This will sound odd, but the coffee was dishwater. It remained so, even after the second or third pot had been brewed - by their hired cook/chef. It was so consistently poor, that I switched to tea my first morning. I so distrusted the first day's coffee that I drove out for coffee the second day - before attending breakfast. Then, once again at breakfast, just went with the tea. I felt a genuinely warm and courteous service from our servers. I can't say the same about the ownership. Yes they did smile and yes they did inquire how everything was - to which I answered "fine". Truly, it's on me then for not being forthright. The shared bathroom room rental was lacking. Room was fine, the bathroom; in serious need of a remodel. Felt more like a stay in a youth hostel in Europe, than a B&B in America. Second night, was a room with a bathroom which had been updated and remodeled. Much better. The grounds and the property are fine. These days that alone is not enough to create memories and a recommendation to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the "Old Towne" Chester, The Bidwell House B&B Inn is the only three-diamond AAA rated Inn in the Chester/Lake Almanor basin. Fourteen distinctly different guest rooms, the swing on the porch, the unusual collection of antiques and attention to little details are all for the comfort of our guest. Chester/Lake Almanor basin and surrounding area spread across a natural wonderland created by millions of years of geologic forces, a crossroad where the granite of the Sierra Nevada meets the lava of the Cascades. Enjoy hours of pleasure on Lake Almanor with its 52 miles of shoreline, in Lassen Volcanic National Park which boasts the southernmost volcano in the Cascade range and in the 1.2 million acres that make up the Lassen National Forest and Caribou Wilderness area. This is a playground for all seasons, for all ages and any lifestyle. ... more less