I stayed one night in room #6 (of 7 available), which has a king bed and where a dog is allowed. The room has a skylight—but no windows, contrary to the statement on this B&B's Web site that "All rooms include...magnificent views of the surrounding mountains."
If you savor the experience of staying in a B&B, this one will probably charm you (as it has most of the tripadvisor reviewers). The hosts are gracious and hospitable, there is plenty of both family and local history on display, and there are opportunities to mingle with the other guests (a wine-and-cheese social hour, and a group breakfast at 8:00).
The room was claustrophobic, the bed taking up almost almost all of the floor space, with not enough horizontal surfaces on which to put my things...and I was only one person, with one night's accoutrements. Even my small dog ($20 nightly) had few places on the floor, since I had to use most of that area for my stuff. Never mind about the closet-sized toilet/shower and one small wooden chair (no desk).
The lack of a window, combined with inadequate electric lighting, contributed after sundown to this feeling of gloom and confinement. Not a room you would want to spend many hours in, as when waiting out a snowstorm to continue your travel...which does occur in Silverton.
I could hear any activity by my neighbors, such as their child's vocalizations and the fan in their bathroom (which activates automatically when you turn on the light). You'll also hear anyone talking, or just walking, in the hallway, through the transom above your door (all seven rooms are on the second floor, so there is a fair amount of coming-and-going). This is not a lodging for noise-sensitive people.
You're expected to eat breakfast at 8:00 with all the other guests. This wasn't made clear to me when I checked in, nor is interacting with a dozen or more strangers, the first thing in the morning, part of my normal routine. So when I showed up at 9:00, I was offered what little was left of the remaining scrambled eggs (reheated), no other entrees, fruit, and biscuits. Better, maybe, than the "continental" breakfast at a Days Inn, but leftovers weren't what I was expecting.
The owners are sincere and conscientious in trying to provide a certain kind of visitor experience, catering to those who, as mentioned above, prefer the B&B ambience. Travelers who value privacy; quiet; a spacious room; flexible breakfast time; and armchair, desk, closet, microwave/refrigerator, coffeemaker amenities will not find them here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn is located on notorious Blair Street, close to shops and restaurants. We offer first class accommodations including a hot full breakfast and wireless internet. All rooms include private bath with plush robes, flatscreens, 500+ thread count sheets and magnificent views of the San Juan Mountains. Think of the Villa Dallavalle as your 'Home away from home'. We invite you to experience winter, summer and every season, at it's very best! Fourth generation Inn Keepers. Microwave and fridge on site Hot tub with plush robes Large side yard in the summer with a fire pit for play and relaxing ... more less