I choose the Garden Room at The Gables for the location and price. Both of those aspects were fine. It was a 15 minute walk from Training for Change where I was doing a week-long conference. I had a rocky first night. The house is huge and gorgeously renovated. But the young woman who checked me in seemed surprised to see me and uncomfortable with my arrival. We had an awkward interaction that mostly consisted of her staring at me. She was unable to answer basic questions about the house, beyond the year it was built. The house has only window units in the bedroom and it was very warm in the hallways and common areas. It was in the 90s my entire visit. Despite the fact that the they knew my arrival time within two hours, the A/C hadn't been turned on and it was broiling in there.
The tv is tiny, set in the wardrobe and fairly old. That wasn't a problem for me, because I brought my laptop for entertainment and the free wifi worked very well. However, I had a rough first night on a painfully hard bed. I spoke with the owner in the morning about it, and while he was unable to move me to another room he added a mattress pad to the bed. With a couple of blankets on top of the mattress, it was bearable for the rest of my trip. He checked with me my second morning to see if it was okay, which I really appreciated.
My room was pleasantly decorated, larger than I expected and had lots of diffused light. The decor was Victorian but came to the edge of being fussy without actually toppling over. There were lace curtains, for example, rather than heavy drapes. And only 3 vases of dried/fake flowers. The blinds did not come all the way down the window so it doesn't get very dark in the room. The light in the morning would be very romantic, although it was mostly just irritating for me. I didn't have any problems with noise, but the door did have an inch gap at the bottom. The curtains where hung around the air conditioner with large safety pins, which didn't really match the rest of the lovely decoration.
The breakfast was a buffet during the week, with a plated option on the weekend. There was usually ham or sausage, a sweet baked dish, a sweet pastry, fruit, bread (alternately sweet and not), a savory baked dish, plain yogurt, and cold cereal. I think there were also hardboiled eggs one morning. It was all fine, if a bit on the sweet side. They did not ask if I had any dietary restrictions either when I made the reservations or when I checked in. That's very unusual for B&Bs, especially since a vegan would have found it impossible to eat most of the food. They have a refrigerator for guests to use, and its stocked with sodas for $.50. However, I put an uneaten pint of Ben and Jerry's in the freezer and it disappeared in less than 24 hours. :(
Overall, I felt like this was a good value. I agree with the previous reviewer that the owners were not visibly around much, but since they did everything I asked I can't really complain. The two blocks west felt a little sketchy walking home late at night, but otherwise the neighborhood felt very safe: lovely houses to look at and good restaurants on Baltimore Ave. The house seemed fairly clean. While the housekeeper sometimes forgot to restock a toiletry, replace a towel, or remove the hair from the shower..it was never forgotten for more than a day. The common areas seemed well cared for. I probably wouldn't stay here again, just because there are other places in the area that I'd like to try, but this is a solid choice for the price.
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