The “assistant innkeeper” greeted us upon arrival. He showed us our room and proceeded to conduct a tour of the house for us. It turned out that the tour had nothing to do with the history of the dwelling but rather the RULES of the manor. “No noise after 10 PM and if you have a self-serve coffee please leave a small donation to cover our expense.” Pardon me? The tariff for one night at this joint is over $200.
They have no television, no glasses in the room for water, the shampoo is in a community dispenser and morning coffee isn’t served until 7:30. At 8:30 a bell rings ordering lodgers to a single breakfast table. The innkeeper sets the menu. There are no choices. The other lodgers are there to visit students at VMI and I feel as though I'm sitting in on a filibuster as we hear about the rigors of military life. Our assistant innkeeper interrupts the breakfast to announce that our bill is ready. We take the opportunity to leave this happy gathering and head back to the real world.