We are not newcomers to B & Bs as we have stayed at a few before. I purchased this one night stay at the RJ Inn as part of his Christmas present for my husband We were able to use it recently. The location of the Inn is perfect. We wanted to be able to park the car and not use it it get around town-that is exactly what it offered. There was plenty of shopping, restaurants and historical sites within walking distance.
We stayed in the Old Town room and it was perfect. We walked up the four flights of stairs in a historic home to the top floor. Our room was the only one up there and enjoyed the added privacy. It was a bit warm, being in the upper most floor in an older home we expected this. We had the windows open to cool it off and it was still as peaceful as could be even though it was on a main street. There was also a sampling of brandy waiting for us. The room was impeccably clean and had a very welcoming feel.
When we checked in, we came in through the back entrance where we were told we could park. Bonnie, the proprietor was outside watering the flowers and looked up at us and continued working. After initiating conversation she directed inside to Lindy who checked us in. This whole visit was based on my husband being a historian. This Inn was chosen because of it's history-which was never explained to us. Yes, there is a book we could read but the charm of a B & B is the conversations and welcoming spirit of the buildings. I didn't feel this at all.
Lindy did tell us that breakfast was available between 9-11am. (Lindy did tell us she normally runs the Caroline House also owned by RJ. I wonder if the time she gave us was the time for breakfast at that house.) When we came down the next morning, Bonnie smiled at us and asked for the keys. She did inquire if we needed directions and said to come back again. This was around 10am. I stood there a bit dumbfounded and asked about breakfast. Her response "Breakfast was 7:30-9. You missed it." There was something cooking but it was the workers make their own food. A bit stunned by the shortness of her response, I just walked out. Maybe I was expecting more of an explanation as to why I was coming down for breakfast at 10 or a question as to what time I was told to come down for the meal. We weren't even offered a banana, which was one of the pieces of furniture.
This wasn't our only experience with unwelcoming feeling. When I originally purchased the gift certificate it was for a Saturday night and we went on a week night. There was a price difference and I was already aware of the non-refunded difference if we chose a weeknight-instead Bonnie offered us a bottle of wine and cheese and crackers. After some shopping we came back to the Inn to relax a bit before dinner. Both Lindy and Bonnie were watching TV in their living room section of the home. I said hello and Lindy was the only who turned around. Now this is a business and to me, it seems to be good business to stand when a customer comes into your operation. I said we would like our bottle of wine and they first had a conversation as to which one. Again, I just didn't feel the welcoming feel that I would have expected from the B & B.
Overall, my husband and I had a fabulous time with the location and cleanliness of the B & B, but the $200 we spent for the night with no breakfast, we would think twice about going back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- John Taylow, architect, and one of the original signers of The Declaration of Independence, constructed this unique, upscale 18th century Inn in 1770. In the 1800’s, it served as the home of the mayor of Fredericksburg, Richard Johnston. The award winning Inn offers seven beautifully appointed guest rooms, 2 suites and caters to small, intimate weddings and other special events in our courtyard or parlors. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Richard Johnston Hotel Fredericksburg