I stayed in a room with a full bed for two nights during the third weekend of July 2013.
First the good: my stay was relaxing (especially watching thunderstorms go by sitting on the second floor porch), my room was clean, service was decent, the inn itself is quite interesting and full of turn-of-the-century character, and dinner was good. Quite good in fact.
On the negative side, it was hot and with no air conditioner use of the fans and open windows was absolutely necessary (overall, that worked out fine). Also, although charming, the facilities certainly need some work. Expect to see peeling paint, cracked plaster, worn carpet, etc. Further, my room was on the third floor and with the settling of the building, my door did not fit the doorjam correctly and was a bit tough to open and close. Finally, the complimentary breakfast was put out pretty late one morning, but was on time the next.
A cautionary note: I am not sure that I would be comfortable staying in the second floor rooms that face the front porch, especially during the summer. You will need to keep your windows open because of the heat and that means that you are just inches away from folks sitting on the front porch. You will be able to hear them and they will be able to hear you.
So, in conclusion, there are definite positives and negatives to staying here, but if you are interested in a unique historical location with great food located in a beautiful part of the Virginia Highlands, I'd recommend the place. I expect to return myself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lodging guests on Main Street in Monterey since 1904, this late Victorian hotel is a Virginia Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now a Country Inn with 18 individually decorated rooms and suites - each with private baths, TV, WiFi and Continental Breakfast. The Inn offers regional American dining, Wednesday through Saturday. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Highland Hotel Monterey