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“Nice place but could use a good cleaning”

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Julia's Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 1 Hubbard B&B and Inns
Chardon, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
80 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Nice place but could use a good cleaning”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We stayed at Julia's with two other couples. We had a good time and especially enjoyed the deck that overlooked the golf course. It was a great place to relax and spend a few hours with family, food, and conversation. When we first arrived, we were very impressed with the B&B. The rooms were attractive and inviting. However, as we spent more time in our room, we noticed that it could really use a good cleaning and freshening. We noticed dead gnats on the window sill when we raised the shades, lots of dust on the bathroom fixtures and behind the radiators. Also, the coffee pot hadn't been cleaned out when we went to use it in the morning. The bed was very comfortable and bedding was clean and fresh. The spa tub was very nice, too, and also clean. Breakfast was delicious, too.

Room Tip: Julia's suite was very big - a little bit higher rate, but the space made it well worth it.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

My wife and I have only stayed in a few other B&B's, but we were somewhat surprised by the lagging quality of the facilities and the nonchalance of the staff when we arrived at Julia's. Maybe this place is nice for Ohio, but compared to other places we've been it's definitely not of the same caliber. Our experience here made us ask the question, "Are we spoiled, or is this place mediocre?" Perhaps, the answer is "both."

The entrance is in the back, though you have to figure it out on your own because the sign is obscured by some bushes. We were asked to pay for our stay up front, even before we saw the room we were staying in, which stuck us as unusual. This policy doesn't exactly exude confidence, more of a childish "no takebacks" mentality to what they offer. So 5 minutes in, and we were already feeling unwelcome!

We stayed in the "Victorian" room. Upon our arrival, the thermostat in the room read 80 degrees. All the rooms have window A/C units, but ours was either not turned on in anticipation of our arrival or not functioning properly. The wood paneled bathroom smelled and felt like a sauna and remained uncomfortably warm until the next morning. We tried to call the front desk to address the heat issue and ask questions about the internet password (which incidentally is 30 digits long), but after several tries over the course of 15 minutes, we got no response. At this point, we were thinking, this place is either understaffed or too comfortable/complacent.

Now for perhaps the most important aspect of our stay...the breakfast. Despite the fact that Julia's advertises an "Executive Chef" on staff, he was nowhere to be found at breakfast. Our meal of cheese omelets, hash browns, and bacon was prepared by a sweet woman named Bianca. However, it was clear that her skill in the kitchen was limited, or that she was putting minimal effort into the meal's preparations. The potatoes were purchased frozen in a bag. The peaches were the kind that you get in middle school; canned and stored in syrup. The biscuits were not made from scratch. Frankly, I felt lucky that the omelet wasn't made with Velveeta. It was just disappointing.

The situation at Julia's is far from dire - I'm not advocating for a Gordon Ramsey-esque intervention. However, there are several things that could be done for minimal cost to update the rooms and motivate the staff. Reality is, Julia's is situated on a lovely property with a gorgeous gazebo and a wonderful golf course less than 100 yards away. It has the makings of a really cool place. Here are two basic recommendations in sum: 1) The staff needs to at least pretend like they are excited to be there. 2) Brighten up and modernize the decor so it doesn't looks so sad and dowdy.

Room Tip: Go big or go home with this place. The more expensive rooms seemed to be worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paul G, Manager at Julia's Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
We appreciate guest feedback. We always expect a much better guest experience than the one you've had and are very sorry. Our staff takes great pride in our facility and we enjoy our profession very much. We are reviewing your issues internally and are working on ways to improve every guest experience. Although our chef services are listed on our website they are directed to the special events offered and even the romantic dinner for two option for overnight guests, but we still expect a high level of breakfast being served regardless of who is making it on a daily basis.
Because Julia's was built in 1875 window air units are necessary but we were unaware of your units malfunction and have replaced it. We are continually the only AAA Four Diamond B&B in the area because of our standards of cleanliness and amenities and are committed to those standards. The next time you are in the area we hope you will consider staying with us again.
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Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
61 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2013

My husband and I stayed in the Plantation Room on our wedding night. Since we checked in late after the reception, we didn't get to fully utilize all they have to offer. The room was beautiful and very Victorian looking. We did get to use the jacuzzi, which was really nice. We didn't get to watch any TV, but there was a nice library of DVDs to choose from. The shower was nice, the bed was awesome and really comfortable. Breakfast was French toast and sausage, and it was really good. I wish we could have spent more time there, but between getting there late and having to leave for our honeymoon, it was really limited. I would love to go back. I just checked for availability on our first anniversary, but they are all booked. :-/

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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White Plains, New York
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2012

As seasoned travelers both domestic and abroad, we were surprised by the cold hosts. So much so that we departed 1 day early. You'll need to get past the unfriendly owners to enjoy this place. The other staff is friendly, the rooms well appointed. Not in the mood for rudeness? We recommend any of the other dozen B and B's in the area. We've tried them all and had far far better experiences.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
206 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2011

Julias is at the end of a quiet street beside a golf course. So immediately you feel the peace. The rooms are all very nice. The inn keepers gave some good recommendations for things to do in the area. Breakfast was over our expectations but appropriate for the price.

  • Stayed July 2011
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ohio
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2010

On July of last year my husband and I were married at Julia's Bed and Breakfast. our event was wonderful, thanks to the Mosier's and thier staff. Almost one year later, our family and friends are still talking about the great time that they had at our wedding. We, along w/several of our out of town guest, remained at Julia's from our wedding night (Friday) thru Sunday. We had breakfast, every morning, on the deck, overlooking pristine grounds, a beautiful lake and golf course. Now I should tell you that both my husband and I live less than 15 miles away from this beautiful establishment but once we were there we felt like we had been transported to another place in time. We got so spoiled being there that when it was time to leave, neither of us wanted to. Our guest who stayed with us after the wedding had been accustomed to staying at other hotels in the area but after staying at Julia's have decided that this would be thier accomodation of choice for any future visits to the area. Julia's is a little piece of heaven in Hubbard, Ohio.
My husband and I would highly recommend it to anyone planning a special event, or just wanting to get away from it all.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Thank msrjp
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Youngstown, OH
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2009

My wife and I stayed here for our first anniversary, and it exceeded all of our expectations. The suite we stayed in (Governor's suite), was beautiful. It had nice decor, a sparkling clean jacuzzi, shower with full body mist, comfy bed, in-room fridge stocked with complimentary drinks and snacks, not to mention gas fireplace! This was by far the most romantic place we have stayed. The owners were nice and helpful, even gave us a free bottle of wine. Breakfast in morning was on a deck overlooking golf course and it was tasty. (eggs, bacon, Belgium waffle, fresh fruit, coffee). We would highly recommend Julia's B&B for a romantic getaway.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Julia's Bed & Breakfast
Address: 6219 W Liberty St, Hubbard, OH 44425-1345
Location: United States > Ohio > Hubbard
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Hubbard
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Julia's Bed & Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the heart of Hubbard, Ohio, Julia's Bed and Breakfast sits on the lush outskirts of The Pine Lakes Golf Club. Julia's holds six beautifully appointed guest rooms, as well as common areas for guests to enjoy. You can luxuriate in services such as Chef prepared romantic dinners for two, and relaxing and rejuvenating massages. Not your thing, not to worry! Our guests can also play a round of golf, have our staff place wine or champagne, candies, flowers or maybe even a pepperoni and cheese tray in your room at your arrival. We also have board games and over 300 DVDs to choose from. Here at Julia's Bed and Breakfast, we work hard to provide every guest with a relaxed and memorable getaway, whether your stay is one day or one week. ... more   less 
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