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“Only Eggo Waffles for Breakfast”

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Brownstone Inn Downtown
Ranked #10 of 13 Cleveland B&B and Inns
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New York, NY
Reviewed July 26, 2005

My wife and I stayed at the Brownstone Inn Downtown this summer and were very disappointed. While the owner was nice and very knowledgeable about Cleveland activities, he clearly did not understand how to run a bed & breakfast, or he chose it so he could justify owning a fancy house with lots of antiques, ignoring the part about serving guests. As the sole proprietor, he seemed in a little over his head. The brownstone is a nice facility with five rooms, two of which have private baths. Note that he claimed each room had a private bath, which was untrue. If you have to walk through a house, it is not a private bath. Moreover, a fan broke in a bedroom during the July heat so that it made noise when used, which was required because the air conditioning was very weak. Rather than fix the fan, as he promised, he spent time adding new decorative furniture to a bathroom. That was pretty fustrating, but not nearly as bad as breakfast. One day breakfast was two Eggo waffles with one slice of bacon. The breakfast at the Holiday Inn would have been better, because at least we could have eaten more than two frozen waffles. The other morning breakfast was scrambled eggs and one slice of bacon with toast. This is not up to the standards of a breakfast that is expected of a B&B. Instead, this place is just a bed, with a caretaker who has misguided priorities.

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Reviewed November 2, 2004

My husband and I spent a weekend sightseeing in Columbus, using the Brownstone Inn as home base. Robin Yates is an excellent host. In the morning, over our big breakfast, he would ask what activities we were considering, and then he would offer brochures and directions. Plus he got us a discount at That Place on Bellflower, which is a lovely University Circle restaurant, just 10 minutes away. Downtown and the Westside Market are also 10 minutes away. Our room was large, we had a private bath, there was parking out front, the bed was comfortable. And the house is lovely, with old wood floors and antiques sprinkled around. The parlor is full of books, including one Robin suggested that filled us in on the history of nearby Euclid Avenue. And the people we met at breakfast were interesting. My only complaint is small: there are several doorknobs on each door, an antique and a new one. It took awhile to figure out that the top knob got us out of our room and the bottom knob got us back in. Another handy money-saving feature: there's a kitchenette for the guests to use, with a full-size refrigerator, sink, microwave and bottled water. I had one sleepless night, and it was nice to be able to get a snack and go down to the parlor to read. We will definitely stay here again.

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Address: 3649 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44115-2703
Location: United States > Ohio > Cleveland
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Ranked #10 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Cleveland
Price Range: $65 - $125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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Brownstone Inn Downtown Cleveland, Ohio

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