do. We found the son (who we were told lives in the 2nd floor bedroom) out back, jumping on the trampoline. He told us we could have two rooms: one on the 3rd floor and one in the basement.
We then waited for the proprietress to arrive. She did around 12:45 and promptly kicked us out, screaming, "what kind of people are these(?)"
We are a mixed-race couple and, as an African-American, I am very sensitive to being treated in this manner -- I've been kicked out of places before due to my race. Her excuse for kicking us out was that we had arrived before 1:00 pm. But that dog doesn't hunt because my wife alerted her to our early arrival, and the owner said she would be 'accomodating'.
She then gave another explanation for kicking us out, saying 'her property should not be used in that way,' suggesting that some male had drunk from her whiskey bottle. Further, I believe I heard her call me 'darkie'. I can tell you that I could not have been the person who 'nipped at the bottle' because I don't drink whiskey at all.
The owner also tried to write down our rental car license plate numbers because she was certain we had additionally scratched her red car, though we hadn't.
The insidious thing about racism is that one can never be absolutely sure what goes on in any other person's mind. However, the owner's behavior was simply over-the-top. A professionally run establishment would simply have handled the purported "incident" in a different fashion.
This unfortunate incident has convinced us not to book a B&B that is someone's home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pristine bed and breakfast with on site hosted family. Perfect location. Walk to metro, hot breakfast on weekends, self service during the week, with everything you want for breakfast. In ground pool, jacuzzi, Suite has 60" TV, pool table, hockey, all kinds of entertainment. All rooms have queen beds, private baths, TV, and all the amentities you need. Home is 6,000 square feet, very clean, comfortable and well maintained. Home is 15 years old. Best hot breakfast and best location. We take care of out guest, bend over backwards to get you what you want and need. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Almost Heaven b&b
- Almost Heaven Hotel Alexandria