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“howard_william” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lil Black Bear Inn

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Lil Black Bear Inn
Ranked #11 of 25 Nashville B&B and Inns
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Erlanger
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“howard_william”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2012

My husband and I went on a long weekend to Brown County over Labor Day weekend and stayed at the Always Inn. When we arrived, it took a phone call to get the attention of the owner to let us in. The room was very small compared to other B and B's we have stayed. It was very rustic as other reviews have stated. It was not far from Columbus or Nashville, Indiana, sort of in the middle. The location was great. The owner was no where to be found in the evening when we arrived after dinner, just a note that she would be back for breakfast. The breakfast the next day for myself was marginal. My husband and I will not be going back to the Always Inn.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012

I won a two night stay from my work in the form of a gift card to bedandbreakfast.com. Always Inn and one other property in Nashville were the only two options available. The other property wasn't family friendly so we were forced into booking at Always Inn. It is certainly saying something that even though the stay was free we felt ripped off. We had a terrible time finding the property first off, as another reviewer noted, it is poorly marked and dangerous to attempt a turn into from either direction on 46. Drive up the steep driveway and find the very poorly cared for and very run down looking property. This should have been a huge warning sign but I proceeded inside. The inside is worse by far. Extremely run down and dirty! Mismatched furnishings and dirty worn carpet. After checking in, I went upstairs to survey the room, and it was much worse. We stayed in the "Bitter Sweet" room which was all bitter and no sweet. The bed was rickety and terribly uncomfortable, the carpet was stained with black marks all over, and dried dead bugs as well. The fold out bed apparently smelled so bad my daughter refused to sleep on it, opting for the dated, tiny, dirty setee instead. The whirlpool tub was the only good thing in this room. We woke for breakfast on Saturday and came down to OJ, and browning (looked left over from the day before) fruit salad. We were then served stone cold biscuits and gravy with a side of greasy home fries. My husbands first fork full of potatoes revealed a very long hair interwoven with the onion/potato mixture and that was the end of breakfast. Suffice to say we returned to our room hungry and promptly packed up. We did not stay for our second night, instead opting to return home to Cincinnati rather than spend another horrid night in this dump. We were extremely disappointed as this trip was for our 10th anniversary which will now be memorable for all the wrong reasons.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2012

I booked my reservation online from their website and had no problems. The new owner was wonderful to work with me when I needed to change the date of my visit. I had no problems with checking in or the service. The surroundings are beautiful and natural in everyway, it was truely a quiet secuded retreat for me. The inn keeper was very pleasant and willing to make the stay a great expereience, plus she is a fabulous cook and hostess. This is a rustic retreat that I would recommend to my friends. Again, the new owner bent over backwards to make sure everything was to my liking. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lisa S
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Michigan Center, Michigan
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107 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2012

After taking over an hour to find it we arrived to a lonely inn surrounded by overgrown brush. It had the appearance of once being cared for but forgotten. It was like going back in time. First, this inn is not near Nashville. It is off of 46 and very difficult to find. It is dangerous to turn into coming from the West. Upon arrival, there was no one in sight. It was weird - sort of creepy! We were a little scared at first! There is no "office." I finally knocked on a door upstairs to find the inn keeper. She was really nice once we found her. We almost did not stay because it was so run down. The room was strange. The bed was broken and banged against the wall every time we moved. The room at first glance looked ok ... but on closer look, the carpet was dirty. There was a hole in the wall where a cord came out of for the overhead light. The good thing about the breakfast was the coffee, the juice, and the fresh fruit. The waffles were store bought toaster made after being frozen. The pictures on the website are not current. We would not have not stayed there but the week-end was totally booked-up everywhere.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2012

If you seek a quiet refuge nestled on a shady hilltop, and enjoy nature’s occasional visit of humming birds, deer, turkey, or a curious raccoon named Becky; then be sure to visit Always Inn in Nashville Indiana. From the Inn’s delicious food, to the coffee, tea and the joyous chit-chat of the Inn Keeper and its patrons; it was an absolutely refreshing change of pace from my business schedule. I still miss the quiet nights sitting on the deck and reflect on a simpler time and place in the hills of Nashville. Many blessings to Freda and Billie Jean for making my stay such a memorable experience! Yes – I will return this fall to experience nature’s changing pallet of colors and seasonal aromas.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank James S
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Kendallville, Indiana
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2011

Booked a room online from the room photo and description. BIG MISTAKE!!! We were in the vicinity a week prior to our booked date and visited to ask a few questions before we arrived. We were informed by the Innkeeper the photos and room descriptions are outdated on the web site and that the room we booked would not have the queen couch as pictured and described. We were disappointed and upset that the web site was inaccurate. We informed the innkeeper, based on her information, that we did not want to stay and wanted our charge card credited. She said she could not do that and we would have to take it up with the owner who lives in California. The owner refused to return our calls or respond to our emails. Long story short, we did not stay and after 5 months of working with the credit card company we finally received a credit on our card. No thanks to the owner. This experience has left a lasting impression with me regarding the honesty and integrity of the bed and breakfast business industry. Shame on the Always Inn for intentionally deceiving those who want to book a get away only to be disappointed and betrayed. My advise is to call and speak to the Innkeeper before booking online. Do not book solely on what you read or see on the Always Inn web site.

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Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Kentucky
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2011

My husband and I booked this room we found on BedandBreakfast.com called Bittersweet at the Always Inn Brown County Bed and Breakfast. When we showed up we could not find the inn keeper and the office door when we finaly found her, she greeted us with her little dog barking and peeing in the floor. We told her who we were and what room we booked she took us up a set of stairs to the living room area i guess and said to wait her and I will see if your room is clean. Looking around my husband and I were getting concerned about staying there, she yelled ok you can come on up. so we went up another set of stairs to find her emptying the trash out of the bathroom she left the room. We were looking around and deciding if we were going to stay or not, we went to go look at the hot tub they had but it was green and full of dead bugs floating in it and Shawn the other inn keeper said oh that don't work sorry. As we contindue to look around out side we found that the patio furniture was dirty with mold on it and the landscaping was overgrown. It looked like the place needed repairs. We also thought is was closer to Nashville IN. Brown county in town and we decided that we would not stay so we went to tell the inn keeper that we where not gonna stay we could not find them. There were some kids running around and we asked if they had seen the inn keepers, they said it was there parents and they were looking for them too. Finaly they came around the corner and we told them that this was not what we expected and we thought it was closer to town, we asked them what we needed to do about getting our money back and they said since we booked on line that they could not give us our money back. So praise God we still had enough money to find another place to stay that was in town, walking distance of everything and a lot nicer and clean and for the same price. The Cornerstone Inn is a great place.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Lil Black Bear Inn

Property: Lil Black Bear Inn
Address: 8072 State Road 46 E, Nashville, IN 47448 (Formerly Always Inn Brown County Indiana Bed & Breakfast)
Region: United States > Indiana > Nashville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Nashville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Lil Black Bear Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ‘Lil Black Bear Inn is located on State Road 46 East in the beautiful hills of Nashville, IN voted by Midwest Living magazine readers as “the most picturesque stretch of highway in America.” Our intimate six-room inn offers privacy, pampering, warm hospitality, and great food. Stay with us for a relaxing getaway, whatever the reason or season. Comfortable bedrooms with custom furnishings and local original artwork, several rooms with private whirlpool spa baths, in-room refrigerators, full breakfast, free wireless internet, satellite TV with flat screen TVs free movie library, free parking, central air/heat, CD player, alarm clock, radio, aromatherapy toiletries, bottled water, Belgian chocolates and more. Ask for a room with a whirlpool spa or one with a view of the woods or pond. We are also a pet friendly inn. We can arrange for candlelight dinners on our decks and patios or in-room dining. We also offer gift and fruit baskets, floral bouquets, spa treatments, in-room deep tissue massage therapy, chocolate covered strawberries, chilled beverages, box lunches, picnic baskets and more… In the morning, awaken to a sumptuous country breakfast, accompanied by juice and gourmet coffee. Breakfast is on the house, of course. In spring and summer afternoons, we also offer complimentary cookies or brownies and sun tea or lemonade; in the fall and winter afternoons, we serve brownies and hot chocolate. Our goal is to pamper you so you can relax, unwind, renew and recharge. Gift certificates, specials and packages are available for anniversaries, birthdays and honeymoons. Please tell us if you are celebrating a special occasion – honeymoon, anniversary, and birthday or simply escaping for a couple of days. We’ll do everything we can to make your getaway extra-special, always. ... more   less 
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