We booked a room here along with another couple as a part of a TripAdvisor Stay and Ski deal. Ended up paying the $99.00 and what was also included was a pass for $10..00 off a lift ticket.(For the Afton Alps Ski Hill) We never made it to the ski hill, so just decided to relax and enjoy our stay in Afton itself.
The Inn is indeed, very OLD and QUAINT ,,,aka...(beginning to need more upkeep). The check in went smoothly and we stayed in Room #33. Large vaulted ceiling, tiny little window way up high, so you couldn't see out. Very dark in our room, but neat with a large gas fireplace and two person jacuzzi tub. The room was clean and comfortable, and the bed was King and nice as well. I walked in and immeadiately thought..."this smells like my grandparent's home on the farm!", but I couldn't figure out why....(reason to come later)
For the price and the deal and the location, yes, we would stay here again. Linens, bed very comfortable, towels were nice...interesting set up as they have a lot of rooms. I would think in the summer, this is a great stay, as it is right next to the Marina, on the St. Croix River. Our friend's room...#28 I believe, was way brighter, although smaller. It had a sliding glass door, allowing you to go out on a long deck, which over looked onto the marina. They also had another large window in the room as well. It was FREEZING in there when they were shown to the room, & it took a while to heat up,so they came to ours and passed the time until theirs was acceptable.(several cocktails' worth ;) ) They also had a cute little gas fireplace and smaller jacuzzi as well.
We got comfortable and quickly decided we would not be having dinner @ the Inn. The did have a beautiful "gourmet" restaraunt (no one was in there). We spent some time at "SWIRL" the wine bar which was alot of fun. It was decorated very nicely and played some great music and had a couple of decent bartenders. We did like this alot. Afton Inn also has a nice casual restaraunt as well, called "CURRENTS" and that had a cute bar and decent food. We however, ended up going to the "SAIL AWAY CAFE", just down the stree, and had a ball. Super food and a couple of guitar guys...made for a fun night.
(Service was horrible...but who cares, you are out to have a great time...no worries!)
Although the outside of the inn is in a bit of need.... the carpeting is old ect...the place does have a lot of charm. I think the deal of 99 bucks was fair, but I would hate to pay much more than that...Our surprise came that evening when we decided to try the tubbie....ahhhhh, the water was ORANGE and smell badly of rust.(GACK) I am sure it 's because the pipes are so old, from the 1900;s,,,but really, it was quite nasty. The washcloths, towels, tub and ourselves, became foamy orange. I refused to take a shower the next day, for fear of changing my hair color!!! I left a tip for the maid in the room, thinking how much work it must be to clean the hot tub with the ring of orange. It was the same for our friends as well...and shhhhhhhh No one breathed a word of it at breakfast, till we were chatting and others finally joined in about it ,,pretty much stating it was a problem through out.
The breakfast was fine, over done, nasty eggs...but the waffles looked really good ( I didn't have one) They used a homemade, all organinc mix, and the others in our party seemed to like them. Also offered was pastries from "Sam's Club"! , fresh fruit (good) , small yogurts, and Cheerios! Ah well, you get what you pay for.... either way, I still had a great time, and would probably stay again. I think it would be a blast in the summer months, but then thinking they wouldn't run the price special then....Hey, we are happy campers, so it doesn't take much to impress us. Just be aware of the rust color and smell, and the older condition, and you'll do just fine.
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