My significant other and I just spent two nights at the Sweet Cane Inn to see the Festival of Lights and explore the historic district.
We stayed in the Lily room on the third floor which is a unique L-shaped room on the side of the house. Since it's set off to the side, you don't get any street noise from Washington, but can still look out on it directly from the bathroom window. There are also three windows to give you lots of light on the side of the house. The room was clean and the linens smelled fresh and were soft and comfortable. The bed was a little soft for me and my 6'6 SO didn't quite fit on the bed but those are not really complaints, just observations. I enjoyed the shower, there's no tub but that's perfect for me, and the Gilchrist and Soames toiletries. I appreciated the stocked fridge (water and soda) but it is right next to the bed and can make a jarring noise when the refrigeration kicks on and off. I would also suggest a few hangers in the close. Since we brought our own we were okay.
The house itself is very large with a nice sitting room on the third floor and two large rooms on the first floor. There's a wide front porch too. Breakfast is served in a nice little dining room with tea, coffee, juices, yogurt and cereal everyday. In addition to the continental offerings eggs, bacon, sausage, strawberry crepes, pancakes and mini quiches may also be offered. You can have breakfast at any time between 8-10am so you don't have to get up and rush down to eat. At 4pm wine and delicious chocolate chip cookies are offered. Snag one for a late after dinner snack!
John and Kathy were great hosts. John had a lot of great stories about the area. We also ate at his restaurant and if you are a guest at the Inn you get a free appetizer or dessert. Try the cornbread étouffée it's delicious. I also have to confess that upon check-out I forgot to return the room key and found it later in my luggage. When we called the B&B, John was so kind about the issue letting us know it happens and told us just to send it back through the mail. This level of hospitality extended beyond our stay and I'm very appreciative.
The location is absolutely perfect for walking to the historic district and was very convenient for seeing the fireworks on Saturday night. You can park right at the B&B and walk down to the shops and restaurants. I highly recommend the Sweet Cane Inn as it's casual hosts and quiet rooms, plus ideal location make it perfect for a visit to Natchitoches.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An elegant, century old Victorian home, Sweet Cane Inn welcomes you to relax and enjoy the comfort and hospitality that will certainly set the standard for your visit to historic Natchitoches for years to come.Sweet Cane Inn was built for Congressman Phanor Breazeale in the late 1800's. Among its many unique features, Sweet Cane Inn's stately presence boasts of 12 foot ceilings, 11 fireplaces, and a wall of stained glass windows at the top of the stairs which curve and lead to seven beautifully spacious rooms and suites. Conveniently located in the heart of Natchitoches' Landmark Historic District, Sweet Cane Inn is within walking distance of beautiful Front Street, a brick thoroughfare where wrought iron balconies, restaurants, shops and attractions face beautiful Cane River Lake. Guests enjoy nearby fort sites, museums, and year around cultural events and festivals. ... more less