My husband and I just returned from Abingdon, Virginia where we spent two nights at the Victoria and Albert Inn. We were celebrating our first anniversary. The inn is beautiful, but there were a couple of problems.
We stayed in the flower room, which has an adjoining private bath with a double whirlpool tub. The tub was one of the main reasons we decided to stay at the V&A. Upon welcoming us to the inn and giving us a tour of our room, Richard showed us the tub and said, "Try to keep the water in the tub". He told us that some newlyweds had stayed at the inn and "thought it would be fun to spray each other with the showerhead." Richard said this had resulted in over $200 worth of damages. This was the only thing he told us about using the whirlpool. In addition, there were instructions posted on the bathroom wall for using the tub....make sure the light switch on the far left is in the on position, turn the whirlpool on once the water is approximately 2 inches above the jets...that kind of thing. So on our first night, we decided to try out the tub. After enjoying the whirlpool for a while, it suddenly stopped working. When we got out, an unsigned note had been slipped under our door stating, "The policy here is no whirlpool after 11 p.m." Someone had evidently turned off the breaker to the tub.
No such policy was stated to us on arrival, and nothing like this was posted anywhere in the room or bathroom. If we had been aware of this policy, we would have been more than willing to abide by the rules.
The second problem was that the bed linens smelled very musty. My husband had commented on the smell the next morning, but hadn't realized it was the sheets.
All in all, we had a great time in Abingdon, and I know there are many who thoroughly enjoy their stays at the V&A. No place is perfect; however, I probably will not return to this inn.