Our recent stay in January found the establishment lacking in amenities and maintenance. We have stayed at this B&B on 2 other occasions over the past 25 years. The place has gone through some renovations during that time from very small single rooms with marginal comforts to a more expansive establishment with several rooms of varying room/bed choices and an enlarged lobby/office space in the basement.
Unfortunately, while this stay was in one of their higher priced/quality rooms it was certainly not worth the $237.22 tariff (including taxes) per night. The web site, in my opinion, is a bit deceptive in that it shows the lovely old manse in the Battery area. However, there are no rooms in the main house as the owners reside there. All rooms are either at ground level (2 under the front porch), or several in the rear of the property at 2nd floor level.
We were staying in a king sized bedroom…this does not mean kingsized room. One must remember that this is a very old home and as such is limited by historical and a "footprint" to the size a room can be. That said, there are no restrictions on HOW one should expect a room to be.
There should be working exhaust fans that do not sound as though a tank is coming through the bathroom; there should be latches on windows for safety and function (one of our windows did not have this and only the turn latch on the shutters that kept the shutters in the closed position…bowing into the room and allowing cold air in and no security. The slide latch at top and bottom were missing or inoperable. There were no screens so that without the turn latch the window was open directly into the area outside and the street a few steps away.)
If one advertises WIFI it should be functioning; the flat screen tv was positioned into an alcove parallel to the king size bed…rendering it difficult for one to view a program unless positioned on one's side or turning and laying across the bed to view on one's back in front.
The bathroom had been updated to include a raised toilet and tub which were both very clean including the tiling as were the sinks. However, due to water seepage the paint was delaminating from the tub and wall areas…would have been better just to remove the tub and install a shower…easier for people to get into and out of the shower without mishaps.
The bed was roomy, as it should have been for a king size,..but, it is time to rotate or replace the mattress/box spring as we found ourselves constantly rolling to the center of the bed during the night.
The heater was functioning well and since it was unseasonably cold for the time of year a welcomed respite from the outside temps. We imagine that with the 2 steps down from street level into the room that would probably assist in keeping the room cool along with the overhead porch cutting off the sun heat in the summer months.
The room presented as nice as could be expected in such a place…however, one does expect that the area be dusted and vacuumed. The lamp shades, tables and carpet need thorough cleaning. We could write our names in the layer of dust and this was next to where we ate our breakfast. Light switches should be functioning and with all it's parts. Lastly, the wall sconces need to be replaced or re-attached to the wall since they are more than tilting/slanting and will soon be on the bed or floor.
The room tariff included a Continental Breakfast: One could order several items from the menu of: half grapefruit, bagel and cream cheese; coffee; tea; croissant and juices. These could be served in the room or out in the rear garden area or under the porch area outside a couple of rooms. While we knew this going in to our reservation…it would have been nice to have had the bread items arrive fresh and soft; not stale/overheated, etc. Coffee did arrive in separate pots since we ordered regular and decaf. Both were very good.
In conclusion, one might wonder why we would have stayed a a place that clearly hasn't improved too much over the years and that is a good question. The answers are simple: We did not select this B & B.The couple we were traveling with made the reservations. If we had known ahead of time, we would have recommended another establishment. However, the location is really very nice…across from the Battery park and walk, rather quiet and close to several historical houses in close proximity. So, all in all, it was only 2 days and it was… after all is said and done…Charleston!
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