This bed and breakfast is run by a lovely couple and they serve a good breakfast. The main house is charming, and the rooms there are probably fine. However, we stayed in the Safari Room which is a redone storage area in the back, beside their garage. The decor was cute with giraffe motifs and the like. However, rather than do insulation and proper drywall, they have just tacked up and draped fabric to cover the ceiling beams and part of the walls.
The pluses for us were that it was on the ground level with an exterior door, and involved no stairs, so it was easy to take our little dog in and out to the grassy garden area without disturbing others. And it was very quiet being at the back of the property.
The minuses however were many. When we walked in the room smelled of mould. Everything in the room was damp. The carpet was actually wet, and when I walked around the room in my socks they were quickly soaked. Even the drapes and ceiling fabrics were damp. We opened the window to air it out but that only helped a little. There was water dripping on the floor behind the bathroom sink. The wiring for the A/C appeared to be home done and wasn't to code (220V can be dangerous).The water saver toilet did not flush "things" down, and took 10 minutes to refill before it would flush again. The bed was terrible - so soft we fell together in the middle. The houskeeping left much to be desired - our little dog pulled out candies and garbage from under the bed.
There was flooding from a hurricane a few years ago that damaged many houses in Galveston so I wonder if this room had been underwater at that time, and they had not been able to dry it out?? Not sure what the problem was. After 3 nights we were glad to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Avenue O is a 1923 Mediterranean style Bed and Breakfast located a few short blocks from the Seawall and The Pleasure Pier and minutes from the Strand. Situated on a third of an acre of lush tropical foliage, Avenue O is perfect for a romantic getaway or just a break from the work a day world. ... more less
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