We have stayed in Spring Green on many occasions, but this was the first time we stayed at the Usonian Inn. We agree with the other reviewers that it is not nearly as nice as it is depicted on the web site. Things are quite drab and minimalist (not in the Frank Lloyd Wright kind of way), but it was relatively clean. Just nothing special.
Our biggest issue was with the proprietor. We arrived later than we expected, which was 8:00-ish. It was 10 minutes after the office had closed. We were unaware that the office closed at 10:00, but take full responsibility for arriving late. The office was dark, so we rang the doorbell… and were shortly greeted very angrily, first for not closing the door and then for arriving late. We were told that she “has a life, too, you know” and “it is very rude of us”, etc. etc. She said that she tried calling us 7 times – which is possible because my wife’s phone had died. OK, I get that you might be irritated by events like this, but we’re still customers, right?
After several minutes – literally – of lessons on how to be better, more considerate people, we went to the room. I assured my wife that she must have been short fused because of something else that happened. Maybe she was fighting with someone else? Or just a bad day?
When we got up in the morning, I told my wife (who was still quite upset) that I would check us out and drop off the key. When I went inside – and immediately apologized again for arriving late and not answering the phone – she started to give me more angry "pointers" on the social graces that felt like poor parenting. Shoot, I thought. I must have been wrong...
This is the first negative review I’ve left on TripAdvisor… but I felt it necessary to do. Needless to say, we will not stay at the Usonian again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Established in 1948 our historic property is now listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places; first Spring Green's Taliesin inspired inn, designed by one of Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, J.C. Caraway, it was a supervised project by FLW. Resting where for 70 years people found relaxing times; build memories at a jewel that never gets old. Travel Green Wisconsin certified property; offers every modern amenity and some, Free WI-FI, online reservations. Gourmet coffee, refreshments, gifts, wine and beer for sale in the lobby. #preservedwithlove ... more less
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