I led a bicycle tour through Central Vermont and my group stayed here for a number of reasons, but I wouldn't again. On the plus side, it's centrally located in a pleasant small town, has a very spacious public area downstairs, the rooms are large and generally well appointed, although there is no TV and no pen/paper. They do provide 2 glasses and a small carafe of sweet sherry on the room desk.
Other comments mentioned 'creepy', etc., but I expect those were all written in off-season when there were very few guests. It is in fact a large, rambling old inn, and I can see how some would feel that way. They don't seem big on maintenance - there are 2 dozen tiles loose around the pool and it looks like it's been that way for years - a lawsuit in the making. The bottom of my room door stuck badly and when I mentioned it was told it was the humidity. My reply was, well yues, but there's humidity every summer and that's no reason not to fix it. I was disappointed, but not surprised, that they made no attempt to fix it during the day. There have been comments about the elevator, but it's simply an old one that must be manually operated and I can understand that. Actually, it looks like it was retrofitted into an existing stairwell, which is uglier for it.
My general feeling was that it was way too expenive and I was dissatisfied with the dinner we had one of the nights we were in town - the other evening some of us went to the excellent nearby Provence restaurant. The waitress was pleasant, but didn't communicate much, although that may be mandated by management. She never asked if we wanted drinks, although she was also serving as barkeep. Salads, loaded with a gloppy mayonaise-based dressing (?), were silently laid down in front of us with no option to request dressing on the side, not that it would have improved the salad much. We had to order steak, salmon or chicken in advance, and these were brought out with no option to select how you wished the steak cooked. I thought my steak was a poor cut, but those with salmon seemed to like it. A number of folks said it felt like a wedding meal, which I gather is their specialty.
Lynn, who works the front desk days during the week, was OK to deal with and seemed willing to help my guests when asked.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Brandon Inn is an historical B&B Inn, located on the village green in the center of downtown Brandon, Vermont. And just A short walk to local stores and restaurants. All 39 guest rooms on three floors have a private bathroom, a clock radio and WiFi access. Brandon Inn guests receive a full, hot, country breakfast in the morning. Guest rooms have individual A/C units. The main living room has a wide-screen television and there are two public TV rooms on the guest floors. The back lawns sweep down to the Neshobe River and there is an outdoor pool to cool off in or relax around. The Innkeepers, Chef Louis Pattis and Sarah Pattis have owned and operated for 24 years. The Inn specializes in Vermont Country Weddings and is a popular venue for Class Reunions, Retirement Parties and Retreats. ... more less
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