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“Needed more attention to detail”
Review of The Sanford House

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The Sanford House
Ranked #1 of 3 Arlington B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 February 2011

Since discovering the Select Registry group of B&Bs/Inns several years ago, my husband and I have stayed almost exclusively in Select Registry properties when we've traveled. As such, we have become accustomed to the beautiful accommodations, gourmet breakfasts, and over-the-top attention to detail that most of these properties are known for. The Sanford House was a nice place to stay, but was lacking some of the crucial details we were looking for.

The Good:
The Sanford House staff were lovely. We particularly enjoyed our server Jason, who waited on us both at dinner and breakfast. He was wonderfully attentive and really strove to elevate the atmosphere.
We stayed in the Regency Cottage. Our room was nicely appointed, and huge! The furniture and decor were all lovely and interesting. There were some great conversation pieces, and we enjoyed our surroundings. The bed linens were great, and we had a wonderful night's sleep.
Dinner at the in-house restaurant (not included in the price of your stay) was wonderful -- particularly the bread pudding. The restaurant is open to the public, so we were a little surprised to be one of only two couples dining that night. Perhaps people in Arlington who are looking for a "fancy" meal make the trek into either Dallas or Ft. Worth.
Another nice touch were the fresh cookies left in our room at check-in. We enjoyed them!

Some things that were lacking:
This Inn didn't have the personal feeling that other Select Registry inns are known for. We never met the innkeeper, which is something I've enjoyed in other places: meeting the innkeepers, hearing their stories, seeing their passion for what they do. Along those lines, we missed the wine & cheese reception that is common-place at other properties. It's a wonderful way for travelers to connect and make new friends, and we've really come to enjoy that. Sanford House could make this service available to their guests quite easily.
Breakfast did not meet our expectations. The eggs were powdered, the fruit was turning brown. The biscuits were wonderful, but this was a breakfast that could have easily been served at a Best Western.

Now for some picky details:
Our room wasn't terribly clean, and there was a little bug problem. There were quite a few ants in the kitchen area, and two we spotted in the bathtub. Also, there was a swarm of dead gnats in the mini-fridge.
As lovely as the interior of our room was, the outside was severely lacking. It looked like a junky old duplex. Sanford House should work to update the exterior of the cottages along the back of the property.
The neighborhood was sketchy (that's not Sanford House's fault, of course, but it should be noted.)
There was no soap in the shower, and no place to put shampoo, conditioner, etc. It would be quick and inexpensive to install some type of shelf in the shower for these items.

This is probably an overly-picky review. But like I mentioned, we've grown used to a certain attention-to-detail associated with the other Select Registry Inns we've visited. I would suggest this hotel to a friend who had a reason to be in Arlington, because all in all it wasn't a bad stay. However, this property could be absolutely fabulous with a little work.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 February 2011

What a wonderful experience! Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood, the Sanford House is conveniently located to everything you'll need during your stay. That is if you even leave the grounds.
Arrangements can easily be made via email and the response time is very fast.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by a wonderful staff member, and check-in was the easiest I have ever experienced. We were fortunate to stay in a one-bedroom villa. The room was very spacious, luxurious and perfect in every way. Villas come with convenient private parking that allows you to park right in front of your room - a nice touch. The jaccuzi tub, walk-in shower, bed and living/ dining areas were magnificent. Breakfast was included with the room and much more than Continental. Outstanding Service. The Sanford House is highly recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2011

We booked this B & B as it was one of the few places with rooms available for the Super Bowl. Spent for nights there. Beds were plush and cozy. Our room was large. Staff very attentive. We ate breakfast and lunch there and all were very good. It was an easy walk to get to Cowboy Stadium and we avoided all the traffic madness by doing so. Would definitely
stay there again!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2011

This is a wonderful place to stay. We stayed in The Regency Cottage. I could not have dreamed of a nicer place to stay. It is close to Cowboy's Stadium. A quiet place with a security gate that you drive through. I highly recommend The Sanford House. Our breakfast was excellent and all the staff was great. The bathroom is incredible, the living area is very comfortable, great couch. The bed was great.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2011

I did a girls night with my daughter at The Sanford House and we had an AMAZING time!!!! I had wanted to stay for a long time and when I saw they had a Groupon for it I snatched it up. I hope they do a Groupon again because we loved had a blast. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. My daughter had a blast!! The cottage was so cute and very clean. We had a late night incident but the staff was on top of it immediately and made sure it was taken care of. Breakfast was delicious and very enjoyable. We had a great girls night and would love to do it again!!!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 January 2011

We celebrated our anniversary here and it was amazing. Hidden in central Arlington- close to Cowboy Stadium and The Ballpark at Arlington. We entered the property on Friday evening and didn't leave till Sunday. Outstanding accommodations in Bristol Cottage. Excellent spa experience. Outstanding Dinner new only live 60 miles away but it could have been thousands. Every part if the experience was above expectation! Definitely recommend and will return ourselves.

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Reviewed 28 January 2011

I previously had organized a company meeting here and decided to treat my husband to a birthday getaway. The location is very convenient and the grounds and property are absolutely beautiful. The staff is very willing to help with any questions or accommodations needed. We stayed in the Riviera cottage suite and enjoyed the oversized whirlpool tub and huge shower. We weren't able to stay for breakfast, but the food is always wonderful. This property would be beautiful for a wedding and the rooms are so lovely, it is really appropriate for any occasion. I look forward to our next visit!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Sanford House

Address: 506 N Center St, Arlington, TX 76011-7145
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Region: United States > Texas > Arlington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Arlington
Price Range: £143 - £240 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Sanford House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sanford House is a luxurious Boutique Hotel located in historic downtown Arlington, Texas. With its 12 elegant accommodations, a fine dining restaurant, and a full service spa, a stay here is a remarkable experience. The Inn is conveniently located just minutes from the Cowboys stadium, Texas Rangers ballpark, University of Texas at Arlington, and Six Flags over Texas. A full breakfast is included with all overnight stays. Homemade cookies are customary in your room on arrival. Restaurant 506 at The Sanford House features inspired American cuisine. The culinary team creates delicious seasonal menus which are hand-made with the freshest ingredients. The Award Winning Sanford Spa & Salon is a stunning venue where men and women can experience an abundant selection of salon and spa services. The professional technicians are available Tuesdays-Saturdays to provide all personal care services. Treat yourself to a relaxing getaway at The Sanford House Inn & Spa. Book your stay today! ... more   less 
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