I stayed at Eagle's Nest for a single Saturday night on a trip through the area. I could have stayed at any of the little towns up and down the Mississippi / Illinois Rivers in the general area, but Eagle's Nest won for various reasons. They were booked up when I called a couple of weeks beforehand, but put me on a waiting list and called me when they had a cancellation.
The Inn is in essentially an antique office building on the main drag through Louisiana. I adore old buildings, but for an overnight stay I really want modern amenities and good maintenance. The Inn did not disappoint -- everything was in good repair, the room (#6) was spacious, and the private bathroom was completely modern and large. My room was on the 3rd floor, facing Georgia St, and had a partial view of the river. The room had it's own HVAC system / thermostat & water heater. The bed was comfortable although it could use a new set of pillows.
As others have noted, this is not a B&B where the owners are always onsite. I was slated to arrive after the staff had left for the day, so my key was left in a key box that I retrieved when I arrived. The decor was sophisticated and minimal while still having antique pieces and plenty of charm. It's a far cry from the stereotypical over-stuffed, over-frilly B&B, and I appreciated that.
My only issue -- out of control of the owners -- was with noise. First, this is in the heart of "downtown" and on a Saturday night there was a little nightlife. Not many people out on the street, but vehicle traffic. The locals do not drive down the street, but fairly *roar* down the street, often in pickup trucks with loud mufflers. There are also a few motorcycles and tractor-trailers thrown in for good measure. In addition, the building is only two short blocks from railroad tracks that run along the river, and there WERE trains. I grew up near a train track and live near a railyard now, so that doesn't bother me, but it might some people. Finally, all of the other guests that weekend were in town to attend a wedding. This group of 20-somethings came clomping in at 11:30, just after I'd gone to sleep. They stomped around the bare-wood-floor common area having loud conversations, etc. I got up and asked them to be quiet, and they did lower the volume a bit, but not much. So for another hour and a half, just as I'd drift off ... they'd come out into the common area and start up again. My bad luck for being there at the same time, but I've learned to ask for future stays there or anywhere else if there's going to be a multi-room party in residence at the same time.
I enjoyed my stay despite that and would return if I'm in the area again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eleven gracious rooms with all amenities in a historical building over a winery and an European style bakery. Delicious breakfast served in the winery or bakery each morning. Just one block from the Mississippi River high above flood stage! ... more less