This is far more than a homely B and B . We realised this the minute that we turned into the drive and caught our first glimpse of the elegant building surrounded by gorgeous gardens. Our room was huge with an equally spacious bathroom and the sleeping porch complete with swing seats and rocking chairs was a marvellous place to relax and chill out. We took full advantage of the hot drinks and cookies available on the landing.
As it is a B and B there is no restaurant, but it is only a few minutes walk from a road with a selection of restaurants, cafes and a superb delicatessen with a menu of take away food so long that it took us half an hour to read it and almost as long again to choose. We took our selection back to our room and had a delicous picnic out on the sleeping porch.
The one disappointment was the breakfast. Hotel information states that a gourmet breakfast is served every day. We were expecting a menu with a choice of items freshly prepared and served. What we found was a breakfast buffet with a reasonable choice of cereals and juice alongside big serving dishes of scrambled eggs, sausages etc which had clearly been sitting around for a while. The pastries and muffins were les than fresh and there was no bread of any description-I found this surprising as there was such a good bakery a few minutes down the road. I would expect this sort of breakfast at one of the big chain hotels, certainly not at such a place which in all other respects offered excellent standards of accommodation and service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1915, this historic home in Charlotte, North Carolina has 20 unique guest rooms. All have queen or king size beds with private bath. A full cooked to order breakfast is also included. While at The Duke Mansion, stroll our four and a half acres of beautifully maintained grounds or relax on the front porch in a rocking chair. Find yourself in Southern Splendor for a weekend getaway or for business trips. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Duke Mansion Hotel Charlotte
- Duke Mansion b&b