We have been staying at the Inn at Cades Bay for a few days for several years, and it does have some really wonderful qualities (right on a very nice stretch of coast, beautifully designed interiors of the cottages, superb sunsets) but unfortunately it seems that the Inn never really 'took off' in popularity, and so, as a result, over the years that have passed since it opened in the early 90s, not nearly enough money was spent on maintenance and improvements. The number of staff gradually decreased in recent years, and the level of service also declined. Finally the restaurant closed. The traffic on the new main road is, unfortunately, quite a lot faster and noisier than it used to be on the old road, and Mansa's, the farmstand opposite the Inn, while being a great plus in that it sells excellent fresh fruits and vegetables (as well as cooked chicken and ice cream) is also a negative, in that for the last year or two, Mansa has been playing amplified music, which carries across the road and is far from the ideal enhancement of the ambience of the Inn.
The Inn was sold in 2006, and I am hoping that the new owners can breathe life back into the property and make it what it needs to be, and deserves to be. This will I imagine be a costly and time-consuming process, but I hope they succeed, because I am fond of this hotel, despite its recent shortcomings.
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