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Captain Visger House
Reviewed April 17, 2009

My husband and I stayed at Captain Visger House for two nights for my birthday at the end of June. We got engaged in Alexandria Bay eight years earlier, but had been hesitant to return for an overnight stay since the larger resorts had become increasingly run down. We found Captain Visger House online and decided to give it a try. We're so glad we did!

Captain Visger's is a lovingly restored building with an eclectic mix of old and new decor. It has the charm of a century home with the comforts and amenities of a modern one. The photo albums in the parlor really show how much work went into getting it into the gorgeous state it is in today. It really feels more like an inn than a bed and breakfast, so don't let the B&B label put you off. The public areas are really comfortable and the porch is a lovely place to sit for some quiet time and wine.

There was a bit of confusion when we checked in because Sam, the owner, had been delayed on the road. But once that was sorted out the rest of the stay was excellent.

We stayed in the Ella room on the first floor. It was really pretty with a queen-sized brass bed and comfy chairs. The bathroom is somewhat open concept but is behind a wall for privacy. The toiletries were all high quality and organic.

Captain Visger House is very centrally located and within walking distance to the park, the waterfront and restaurants. Unless you're going on a day-trip to a nearby town, you won't need your car at all. The Uncle Sam boat tour is a great way to see the thousand-island area and Boldt Castle.

Sam is a fantastic chef and we thoroughly enjoyed our breakfasts. She only found out that we are vegetarian and vegan when we arrived and she still managed to make us a huge delicious spread (including vegan muffins) that kept us full until dinner. Breakfast is an event there with many courses, be prepared to take your time and savor each bite.

When Sam heard it was my birthday, she made a special little cake for me and brought it into the parlor with a candle and a glass of wine. It was a nice personalized touch that I doubt you'd get at the larger hotels. And it was really yummy too!

The only thing we didn't like about our visit was that it was Bike Week so it was pretty noisy well into the early morning hours. Next time we'll do some research first and find out what's going on around town.

Overall, the Captain Visger House is a beautiful little gem with friendly service and a great atmosphere. We will definitely stay there again.

p.s. sorry for the late review...I did one right after we stayed and it didn't work and never got around to it until now.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2009

BE VERY CAREFUL – if you think you have reservations, you may not :(. We booked 3 nights with Captain Visger House (Thursday – Saturday). Due to unforeseen car issues, we called that week (Monday) and changed our reservation to be only Friday night, as we had a wedding that night. Both times calling Captain Visger House, we talked with an answering service (there was never any mention of short notice cancellation!), not the owner, Sam. (Sam would later tell us that she does not like talking to people on the phone, yet runs a B&B???). That Friday, while driving from Rochester, NY, we received a call from, Sam. She informed us that she re booked our room to people who were staying the weekend, initially saying she thought we were coming on Thursday, not Friday. In an email the following week, Sam admitted that she knew when our reservations were (there was no confusion on arrival dates), but due to us canceling the other two nights on short notice, during a busy season, she felt it was “fair” to book another party who was taking two nights, thus reducing her loss of income. At NO POINT were we given the option to pay for 2 nights and still keep our room – we simply were told she booked it to another couple, 2 hours before we were to arrive! Knowing it was short notice; we would have understood and paid for the two nights. To make this all worse, Sam charged our credit card the full 3 nights! We had to dispute with the credit card company, good news; we got 100% of our money back due to the unprofessional dealings of Captain Visger House owners! STAY AWAY. P.S. Happy Ending - The wedding was beautiful :), and we ended up at the Hart House that night, slightly less cost and absolutely beautiful, we recommend them!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled on business
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staimmSf, Owner at Captain Visger House, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2009

What I find interesting is that the New Years Resolution was to write a negative review 6 months after the incident. As the owner I can assure anyone who makes a reservation, you will have a room. even if I have to give you mine! I will also add that I did learn from this experience and will not repeat the mistakes I made in handling this situation. There is another side to the story. For those of you who choose to not stay here because of this review I am sorry. For those who might be concerned but may still consider a visit I will be happy to share my learning over a glass of wine.

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Reviewed September 24, 2008

First, may I say that we had originally booked three nights -- and extended our stay for two more! This is a wonderful property with a positively fabulous hostess. "Sam" fed us so well each morning that we had no need for lunch (and probably could have skipped dinner!) Her breakfasts are imaginative, pleasing to the eye and way beyond delicious.

The room was very comfortable (great bed) and the inn overall is warm and friendly. We particularly appreciated the fact that it sits above the hustle of downtown A-Bay, and almost across the street from a lovely waterfront park.

My husband and I are veteran B&B'ers and know that there is a wide variety out there. The Captain Visger shines gloriously among other B&B's.

We will definitely return.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2008

This was our first experience in a Bed and Breakfast. Our reservations through another B & B was cancelled due to over booking. When I called Captain Visger's they were more than accommodating. The atmosphere was warm and inviting, the house is beautiful and the food was devine! I would recommend a stay here at least once a year - just to get away from the everyday!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Soccer25
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Reviewed July 24, 2008

This B&B has been recently restored. The house is absolutely beautiful. The rooms were perfect, clean as can be, and beautifully decorated. The breakfast was so good I think I am having withdrawals! Top notch organic food, The owner and cook were great!!! This was our first time in a B&B, and we are so happy we stayed. You must go here!!!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile
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  • Stayed: April 2013
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Additional Information about Captain Visger House

Address: 2 Church St, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607-1305
Location: United States > New York > Alexandria Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Alexandria Bay
Price Range: $159 - $189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Captain Visger House 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly restored Historic B&B in the heart of the 1000 Islands, in Alexandria Bay. 4 beautifully decorated rooms each with private bath and plush queen size beds. Common room for relaxing, porches for people watching - the Captain Visger House is an oasis. Food is the owners' passion! Breakfast is homemade, organic, and in the summer from the garden! Special diets are never a problem. ... more   less 
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