I love B&Bs and have stayed in many over the past 20+ years. My best friend and I stayed in the "Carriage House" of Sycamore Heights for a weekend in mid-July, 2012. I'll start with the positives: 1) The B&B is one short block from W. 19th St., with antique and other "fun" shopping and casual dining options. 2) The back courtyard (between the main house and the "Carriage House") is beautifully landscaped (and, for the most part, well-maintained) with fruit trees, flowering shrubs and vines, water features and towering mature shade trees. 3) The "Carriage House" provides privacy and plenty of room for two guests.
Unfortunately, the negatives outweigh the positives for this property: 1) The "Carriage House" looks like a poorly maintained garage apartment. The main door leading onto the courtyard has unfinished framing, as if the entryway was never completed. Ditto for door at top of stairs leading into the suite. 2) Bathroom has cheapest possible builder-grade fixtures and a cracked and dried out dollar store shower caddy to hold toiletries plus doorknob is about to fall off. 3) No central A/C and when we first arrived most of the interior was uncomfortably warm, esp. the bathroom. Also, A/C unit is in the dining area, not the bedroom. Bathroom was not adequately cool throughout our stay. 4) Much of the "antique" furniture was in desperate need of refinishing. 5) Interior of refrigerator and outside of kitchen trash can were dirty. 6) If you stay in the "Carriage House," you do not have access to the main house except at breakfast. 7) Breakfast, while tasty, was nothing special. 8) The property needs numerous minor and a few major repairs throughout and overall gives the impression of being unfinshed and slightly neglected (and I don't mean that in a romantic "shabby chic" historic house kind of way).
Other things to know: parking is on street and the iron is chained to the ironing board!
Overall, a disappointment and not recommended...
If you have to stay here, choose rooms in the main house and avoid the "Carriage House."
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