We stayed here with our son and his gf over Labor Day weekend. We received a friendly welcome from Ken, who checked us into our two rooms in an easy way.
Let's be clear here - Martha's Vineyard is expensive. We picked The Arbor Inn because it was the best value we could find (still two hundred and thirty dollars for one room and two four six for the other per night, incl tax, but this is a peak weekend - so, you decide). There were other places which charged way more, so we settled for this. It's a twelve minute walk to town or you can flag down a number thirteen bus which was good.
The property is charming with well-presented reception/breakfast/living area (internet access available in the living room). The weather was good and we were welcome to take our breakfast into the garden, which was pleasant. Breakfast is described as, "a hearty continental" - and so it was. A limited buffet (ie same daily) from four boxes of cereal, fruit (apple/pear/banana), fruit salad, yogurts and freshly baked fruit bread/cake daily, butter and a choice of two jams, orange juice, teas/coffees. (If I'm honest, for the money we expected a little more choice and maybe something cooked). However, don't come down before 8.30 am or after 10.00. The rules are very clear here. My husband came down at 8.10 to make us a cup of tea and was underwhelmed when told that he could, "if he must". This surprised us as we had our own tea, didn't need milk, just a cup and hot water , which was available in a machine on the sideboard - already plugged in and ready to go. We'd been shown how the machine worked the day before. Odd.
The bedrooms/baths were clean and comfortable, if slightly weary here and there; overall no complaints from us though. Beautiful crewel-work bedspreads and a selection of blankets/duvet to choose from (although the second blanket we put on our bed instead of the too-warm duvet had been removed and replaced back on the wardrobe shelf! Again, a bit odd, we thought!).
Bring your own bathroom necessities - just soap provided. Hot water was plentiful and towels were changed daily and not in the least musty in our experience. Also, we suggest, maybe bring your own travel kettle, mug and tea/coffee? There IS a guest fridge provided . . . . I don't know - I'm confused! Lorna was friendly and helpful with suggestions and general chit-chat but we thought the hospitality could have extended to a basket of tea bags and a tray of mugs on a help yourself basis. What do you think?
Ask for a room at the rear of the property - this inn is on Upper Main Street!
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