We just returned from a one-night stay at the Valiton. We enjoy historic old hotels and know that sometimes that means things aren't in perfect condition, etc. I like that all of the original old wood trim and even most original paneling is still in place. The doors to the bathrooms in the rooms tend to be fussy about closing but I dare say that is because they are original doors--or close to it! They still have the old fashioned key-hole lock on them that used to require a key to operate but the door locks now with a latch. I find this neat, but some people might think the doors should be replaced. But these are the things that give an old historic hotel its historic feel--and to me, it's charm! In fact I read someone's review where they complained about the creaky wood floors. I loved the creaky wood floors! I only noticed it in the dining room where we had breakfast.
We didn't do our research to realize that the bar and restaurant would be closed on a Monday afternoon, which was when we arrived. We were disappointed, but the accommodating owner, Constance, offered to open it up and pour us a couple of drinks. We really enjoyed the opportunity to sit at the old bar and chat with the owners. Because the restaurant was closed, she was happy to tell us of several other options in the area. We didn't realize how close Alma was and drove up the hill for dinner. Glad we did!
Because this is a small town and a small hotel, the owners are not always on the property. I sort of liked the relaxed come-and-go feeling but I know some folks expect constant attention and service. This is not the place for that. Be ready to be left to your own devices so to speak. The owner does offer an emergency contact number but I hope for her sake folks aren't calling at midnight asking her to come to the hotel and bring them more towels! Speaking of that, there was a basket on a cabinet in the hallway down from our room that offered some extra towels for guests..as well as a few small toiletry items.
Our bathroom was very clean, and our room was satisfactory. This is an old hotel so the rooms are small and quaint. We weren't entirely happy with the comfort level of our bed--my husband in particular. It was very very firm. My husband called it a buckboard at one point! I didn't find it perfect/ideal, but for what we paid and the uniqueness/historic elements of the hotel, I was fine with it for one night. We did hear a bit of traffic as our room was at the front of the hotel, but it was nearly silent by 9 pm and only the occasional passing car in the morning.
We know from speaking with her that the owner has struggled with a satisfactory cooking staff for the restaurant. Therefore we already didn't have high expectations for our breakfast which was probably a good thing. Our breakfast wasn't bad at all but not anything special. We are hoping she is able to upgrade that aspect but in a small mountain town ideal staff can be hard to find!
I believe the owner said she was trying to sell the property, which might account for a little bit of the lack of TLC we noted around the lobby area--dusting needed, etc. She might be feeling a little burnt out and struggling to find reasonable help to tend to some of these extras.
Overall we enjoyed the opportunity to experience the character and history of the Valiton hotel.
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