A quick overview: The website is deceptive - don't be fooled! My husband and I stayed here one night while we were vacationing recently in the area, and while the staff was very nice, the actual hotel is not the luxury B&B it touts itself to be. I would put the hotel more in the 2-star category due to the dated decor and merely serviceable food. If you're looking for luxury, or even upscale, you will be very disappointed in this hotel's amenities.
A more detailed review: To kick off our stay at the Peralynna, my husband and I thought we'd take advantage of the complimentary wine and cheese, but we shouldn't have bothered. The crackers were horribly stale and the cheese had obviously been sitting out way too long also. Other buffet items included pretzel sticks and I believe there was a bowl of oranges. As for the wine, it may have been in a bottle at one time, but it was available to guests in some kind of decorative labeled box with a spigot. Having expected something more along the lines of chocolate-dipped strawberries, petits fours, a selection of cheeses and crackers, and a nicely presented wine bar, I thought the set-up was very cheaply done.
The next morning's breakfast was only marginally better. The hot portion of breakfast was made-to-order by the owner, and while the omelets my husband and I ordered were fine, there was nothing else on the plate other than the omelette, not even a garnish. Self-service breakfast items included peach yogurt and a bowl of cut up fruit that was obviously being re-used from a previous day. The coffee was your basic grocery store brand with cream and sugar in individual packets as though you were grabbing your morning coffee from the gas station.
Our room was large, although the decor was dated. The entire B&B is ready for some serious updating. The owner gave us the "grand tour" when we arrived, and he seemed to find the numerous oversize paintings of frolicking cherubs and gold, light-up statuary amusing, but it just struck me as a bit strange, and I thought the artwork was arbitrarily placed. All the walls and carpet are very, very white. I didn't notice that when looking at the photos on the website because the lighting lends warmth to the photos, but in person all that white was very stark. On the bright side, the memory-foam mattress was comfortable, by far the best part of our stay.
Overall I was really disappointed that my husband and I spent $200 to stay here when we could have stayed at the Hilton or Sheraton for significantly less. The website shows gorgeous photos of pastries and delicious-looking plated food, but we saw nothing like that during our stay. Considering the price of both the room and food, and the "luxury" label on the website, we expected much more from the B&B than we got. I would not stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Columbia Inn at Peralynna is a boutique hotel unlike any other, featuring 9 elegant Jacuzzi Suites and a total of 19 Suites overall. Our inn features a unique blend of chic and elegant style, exceptional world-class amenities and gracious hospitality. The Columbia Inn has so much to offer: intimate weddings, family, corporate and private retreats, bridal and baby showers- all the events are top notch! The Columbia Inn at Peralynna is a place you feel comfortable staying for a night or three months. We are the first and only green hotel in Howard County. Our Inn is the home away from home to politicians, dignitaries, military personnel, notable musicians, government contractors, and more. We offer luxury, corporate, moderate, and economy suites to suit any budget. Most of our suites feature Tempurpedic mattresses, flat screen TV's, DVD players, electric fireplaces and luxurious bathrooms. All guests receive a complimentary gourmet breakfast, evening appetizers, deserts and beverages and complimentary wireless internet throughout our inn. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Columbia Suites At Peralynna Hotel Columbia