After given time to reflect on this, I apologize for bringing Eliot and his wife into this conversation. That was not my intention. I definitely am not the writer that Eliot and his wife are.
This review reflects me alone. I have attempted to remove the previous review, but the current rules don't allow removal of a previous post. So consider this review my replacement.
You're right. I felt I was treated very differently than many others at the inn. My fiance saw it also. I can't tell if it's because I was perceived as a different race, a younger age (33 y/o), a different gender, a less refined person, a poorer person, etc. I definitely work 60-80 weeks as a physician and don't have the luxury that others do to take super fancy trips without a care in the world.
I can say that I haven't felt this way since being in Mississippi. I generally get along very well in my role as a Boston physician managing large groups of people in new and different situations daily--from life threatening, to sad, to crying, to fearful, to consoling. I'm often told that I have more empathy than most. And perhaps in a very academic and diverse environment which respects people for their knowledge and insight, I got used to being respected as a person.
I arrived with two other friends (who just happen to not be white). My fiance and Eliot and his wife arrived at a later time.
As opposed to Eliot's arrival, we were not greeted curbside. We carried our heavy luggage up the walkway to the front door where we were met with confusion. We advised the woman that we had reservations. We were advised to leave our luggage on the dirt and gravel bed next to the walkway OUTSIDE of the house and then were allowed to go up the stairs and enter the building. There was no one attending our luggage as it sat in the front yard for 15-20 minutes.
When we were shown around the inn, we passed a brandy decanter with clean glasses that looked like it was set up for guests to enjoy in the sitting room. I specifically asked if this was complimentary. I specifically was told in a very loud and direct voice that drinks could be PURCHASED and were NOT complimentary. I specifically noted white guests drinking from the free standing decanter that night and during the entire stay.
When the receptionist showed us to our rooms, the receptionist assumed that we would soil or knock over the ornate pictures on the wall next to the stairs. We are not large people. We all have a BMI around 22, significantly less than other guests. We were surprisingly asked to move our small purses from the right shoulder to the left when ascending the stairs. I was then asked to move my purse from the right shoulder to the left when descending the stairs. None of the other guests were asked to do this. I specifically brought this to the attention of the owners, and they had no good answer why we were chosen to move our purses.
When I arrived at my room, the man helping me with my bags was super nice, but appeared fearful that he was not allowed to talk (he was not white). So he whispered like a scared mouse, "I hope you enjoy your stay." That was odd.
During the second evening, we did have a disagreement about the ability to play cards in the common room downstairs. We were allowed to do that the first evening. The next evening, we were told this was not possible without explanation. Perhaps we were louder than a retired 65+ crowd not worried about Medicare changes, but we were NOT crazy by any means. We were not dancing. We were not playing music. We were playing cards. (In fact, we were hoping to play monopoly since the inn promised us they had it. But alas, they were missing critical pieces of their game.) If I wanted to lounge lazily in front of a fire and sleep, then I would have stayed at home with my iPad and large soaking tub.
When I complained about internet not working (My patients expect to communicate with me by internet regularly. I don't have the luxury of tuning out the world when I want to.), I was simply told that "it was working." In fact, the internet did not work the entire time in the extra $100 a night summer house room. If you look in previous reviews, this same complaint has been vocalized and not addressed.
When we were checking out of the inn, the owner almost tripped over himself trying to get to my fiance who is a very good-looking older white male. Then the owner talked to him for 30+ minutes. Not knowing that I was with my fiance (because we had arrived separately), the owner walked by me 2-3 times with barely a nod (and he was like 1 foot away).
I am happy to discuss this with the owners, but they are not receptive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Listed as one of the "Top 101 Hotels in the World" by Tatler's 2012 Travel Guide and a long-standing member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux small luxury hotel group, The Charlotte Inn is settled just a half block off Main Street and two blocks from the harbor-front in downtown Edgartown. Among 4 buildings are 17 guest rooms and 2 suites individually decorated with fine antiques in a wonderful English garden setting. The Charlotte Inn provides guests with what we consider the "ultimate luxury" - a glimpse back in time to a more peaceful and restful frame of mind. A visit to The Charlotte Inn - from an overnight or a week vacation - is an opportunity to escape from the hectic, rushed, technology and gadget driven daily routine and enjoy the simpler things life has to offer. With all that Martha's Vineyard has to enjoy as your daily playground - from beaching, boating, fishing, and sightseeing, to fine dining and shopping, to simply strolling along the historic whaling captain’s home lined streets along the harbor and down to the lighthouse, The Charlotte Inn offers our guests a relaxing home away from home to retreat to and an opportunity to cherish life's simpler times. Whether iced-tea on the porch with a good book, chatting with friends and fellow guests on a garden terrace, or enjoying a glass of wine by the fire with your companion in cooler weather, we hope that our guests embrace the opportunity to join us in the experience we work so hard to provide - a getaway from the stress and pressures of today’s fast-paced lifestyle and a chance to enjoy a peaceful reprieve in an atmosphere that is the perfect combination of elegance, luxury and comfort. Nothing satisfies us more than to provide our guests with this experience, and to watch them enjoy, unwind and cherish their time spent at The Charlotte Inn in the way that we prefer and as our adage suggests - "Behind The Times on Purpose". ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Charlotte Hotel Edgartown
- Charlotte Inn Marthas Vineyard
- The Charlotte Inn Edgartown, MA - Martha's Vineyard