Before you answer, I would like you to know that I'm a very easy going person, easy to get along with and that I always try to make the best of every situation . I'm not that hard to please, so with that being said the answer is.....
If you answered 217 you'd be correct. Alfred has 189 excellent friends and 28 very good friends. Two hundred and seventeen is the number of positive reviews for Power Mansion Inn.
Did you notice on the Power Mansion Inn website Alfred and Peggy brag and boast about their "Best of the Best" award ? The local newspaper the "Auburn Journal" sponsors this event encouraging citizens of Auburn to vote for their favorite or best local Auburn business, so I guess if you are the only inn in town claiming to be a B & B, and if you get one vote, you win hands down.
We arrived early evening on a Saturday (The Inn called the night before informing us there was going to be a wedding at three, so either check in before two or after four as not to interupt the wedding). A very nice young lady named T.J. checked us in and showed us around the mansion. The parlors and the dining areas looked inviting and were nicely decorated. T.J. showed us three rooms that were available and three rooms that had reservations but the guests hadn't checked in yet. I had reserved "Grandma's Room" for my husband and myself and the "Chinese Room" for my son and his lovely wife. Upon learning that the "Annivesary Suite" had a cancellation I inquired about staying in that room, and because it being twice the size of "Grandma's" we chose that room, and after seeing the "Chinese" and "Grandma's" my son and daughter-in-law chose to stay with their original reservation of the "Chinese Room". What wrong choices we made that evening. The six rooms that we saw had several things in common: poor quality cheap mattresses, thrown together cheap decor, musty linens, and toiletries cheaper than the dollar store.
I thought the rooms or suites at a B & B would have pillow-top mattresses, overstuffed quality bedding and linens, tastefully decorated with pictures, knick knacks and decor items, nice furniture and decent toiletries. Maybe a flat screen t.v. But, in our room and suite we had the cheapest mattresses that 79.99 could buy from the guy selling on the street corner in a rental truck, faded linens, quilts, and comforters, (probably clearance items from Big Lots) toiletries were .88 cent bottles of VO 5 or White Rain shampoo and conditioner. I really hope Alfred didn't bust his budget with the rooms we stayed in. Seems to me Alfred likes to decorate on a beer budget but likes to charge you the price of a bottle of Piper Heidsieck 1907 Champagne.
Our suite has never seen the likes of a vacuum, I must have picked up at least seven or eight plastic price tag fasteners from the carpeting, I opted to wear shoes or socks the whole time while in the suite. When I opened the curtains I looked down and found food on the carpeting. Aren't rooms suppose to be cleaned after each guest leaves ? There were cobwebs and gnats on the wall and in the skylights. My son's room hadn't seen the likes of a vacuum either. The a.c. wasn't working probably and with the tub basically in the room it had a sauna like effect. His window was broken and had to be propped open with a book, the other window was of no use as it faced the inside hallway.
I won't even go into breakfast, only to say that the two gentlemen (and neither one was Alfred) were very polite and attentive. The last morning of our stay we went to "Awful Annies" and had a great breakfast with the food we like and not what someone decides we like. I'm glad I paid the groupon price for this little getaway and not their regular rates. I won't be choosing Power Mansion Inn for another getaway. If I'm going to pay 200-250 a night it won't be this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in Downtown Auburn, the Power's Mansion is a Victorian Mansion filled with gold country charm and history. Surrounded by fun breweries, pubs, restaurants and pizza parlors, the mansion is a must destination for anyone visiting gold country. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Power`s Mansion Hotel Auburn