I am a recent college graduate who came to Marietta with a potentially life-changing objective in view. Due to this, I felt that I should treat myself to the warmest, most comfortable Southern hospitality in the Atlanta region. I received in full what I was hoping for at the Stanley House Inn! I should also add that this was my first stay ever at a B&B. I will probably never go back to staying at a traditional hotel after my stay...
The mansion is absolutely gorgeous — charming Victorian architecture with all manner of lovely courtyards and patios, sumptuous flora, rustic holiday decor and pleasant fragrances. The food was delicious: loaded omelet, hashbrown casserole, corn muffin, cherry wine cake, gourmet coffee, to elaborate just a little bit... Tea, cider, hot cocoa and cookies were available downstairs 24/7. Location is great, with a pretty little three-minute walk to the historic Square.
I stayed in the "Marietta" room, which has a cute, homey Americana theme. The bed was the most comfortable and spacious I have ever slept in! The sheets smelled so good and were buttery soft. I just loved the trains at night! I found them to be quite soothing... Also, the private bathroom was huge and very clean.
My favorite aspect of the stay, however, were my numerous enjoyable conversations with the owners/innkeepers, Lloyd & Cathy Kilday. Cathy is an excellent cook and a sweetheart to the core. She remembered a conversation we had regarding a French restaurant in Marietta and, without asking her to do so, went incognito and printed me a sheet with additional information and directions!
Lloyd is a true Southern gentleman. Due to heavy traffic, my ETA became much later than originally expected: ~1:30am, originally from ~10pm. He actually offered to wait up for me to personally let me in their home — so accommodating! He is a kind and gentle soul and his stories are incredibly fascinating. Great radio voice, too! :o)
They are so cute and hilarious together and are both encyclopedic in their knowledge of the region in its multiple facets. They are such a dear couple and have really become my friends. And so has little Sammy, their newest puppy dog!
How I hope to be back in Georgia soon! When I come, I certainly know where I hope to be staying. Thanks for a lovely stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Twenty minutes from Atlanta and three blocks from the historic Marietta Square, this Victorian beauty is the picture of Southern elegance. Best known for beautiful weddings and other special events, the Stanley House has 5 guest rooms with private baths. Bed and breakfast guests enjoy a great Southern breakfast in our grand dining room. ... more less