I'm intrigued by the reviews that mention the hospitality of the innkeeper, because on my stay I never saw him. No one was at the desk when I arrived on a weekday evening, and no one was there the next morning to check me out. They had, however, left an envelope with my name on it with the key to a room. It appeared I was the only guest staying that night, and it was kind of odd to essentially have the whole place to myself.
That said, this was a perfectly acceptable place to stay, and it's far more affordable than most other options in Hermann. The inn's entrance is a bit odd. The main entrance appears to be from the parking area that faces a steep alley in the rear. To get in from the street in front, you have to go up a flight of stairs to reach the lobby.
My room was quite large and had a nice little balcony overlooking the neighborhood. Aside from the balcony, the room had the feel of what one might find in a motel rather than a bed and breakfast place. That was fine by me, but others may want to know "inn" is just a name. The furnishings are older, but well kept up in general. The place was not immaculate, but its cleanliness was perfectly acceptable.
It took me a long time to figure out how to access the wireless internet, which is protected by an extremely cryptic password. There is no guide to the hotel in the rooms, but eventually I figured out that the internet password was buried at the bottom of the TV channel list. Once I did find the password, the connection worked fine.
As I said, no one was there in the morning, so I wasn't sure if I was supposed to have any sort of breakfast or not. There appeared to be a refrigerator in the lobby with juice boxes in it. There was also a coffee maker that had been set on a timer, but all that was in it was hot water (not coffee). I didn't see anything to actually eat, so I had breakfast at an area restaurant instead.
I was surprised that, at least on weeknights, Hermann seems to roll up the sidewalks early. I arrived around 7pm, and almost nothing in town was open. I live in a small town, but this seemed unusual even to me--and particularly odd in a tourist-oriented place. I did enjoy a nice walk around the downtown area, and I was able to get some find a nice salad for dinner which I enjoyed on the balcony of my room. The following day I found that many of the town's attractions also open quite late (like 10 or 10:30 in some cases). Again that struck me as odd, but Hermann is still a lovely and enjoyable town.
My stay was certainly unusual, but it was perfectly pleasant. I knew this wouldn't be a quaint country inn. It was, however, a pleasant small hotel and an affordable place to stay. I'd return here again if I were in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vinchester Inn is an 11 room hotel located in the heart of historic Hermann, Missouri. We offer superbly clean, basic accommodations with the most affordable rates in town. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Vinchester Hotel Hermann