Our first time here, having to attend a funeral. All the rooms at hotels in closeby cities booked with construction workers installing pipelines. Found the Wells Inn by accident and it was near the funeral home. Signs said they are in process of remodeling and rooms were available. Took a room, sight unseen, and found it a conglomeration of old, very old and remnants of a room that was remodeled maybe 20-25 years ago.
THE BAD NEWS: A whirlpool tub whose jets didn't work and tub took half a day to drain. Wall tile broken and missing, wall paper torn, hanging & stained. No heat in room, except for a small auxillary broken electric heater. No carpet only old wood floors. Nowhere to hang clothes except a hook on bathroom door. A mixture of flea market castaway furniture in the room. No drapes only pull down paper shades. Noise level throughout the building high for lack of carpeting everywhere and thin walls. No one told us that slow moving trains travel through town at all hours of the night. Our first train encounter was at exactly 11 PM and the horns start to sound when they enter the town and continue at every interection till they leave town. We counted over 25 blasts of the air horns, some long and some short blasts and continue for about 10-15 minutes. The tracks are about 500 ft from the hotel. There were two more trains before morning.
NOW THE GOOD NEWS: The staff was wonderfull! They fixed our TV, which wasn't working. They turned on the boilers, for a while, to help warm our room. They were very friendly and a joy to talk to. My wife and I have traveled alot. Both of us for business and for pleasure. This was not one the worst places we have stayed at and, in fact, we would not hesitate to return. The room was clean. Our bed was comfortable and, with the exception of the trains, we had a good night's sleep. Sure the place lacks many comforts and services, but the price of the room was unbelievably low AND included a complete breakfast from their restaurant menu, cooked to order. Breakfast was outstanding and the service second to none. This hotel was built in 1894 (I believe) and on the Register of Historic Places. What an honor to stay at a hotel with this kind of history...to enjoy the 12 foot ceilings, old elevator, explore the bar in the basement, imagine the granduer of events held in the ballroom. The new owners are working hard to bring back that old ombiance and must be given credit for the time, the cost and the patience needed to do the job. In the meantime, if you need a place to stay, don't hesitate to stay at the Wells Inn for a lifetime memory of a truly unique experience.
- Also Known As:
- The Wells Hotel Sistersville