Compared to hotels, the Natchez Manor is superb. Compared to other bed and breakfasts, it's probably middle-of-the-road. The two types of businesses are very different, because of the different sort of experience a traveler desires. Hotels are for people looking for a place to stay while they're doing something else (at a conference, etc.). A bed & breakfast is the desired experience, in and of itself. I wanted some quality time with the fiancee, and I wanted to explore downtown, so the Natchez Manor fit the bill.
- The Natchez Manor is less than a year old, so almost everything feels clean and new. It was an old commerce building, similar to the others downtown, but it was entirely renovated into a bed and breakfast.
- It's directly on Franklin Street, one of the main downtown streets, so you're just a few steps away from a coffee shop, all types of stores, and some good restaurants to choose from. I didn't really want to stay at an old plantation home on this trip, because I thought the hosts might be a bit nosy.
- The bed was massive and incredibly comfortable.
- The bar downstairs in the basement was fun to visit after dinner. We got a couple of beers and listened to the band play some jazzy tunes. They probably played from about 8pm to 12:30am on a weekend night, and we could hear them from our room. So if you are looking to go to bed early without hearing any noise, this might not be your thing on the weekends. But I wasn't looking to go to bed early, and I came to the Natchez Manor specifically because I heard about the downstairs bar and live music.
- I got to pick my themed room on the website.
- Bed and Breakfasts are generally expensive, since you're looking for a place that pampers you a bit. I spent about $200 bucks, which was more than I'd like. But that's about what you'll spend at most standard B&Bs. You get free coffee and food in the morning, which would otherwise cost you $20 or so, for two people. At Natchez Manor, the breakfast was grits, bacon, eggs, and toast.
- Most B&Bs have a cocktail hour or complimentary wine set out somewhere. The Natchez Manor's guest packet said they had a cocktail hour around 4pm, but the host didn't mention it when we arrived (around 4pm), and since we didn't see anything going on, we didn't really bother to ask.
Random info that might be helpful:
- Free wireless internet
- Easy parking out front (on a weekend, at least)
- Nice rooftop terrace (but it was raining while we were in town)
- Big flat-screen TV (never turned it on) and DVD player
- Very few other people at the hotel, which you might like or might find random.
- Couldn't figure out if my window opened....
- We could control our own air temperature.
All in all, I'd recommend the Natchez Manor to anyone looking for a downtown B&B with cleanliness, privacy, and a little nightlife. I don't splurge on B&Bs often, but if I'm in town again on a weekend, I'd certainly visit the bar downstairs for the live music.
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