We stayed two nights Sept. 18-19, right after TexasLizH was there, and second her comments about the perilous loading zone in front, bugs, and staying next time at the Herrington in Geneva.
“No, sir, there won’t be anything available,” the agent repeated several times when we attempted to check in early and asked her to look nonetheless. Lo and behold, a room was indeed available.
Although the room was large with nice lamps, it was sparsely furnished and the “river view” was over the roof and a/c unit. The window had some odd upgrading/renovation of a new sliding window constructed over the original paned metal window, wherein you could slide open the new window and access the original window for ventilation, thus preserving the original window in an equally odd museum case of flaking paint, rusting metal, and mildew, highlighting a mass of cobwebs, flies and bugs on the outside.
Bad things: a hole in the carpet that had been paint sprayed in an attempt at camouflage; holes in bed linens; housekeeping did not replace used glasses; shower curtain supporting rod broken; plastic glasses (wrapped in plastic a la Motel 6) provided in bathroom; staff who smoke do so right outside the front entrance, thus ensuring a lung full of smoke upon exiting
Sad things: a historic property once grand, now in sad disrepair with surly staff. The Writing Room is charming, although dark, and the cords to the lamps on the desks are cut even though there appear to be outlets beneath the desks. The broken flagpole atop the building sorta sums it up.
Curious things: Nice music in the dining room at breakfast (included & served until 9:30; eggs discolored and rubbery at 9), but when we asked the attendant to turn down the volume slightly, she said it wasn’t possible because there was a note from the owner on the stereo equipment not to touch. She did think, however, she could just turn it off completely, which she did.
Inconvenient things: No business center, but nice front desk person said I was welcome to print whatever I needed. The next morning upon relaying that to another person on duty, she said, “are you a hotel guest?” (?!) “What do you need to print?” When I said I needed to access my email to print, she appeared somewhat annoyed while positioning the screen in my direction. After I printed 13 pages, I thanked her exceedingly, and she continued to appear annoyed as she handed me my pages, of which the majority were crinkled and creased (one of which was my boarding pass, which caused a delay in boarding because it didn’t scan properly).
Nice things: bathroom is nicely upgraded; two robes and two luggage racks; good and free Internet access throughout; freshly baked cookies at turn down; manager seemed concerned about our concerns and adjusted our bill slightly; newly restored area across the (very busy) street with nice restaurants; hotel on National Register of Historic Places
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Baker offers the epitome in all things luxurious -- elegant guest rooms and suites, state of the art amenities, exceptional dining and lounge venues, and a scenic riverside setting that's second to none. Anywhere. If you're planning a wedding, party, banquet, conference or other event, we invite you to talk with our sales and catering professionals who are available to assist you. Our incomparable meeting and banquet facilities can accommodate groups from 10-300 in an atmosphere of sophisticated elegance and grace. And in season, Hotel Baker's charming rose garden and outdoor patio dining create a lovely, memorable setting. You can be confident that everything will be done according to the highest level of service and careful attention to detail. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Baker Hotel Saint Charles