Every other review has written extensively on the grounds and the hospitality, all of which I agree with. I have yet to read a reveiw that remarks upon the unbearably slow food service. Someone called it leisurely -- I think it is much, much worse than that. First of all, my husband and I stayed for the Saturday dinner and were seated in a corner of the room which would have been fine except for the fact that we were at the end of the service rounds. Meaning everyone else who was seated at the same time as us was served ahead of us. I don't know what was going on in the kitchen but it took, no joke, 20 minutes more for our food to be served to us than it was for the first couple to be served. Which made us think if Barry seated my husband and I at that table for a reason -- did he think we were less worthy of getting fed on time? The whole time the dinner took place, which was almost two hours, my husband and I seethed which was not what we wanted to do on our romantic getaway. Certain couples seemed to get much better treatment than we did even though we all paid the same amount. The wait staff was pleasant -- I don't think it was their fault -- but it did seem to be a very conscious decision to serve the meal this way. Breakfast was even worse. Several couples were seated the same time as us but again, we were served last and so couples who were served first were done with their breakfast before we even got the crepes served to us. I just about wanted to explode. There is no excuse for it. It took us an hour to get fed. A serve yourself buffet might have been better. Again, the inn itself is gorgeous, beautifully landscaped and everyone was very hospitable. And in the grand scheme of things, food service may be an afterthought. But my husband and I felt slighted at each meal service which made everything else seem dingy and somehow less perfect. I would go back again but not for the dinner and I would bring a huge novel for the breakfast service for entertainment and find out the right place to sit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming and secluded B&B in the Virginia countryside. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Vaucluse Spring Hotel Stephens City