When we pulled up (and we were told in no uncertain terms that check in was NOT before 3 PM,) we found a locked door and a facade of peeling paint that did not bode well for our stay.
We were shown to a claustrophobic coffin of a room that was not very clean and in poor repair. There was a tiny air conditioner that could barely deal with the dank heat and humidity; there was a similarly tiny TV (4 inches, I kid you not) mounted at the ceiling. The bed had, for some inexplicable reason, two pimply blankets and a quilt, and one of the blankets was an electric which was almost impossible to extricate from the bedding, given the cord. This was in July, when an electric blanket is not usually necessary-- even in New Hampshire.
The screens on the windows were torn, and insect life of all varieties abounded. There were crawling ants, flying fruit flies, regular flies, and an assemblage of insect life we were unable to identify.
There was one warm bottle of water left in the room. A couple of lightbulbs were out.
The towels were gray and threadbare, and the shower was a plastic hole with PVC pipe railing the middle. The paint and plastic surfaces of the shower were all peeling, and the aluminum frame door nearly came off the hinges when we opened the shower. In all my years staying in hotels and B&B's I can never remember not taking a shower, but in this case, neither my spouse nor I felt able to face the cruddy shower and the disgusting towels. The only amenity was a skinny bar of over perfumed soap that reminded me of the old cashmere bouquet you used to get at the Howard Johnson's back in the days.
No shampoo, no washcloths, just a cute rhyme above the toilet advising you to jiggle the handle so the place would not run out of water by the morning.
I can't understand how this establishment manages to rack up any positive reviews. Given the poor housekeeping, I would advise you to avoid the restaurant as well as the accommodations. There was nothing charming about the place other than our departure, which was very welcome indeed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Taste of Old England in New England. Everything under one roof. Tavern and Casual dining available Wed through Sat 4:30pm - 9:00pm (dining available upto 1hr before close)Breakfast Brunch on Sunday's 8:30am - 2:00pm. Breakfast included for lodging guests every day from 7:30am - 9:00am. ... more less
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- Birchwood Hotel Temple