I choose "terrible" to grab your attention. It's not that bad, but it is weird.
It's someone's house, and she lives right there with you. It's more rooming house than B&B. There were two long-term foreign (students? visiting scholars?) in the other rooms. One talked loudly on Skype, and we would have been able to understand every word if we spoke that language. Fortunately, we were not trying to sleep at the time.
We booked the room at the last minute for Homecoming weekend in Ann Arbor -- when hotel rooms are impossible to find. So that was cool.
Marta is an earthy, laid back type. We told her we're laid back, too. And we ARE laid back. But we still expect certain things.
For one, we expect a bed and a breakfast at a bed and breakfast. When we arrived, Marta said she might be leaving town that night, so we might have to figure breakfast out for ourselves.
We expect to be told if there are cats.
As many as 1 in 5 Americans is allergic to cats. We are two of them. Heather woke up from her nap wheezing, eyes swelling. Her clothes were covered with cat hairs. (Evidently the animal had been sleeping on the pillows!) Under the bed, a huge ball of cat hair and dust sat, just out of reach. You can see it here:
There was nothing we could do but strip the bedding, and swallow some drugs. There were no available rooms within a fifty mile radius, and we had to be up in the morning to work.
Meanwhile, Marta put the cat outside for the night. People who don't have allergies often think this will solve the problem. (I let it back in, the poor thing.)
Marta told us she removed cat references from the web site. I waited a month to see whether she'd put the info back up. She hasn't. Because Trip Advisor exists for exactly this purpose, I'm sharing this info.
As it happened, Marta's out-of-town trip fell through. She cooked Heather a breakfast of organic brown rice & eggs which Heather said was excellent. I slept in (antihistamines are good that way).
There's a sideboard with a Keurig single cup coffee maker, a basket with Kashi granola bars & instant oatmeal.
The breakfast nook is attached to Marta's kitchen, which is simply the kitchen and breakfast nook of somebody's home. Marta's laid-backness extends to this kitchen area. I got the idea that one could help oneself to stuff. I helped myself to a glass from the cabinet and had a pint of tap water, but didn't actually look around for goodies.
It's not as close to downtown as the other two B&B's mentioned below, but not too far. There are no toiletries, so make sure to bring your own.
My other B&B experiences in Ann Arbor include Cadgwith Too, which is also like someone's house, but completely detached from their living area, and very clean, with a private breakfast area. First Street Garden Inn is more traditionally B&B, with the owners living in a separate building on the property. I recommend both of these.
- Also Known As:
- Casa Del Sol B&B Ann Arbor, Michigan