We stayed in "The Manchester" room at The Harborview Inn last weekend for one night. The facility is located directly across the street from the Fisherman's Memorial on the harbor and has magnificent views from the harbor side rooms and the front porch. We were greeted warmly by proprietor John and were shown to our room immediately after check in. There is parking for guests in the rear of the building which is essential as the road is very busy and parking on the street is limited.
Our room was dated, with old fashioned wall paper; even on the ceiling, very worn carpeting and a bathroom unfit for even an average sized person. Any man who stands to use the toilet must duck to avoid running into the sloped roof line, a real hazard especially at night. I am a guest who always checks the bedding before I settle into a room. The comforter cover had an unidentifiable stain that I found disgusting but as soon as I brought my concern to the proprietor, it was removed and a fresh quilt delivered to the room.
Since the room has a view it also shares the incessant road noise. When the draw bridge, a short way up the road is open to allow boats through, the traffic in front of the inn stops completely. The engine, radio and vibrating bass sounds are unavoidable. even with the windows closed it was very loud.
In the morning we were awakened to the roar of garbage trucks and other large vehicles at 5:30am. Not ideal for vacation.
The breakfast consist of store bought pastries and coffee.
The inn is convenient to walking along the harbor and the porch provides a very pleasant place to rest, enjoy a glass of wine( bring your own), observe the boats and people watch. A caution to all walkers: many dogs accompany their people - - beware - - many do not clean up after their pets..
John was a gracious host who offered lots of local information and recommendations for dinner.
The inn is in desperate need of updating. The TV is a portable from the 1980s and about 8 inches wide diagonally, the bathroom, though clean is very small, the facility is right on a very busy road with all the attending disruptions. I would not recommend this place if you are looking for peace and quiet or a modern room. A B&B has it's charm but this one has lost it's luster.
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