Something just isn't quite right here at Naomi's Inn. I don't really have too many negative things to say, or many positives, for that matter. The Inn itself is a nice enough old house in Springfield. The room I was in was upstairs, one of several on the second floor. It was simply decorated, but clean and comfortable. The bed was a bit lumpy and the mattress seemed old and worn, but it was adequate. The bathroom appeared to have just been redone and was modern, clean and functional. The bath towels smelled musty or moldy though, which was no way to start my day. Breakfast was acceptable. Far from great, but I've had worse. I'd give the accommodations a 7 out of 10.
As far as the innkeeper goes, perhaps she was having a bad day, but...I read all the good things she does for the nearby hospital and the local community. For that, she undoubtedly deserves high praise and I echo the sentiment of those that applaud her efforts. But her general demeanor was puzzling to me. At times she seemed like the sweetest, most over the top nice person you ever met. And then, she would be impersonal...almost confrontational, bordering on being condescending. I still can't put my finger on it exactly. Look, her job is tough, and I wouldn't want it. But, as any b and b owner will tell you, you gotta own the part, you can't "play" it or pretend to enjoy it. Admittedly, I could be totally off base here, but my impression was that she was reluctantly, and perhaps a bit begrudgingly, going through the motions of being owner/hostess, instead of truly enjoying it. Bottom line, I wouldn't try to talk anyone out of staying here, but I'd probably fall short of recommending it as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are Springfield's only B&B/Boutique Hotel, we have all en-suite baths and accommodations on the first floor. Paired with affordability, exceptional service, and convenient highway access, we offer the Inn experience five minutes from the Basketball Hall of Fame, and Dr. Suess Memorial. We are ten minutes from the Big E and Six Flags, and twenty minutes from Bradley International Airport. ... more less
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