We stayed one Saturday night in the Mt. Vernon room along with another couple that occupied the Grand Highland suite. This review is not meant to steer anyone away from staying at this hotel. It is a cautionary tale regarding our night in the Mt. Vernon room due to factors outside the control of the hotel. First the positives. This 12 room boutique hotel has been lovingly restored with attention to detail and charm. The location is perfect for walking downtown Prescott and right across from Courthouse square. Check in included a free happy hour with assortment of beers, wine & cookies. Free parking is available in the parking garage behind hotel. Continental breakfast was above average. Beds are wonderful.Rooms are totally cool & cute. At check in- Rey let me know there was staff at hotel 24/7 so we could call if we needed anything.He also shared their future vision for hotel. The pride of ownership this family has in the property is obvious. I had selected the Mt. Vernon room at booking based simply on the king size bed and pictures of the room. At check in he walked us back to the room which happens to be next to the alley & parking garage behind hotel. I actually thought the room would be peaceful as it was away from Montezuma street. Now for things to consider regarding the rooms next to alley. At approx 1pm the bars let out. The parking garage acts as a Mr. Microphone for the drunks. The bar patrons stand in alley behind hotel and every word of their drunk conversations can be heard through the historic bricks of the hotel. Then they eventually migrate to the parking garage ,honk car horns and act like hip young drunk folks. Enough about the drunks. Moving on to the bar employees taking out the trash - just doing their job. The hotel is surrounded by bars- hence the nickname "Wiskey Row". After bar closing the bar clean up crew wheels their carts down the alley, open the metal trash bins with a thunk, empty the glass bottels into trash cans and roll carts back for more. Over and over again. To the hotels credit- there is a sign in room letting you know to call front desk if you need ear plugs. Being an optomist (and not coherent at 2pm) I figured every drunk group would be the last and did not call for ear plugs. Honestly- I also did not want to get out of the wonderful cozy bed. This review is not meant to discourage someone from staying at the hotel.This property deserves accolades and kudos for the restorations. As a TA poster and fan I want to warn fellow TA members to carefully consider your choice of rooms and ability to sleep through noise such as shattering glass bottels, drunks and car horns. The alley noise does not seem to travel to the front of hotel. A staff member at breakfast kindly asked how we slept last night. My reply was terrible. I suggested to her that an option was to just leave ear plugs in the rooms next to back alley. Don't make travelers call the front desk for these in the middle of the night. I felt the cost of the Mt. Vernon room ( $169 weekend) was of poor value alloting for the alley noise from 1-3pm. The noise from house band behind hotel was fine to sleep too. Regrettably- there is nothing romantic about glass bottels being emptied into metal trash cans and drunks being drunks once the house band stops. That being said- Prescott remains everybodies hometown.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Highland Hotel, located on Prescott's Historic Whiskey Row, is now open as a truly unique boutique hotel.Guests who ascend the stairway from the sidewalk entrance to this second-floor site, will be charmed by the 12 individually decorated guestrooms, each inspired by an aspect of Prescott's storied history.Exceptional, personalized service is offered in a facility combining preserved architectural features with contemporary amenities expected of quality hotel accommodations. *Complimentary Continental breakfast with fresh fruit, bagels and toppings, variety of pastries, Greek yogurt, cups of fresh berries, Naked juice smoothies, coffee, tea, assortment of juices, and gluten free items on request. *Complimentary fresh cookies, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and fruit infused water in the afternoon and evening. In the rooms: Complimentary bottled water, tea, coffee, and Tootsie Roll Pops. Free WiFi, lighted make-up mirrors, hair dryers, coffee maker, LED candle, ceiling fan, 40" LED TV with cable, luxurious beds, Ipod doc/alarm clock, claw foot tub, efficient Mini-Split heating/cooling in every room. Romance and Celebration Packages available. ... more less
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