We looked for a relatively inexpensive sleeping hole close to the fabled Bellevue Avenue that would feature a parking spot, a hot breakfast, and Wi-Fi access. Given a severe shortage of affordable hotels in the area, we booked a Bed & Breakfast place rather than a run-off-the-mill network hotel, and that will likely be the last time we do so. For all we care, European chic should be restricted to Europe.
The location of this hotel is likely its primary selling feature. The bustling downtown is within easy walk, and so is the famous Touro synagogue, while the fabled mansions of Bellevue are a couple of minutes driving away (30-60 min walk, if you feel sporty) and have free parking areas. Despite being so prominently located, the hotel is totally insulated from street noise due to the virtue of facing a rarely-traversed side street. Grade: Five points out of five.
That's where most B&B inns fail, this one being no exception. The interior design was tasteful but not spectacular. The swimming pool and the gym advertised in the description are in fact 5 minutes away in another hotel, and cost $20 per day to access, which pretty much defeats their relaxation purpose. There was no ice machine in the building, which was a serious bummer in summertime. To the inn's credit, Wi-Fi worked spectacularly well. Also, there was an unannounced bonus of a fridge, a cooking range, and a m-wave (all thoroughly run down but operative) available on the top floor. Grade: Two points out of five.
The room had two queen beds and a serviceable TV, as advertised, the shower worked, unspectacular as it may be, and so did the toilet. That's, unfortunately, where the good things ended. The beds had a few sparse metal rods in place of the headboard (good luck fishing your pillow from the floor every sleeping hour), both tables were about knee-high (if you want to eat, write, or use your laptop, tough luck), and there wasn't a single chair to be found! The A/C was present and fully functional (and even relatively modern) but strategically placed right above my bed to make half of it unlivable. The phone - even intercom to the reception, not to speak of local or long-distance calls - was not available. An additional point of annoyance was the huge mirror artfully placed between exactly the bed and the bathroom; it might afford a nice piquant view when one's spouse shows up naked, but can be quite convenient with kids in the room. Grade: Two points out of five, and only because "one" is reserved for truly unmitigated disasters.
Did I mention truly unmitigated disasters? The room floor was visibly dirty, the air smelled of cheap cleaning chemicals, and the window couldn't be opened to get rid of the smell. The first hint of what's to expect was given to us when the room wasn't ready to move in at 3pm. Later that day, water started pouring down from the ceiling, thanks to a plumbing problem. We reported the problem and were assured that it will be taken care of. The water flow soon ceased (likely due to the fact that our neighbors upstairs couldn't shower eternally), to be replaced by an occasional hail of plaster pieces the size of my finger. On the next day, we were entertained by the smoke alarm blaring for no obvious reason until the technician came over and shut the system down. The day after, the water flow resumed. At that point, we were offered to move to another room but we were about to leave the next morning, and thus past caring. Grade: One point out of five, and even that is a stretch.
While the breakfast menu checked all the proper checkboxes to qualify as "full breakfast", the choice was inferior by a mile to what we used to receive in network hotels. Hot dishes were limited to boiled ham and overcooked asparagus omelet - the former a very iffy choice for an hotel bordering a famous synagogue. The breakfast room was rather small, and plagued by the same curse of knee-high tables. The hostess - a good-looking young lady with a smile so radiant it could ignite water - was the breakfast's only redeeming feature. Grade: Two points out of five, plus extra half-point for the hostess.
Outside of the room service, not a bad word is to be said of the people working this inn on a shoestring budget. They are professional and polite, they smile - helpfully or helplessly, depending on the situation - and they try their very best to keep the guests happy. It is not their fault that sometimes, even the very best is not enough. Grade: Four out of five.
If location and unique style matter to you, consider this place. If amenities and comfort are the key, stay away.
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