My husband and I spent 3 days at Angeline's this month. We were booked in the Bijou Room (not the highest and not the lowest in terms of cost). Upon arrival, we were quite disappointed with the room. It was small, had a slap-dash feel (ie. a room of 'antiques' but nothing went together) and the small bathroom was not connected to the room - it was down a short, private hall. The bed was especially disappointing - not comfortable, no headboard and nothing to make it look inviting. A few minutes after arrival my husband said 'This isn't the bed that was in the pictures'. I was skeptical, but sure enough he pulled out his computer and found the photo of the Bijou Room which was complete with a white, four poster bed! This bed was sorely missing from our room. We tried to stifle our disappointment and started out on a walk into Bloomfield. Half way there we decided that we hated the room and turned back to see if any upgrade would be available. We spoke with Pat, the lovely woman at the front desk and found that the premiere suite, the Angeline Room, was available. Without hesitation we upgraded, despite the hefty increase in price per night. We moved our bags into the Angeline Room - and what did we find? The four poster bed that was supposed to be in the Bijou Room! Overall this room was lovely - big sitting room, pretty bedroom and gorgeous bathroom with a big, lovely tub.
We enjoyed our stay in the Angeline Suite, however it is worth noting several odd things. First, the 'decorating'. Despite the lovely room, it was hard to ignore the unusual collection of furniture -again a wide range of 'antiques' but no sense of any sort of style. Second, the cleanliness. Overall, the room was generally clean, but clearly there is no one who checks for thoroughness - in both rooms there were dirty coffee cups and saucers left behind. After an early morning swim at Sandbanks we left behind a bit of sand in our bathroom on the first morning. Upon returning in the evening, the sand was still there, as was our full garbage can. Third, there seems to be extreme rationing rules. Upon arrival, our bathroom kleenex box contained one kleenex and there was not replacement box available (and no one to ask since it was after 6pm). Even after our room was made up on the second morning, we never received a new box of kleenex. Also, our large and lovely bathroom contained one soap and one shampoo. As luck would have it, both my husband and I forgot soap and shampoo. We literally had to share the tiny soap and bottle of shampoo over the three days of being there (despite obviously being used, the soap and shampoo were not replaced when our room was made up). At one point I was in the tub and my husband was in the shower and he ran over to lend me the soap. Seriously? Finally, I have to mention the food. The juice, coffee and croissant are lovely, it just shouldn't be called breakfast. If you plan to have any energy for your day of traveling through the County, you will need to have a real breakfast elsewhere. Avoid the other food offerings at Angeline's. We tried the shirred eggs one morning and they were horrible.
We met only two employees at the Inn - Pat at the front desk and the woman who serves the 'breakfast snack' in the morning. Both were exceptionally warm and welcoming and were the bright spot in the whole stay.
Overall, I think my husband summed it up best. This is not a destination. If you are traveling through and need a place to sleep, it's fine. We wanted a little couple time, away from children and away from Toronto. A place that felt special. Angeline's is not that place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Angeline's is known for its fine dining and creative cuisine. Surrounded by flowering gardens which border on sweeping country fields, Angeline's offers a tranquil stay for the discerning traveler. Recently added: a new master suite with its antiques and original works of art. Arts or well-being workshops offered in Angeline's Studios. Browse among Bloomfield's unique village shops, some of which have special arrangements with Angeline's for late-night shopping. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Angeline`s Restaurant Hotel Bloomfield
- Angeline`s Restaurant And Inn
- Angeline's Inn Bloomfield, Ontario