As Ashland is quite busy in October, I made these reservations appr. 5 months prior to our visit. I booked 2 rooms as there were 6 of us. One room was listed as 1 bdrm w/kitchen and private garden; the other room was 1 bdrm. w/kitchen. The Manor is described as a 1940's style auto court with a distinctive style which sounded great and could have been really cool.
The prices were reasonable by Ashland standards; $125 and $83 per night respectively. When we arrived, it was apparent that the 1940's style was certainly accurate; however, the place appears run down and in need of a paint job. It is also listed as being in a residential setting but as it is right on Main St., the main road in and out of Ashland, there is major auto traffic going by. The rooms in the back are pretty quiet but not the king room that we rented as it's right in front. You ring a bell on the manager's door and someone appears. We got our keys and in checking our rooms found that the king unit w/garden had a bedroom adjacent to a very small parlor room which was adjacent to the kitchen. In the parlor room was a trundle bed which accomodated 2 people - this was ok but there was no where to sit or for these guests to put there things as there was also a small dining table in the room w/ the trundles. If you wanted to watch TV, which was in a closet then you had to sit on the king bed.
We knew this would be a tight fit as there were 4 adults and they listed the capacity as 3 even though the king slept 2 and the trundle slept 2. All well and good but if you list this as accomodating 3 then there should be somewhere to sit! The garden was there but certainly not inviting as it had not been maintained.
The other room, listed as a 1 bedroom, is actually a studio - not a separate bedroom. You walk right into the bedroom, just like a standard motel room, then there's a small kitchen off of that room that leads to the very small bathroom. When I went back and pointed out to the manager that this is not a one bedroom unit he said that no one in many years had ever questioned this. If I am renting a "1 bedroom unit" then I expect the bedroom to be in a separate room.
All in all, this was a major disappointment. Didn't rate it as terrible because 3 of the 4 beds were comfortable. The queen room was not very clean looking as the carpet had a big stain, the side chair was very broken down and the bedrspread was one of those that you didn't want to touch as it looked unclean. The queen bed was very uncomfortable as it was an old mattress and box spring that moved every time either one of us turned over. There were no extra pillows or blankets. Would not stay here again, nor would I recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Manor Motel is a quaint 40’s style motel located in a quiet garden setting. Originally, the motel was a 1940’s auto court with its own distinctive style. We are within a short walk to the Shakespeare Theater, restaurants and The Plaza (downtown Ashland).The Manor features 12 one- and two-bed units, seven of which have fully equipped kitchens, and five that are equipped with mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers. We have shaded picnic areas with tables and chairs for your leisurely enjoyment. All rooms have direct dial telephones, cable television, free wireless internet, and air conditioning. All rooms are 100% smoke-free.Helman Street Guest House and Studios consists of three units. The main house is a charming early 1900's two bedroom/two bathroom that can comfortably sleep up to five guests. It is only three short blocks from the Plaza, resaurants, and theaters. The large master bedroom, located on the ground floor, has a luxurious king-size bed, its own television, and the large master bathroom. The second bathroom is also downstairs and has a vintage claw-foot bathtub/shower combination. The second bedroom is a sweet upstairs room with natural light, a queen-size bed, and a twin-size bed. Rollaway beds and air mattresses are available at the request of larger parties. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manor Hotel Ashland