There are so many good things to say, I don't even know where to start!
Our absolutely stunning but oh so homey room, the hospitable staff, the amazing hot cocoa, shortbread and Gingerbread Almond Biscotti (!!), the fabulous village...wish we were back there right now!!
The front desk offered us wine glasses and a corkscrew upon checking in, which we thought was very nice of them. We brought our own and didn't need to take them up on their offer, but a nice perk and very thoughtful!
We were also offered cookies and a warm beverage at check-in, which was much appreciated. We were just stunned by our surroundings and just sat in the cafe beaming. Even though we got there hours early, our room was ready and we were given our key right away. We were also given a map and a list of specials and discounts that the shops offer to guests staying at the inn.
I should mention that every single time we went to the front desk, every staff member treated us like family. Everyone was warm, welcoming and accommodating. They really went above and beyond.
We stayed in The Johnson Suite 201. The bed was so comfy, the rooms were so warm, the tub and shower were delicious, the front porch and back patio so comfy! Super clean and welcoming, too. And QUIET! We never wanted to leave, seriously!
The continental breakfast baskets of muffins or croissants, coffee or tea and yogurts were fine for us. It left us room for lunch or a snack and then a nice dinner. The only thing that could make breakfast better is if they delivered to the room, or at least to the rooms that aren't in the main building. (We are NOT morning people!) (Little touches like the cutlery, napkins, bags of butter and jams/jellies in the basket really made a difference. They really think of everything!)
The complimentary snack in the afternoons really hit the spot. The cookies are delicious, especially on the day they had cranberry shortbread! The hot cocoa is so, so yummy with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle. It's nice to stop in while out shopping or walking and have something comforting in a warm and comfy setting.
Only rooms in the main building & the cafe have free wifi, which was ok with us, but just a head's up for anyone who that might be important to. We did want to watch movies and we brought a laptop with us, so we went down the street to the Redbox outside of CVS.
Our room had a small refrigerator, a coffee maker and a microwave. Also there was a basket of pre-measured coffee filter packs, tea bags, sugar/sweeteners, napkins and stirrers that was refilled as needed by housekeeping each day. There were 2 Colonial Inn coffee mugs there for us to use. The coffee isn't the greatest, but enough to get you going until you get to the front desk for your breakfast!
We had a living room with 2 chairs, a side table, fireplace, tv (in a closet) and a little food prep area (in another closet). That room also had a table with two chairs. It had a door that opened to the back patio/deck with chairs. Also our front door, which led to the front porch with rocking chairs and a table.
The bedroom was large with a king bed, end tables and lamps. 2 large closets with hangers and shelves. There are no dressers with drawers, so the shelves were where we slid our folded clothes. The tv is in one of the closets. There's also a fireplace, a chair with side table and a rocker. The bed is extremely comfortable with lots of pillows. The bedding is very soft and pretty.
The multi-jet shower was enjoyed by my husband and I absolutely loved the jacuzzi tub. We did have a problem with our hot water, but that was rectified. Something to note: while the rooms have heaters (plus fireplaces in ours) that get very warm, the bathroom has no heater, so you need to leave the door open at all times not in use and even then it's still a little chilly in there.
I loved the black makeup towel so much that I purchased one to bring home. The other towels are kind of scratchy, so I would bring my own next time. This was surprising since the bedroom linens are so luxurious.
Even though our room was in the village, right next to the soap shop, it was very serene and quiet. There are blinds and curtains that make your rooms feel very private. There was some noise our first night that sounded like the people upstairs were jumping up and down heavily for awhile, but they checked out the next day and all was super quiet after that.
I've read that some people find the village/shops "corny" or whatever, but we truly felt so at peace there. Most everyone we met was so down to Earth, so laid back and welcoming that we were just overwhelmed. It's definitely not a fast-paced place, so if you're looking for that, it's not for you. This is a place to RELAX, to not be in a hurry, to really enjoy your surroundings, the views and serenity. To just take your time and do things at your own pace, so different from a typical day in our lives. Maybe it's different in the summer, but in the off-season it's lovely. Walking though the village in the evening with some warm mulled wine from Tomasello's was really nice before settling into our room for the night. (We bought a couple bottles and placed the contents of one in the carafe of the coffee maker for a little while.)
I just can't say enough great things about The Colonial Inn. Customer service is top notch. I almost didn't want to write a review because I didn't want a bunch of people to find out about it, but they deserve the recognition! :)
We can't wait to go back and plan on making this our "go to" place at least once, hopefully twice, a year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Colonial Inn and the Barn at Smithville are a destination vacation. We are a bed and breakfast located in the middle of a Colonial shopping village with over 70 shops, 7 eateries, a train and carousel and so much more. Once you arrive at this lovely, luxurious inn there is no reason to get back in your car! ... more less
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