So, I used to stay at the $60/night Travelodge on Market St in San Francisco. Between that place and Maison Fleurie, you'd get a better night's sleep staying at the cheapest hotel in SF (on its busiest street) than at Maison Fleurie. (And better customer service, and more privacy, internet that works, etc etc.)
I was hoping for a really nice trip b/c it was my birthday. We stayed there on Thursday night, April 4th.
Where do I start?
-- There is loud banging throughout the night, b/c it is *right behind* the trash and *right on* the street with large trucks and has very thin walls/windows. Both my boyfriend and I (we are both sound sleepers) were simply unable to sleep. We thought the noises would end at some time, but it woke me up at 1am, 3am, and 5:30am, as well as didn't let me generally sleep any other time -- it's endless and throughout the night. (garbage trucks backing up and beeping; bottles crashing from emptying tons of wine bottles into recycling bins; large agricultural trucks barreling down the main street; etc). In the morning we actually *still* saw the garbage truck going up and down the street - very odd - but the bottom line is you will not be able to sleep through it.
- Even if you were able to sleep through the noise, you will be in pain when you wake up. The mattress is way too soft. I was trying not to complain to my boyfriend, b/c I have a pinched nerve in my back so I am sensitive to bad beds, but he woke up in pain as well and said he hated the bed and couldn't wait to go home so we could get a good night's sleep.
- I wish I had taken a picture of the pool, but basically don't be fooled that they have a pool. It's super-dirty and they seem to have made an attempt to clean it as there were some cleaning instruments in it but they clearly hadn't been used in a long, long while. The pool was important to us as I have that pinched nerve in my back and so have been swimming to recoup (otherwise i have to get an epidural shot) and we chose a hotel based on which had a pool. So an unswimmable pool = not ok.
- We had to wake up at 6am b/c we were to go on a hot air balloon ride. If you want to be in a good mood the next day, don't stay here. They ended up cancelling the hot air balloon ride b/c of bad weather -- I was so happy b/c my back was in pain from the bad mattress and no sleep and my BF was in a bad mood too b/c sleep is really important to him so we ended up just trying to salvage the birthday trip.
- So, if you don't want to get in a fight with your husband/wife/partner, don't go here. If you want to be in a good mood the next day, don't go here.
- Do you like privacy when you're in your hotel room? Sucks for you! The curtains basically don't shut all the way. You can see in the hotel rooms from the outside. Hopefully you are already at the stage in your relationship where you and your husband/wife/partner sleep in two separate beds, b/c otherwise you will be uncomfortable in this hotel room (and possibly committing unwitting unlawful exposure if you change clothes).
- We told them about how it was impossible to sleep. (Another customer was near us when we said this; they agreed and also exclaimed to the front desk how hard it was to sleep and how the noise was constant and loud). The response? "Oh sometimes it's loud! lol, sorry."
- We asked for a late checkout as we got no sleep, had to wake up at 6am for the balloon ride, and really wanted to try to salvage some sleep if at all possible. We couldn't handle driving back a few hours while so groggy and grumpy. Checkout is at 12pm. Check-in for others is at 3pm. Would they let us check out at 1pm instead? No way. I guess it takes longer than 2 hours to clean the rooms. I've never actually been told "no" to late check-out from any hotel before.
- At *literally* 12:01pm, there is a knock on our door. Being like "Hi, it's 12pm, please leave!"
- Oh yeah: when I called the after-hours line to get the wireless password for the internet (I had some work to do) --- they told me the wrong internet password. (it's *not* abcde12345. What is it? Good luck!)
- When you do connect to the internet, it is SUPER-slow. I tried to attach a 1M file to my email, and it took more than 5 minutes to send. Sites will not load b/c your browser will think you're not connected to the internet. My bf and I were like "are you online?" "i don't know. are you online?" "i don't think so" "oh wait! i just got something". ETC.
There are probably more bad things about this place but I've wasted enough of my time/life on it.
- Oh wait: the fireplace in our room initially didn't work so when we got there we were really excited to open the "celebration package" we had ordered from them (champagne, chocolates) but instead we had to call the hotel people into our room to try to fix it. (It did eventually work).
- My poor bf now probably feels like I hated my bday - which I didn't, I loved spending time with him - .NO MORE SPACE
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Napa Valley's Maison Fleurie, the "flowering house," is situated on half an acre of beautifully landscaped gardens -- welcoming visitors to a Napa Valley inn reminiscent of southern France. Finely crafted furniture, rich fabrics, and a huge stone fireplace lend their ambiance to this historic main building, where a bountiful breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres are served Four Sisters Inn blends modern luxuries and services of a boutique hotel with the traditional amenities of a B & B. ... more less
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- Maison Fleurie - A Four Sisters Inn Yountville, Napa Valley, CA