“Lambert's Cove: elegant, tranquil, refined...but not quite Select Registry caliber”
We stayed at Lambert's Cove Inn on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, the final night of the Martha's Vineyard leg of our Spring vacation. Upon arrival, we were greeted at the front desk by Mike, the general manager, who told us that we had a choice of two upgraded rooms; at no additional charge (we could also have kept our original reservation for the Mystic room). After checking out the two upgrades, we chose to stay in the Seaside instead of the Mystic.
The Seaside is a very comfortable, very clean, nicely furnished room. The bed was wonderful and big. The room has its own thermostat, which allows you to adjust the heat to your liking (the weather was unseasonably cold and quite windy during our stay). The bathroom, bedding, and towels were clean, soft, and pleasant to use. However, there were three things about this room that I did not like. First, since the head of the bed is directly below a front facing window, the glare from the outdoor freestanding electric lanterns (which illuminate the parking area) proved to be an annoyance. Second, the lower outlet of the dual receptacle used by the television and DVD player may have been failing. The television and DVD player were on a 2-plug extender. We heard a "crackling" sound as soon as we plugged the 2-plug extender into the lower outlet of the wall receptacle. The noise stopped as soon as we unplugged the extender. Third, the Seaside has a working fireplace but there was no wood in the room. We requested firewood but never received it. We did not make a big deal about the firewood because we were enjoying an upgraded room. Still, given the cool, windy weather at the time of our visit, a warm, glowing fireplace during the night would have been welcome. Overall, despite a few disappointments, the Seaside gets a "thumbs-up" from me.
The breakfast that Mike prepared for us on Thursday morning was outstanding. Mike is not the inn's chef, but you would never know that by eating his cooking. We ate everything he made and left the table totally satisfied. In addition to being a good cook, Mike is a good "people-person". He came out to the dining room and talked with us at length during breakfast. We got to know him a little bit better....more than just as the "front desk guy". Mike is definitely an asset to Lambert's Cove.
Finally, Lambert's Cove will charge you extra for bottled water, small snacks, and any calls you make from the in-room telephones. The inn projects an outward image of elegance and sophistication yet insists on "nickel-and-diming" its guests for cheese crackers and a bottle of water. What an insult! When I saw the "honor system" sign for the water and snacks, I was offended and tempted to go and inspect the bed in the Seaside to be sure it was not one of those coin-operated beds associated with squalid flophouses. We typically patronize only Select Registry B&B's and Inns where a bottle of water and small snacks are, almost without exception, complimentary. For example, the Hawthorne Inn in Concord, MA...the Ivy Lodge in Newport, RI....and the Crestmont Inn in Eagles Mere, PA are all Select Registry lodgings and all offer free beverages and free snacks. In fact, the Ivy Lodge and the Crestmont Inn feature actual guest pantries stocked with an assortment of free goodies (fresh fruit, fresh baked cookies and muffins, sodas, juices, coffees, teas, water). Lambert's Cove does well with the "eye candy" but not so well when it comes to certain guest amenities.
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