My preference is for listing all the pluses and glossing over the minuses but there are some things I need to point out here. The building is a beautiful old Milwaukee mansion, next door to a lovely church and a shrine, in an ok neighborhood. The first floor rooms are lovely and atmospheric, chock full of Victoriana. I arrived at the appointed 4 to 6 pm check-in and no one answered the door to repeated rings. Finally a fellow guest heard me and let me in. When my friend arrived just before 6, the same happened to her and fortunately since I was on the look-out from my corner room upstairs, I heard her and let her in. The welcome sugar cookies were few and tiny, but there was wine on the buffet upstairs, which unfortunately we were too busy to try but that was a nice touch. We shared the George suite, two rooms connected by a shared bathroom. The bathroom overhead light had a burned out bulb (one of three in the fixture) as did the overhead lamp in my bedroom (the smaller but sunnier of the two). The shelves in the medicine cabinet were scuzzy with toothpaste grime. There was a single plastic glass for the two people sharing the suite and one cake of soap that would have needed to be switched from sink to shower and back. I asked for another glass and cake of soap and they were provided, but I really shouldn't have had to ask. The small light at the side of the mirror was non-functional so the lighting in the bathroom was dim and would not please most men trying to shave (for instance my husband) or women applying make-up. There also was no bedside lighting in my room, which would be important to those who like to read in bed. There seemed to be no AC but though the days were warm, it cooled off at night so there was no problem with trying to sleep in an overheated room. There would have been a nice cross breeze if more than two of the four windows could have been opened. A box of Kleenex was provided in my friend's bedroom (the master) but not in mine. There is wi fi access. There was a small refrigerator with complimentary water and a bottle of soda and one of beer. The breakfast was good (although with no choice) but served very slowly so don't expect a quick get-away. The most surprising thing was arriving at 5 pm the second day and finding the rooms unserviced, beds unmade, etc. When I queried fellow guests at breakfast next morning, they said that was the way it was and that they had run into that in other B&B's. In all my years of travelling (I'm 73 and travel more internationally than nationally and usually I DO make my own bed in B&B's although not in hotels, but when I haven't, it's always been made when I got back from my day out.) I've never run into that before and for the price of the room, which was pricey but reasonable given that it was two rooms, I would expect the beds to be made and bathroom tidied up. I thought the central location was convenient and acceptable, breakfast adequate and building wonderful but the service and maintenance are in need of some tender loving attention. I loved my first impression (after finally getting in) but was disappointed in the maintenance of the suite's interior.
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