Just wanted to offer some feedback after staying in this B&B in Williamsburg. I know that staying at a B&B adds a level of local flavor and quaintness - that's why we often prefer to stay at one rather than a hotel. But when the Innkeeper lays it on too thick - it can become irritating. We arrived in a major rain storm to find the unpaved parking lot flooded, so pulled in close to the path and ran for the door to check in. We were greeted with the abrupt greeting that we could check in if I moved the car first, nice first impression. After bringing in our bags we were shown where afternoon wine and treats would be served and warned to not get any crumbs on the floor as he had just vacuumed. And then the rules, posted like warnings throughout the property, don't touch this, don't go here, don't even think of.... again unnecessary and further distancing any chance of charm or warmth. So after bearing a night of heat so intense it was unbearable - again because the warning that we were not allowed to alter the temperature. Oh I forgot, we were told to submit our breakfast choice the evening before, which was strange as the two "choices" were the one cooked offering or cold cereal - hardly a choice at the price of the overnight tariff. But then we were told by the innkeeper that we needed to arrive at precisely 8:30 or we could eat it cold. Nice touch. Ten the first greeting of the morning was " I see we have some strange faces here this morning." did you mean to say new faces or new guests? Then when my wife asked for a Diet Coke, she was informed that they didn't serve soda but he had one in the back that belonged to one of his kids and she could have one if she still wanted it. Damn, what a way to make a guest feel welcome. Everyone at the table could not believe how that was handled. Okay I get it, the clever images of past presidents and all the politico themes, but nothing replaces civility and hospitality. I must say we have never encountered this kind of treatment. An envelope in the room asked for a tip for the house staff complete with their names, minus one name crossed out with a handwritten note from the innkeeper saying that this individual had been "too attentive" to guests. Wow, TMI. All in all, the place is worn, the food average and unimaginative and the room, the FDR suite, hot and noisy from creaking floor boards from the room above ours. So my advice, from someone with a great sense of humor and high threshold for irregularities - dial the signs and rules way back, as well as the heat, give the place a spruce up, stop the sarcasm and demands and buy some real pillows, they were as flat and uncomfortable as your jokes and elementary school rules. We're all adults, we get it, it's your home, believe me, we'll treat it with respect without the pep talk, I promise. Sorry, but won't see you next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Historic Century Old Estate is now an Award Winning Bed and Breakfast in Williamsburg Virginia. This Romantic Inn is one of Williamsburg's most significant historic homes and is the oldest home currently operating as an elegant B&B in the City of Williamsburg. Enjoy unique suites, beautiful sitting rooms, manicured grounds and just a 4 block walk to Colonial Williamsburg. Historic and Romance Packages available. ... more less
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