Three main problems.
1. The B&B, whilst being an OK drive from Portland centre, is definitely not IN Portland and, more importantly, is on a main road and opposite a very large factory (think it's a paper mill, which is mentioned on the website and sounds quaint but is HUGE and very industrial!)
2. It feels like a hostel. There was no obvious or signed way in. We went through the first door which was into a utility area and then went round and found our own way. Guy sitting behind the desk goes 'are you Helen? There's an envelope for you on the table with your keys'. No showing round the communal areas. No showing up to the room. No offer of help with luggage, recommendations for dinner etc. The room itself was cavernous and spectacularly bare. Apart from the bed and desk in front of the window with a 1999 desk diary and one bedside table...nothing. No mention of breakfast and in fact, we scarpered in the morning. That said, it was very clean, and the combination of good curtains and blinds, and a rear outlook meant it was actually the darkest, quietest place we stayed in for the whole trip. Given we say that is all we look for in a B&B, I should probably stop now, but...
3. The main thing though, without wanting to get myself sued, is that this seems to be a gay B&B! We spent 4 weeks in New England and almost 50% of the places were run by gay couples so, before you bring down the lawsuit, that is absolutely, utterly irrelevant...what is relevant though is when somewhere has obviously been given that positioning in terms of the customers it wants to attact. It's like if somewhere was run by two major PC gamers, which would be fine, but what wouldn't be is if you turn up and there's a massive gamer convention going on, and games being played everywhere, and you're made to feel persona non grata because you're not a gamer. When we arrived there were bikes and pick ups in the parking lot, one featuring a 'LEATHR 1' license plate, and loads of men hanging around, we could see the communal area we were never shown through the window which was crammed with guys playing pool...it actually would have been kind of funny had this not been our wedding anniversary trip and therefore probably not the place I would have chosen for a romantic sojourn! I felt just as outnumbered/intimidated as if I'd unwittingly booked myself into a far right B&B run by a far right couple. I think it's only fair this is flagged up, sorry.
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