This review comes out pretty late, we stayed at the Wilson house for a business/pleasure excursion with our two children, an 11 year old and a 9 month old, in June of 2012.
When I had made my reservations, I was told that the room on the main floor that I wanted was not available, and that we would be accommodated in a room that would suit our needs just fine. I was not told about the atrocious parking in the area, and had to circle the block in that AWFUL neighborhood a couple of times before I could find a place to park. I will say, however, the outside of the actual building was pretty gorgeous to look at. The flowers were in full bloom and smelled absolutely amazing. I was not told that my "accommodating" room (the master bedroom and suite) would be on the third floor of a building without an elevator, and that should have been something to mention to a person that has just told you they have an infant they are traveling with. After hiking the stairs of a pretty interesting staircase, I was let into a room that was so hot that I got a little bit sick, and had to lay down for a minute before I could venture downstairs to get the essentials that we needed from the car. The air conditioner took forever to cool the room. The beds were incredibly uncomfortable, I assume that the other reviewers that had great beds slept in other rooms.
After a couple of hours, the children and I left to retrieve my spouse from work, and when we arrived back at the Inn, it was absolutely pouring rain, like, a torrential downpour. There was no parking at all available for us, and I dropped my spouse and the children off at the front and parked about a block away. After wading through the rain (literally up to my thighs) I opened the door to a party scene inside of the main living room and dining room. I try to make my way through the crowd of what felt like 30 people and up the stairs and am stopped by a man who tells me that I cannot go upstairs. I explained that I am a guest and would like to go to my room and started to walk forward when he loudly says that I cannot go upstairs. I was drenched and carrying luggage, why else would I be here? I explain (a lot louder) that I am staying upstairs and stalk away. After getting to my room I discover that my spouse is absolutely livid, having walked in carrying a soaking wet, screaming infant and being laughed at by that very same man who did not want me to go to my room. He goes back down to get the rest of our luggage, and the same gentleman made a few more snide remarks about our plight, so when my spouse came back to our room, he explained to me that he wanted to leave the next morning, and I didn't disagree.
This party went on for hours. It was loud and frustrating. We all slept pretty poorly since the room was fairly warm and the beds were so uncomfortable.
When we awoke the next morning, my spouse went downstairs to talk to the proprietors. That gentleman from the night before was the owner. When my spouse explained that we were unhappy with our room and our treatment the night before, he was offered the room that I was told was unavailable when I made our reservations. Since our sleep was so poor, we had already decided to leave and had found another hotel to check into, we said no. We were told that the hotel policy was that if you left early, that you had to pay an additional nights' charge, since the room could have been rented out and wasn't because of our reservation. I suppose I understood it, but since we were so frustrated about our treatment and the entire rest of the inn was empty, they could have split the difference with us, but we said fine and dealt with the extra $180 to leave a night early. We sat down to breakfast since Clelia had made the food. It was pretty well cooked, but the conversation the owner decided to have with us was horrible. For some unknown reason he decided to start discussing abortion at the breakfast table with my 11 year old daughter sitting there with us. Despite the fact that I repeatedly and loudly said that this was not appropriate conversation and to please stop talking about it, he plunged on ahead until he made whatever point he was trying to make. I was disgusted. It was a great way to have to have that kind of conversation with my child for the first time afterwards. We ended our breakfast and left. I would not recommend this place to anyone. Bear in mind that we paid for ANOTHER night and STILL LEFT! Beware of this place!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to historic Wilson House Bed & Breakfast, the place where Wm Jennings Bryan made the deals that gave Woodrow Wilson the presidency. Catering to vacationers and business travelers alike, this grand home is among the finest Victorian era homes in Maryland. Stop by and let our hospitable hosts show you why Wilson House was named “Best B&B in Baltimore” for 5 years in a row (2012-2015). We specialize in historic, elegant lodging at affordable prices. Wilson House, 40 rooms with ten bedrooms and baths, eight fireplaces, twin parlors, a library and den with sunroom, is uniquely decorated with numerous antiques. An elegant full breakfast is included, and guests are welcome to join us for a glass of wine and bit of cheese in the Parlor each night. Conveniently located near MICA, Penn Station (Amtrak) and the Cultural District (Opera, Symphony, Theater.) Centrally located near restaurants, movie theaters, museums, stadiums and many universities. The Light Rail is 250 yards away and offers easy access to the Inner Harbor, both ball parks, and BWI. ... more less
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