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Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 10 Bardstown B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Grade= C+”
Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

I have been to many B&Bs and would rate this one as average. When we arrived we waited 15 minutes for hostess to show up. Hand written note said she was giving a "tour". She was in such a hurry to get back to her one tour customer that we received a quick walk to our room to unlock the door and then shown where the thermostat was located (on the wall). After she left we had to go back and ask her to unlock the bedroom door to the second room.
The breakfast was only fair. Had same French toast casserole both mornings. The fruit was moldy and did not appear very fresh.
On the plus side the beds were clean and comfortable, the rooms quiet at night. The location is within walking distance of shops and restaurants.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Northville, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

We first found the Jailer's Inn on the internet and couldn't wait to visit. It was a favorite hiding place of Jessie James and is steeped in history. We slept in the jail cell. It's far from glamorous - but it was a lot of fun. More then just a place to stay the night, the Jailer's Inn is an adventure!

  • Stayed June 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2014

We stopped in as a family and had two rooms the "jail" room for the kids and the colonial room. The jail cell is rustic but it is a jail cell. The kids liked the uniqueness of it. We stayed in the colonial. It was not modern but nice enough. The bathroom has a jacuzzi/shower combo which was a little odd but worked fine. If you stay you can tour the old jail. The jail has a lot of history and was interesting. There is a nice courtyard to be enjoyed if you have time. Breakfast was good...it was french toast, OJ, coffee, fruit and muffins. Paul the owner was great. My husband left a bag and he called us right away so we could return to get it.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Champlin, Minnesota
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Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

We stopped and did the tour. A very nice, quick and informative historical tour with lots of artifacts to look at. They've got shanks and chains, poetry written by the inmates on the walls and lots of articles. All the original building is still there in the back so you really get a feel for how the space was back in the day. It's supposed to be very haunted. Anyway, our tour guide was one of the owners and he made it really fun! Put handcuffs on the kids, took pictures for us... even scared the kids when they went into a dark cell! The tour was definitely worth it.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Taylorsville
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2014

We stayed 2 nights in the Garden Room as a surprise anniversary for my wife June 26-27.
Paul and Amanda go above and beyond to show what southern hospitality is all about.
As for my experience during our stay, I asked Joshua if he would like to play on our last night there and did he ever.
At 2am I was awoke by what felt like my daughter climbing into the foot of the bed. Every time I would change positions, the same thing would occur.
I did not see anything but I sure did feel the bed move on numerous occasions!
Thanks again Paul and Amanda for a wonderful time.
Woody

  • Stayed June 2014
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Highland, Illinois
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19 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2014

What a unique experience to stay in a B&B that was housed in an 1880's built jail. It housed prisoners until the mid-1980's. Rooms were well maintained, the innkeeper "Paul" was a delightful host and morning chef. We ate out in the garden surrounded by the original wall. Paul was extremely helpful with local lore, suggestions, and yes even discussion of ghost stories. Interesting it is located next to the Old Talbort Tavern which also claimed to be ghostly. While located on the main street, we did not experience noise from traffic. It was a relaxing experience. We stayed three days and enjoyed our host, and the community of Bardstown.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Colonial Room-----big, bed comfortable, and if u need a jacuzzi after a long day si...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Louisville, Kentucky
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52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

We traveled with friends to nearby Bardstown for an overnight stay at the Jailer's Inn. We came because of its history and it's ranking as one of the top 10 haunted places in the U.S. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the most friendly innkeeper I have EVER met, Dixie. What a fun person! She truly made our stay 100x more enjoyable. The accommodations and food were average, the tour of the old jail portion was really cool. We also experienced some ghost activity, but you'll have to go stay for yourself and read the room journals to know more! :)

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast

Property: Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Address: 111 West Stephen Foster Avenue, Bardstown, KY 40004
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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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