We recently stayed at the inn over Easter (with a groupon). Our decision to buy the groupon was based on the great reviews and the package it included (wine-tasting tour, 4 hour bike rental, in-room breakfast). We arrived about half an hour earlier than the actual check-in time and were greeted a little 'grumpy' by the innkeeper. Nevertheless, we were pleased by the cute little room (Kensington) we entered shortly after (even though we later noticed huge spiderwebs on the ceiling, hairs in the sink and bathtub, mildew on the shower curtain, wall paper coming off the walls). The next morning we went down for breakfast as we wouldn't get it "delivered" to our room as advertised in the groupon, however, we didn't really mind as the room is too small to eat in there anyways, no table etc. But what we then got for breakfast was really disappointing... a tiny portion of regular scrambled eggs, accompanied by one (!!) slice of lukewarm bacon and 1 little biscuit! On a separate table, they had a bowl of fruit salad (almost empty by the time we got there which was 15min past 9am!!) and orange juice. We have been to many different B&Bs in the past and always thought that breakfast was excellent in those places and different to what you get in regular chain hotels. There is a bakery around the corner where you can get a great warm sandwich of your choice with a coffee for only $5!! In the afternoon, we went to 2 vineyards out of the three on the list they gave us for the 'tour', only to find out that the tasting was actually complimentary to the public anyways, so nothing that the inn actually planned or even paid for! We were not treated any differently than the other people at the vineyard. The second morning we wouldn't get breakfast served in our room either and didn't bother to go down to ask for it, as we knew we wouldn't get much anyways. However, we did mention our disappointment regarding the wine tour during check out but the inn keepers would really care. The overall atmosphere in the inn was very strange... It even felt as we were not welcome there and for the price we paid, even with the groupon, it is just not worth the money. Actually for this price you are better off in a nice 3 or 4 star chain hotel! You could tell that the house used to be nice in the past but now it's kind of moldy and not inviting at all, at least not to us! Oh, and the complimentary port wine they advertised turned out to be a left over drop in a huge (empty) bottle, we didn't even care to try! The location however is excellent (right in the center of Exeter) and they do have complimentary coffee and tea during the day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The award-winning Inn by the Bandstand is the premier lodging establishment in Exeter, New Hampshire. This wonderful inn is an 1809 historic home located in the heart of downtown Exeter. Only two blocks from the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy, eight miles to the seacoast and beaches, and 20 minutes from Portsmouth, this charming inn offers nine antique furnished guest rooms, all with private baths and a delicious full breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn By The Bandstand Hotel Exeter