Located in Hermann, Missouri and the wine capital of Missouri, one would think this B&B would reflect a good experience. At $200/night, the size of the room reflected the price, but that is where the value ended. We reserved four rooms for our group, and all agree, we will not return to the Wine Valley Inn. There are too many other choices in the area.
The room was the size of a condo, not a bedroom, but having a separate living room, bedroom, and bathroom. The unusual point was just inside the entry door and entering the room, the two-person Jacuzzi bathtub was front and center, sandwiched between a bar sink and adjacent bathroom to the right. Behind the front Jacuzzi room, was the living room and to the right of that was a bedroom. While the bed was firm, it was reasonably comfortable with very small pillows.
The next morning brought two unpleasant surprises, the first was the sewer smell that emanated from any faucet in the room, later we found out that applied to the entire building. First noticed at the sink, then the shower, it was an overpowering sewer smell that permeated and remained in the room all day. Opening windows was an immediate solution; luckily it was in the 50’s outside and not in the 20’s.
The breakfast left much to be desired and rated just below a Motel 6 continental breakfast buffet. The menu consisted of scrambled eggs and sausage in crockpots, a bowl of fruit, two cold cereal dispensers, and a barrage of Dixie cups containing waffle batter for the two self-serve waffle makers. Orange juice and hot water for tea was the drink offerings. The next morning, the same buffet returned, with the sausages leftover from yesterday and fresh ones being added to them. Our group left to have breakfast at another restaurant.
My recommendation is take the Breakfast off the Bed & Breakfast sign. I can only guess the owner believes that during peak wine season, such prices are justified by a captive office. Parking may also be an issue during the peak wine sampling weekends as there are only four unreserved parking spots in front of the Wine Valley Inn.
While it is located downtown next to some interesting local attractions and amenities, there are other B&B in the area. I would gather that there few repeat customers, such a poor breakfast and offensive smell leaves a lasting impression of the facility.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wine Valley Inn offers beautifully appointed suites that combine the charm of yesteryear with today's convenience. Our suites & spacious meeting room make Wine Valley Inn the perfect destination for that relaxing getaway, business meeting, or social gathering. Stay at Wine Valley Inn and make memories worth repeating. ... more less