I am torn as to the rating to give this hotel. First, the good stuff: The building itself is very historic, well preserved and very charming. As you walk in it looks like you stepped back into the turn of the century cowboy town. There is a very small charming little bar in the lobby that has a great selection of micro brews and wines and you can't beat the lovely porch and balcony where you can sip your wine or beer and just relax and watch life go by. The gentleman who checked us in was exceptionally nice. We decided to get pizza and come back to the lobby to eat it at dinner and he was nice enough to let us sit out there after he "closed" and just asked us to turn off the lights when we left. The hotel is just far enough off of the center of town to be super quiet but close enough to walk anywhere you want. They served a simple, yet sufficient breakfast of scones, bagels, fruit, coffee and juice and it was lovely to eat it on the porch. You simply can't beat the location, history and charm of the Hotel Vendome. Unfortunately, that is not where my review ends. We rented the two bedroom "suite", rooms 6 and 8 on the first floor. The rooms did seem quite clean. The rooms are connected by a very historic bathroom with an old-timey toilet and a claw foot tub. This historic part is charming but the toilet is in need of some repair and worst of all, it made sort of a loud "screaming" sound every time you flushed it. Forget using it in the middle of the night as it would definitely wake everyone up. The rooms have original woodwork which is beautiful but the rest of the decor is 1960's grandma's house. The furniture is also rather old (not historic) and in some disrepair (the drawer on the chest of drawers nearly fell out when I pulled on it) and the televisions are quite outdated as well. The bed was not very comfortable (we both tossed and turned) and the bed in room 6 squeaked extremely loudly literally every time my son moved. There is a "dressing room" in between the rooms that has very outdated decor (also not in a historic way). I love historic hotels but am baffled when they leave it decorated from several decades. There is also a distinct lack of outlets in the room making it difficult to charge our modern devices as well as insufficient lighting in the room making it very difficult to read at night. I wondered about the safety of the wiring as well as I noticed an outlet jutting out from the wall with the phone cord wrapped around it (see pic). We also heard every sound from everyone above us in the morning (I guess this can just be attributed to the old walls, etc.)and there is no way to shade the window from the light making it hard to sleep in later than sunrise. After breakfast we were ready to check out and wished to refill our water bottles but found the cooler for guests empty. My boyfriend politely asked the woman if he could get some more water and was met with the reply "I'll get to it when I get to it". Wow, Probably not how you should respond to paying guests. She was nice enough at check out but that particular interaction left us with a strange vibe. All in all, we greatly enjoyed the lobby, bar, breakfast, porch and balcony and our interaction with the gentleman working the evening shift. The rooms (at least the ones we stayed in) are in serious need of some "comfort" and decor upgrades. By decor upgrades I mean, at least make it look like authentic turn of the century decor and not just seriously outdated. I would definitely recommend a visit to the hotel, have a wine or beer at "The Fremont Bar" and enjoy it on their wonderful porch or balcony. But based on our experience, I won't be returning to spend the night.
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