I booked this at the last minute, on the strength of so many reviews mentioning the owner by name and saying positive things about him. I now suspect some at least of those reviews may have been written by him.
But first. the layout. The B&B is on the ground floor, behind a store that sells casino and gambling equipment. With no separating door. If you like getting up to take a trip to the bathroom and wondering past the owner discussing issues with their bookkeeper, or some casual visitor the owner knows from the neighbourhood, have at it.
The only sign on the outside saying this is the Las Vegas hostel, although the casino chips, etc., on display are a good clue, is a sticker next to the door about four inches square.
Girard (sp?) has either been doing this too long, or was never suited to it. Our first interaction was an attempt by him to get me to pay in cash, up front as agreed, but in cash because his bank had cut off his card processing machine. When the conversation degenerated to the point where I said "let me know if you can run my card or whether I should go look for alternative accommodation" lo and behold, at the problem was "solved" at 7:30 + pm by a "call" to his bank. I say BS, I run a business that runs cards, try and get help out of hours, and if it is due to fraud on the machine as he asserted, it will not be solved with a single call.
Breakfast, included in the price, was not delivered on the first morning although we had paid for it, and on the second I wished I had not showed up for it. If you like an assortment of cured meats and cheese, and two types of bread, and that is it, for breakfast, this is the place for you.
Otherwise, even if the rest sounds appealing, I suggest eating breakfast elsewhere.
Friendly, helpful, host? I think not. On the plus side the rooms were large, clean as whistle, and well appointed, but if I wanted to stay in someone's business, and be a party to their customers and bookkeeper's interactions with the host, while on my way for my morning toilet, I would have preferred to know about it in advance, and for the price, you can do better. If something casual is what you want stop in and see Robert at the Magpie Pub one block down, they can point you in any number of directions of people who would like to rent you a room, with more privacy, a better choice of breakfast, and less.... weirdness.
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