Some friends and I stayed at the Noble Manor for four days while visiting Pensacola for my sister's wedding. Upon our arrival, we were pleased to find the house was quite lovely and our room was very nice. Bob was there to greet us and get us checked-in. He seemed a bit nosey and asked quite a lot of questions, but I thought perhaps were are too accustomed to the anonymity of hotels. So, we decided the initial awkwardness was a product of our inexperience with B&Bs.
The next morning at breakfast, we met Bonnie. Although she prepares a decent meal (it certainly fills the house with a hard-to-resist aroma), her table-side manner is atrocious. She was too nosey and hovered over us while we ate. She is very bossy about breakfast. It's uncomfortable. I don't like high stress breakfasts, so my first meal with Bonnie would be my last. For the next four mornings, I took my coffee to-go (Bob's coffee IS irresistible). However, this did not protect me from Bonnie's wrath of aggressive hostessing. I spent most of the stay avoiding her, and each time I came in contact with her I was greeted by a judgmental interrogation followed with unsolicited advice.
Two days into our trip, the second half of our party arrived at the Nobel Manor. They wanted to go to the beach, and they hoped the B&B hosts would help them find transportation (just a few miles away). Bonnie quickly informed them that the only way to get to the beach was to take a cab. Another guest at the B&B said they had done this as instructed by Bonnie and it cost nearly $50. Disappointed, my friends returned to their room to make new plans. After minimal research, they found a couple inexpensive ways to get to the beach (including a bicycle rental company and a bus route, both under $10 roundtrip). On their way to the bike rental place, they stopped downstairs to tell Bonnie about the bike rentals and bus routes. She replied that she was already aware of the other options, but does not suggest them to her guests. She seems to think taking the bus isn't classy enough for the Noble Manor.
On the bright side, the rooms were cozy. The hot tub was a great way to relax in the evenings. Because it was a private home, we were able to stay in the pool/hot tub area later than a hotel would allow. The neighborhood was adorable. The beds were comfortable. Unfortunately, the hostess was overbearing and it made the stay awkward and uncomfortable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small upscale Boutique Inn located in the North Hill Historic District of downtown Pensacola. Within walking distance of all the great restaurants and activities of the vibrant downtown area of Pensacola FL ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Noble Manor Bed And Breakfast Pensacola, Florida