Last year I stayed at a "mom and pop" hotel in Bar Harbor. Based on my great experience there and good reviews online (and the fact that it was cheap), I booked this one. When I arrived around 5:30 there was a note on the office door "Out to dinner. Be back by 8:30." My thought was "Are you kidding? 3 hours for dinner?" The note also said my room was unlocked. Since I didn't know which room that was, not so helpful. The person did leave a number for me to call. No one answered so I left a message. Thankfully I got a return call fairly quickly. The person said "Oh, I thought you'd have written your room number down from the reservation". (Note- there is no electronic reservaiton. You just call, they write it down.) This did not get my stay off to a good start. What if I didn't have a cell phone (not everyone does), my battery was dead, or I had no coverage? Not good.
I expected things to be old, but I did expect things to be in better condition. The baking soda in the refrigerator was 6 years old (see photo), the coat rack was missing pieces, the room needed painting, and the foam was coming out of one of the recliners. Folks, this is EASY stuff. Perhaps my previous stay in a mom and pop place had spoiled me, but for $20-$30 more/night, I'd definitely have went with a chain hotel.
- Also Known As:
- King`s Bay Hotel
- King`s Bay Hotel Crystal River
- Kings Bay Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our little corner of "Paradise" was built starting in 1954,in stages all the way to 1957, and down through the years, past Managers did not take the "Loving Care" of it, that Mitch & I are trying to. We came into this position knowing that we had our work cut out for us, however, the extent of disrepair was not so evident. With each remodel, or repair, we are NOT "Putting on a Bandaid", as past Managers have, we are actually trying to bring it back to its former "Glory"! This takes Time & Money, and as we usually stay Booked throughout the year, we have to coordinate so that the rooms are "Down" for the least amount of time possible, and with the least amount of "Disruption" to the guests in residence. Times are rather tough with our economy in such disarray, and I hope that our "Loyal" guests continue to come and our "Potential" guests understand that Rome wasn't built in a day, and we truly are trying to do our Best with the resources that we have, and that eventually we will have the "Entire" Lodge restored to its Former Glory! Please, give us a chance, try us out, we will do everything in our power to make your stay as Pleasant & Memorable as possible!!! ... more less