We stayed at the Monmouth Plantation for 2 nights as part of a 2 week tour of the US. Before departing on our trip, we were expecting the Monmouth to be a real highlight, however it unfortunately did not live up to expectations...by a long way. I will list the negatives, and the positives (to be balanced) of our stay at the Monmouth:
1. We arrived at the Monmouth after a long drive from Memphis, and we were very tired. The check-in process was very long winded though. We just wanted to get to our room and relax, however we were given a lengthy run-through of the house, and Natchez by the porter. He was a very nice man, but we were tired and just wanted to relax at that point. It wasn't the time for this.
2. Whilst at the Monmouth, a wedding party was being held, with our first day being the 'bridal shower', followed by the actual wedding the next day. This caused us the following issues:
(a) we had booked a meal in the restaurant, however, because the bridal shower was being held in the dining room, we had to eat our meal in the bar-area. The meal was lovely (see below), but it was served in a totally unsuitable room; the sort of room you might have a casual drink in. The quality of the plate was not commensurate with the surroundings.
(b) loud music being played until 1am.
3. The breakfasts are of a very low quality. We had a traditional southern breakfast one morning, and it was so bland. The bread (which we toasted) tasted very cheap quality. The service was mixed. One young man was very good however.
4. Upon departure, when we were asked if we’d had a pleasant stay, we politely mentioned the loud music on our first night. The lady on reception said “yes, that was the wedding party…I always ring ahead when I book some place, to check that there isn’t a party that could cause noise”. We found this bizarre. It isn’t the guest’s responsibility to check in advance whether a party is being held. It’s the hotel’s responsibility to make their accommodation pleasant for all their guests.
1. The restaurant meal (served in the bar) was actually very good. Shame it was not served in the dining room.
2. Some of the staff were very hospitable e.g. ‘Roosevelt’, and young man in the breakfast room.
3. There is good social interaction between the guests, The Monmouth has some nice friendly people staying there.
4. Our accommodation (wooden bungalow in the grounds with rocking chairs) was pleasant and cool.
Overall, the negatives far outweighed the positives though, and we were left feeling quite disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens was built in 1818, and is a National Historic Landmark. As a charter member of Southern Living's Hotel Collection, Monmouth is the perfect choice for travelers seeking an authentic southern travel experience. Wake up each morning to the aroma of a full Southern style breakfast, then take a tour of the magnificent mansion before exploring the grounds and all 26 beautifully landscaped acres. As the sun sets on the picturesque surroundings, relax on the veranda with a Mint Julep and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. In the evening, enjoy fine dining at the award winning "Restaurant 1818" in the antebellum home. As the end of the day draws near, retire to one of the 16 luxury suites or 14 elegantly appointed rooms, where a turned down bed and sweet dreams await! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monmouth Plantation Natchez Hotel Natchez