C'est La Vie Inn is a beautifully restored Victorian, smaller than it looks from outside and from pictures, but immaculately kept and decorated with lovely detail. The gardens are delightful, and there are many wonderful seating areas for nearly private outdoor coffee or a glass of wine. The bathroom in our room was spacious and so pretty, with both a beautiful clawfoot tub and a stand-alone shower. The beds and linens were superb.
I am however surprised to read of some of the breakfasts others have eaten here at the Inn. Not one to go in for huge American breakfasts, it doesn't take vast quantity to satisfy me. Nonetheless, on a vacation, one expects or at least hopes to be pampered. I feel I wasn't the only one at the table to be surprised that breakfast was over after being served, among the six of us, coffee, juice, a dinner-plate sized fruit 'platter', and 2 plates each with 4 small crepes. (Presumably the 2 extra crepes were for the 2 men at the table). Even this slight repast may have been adequate if there had been anything in the crepe but literally about 2-3 tablespoons of what seemed very much like a black bean and corn salsa, with a scraping of less than a tablespoon of sour cream on top. At home, even on a diet, I could have put some smoked salmon or asparagus and perhaps a small serving of high-quality and delicious cheese into the crepe, and still not go over my calorie goal! unlike some of the breakfasts I read about in previous comments, there was no choice between banana bread or French bread. No meat or vegetarian substitute. No eggs (albeit one may have been in the crepe itself, I suppose.) I would have been happier with a typical continental breakfast at even a moderately-priced hotel.
So sadly, even though C'est La Vie Inn is beautiful, I can not recommend a Bed and BREAKFAST which falls so short on the latter part of its name.
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- Have you heard?We were rated “Fodor’s Choice” for Eugene lodging. Lonely Planet also rated C’est La Vie Inn as their top pick for Eugene! In addition, we were chosen as Eugene's representative in "20 Great College Town B&Bs" by BedandBreakfast. And our beautiful inn was voted one of the most romantic places to stay by “Best Places to Kiss in the Pacific Northwest.” See why visitors from across the country and around the world have enjoyed their stay with us. ... more less
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