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Boone Tavern Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   100 Main St. N, Berea, KY 40403   |  
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Berea
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30 hotel reviews
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2011

The hotel and restaurant are outstanding in every way. Service, style, food, cleanliness and price. Visiting Berea College that owns and operates the hotel and restaurant is a great pleasure. The college is a hundred or so years old. It was formed to help disadvantaged Appalachan youth. There is no tuition. Students are required to work ten hours per week. The hotel is a college owned and operated busines. The recent redecorated hotel and restaurant are beautiful. The rooms spacious and comfortable. The restaurant outstanding. We lunched on portabello mushrooms stuffed with fresh asparagus and goat cheese with a touch of honey mustard. Perhaps the best salad have eaten. The atmosphere is gracious and efficient. The prices fair, an outstanding experience.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Berea, Kentucky
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73 reviews 73 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2011

Don't be misled by the name of this establishment, for Berea is and has always been a dry community. I reside here, and I was recently visited by an old friend who was travelling here on business. Curious to see what the latest (supposedly eco-friendly) renovation had wrought, he checked into a single room at the Boone Tavern Hotel, which gave me a welcome opportunity to inspect the accomodations. Later he reported an overall good experience, with some caveats.

He appreciated that the room came with a master switch, which is a smart and easy way to save on energy costs. He also liked the big sink which allowed him to wash out his running garb. The room was very clean and the bed comfortable. The free wireless internet was another plus. The coffee system in the room makes very good coffee. The second floor, where he stayed, features a large, lovely sitting room, a great common space.

On the second floor there are vending machines with snacks and beverages. However, other than perhaps pretzels, there is nothing healthy in these machines. A semi-healthy granola bar, a granola mix, or edible nutmeats were not available, and none of the beverage choices would win any health awards.

In the room, the air conditioning worked but kicked in so loudly at 4:30 a.m. that it actually woke him up, which, he says, is not an easy thing to do. There was very little desk space, even though the desk was good sized. This is because the TV took up a good 1/3rd of the space. Yet the TV was a flat screen. Mounting the TV on the wall would free up desk space, which many travellers appreciate. It would also be desirable to provide an easy way to hang wet running clothing so it could drip into the tub. Some hotels have a portable clothesline in the shower.

All things considered, I'd recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2011

When we arrived in Berea the hotel was a focal point on the main square. A beautiful historic property with impressive white columns. We tried to check in early afternoon but there were no rooms available and we were told to come back 2 hours later.
We parked the car and walked around the sqaure and had lunch in the deli 2 doors down. It was quite good and reasonable priced.
The check in process was quick and we took the elevator up to the second floor. Our room was a queen and appeared to be handicapped acessible. The bathroom was very large and well appointed but there was no where to put our stuff since there was not a counter or shelf space. The room was average in size and nicely decorated. There were only two very flat and small pillows so we asked the desk if we could get more. When we came in later we had one additonal pillow and we fought over it! We were also directly across from the ice machine so it was noisy at times as other guests got their ice. There was a large fancy sitting room right across from the elevator.
We drove to old town and went through the shops and then on to the Arts Center near the interstate. After dinner we sat on the porch at the hotel and read in the rocking chairs. There is no nightlife in Berea as far as we could tell and it also appears to be a "dry" county.
The next morning we ate breakfast at the hotel restaurant and it was outstanding. The service was very good and the quality of the food was outstanding. Probably one of the best breakfasts we have had in some time.
This was a nice overnight stay. Very quiet and quaint.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2011

we were traveling with my elderly parents on a long trip from florida back to michigan. have always tried to stop in berea along I-75 every time we are passing through. have always wanted to stay at the tavern. such a treat! extremely nice people that worked very hard helping us with our old folks needing mobile help and a room set up just for them. once my parents were settled in-- we went out to get dinner for us as well as them. if you are ever in berea... get over to "old town" and to the restaurant "the black feather"-- wonderful food, and wonderful folks there also.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dayton, Ohio
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125 reviews 125 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2011

My wife and I had been wanting to stay here for several years and the chance presented itself. We only wanted a room for the night and nothing too fancy. With an AARP discount we found a room at Boone Tavern Inn for less than a hundred dollars. There were pluses and minuses for that amount. The pluses: very clean; in fact spotless, bed was firm, many green features, flat panel TV with all common cable channels, bathroom with modern updated fixtures, and the coffeemaker was a one-cup Keurig. Minuses: pillow was almost nonexistent; only one per person, a lot of light was bleeding around the door making the room too light, very small room; dormitory size, outside noises could be heard late at night and early in the morning, the lighting for reading was not bright enough, the sitting area was almost non-existent because of the size of the room. As far as the hotel dining, it was fabulous. This hundred year old inn is in terrific architectural condition. Even for the deficiencies described above, it'd go back and upgrade to a larger, more comfortable room.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Michigan, USA
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2010

I hadn't been here in ten years, and was pleased by the more recent renovations, which kept most of the original feel while providing needed updates.

My stay was in a cozy, smaller room with queen bed on the top third floor, overlooking the parking. A quieter location than facing the main street. Fresh, crisp sheets were on the bed. The extra blanket in the chest came in handy during cold winter weather, as did the ability to adjust the thermostat in my room. Bathroom wasn't fancy, but was very clean and updated. Common areas, including the large elevator, were attractive and well kept.

This is an historic hotel, so there are a few quirks. One was the fact that my room door had a couple of inches gap above the floor, allowing in light and sound. Since the hotel wasn't busy the night I stayed, this was not an issue - but in a full hotel, it could be more problematic. The other negative was the noise from the heating system, primarily air whooshing, which seemed unusually loud.

I highly recommend the hotel restaurant. The breakfast staff was very friendly and prompt. The food was excellent. I also tried the Main Street Cafe next door for a light dinner and recommend their signature goat cheese salad.

Overall, a very nice stay in a comfortable hotel with unique character. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2010

We have heard great things about this historic hotel especially after the recent renovations and remodeling. We were looking forward to the trip and decided to splurge on a "Suite".

Our check in was efficient. The rooms still use keys instead of key cards which is neat.

We had a room on the second floor and chose the walk the short flight of stairs up. When we opened the door to the second floor, we were hit with a rather unpleasant smell. We both assumed it to be something left over from the dining area (burnt dinner perhaps?) and quickly found our room.

We checked into our room to find a standard size room (apparently suite to them means one room the size of a standard hotel room) nicely appointed with modern touches, pleasant color pattern and the smallest flat screen television man ever created.

The hotel boasts of being the first green certified hotel in Kentucky - with updated HVAC systems, energy efficient windows, compact florescent lighting, improved insulation, restaurant uses locally grown foods.

We left to visit family and came back late that night. The smell was still in the hallway - so strong it almost physically hits you. It reminded me of a can of housepaint that had molded. That smell never left the second floor hallway during our stay.

Once we got in the room, we found that we had next door neighbors. The walls were so thin that we could hear their conversation and movements. I do understand that it is an old and historic hotel. I understand that the wooden floors creak when you walk over certain spots. That I have no problem with. My issue if that fact that we could hear our neighbors talking normally as if they were in the same room as us. In retrospect we should have asked to be moved to another room without neighbors even though it was already 11 at night.

There were only 4 cars in the parking lot and yet they chose to put people right next door to each other rather than space them for privacy. After digging out some ear plugs from my luggage so I could get some sleep, I went to wash up. There was no hot or even warm water. Apparently energy efficient means that you have to use the hot water before your neighbor does. Thankfully by the morning there was hot water again for showers.

They do provide free wi-fi but it will close the connection if there is any period of inactivity. It became annoying to have to continually log back in.

Positives: The furnishings look brand new and were tastefully chosen. The room and linens were very clean. Everything was in good repair. They provide free bottled water daily. There is an in-room Keurig coffee maker. They have recycle bins by the ice machine. They have a neat Ethernet Cisco phone system. Each floor has a beautiful sitting room with couch, chairs and fireplace.

I did see one reviewer state that their suite had a jacuzzi, separate shower and window in the bathroom. Sadly our suite had none of these - just a standard bathroom with a combined shower / tub, single sink, toilet and mirror.

It was overpriced especially give the low occupancy. Other members of my family paid less than half what we did and got a free breakfast, and access to a swimming pool and exercise facility.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 100 Main St. N, Berea, KY 40403
Location: United States > Kentucky > Berea
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Berea
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Hotel Class:3 star — Boone Tavern Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 63
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