The house is absolutely beautiful with all the stained glass windows, woodwork, fireplaces, tile, etc. Isabel, the owner, gave us a very interesting tour. She really knows her history and is passionate about restoring this old mansion. Both breakfasts we ate there were delicious. She even remembered my husband doesn't like mushrooms and left them out of his meal. She is very gracious and accommodating, letting us choose the time we wanted to eat. My husband and I stayed in the Twelth Night room. The shower was amazing and is made for tall people which is just what I need. The toilet is kind of hidden behind the room door and the door squeaks really bad so we left the door open during the night so it wouldn't wake the spouse up. There is a bright light that shines through one of the windows at night so if you're sensitive to light at night when you're sleeping bring a mask for your eyes. The pillow was a little hard so I woke up with a headache in the morning, but I get frequent headaches so not sure if it was caused by the pillow or not. My husband thought the pillows were fine.
Isabel made us feel very welcome. She is an amazing woman. She is doing much of the restoration herself. She was doing the tedious job of stripping paint off the intricate woodwork of one of the fireplaces. We will definitely be back and would highly recommend this bed and breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The majestic Shakespeare Chateau was built in 1885 by Nathan Ogden when St. Joseph Missouri was known as "The Queen of the River Cities." High atop a bluff looking down across the city toward the Missouri River, 809 Hall Street is one of several mansions in the Hall Street Historic District known locally as "Millionaires' Row." You'll enjoy meeting the friendly innkeeper, Isobel, as she takes you through the palatial interior. You'll marvel at 47 (yes, 47!) Original stained glass windows, carved cherrywood, mahogany, and walnut mantles, and of course, a bust of the Bard himself above the grand fireplace in the front foyer. But most of all, you'll enjoy our comfortable sleeping rooms, each one beautifully appointed with fabulous art and antiques and luxurious linens. ... more less