I would say this hotel could be a 4 star place with some tweaks and "relatively" minor improvements (like more staff). But for our stay it was a slightly disappointing 3. The front desk staff varied from very nice and accommodating to indifferent and dismissive. The Hotel is an older property in my estimation so it has some of the charm of that, but also downsides like very limited electrical outlets in the rooms. In today's age with phones, i-pads etc.. all needing to be charged, having to crawl around and unplug lamps is inconvenient. No fridge in the room is also inconvenient, especially if you are traveling with young children like we were.
The breakfast in the morning was fine, with a good assortment but while it opened for business at the specified time they were still setting up and bringing out food for the next hour, and by then the place was so jammed with people it was difficult or impossible to find a seat.
We had several rooms for our party. When some of our party checked in they were told the room was ready but when they got to the room, it was not. Others were told, after the check-in time, that there rooms were still not ready. For a place with only 39 rooms they should be able to turn around and have all the rooms ready by the officially stated check-in time. The breakfast room, the cleaning of the rooms among other things we felt could have been addressed with a few more staff. Everyone seemed to be running around, and reactive as opposed to being proactive in heading off any issues (one of my criteria for a clearly very good hotel). Also we received varying pieces of information on our rooms, their status, our reservations etc.. depending on who you talked too - consistency/coordination would be good.
Location is great for the Brandywine/Wyeth Museum, which is literally just down the road, and the Chaddsford Winery and Longwood Gardens are also very close.
All in all, it was average with the potential to be more.
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- Nestled on a hillside in the heart of the Brandywine Valley, the Brandywine River Hotel offers distinctive European style lodging for both leisure and business travelers, capturing the unique charm and tranquility of the Brandywine in a stylish, colonial setting. ... more less
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