I wish TA had a six star rating, I would give this a four -- three stars out of five makes it sound like a poor experience, which it wasn't. There were just enough glitches that I can't give it four. I had wanted to stay in one of these colonial houses for 20 years, and I'm glad I did.
This house was a good size for me and my daughter, although we ended up not using the sleeper sofa in the living room. We both felt more comfortable sleeping upstairs. The upstairs bed was very comfortable. The house had a dorm fridge which was handy for milk, etc. They have an excellent coffee maker.
There was plenty of hot water. As with other travelers we did have some problems due to the age of the building, but I was forewarned by the previous reviews, and the inn took care of the issues.
1. One night I checked for hot water and it was out. Maintenance took care of it right away.
2. You can't light the fire yourself because of fire code restrictions, but the inn sent a houseman over within minutes to light one when I asked. They won't light a fire if it's more than 60 degrees outside. I had a few glitches with the front desk. One related to the fireplace -- my weather app said it was 52 degrees out but the front desk staff wouldn't send the houseman because it was "too warm". I tried back a couple of minutes later and got a different person who said a fire was fine.
3. When we arrived at 8:00 p.m. the front door lock wouldn't work, and 40 minutes later I was still on the sidewalk with a hungry and tired child; we had been awake since 3:00 a.m. I think within 10 minutes the inn should have pro-actively (a) offered to put us up in different, comparable lodging; (b) offered to put us up in better lodging at the same price if they didn't have comparable lodging or (c) comp'd us a kid's meal in the Inn for my starving child while they fussed with the lock. I had to ask if they were going to make some arrangements and they offered to put us up in the inn then move us somewhere else the next night. That is disruptive to a vacationer, and at that point we just wanted to eat and get settled in to our permanent lodging. Very nice staff, just not really industry standard on that issue.
4. The furniture needed vacuuming. When we sat on the chair a cloud of dust popped up. There really was no reason for that oversight.
Other advice: The food in CW restaurants is very expensive and generally average. We did not initially have a car, and while you definitely don't need one for the CW experience, as soon as we got one we went to the grocery store to get some basics. I would advise the Inn to offer some breakfast option that is not an expensive meal, maybe a counter with toasted bagels and boxes of cereal with milk. But, with a dorm fridge and a trip to the grocery store you can make do without breaking the budget. The more affordable CW restaurants that I expected to frequent were not yet open.
I should comment on the time of year. We went the last week of March, which is spring break in Oregon. Although the CW travel agent said everything was open, that proved not to be the case. That part of the east apparently has a roving spring break that is tied to Easter (a religious orientation that isn't followed on this side of the continent), and CW is not fully open until the east coast kids are out of school. There were several other houses I would have preferred because they were on quieter streets, but those were not available until the east coast spring break. The blacksmith was not open, nor were a few of the other shops. The two more affordable restaurants were closed, as were the food stands (Huzzah). Merchant Square does have some restaurants, and it is a short walk away. The CW events did seem to be in full swing though, or at least enough that we felt that enjoyed the trip.
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- Authentic reproductions of colonial houses with 18th century antique furnishings, set in historic area. Authentic period reproductions such as a canopy bed and a crackling fire in the hearth. Stay in the heart of the Revolutionary City with all the comforts of home. Enjoy access to dining, recreation, and spa amenities in addition to admission ticket discounts and exclusive guest-only offerings. ... more less
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