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Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 10 Bardstown B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Let me begin by saying that I am not one to leave a nasty, tasteless review. I by no means want to be rude or disrespectful, my only intention is to review my trip as accurately as possible.

My husband and I spent two nights, Saturday and Sunday night in Cell #2 (Colonial Room). We happened upon this opportunity when I purchased a Groupon. I would have been even more upset about our stay if I would have spent more money on our trip. At first glance I was happy with the room because it was large. Upon farther inspection it was dingy. There were cob webs in corners and there was an overall sense of it being unkempt. I'm not saying that it was not clean, just needed general maintenance. The bedroom was large and spacious but just gave you a sense of needing a thorough cleaning. The bathroom had linoleum flooring that had several holes in it. It also had a jacuzzi tub. The fixtures were in terrible shape. There were holes in the walls where towel bars had fallen and the holes had not been patched. I could go on but I won't.... Normally, I do not take baths but due to the incredible cold, I decided to. Mistake. I was only able to run approx. 3-4 inches of water in the tub before running out of hot water. The next morning my husband and I both had to take cold showers. I reported this to the staff. The lady that took the report stated that another coupled had also complained about the hot water and she would make sure that the owner know that there was a problem.

One more thing that really bothered me. We were in room #2 which is on the 1st floor. Breakfast is served on both the 1st and 2nd floor. Unfortunately for us, the 1st floor breakfast table was literally outside our door. So, even though we decided not to go to breakfast because we didn't enjoy it, we were unable to sleep in due to the noise outside our door. Regardless of whether we would have been upstairs or downstairs this scenario would have still applied. Of course, during warmer weather, breakfast is served outside.

Breakfast was not impressive. We went to Mammy's which was wonderful. I will be writing a review on it later =).

We were assured that the thermostat on the hot had just stuck. He said that he ran a steady stream of hot water for 30 minutes and there were no problems. FANTASTIC!!!! It was cold in KY and we both needed hot showers! Unfortunately, we didn't get them.....

This B&B has SO much potential!!!!! It is in a prime location and is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, it needs a ton of TLC. I can't say that I would recommend it to anyone at this point and I will definitely not be returning to the Jailer's Inn. However, we will be returning to Bardstown in the near future to visit a few distilleries that we missed.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Last fall we spent two nights at Jailer's Inn B&B in Bardstown, Ky and thorougly enjoyed our stay. This is not the typical, beautiful Victorian or farmhouse B&B. This is an actual old jail and the rooms are former cells that have been attractively renovated. Not only did we enjoy our room, but we also enjoyed the rest of the jail, including the morning breakfast and tour following. After breakfast our host guided us on a tour of the old jail complete with tales of its former days, including ghost stories, which one could chose to believe or not to believe. Many stories, however, were factual and the old jail clearly has an interesting history. Staying at the Jailer's Inn was a delightful experience and we would happily return if we're even in the area again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Luxurious? No. Fun? Yes. Will appeal to both history buffs and paranormal hobbyists. I'm neither, but I certainly enjoyed an overnight sentence in the historic, haunted Bardstown County Jail cell #6. Dixie and Paul were a delight. The location is ideal if exploring the Kentucky Bourbon trail

  • Stayed: December 2012
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2  Thank RaggedSole
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

I have stayed at many B&Bs and I felt that they were definitely overpriced, especially for the off-season. Host was knowledgeable and friendly but accommodations were substandard. Cobwebs in corners, chairs dingy with holes in upholstery. Didn't seem as clean as it should have been. And it was freezing. Air conditioner was still in the window. Have had better breakfasts at other B&Bs. Should have left and found different lodging but we were on our way home and didn't want the hassle. I think this place has potential but it definitely needs a makeover.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Jan F
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

This was one of the highlights of the recent trip my wife and I took to historic Bardstown. First off,I am a skeptic when it comes to the paranormal,and always try to debunk anything mysterious.We stayed in the 1819 room which is reported to be the most haunted room.I got a bad vibe from the moment I stepped into the room. My wife was awakened between 3-4AM hearing a female voice whisper "hello",and feeling something putting pressure on her arms/chest.
Dixie is a wonderful hostess,and very knowledgable and friendly.It would be worth going back to Bardstown just to talk to her again! BTW the cherubs are freaking EVIL!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Kejola1969
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Quite honestly did not do much homework prior to staying at Jailer's, this was my first experience in a B&B. We stayed in the "Library" and it had a very homey atmosphere, loved looking at the old books. Dixie adds to the charm of the Inn and was fun to be around, her cooking is second to none. Glad she saved the tour till after breakfast the next morning, once I heard about the "spirits" running around the place. The outside area behind the jail is an awesome place to share the days bourbon finds and to smoke some great cigars after dinner next door. Would highly reccomend, can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Michael G
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Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

It's my second stay because I loved my first so much. Room clean an comfortable. Breakfast served to all occupants was as delicious as last time.
Service: very accomodating. Water provided for my evening tea. The tea selection was amazing.
Ms. Dixie over cooked our evening cookies this time. But she made up for it by treating my two 14 year old traveling companions like her own grand kids. The girls adored her.
Mr. Paul, showed us the cellar/under ground cells this time an gave us some rich history.
My paranormal investigation of the cells was "fruitful". (if your in to this kind of thing, this place is a must- and once isn't enough)
See you next year jailers inn.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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2  Thank LauraSchook
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Additional Information about Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast

Address: 111 W Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004-1415
Location: United States > Kentucky > Bardstown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Bardstown
Price Range: $174 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Iron bars on windows, 30 inch thick limestone walls, and a heavy steel door slamming behind you may not sound like the typical tourist accommodation. However, Jailer's Inn is anything but typical. The historic Jailer's Inn, circa 1819, in the center of Bardstown, Kentucky offers a unique and luxurious way to "do time." Jailer's Inn is a place of wonderful, thought provoking contrasts. Each of our seven guest rooms are beautifully decorated with antiques and heirlooms, and offer private bathrooms, some with a double Jacuzzi. All located in the renovated front jail, built in 1819. The back jail, built in 1874, is basically unchanged; you get a chilling, sobering look at former conditions in the old Nelson County jail used in full operation up until 1987. Catch a glimpse of life seldom seen in these two historic jails listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. On spring and summer mornings, as you sip hot coffee and chat with other guests over a full breakfast in the courtyard, it's difficult to imagine all of the previous uses of the courtyard, a place to visit forlorn relatives or even the centralized location of the Nelson County gallows. Come "do time" in jail and unlock an adventure in history. Whether you sleep in the elegant Victorian Room, rest and read in the Library Room or enjoy the peaceful setting of the Garden Room, it will be a "captivating experience." ... more   less 
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