Our check-in to a cottage at Hermannhof started perfectly. Krissy, the manager, arranged to transport us and our bicycles to our four cottage rooms, all close to each other on a beautiful hill overlooking the Missouri River and Hermann. As promised, each cottage had a bottle of good wine, some water and additionally, a nice sausage and cheese tray. (One of our party found lipstick already on her wine glass, however.) At check-in, we were told to call for the Trolley which would take us to the various vineyards for tastings, etc. After showering off the dust of the Katy trail, we called the trolley number only to get a recording suggesting a reservation for a later date. The innkeeper suggested we keep trying because phone service was occasionally spotty in the hills around Herman. Finally, we reached Kevin, the Trolley operator, who brusquely told me that the vineyards were all closing, except for one, and that it wasn't worth his time or our expense for the Trolley to transport us there. (This was a Friday afternoon.) Wow. We all loaded into two cars and drove to the open vineyard for wine tasting - having wasted 30 minutes trying to arrange the promised Trolley (which we had been led to believe was an amenity).
Our next disappointment was trying to find an open restaurant in Hermann on a FRIDAY night. Most of the restaurants listed as being open were either closed or having private events. The Tin Brewery did not serve food. Though a Mexican restaurant was open, the smoke hung thick and some in our party found that objectionable. We ended back at the winery restaurant which was so so at best.
We returned to the beautifully appointed rooms wondering how Hermann, being promoted as a tourist town, had so little to offer on a Friday night. The next morning we had arranged for breakfast to be brought to our rooms at 7 AM. A delicious breakfast was brought but not until about 7:20. As we wanted to be on the trail before the hot afternoon, this was a minor inconvenience.
The cottages are roomy (most) and nicely furnished - although only 2 chairs per room made it hard for our parties to assemble in the same room. As others have said, the cottages are very noisy if other guests are noisy because, despite the appearance of solid construction, noise traveled among the rooms.
Would I be willing to try again? Yes, if my expectation was a day in Herman and a night in the cottage. The cottage grounds are gorgeous and very well maintained. For just an overnight B&B, however, this doesn't make the grade.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover a truly romantic Missouri Wine Country inn at our historic Hermann, MO bed and breakfast, perfect settings for a quick weekend getaway. Our Hermann B&B features spacious, beautifully appointed suites with complimentary gourmet breakfasts, signature bottle of wine, free wi-fi, fireplaces, whirlpool tubs & modern amenities. Our Hermann Missouri bed and breakfast is conveniently located in the center of downtown, a short walk to Hermannhof winery, Dierberg and Star Lane winery tasting room, antique and art stores, shopping & the Katy Trail. Experience history, luxury, and comfort at our Hermann, MO inn in Missouri Wine Country. ... more less
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