We arrived to find the very attractive Queen Anne (I think) building we expected. Unfortunately, your first view is the back of the building as that is were the parking area is located. Since there was no pathway, or other guidance, to the entrance we entered through a backdoor where we were met by an Inn Keeper/manager. After registering in a small attractive area, I asked her name and found it is Alice and that she does not live on-site or even near the Inn. We were told nothing about the Inn, things to do or see in the area, places to eat, or even the checkout time. Noticing the lovely dining area we asked if this is where breakfast is served; the answer was no. Breakfast is served in another building a short walk from the Inn; just hope the weather is good or else you must deal with the elements. It was not until the next morning that we met the owner/innkeeper, Alfred, a very personable man who prepared and served breakfast, which was good, certainly not gourmet but good.
My wife and I stayed in room 3 (Jim & Liz), which is fairly well appointed with a comfortable bed, antique pieces (no chairs), a CRT TV with satellite programming, and a well lit bathroom. Unfortunately, the rug looked dirty and had a bad stain from something. In addition, a bed-side table light did not have anywhere to plug-in, numerous electric wires were entangled on the floor near the TV, shabby window curtain rods, and only one of two windows had a pull down shade to reduce outside light at night (there was a flood light just outside this room that stayed on until midnight). We also had to wonder about the house keeping as we found two burnt matches on the bathroom sink ledge (nothing in this room required the need for matches). We also discovered that the medicine cabinet, which needed to be refurbished, is installed excessively high and only a tall person could operate the light above this cabinet without a stool.
A traveler planning to stay at this Inn should be aware that there may be no hair dryer in their room, no cards or games to pass the time, no TV in the parlor, no apparent reading material and no coffee or tea was available in the morning before breakfast nor does this Inn have bottled water or any other beverage available for guests.
This was far from our first B&B experience and, unfortunately, I must say that we came away feeling that we missed the B&B experience we were hoping for and might as well have stayed in a good motel.
- 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