We're sorry to give this bed and breakfast only 3 stars, we always hesitate to give less than glowing reviews, but honest evaluations are the whole point of these reviews, aren't they? We depend on others to do the same. As we travel frequently and usually stay at bed and breakfasts, we have much with which to compare. Yes, the Sea Breeze Manor was quiet, comfortable and, well, I guess OK. Here's what didn't meet our expectations:
We were asked ahead what time we expected to arrive and we arrived exactly when we said we would, at 4:00 p.m. Lori let us in, showed us to our room, and then hastily excused herself, saying she needed to get some dinner. We did not see her again until we returned from our own dinner around 7:00 p.m. or so. She walked out of a back room to see who had come in, I guess. I said "hello" and she promptly turned around without saying a word and walked back into the back. The most shocking thing about this behavior is that we happen to know that she is the President of the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce. Maybe she was having a bad day, but we couldn't understand this cold reception and couldn't help but feel like she just didn't like us.
As someone else mentioned, breakfast was a disappointment, too. "How would you like your eggs?" was about all the attention it was given. Most bed and breakfasts attempt something a litle more special than eggs and toast.
Our room was large and the bed comfortable, but the furnishings beginning to show wear. The plantation shutters were broken in places and would not shut all the way. From the website we expected a view of a garden, but there's little actual garden, more concrete patio and view of a cottage. We can't imagine someone would choose this for a wedding or party as suggested. Finally, about the room, my husband spilled a little champagne (which we brought with us) on the tile floor near the bed. When I wiped it up with a couple of Kleenex, the tissues came up absolutely black. Not a pleasant sight; not a clean floor.
Parking was easy and downtown Gulfport is walking distance from here. Yes, there are some shops, bars, and restaurants, but it looked a little sad and worn, too. I think both the bed and breakfast and the town are being oversold. We wish some other reviewers had pointed out some of these features before we stayed here. Our last comment is simple: For the area, the condition of the room, and the lackluster breakfast, we felt the price was not justified. Sorry, but this was our experience.
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