Such a disappointment...
We booked 2 nights at the Surry Inn in August to attend a wedding in Blue Hill and ended up leaving after the 1st night. I should have known it was fishy when she wanted a personal or bank check mailed as a Deposit vs. giving a credit card over the phone or online.
As we drove up, we knew we made a mistake. It looked like an abandoned Inn. Shabby without the chic. Devoid of any welcoming look. There were no cars and the front door was locked. No note on what we assumed, was the front door. Where are the Inn Keepers or other guests? We tried to remained positive.... it's vacation after all :)
Meanwhile, we had time to take in the sights before the owners arrived.... peeling paint, sloppy, haphazard mowing job, weed-ridden "gardens", crooked front door with peeling paint. Shabby and in need of some rather obvious repairs.
Where's the welcome-feeling in this first impression?
It felt like the off-season, "closed for repairs" not Prime-Time August in Maine.
But, apart from the Inn and front entry, beyond all this is, yes... a very beautiful view of Contention Cove and yes... I bet there are some great sunsets as their website shows a picture of. So maybe the rooms and interior of the Inn is better? I did have such nice phone chats with Annelise the owner before booking. My hopes are still high....
I had spoken to Annelise on the phone many times with various questions I had about the Rooms and we had been in email contact as well. She was very accommodating on the phone as we wanted to know more about the 8 rooms as the website didn't have very many pictures or details. She was very nice as I asked about which ones had ocean views, how many windows, what sizes the beds are, cool breezes, no need for fans, etc. I was really looking forward to Room 8. Annelise described lots of windows with nice views.
As we walked inside, the Inn felt very rundown and shabby. Not cute or charming just old and tired. It had a mis-mosh of furniture like a yard sale. Some folded bed linens were sitting on an old piece of furniture in the reception area for most of our stay. Didn't seem very sanitary. The large glassed-in porch that the website described was nothing more than a cement floor with a bunch of random yard-sale looking furniture and some christmas puzzle on a table. Weird for August or for anytime of year...
So disappointing as the view of the water was exceptional but the space so gross and uninviting we had no interest in sitting and taking in the sites.
Room 8 ended up being a disaster. An awkward staircase with tired looking carpeting led to room 8. Our room had a separate bathroom as well as random, very unfinished creepy storage room with a door that didn't shut all the way.
Without belaboring, I'll describe the "highlights"
1. Bedroom and bathroom doors do not shut completely and do not lock
2. Bathroom sink handle fell off when turned and the cold water wouldn't stop running.
3. Windows did not open all the way and were damaged and peeling paint, cobwebs.
4. Linens did not look clean or fresh. Stained towel and sheets.
5. Ceiling above bed had water damage stains and really gross right above our heads.
6. Furniture was random like a yard sale.
7. light bulb out in bedroom lamp.
8. Annelise misplaced her checkbook to give me a refund as it was in the laundry basket. what?
After 1 night, we woke up early to pack up the car and head elsewhere, (no rooms avail. except Comfort Inn in Ellsworth--at least the Comfort Inn was clean and organized.)
NO one was to be found in the Inn until 8:05am when I saw a man in a white sleeveless top in the kitchen. (Note. they begin serving breakfast at 8am) Needless to say we skipped it to check out. $133 for one sleepless night in a "queen room with private bath"-- wow.
In summary, it is very clear that the Owners are burnt-out and have very, very low standards for themselves and their guests. They've been doing this for 30 years so perhaps it's time to throw in the towel and stay at their restaurant in the Yucatan Peninsula Isla Mujeres full time. From what I read, it seems like they are very good chefs.
They are only open in Maine Memorial Day to Columbus Day and seem to open up without fixing anything. Its a shame.
At least we got our refund check back minus $5 "administrative fee", (once she found her Inn's checkbook which was in the laundry basket- what?)
Room doors and bathroom doors have no locks and do not shut completely. Towels and sheets do not loo...
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