I decided to go all out this past weekend and stayed in the Bell Tower Room at the inn. As far as I could tell it was the most expensive room they offered, so my expectations were high. Parking was a little difficult to find, especially when you don't know the area and you arrive in the dark. The very small sign finally pointed us in the right direction, after we drove by it the first time.
The check-in was rather quick and easy, seeing as I had already paid fully for the room I expected this to be smooth. We didn't mind going up the stairs to the room, but I was expecting to be in the bell tower of the inn. That's the main reason for staying here. Well, not only were we not in the true bell tower, we weren't even in the "inn" section of the complex. See, the inn is connected directly to the marketplace, with shops and restaurants. Well, our room was apparently right above a restaurant. The restaurant was good, don't get me wrong, but after enjoying a meal at it, we retired and went to bed for what I was expecting to be a restful night. I couldn't have been more wrong.
I am not the most deep sleeper, but neither am I the lightest sleeper. That said, it took me a while to fall asleep as people kept walking by our room rather noisily well past midnight. I got up a few times to make sure our door was closed as I thought they were coming up the stairs. That's how clearly I could hear them. Well, once I was asleep, I jumped awake around 2:15am to a slamming door! I settled back down, and as I was finally falling back to sleep, another door slam. This continued regularly every 15 to 20 minutes until 7am! Exhausted, I drifted off to sleep again, only to be woken at 7:30am by a vacuum cleaner!
When I checked out, the people at the desk asked how my stay was, and when I said it was only alright and explained why, they said it must have been the restaurant and will inform them. I stayed in plenty of places that charge over $200 a night, and this one ranks on my worst experiences. Oh, and this $200+/night room doesn't even include breakfast.
A few of the other distractions in the bell tower room: dusty surfaces, especially the gas fireplace; cobwebs hanging from the sprinkler heads; dust bunnies and a pine cone under the bed (as if they never clean here...how can you miss a pine cone!?!?); an unfinished bathroom (the tub looks like it was slapped in and never finished. There's a 2 or 3 inch gap between the base/side of the tub and the wall. Worse of all, there's trim with exposed nails at this unfinished edge, so anyone could get hurt.); having to ask for shampoo at the front desk because the "cleaning" staff never left any; the whirlpool tub can be a bit excessive and unruly (for instance, I thought I turned it off and was enjoying a relaxing soak when the jets came back on after 10 minutes or so.); and there's no real view from the balcony like I was told (to see the lake, you have to peer around the adjacent roof; to see the falls, you have to peer over the attached roof).
All in all, this doesn't rank on my list of must return to places. I suggest if you must stay here, save yourself some money and restless sleep and stay in a normal room. The "upgrades" aren't worth it in the long run.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the heart of Meredith Village the Inn at Mill Falls awaits you. A restored nineteenth century linen mill and a tumbling forty-foot waterfall create a setting that envelops guests in an atmosphere of warmth, comfort and easy relaxation. By combining old-world charm, a crackling fireplace, cozy nooks, an indoor pool and sauna, and affordable accommodations, Mill Falls redefines the traditional country Inn. Stay at The Inn and enjoy all of the amenities that Mill Falls at the Lake has to offer. ... more less
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