My wife and I are experienced travelers.....numerous countries in Europe and Asia over a span of 45 years, and therefore feel qualified to assess the quality of temporary lodging. The only "Secret" about this B&B is that no one has posted an "honest" review, which would have prevented us from wasting our time and money. In our book, it ranks in the top 20......of places that we would not return too.
I realize that when one stays at a B&B, you are sharing someone else's home. However, the Secret's hosts seem to have forgotten that the people they are sharing their home with are paying guests, and not an in-law that happened to show up and must be catered too. Upon arrival, the host was friendly enough but one could tell that he had done this many times and there was a hint of insincerity. He explained the house rules, did a mini-tour of the living room, gave us our key and told us that our room was at the top of the stairs at the end of the hallway (a good host would have at least walked to the room). He did explain that some of the electrical outlets were not working, due to renovations. One of the things stressed was that the coffee pot, in the dining area, would start at 7:00 AM (a good host would have allowed their early rising guests to start the coffee whenever they awoke). He did provide recommendations for a great steak house in the area. We only saw the hostess a couple of times, in passing.....I understand she was caring for an ailing mother.
Upon arrival in our room we were impressed with the view from our balcony.....the one good feature of the B&B. However, the room left a lot to be desired. Some notable items: only one mirror in a smallish bathroom (plenty of blank wall space to hang another mirror in the room), the aforementioned electrical fixtures that did not work (the only lights were one working lamp by the bed and the fixtures in the ceiling fan), sink water faucets that turned the wrong way (simple fix), an antiquated TV that did not have access to any stations (only the VCR), and although the room appeared clean and neat, the cobwebs by the patio door and mold on the bathtub door indicate that it never receives a deep cleaning. I won't go into the details of the poorly located toilet tissue dispenser that interferes with, well-you-know.....glad that my wife and I were not big people.
The morning of our departure we discovered that there was no hair dryer.....glad we packed ours. It would have been great to have sat on the balcony with an early morning coffee and watch the sun come up. However, by the time the coffee was ready, the sun was too bright to sit outside and we were ready to leave. Breakfast was not served until 9:00, which would have been another 1.5 hrs.......maybe they should change the listing to Bed and Brunch??? Their website mentions either a full country breakfast or pancakes......I would be willing to bet that it is more like pancakes daily, with an occasional full country beakfast.
Bottom line is that if you want a Days Inn/Best Western room with a great view....this is it. But, for the $128 it cost us, I would recommend staying at a quality hotel/motel and stopping at a mountain overlook for the view. Without some major changes, this B&B should never be priced more than $80 plus taxes.
- Also Known As:
- The Secret b&b Lodge
- The Secret Hotel Leesburg
- Secret Bed Breakfast