For all of you hippies and wannabes, I do NOT mean funky in a positive way. Funky here comes in two stages: 1) SMELL, and 2) decor. Let me begin by telling you about the smell of the room. It was a combination of wet dog, mildew and I don't know what- perhaps a little "eau de Pictou"! It wasn't "in your face", but it was prevalent and persistent. I obviously noticed it, as soon as I walked in the door of the room. Immediately, I opened the windows, unpacked what I needed to unpack and then went out to tour the town (more on this in a separate review of the Town of Pictou, and it NEVER went away. However, since this was the only reasonably priced hostelry in town, I remained.
I now move on to decor. The main reception area is very pleasant, and decorated in a Chinese motif- though a bit over the top. However, the reception desk is greatly overcrowded with tourism brochures, etc., so much so, that it was virtually unusable for its intended purpose. Therefore, reception, AT reception, is limited to greeting the client. Client and booking details are relayed at another desk in the guest lounge. While much more pleasant surroundings, this seemed like and odd way to conduct financial and other assorted hotel transactions, but it seems to work for them. At the time I booked n, the lounge was empty, however, had it been occupied by other guests, I would NOT have liked to relay private information (home address, phone, etc.).
The ensuite washroom was in short- disgraceful! The floor had obviously not been cleaned since AT LEAST the last guest and, judging by the quantity of loose hair on the floor around the tub, it had likely been longer. The hot/cold water shut-offs for the sink were badly oxidized and corroded. The nickel plating was no longer visible on them, as they had become completely green and badly pitted, which gives very poor visual appeal. If the toilet had been any lower to the ground, or closer to the wall, it would have been outside. All of the bathroom fixtures were very outdated in style and very badly stained.
"Continental breakfast" consisted of coffee or tea, DIY toast, and one type only of cereal. The dining room was staffed by one lady, who was more interested in discussing her family history with guests, than she was in doing her job. I saw that coffee service would not be forthcoming, so I went to get it myself. This, however was not to be, and I was told by the dining room lady, that she would bring it to me. And so continued the wait. The telling of her life story was much more important, than doing her simple task of looking after her guests. It's only coffee and I don't mind getting it myself, so to be told to sit and wait for someone else to serve- it on their own sweet time, is highly objectionable!! To add insult to injury, a very neat sign hung in the dining room, “Continental breakfast is free. Gratuities accepted.” Accepted for what? NOT having done your job? And it’s hardly “free”? I paid for it in the cost of my room! Could a local from the village just wander in and help themselves (due to lack of service)? I very much doubt it. The irony of their statement is obviously lost on the perpetrator of the begging sign, as well as those who condone its presence.
One thing that the Braeside Inn has going for it though, is that it is close to everything in town. Pictou being the small town that it is though, everything is close to everything else.
If you are considering staying here- consider somewhere else for a little more money. It will be worth it, not having to experience the funky and rundown Braeside Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 18 A/c rooms, Satellite TV,most with Harbor view. Continental breakfast included. Guests Laundry facilities. Motor Cycle Wash Station. Guests sitting room with high speed internet and computer. WiFi throughout property. Free parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Braeside Inn Pictou, Nova Scotia