I'm sort of torn between a 3 and 4 star; obviously in a building of this age the rooms will be small, the bathrooms smaller and amenities limited, that was all expected.
We arrived around 3PM to a full parking lot (there was a wedding on property that day) and fears that we wouldn't have a room. After waiting at the vacant front desk for several minutes we found the bell tucked behind a sign on the desk and a woman came right out. Check in went smoothly but as we went to get our bags my husband asked me if I could smell the booze on her. I was just about to ask him the same thing; it was like she'd just had a drink seconds before coming to the desk. She did mention the wedding, that it would be getting loud, and that while the pub was closed for sit down service, we could go there right now and get drinks to have on the front porch.
Which is exactly what we planned to do. Except when we got to the pub the bartender told us to that he was closed to guests, that he would make us drinks but we had to be quick and he'd get us a waitress. No problem, right? Except that I didn't order fast enough. After he couldn't make a mojito and didn't have Bacardi Limon he told me that I was taking too long and he couldn't serve us. We went to the porch and he did send a waitress who served us one drink and never returned. Jake braved the angry bartender to get us another. This would all be fine if we hadn't been explicitly told that we could go to the pub to get drinks.
We had dinner in the restaurant that night, the food was very good. Venison, done medium rare and a dessert that I can't remember except that it was tasty. The wine list is limited and we made a poor selection, but that's our fault, not theirs. But the awkward service issues continued. When we arrived at the dining room we asked to sit on the porch and were told there weren't any tables available. As we waited for our waitress at our inside table we saw two people finish and leave from the porch. Of course we asked for that table and were immediately moved. Here's the thing: there were several unseated tables, and they remained that way for the evening indicating that they weren't reserved. I'm not sure why we were told we couldn't sit out there. In the end we sat where we wanted and had a nice meal.
Breakfast the next morning was included. Service alert...the waitress took our order, asking what type of toast and offering bacon or sausage. When our meals came out she apologized and said meat was not included with Inn breakfasts but we could pay extra for it. Again, not a big deal.
Its a nice place, it struggles with the service level an inn charging nearly $200 a night should have.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Waybury Inn is known not only for its role on the Bob Newhart Show, but also for its extraordinary dining options and beautiful accommodations. The Waybury Inn's thirteen guest rooms are decorated with a little whimsy and provide all of the comforts expected in today’s lodging. It is true that we are over 200 years old, but we have spent the last ten years renovating and decorating to offer the best blends of historic charm and comfortable surroundings. Dog-friendly accommodations, deep claw-foot bathtubs, free wireless internet, a dedicated guest PC, and a full service bar are just some of the amenities we offer. All of our guests also enjoy a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast each morning. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Waybury Hotel Middlebury