I was visitng the quaint little town of Los Alamos which for those of you who aren't familiar, sits obscurely right off the 101 Frwy. - headed North - in the Santa Maria Wine Country. One of those "if you blink you might miss it, off-ramps".....Anyhow, in recent years this ramshackle hotel and former Stagecoach-stop was taken over by new management and 'supposedly' revamped. After reading one of their glossy advertisments in the town paper, "Weekend Special" getaway deal, I decided - reluctatnly - to give them a try; I enjoy historical places, looked interesting. In their effort to preserve the original old-west feel of a saloon, they evidentally forgot about key 'building and safety issues' . The salon area furnishings looked as if indeed they hadn't been updated SINCE the last stagecoach came through; dusty, creepy and uninviting overall, I decided not to sit down on the furniture. As I took the staircase leading up to the rooms I'd of sworn any minute, my foot was going to give way into one of the steps - the creeking noise indicated they were rickety and unstable. Once on the upper landing, I knew I had made a mistake. My room was dark, dreary, and shabbily decorated - clearly remnants of some 'old-west' Bordello. The worst of it - never before experienced in all my traveling experiences to B & B's - were the SHARED bathroom accomodations! At this point I sould of packed up and left but....Stepped out on the upstairs deck to get some 'air' and once again, was afriad for my safety - the decking wood is badly rotted and shingles were visibly splintered and (possibly) termite-ridden, on the building. Cobwebs hanging from the bannister. Quickly, ran back inside. The following morning happened to be a Sunday, and the staff had recommended their "wonderful Champagne Buffet" - only 16.95! Well the price was eniticing enough but the food.....? DON'T go there!! The line-up was unusually meager w/ sticky dried-out re-fried beans, overcooked looking eggs, tough pancakes, and worst of all.....PRE-packaged Hostess 'Donette's' served on the 'pastry tray'?? No thought (or budget)whatsoever went into the menu selections; I don't think I've ever seen anything quite this 'low-end' at a Brunch before, and I've sampled many! A complete disappointment and good thing I didn't waste the 16.95 - I opted instead to grab something down the street a few doors, @ the Quackenbush Cafe. I would defintely warn against coming into this place - unless you're with the local Building and Safety code people, to do an inspection. This unfortunatley is one of those Historical properites which SHOULD remain, forever lost in time......or in a Ghost Town. But most certainly NOT, open for business!
DON'T get one in here...!
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