One might have a better stay almost any place else (we went as the Fairlawn Inn was listed as pet-friendly). On this partially sold-out weekend (the second night of our stay was sold out) it seemed the owner, Chuck, was attempting to keep our money by finding a reason to get rid of us and let the nicely appointed room to another party. Fellow guests told us that he assured them he would kick us out if there were ANY complaints. The guests shared this with us willingly as they encountered nothing that would warrant this kind of threat to a fellow guest from a host. Counter to some friendly offers on our arrival the well-spoken host seemed to be intermittently replaced by a caustic brute. I was reminded numerous times about the policies re: dogs. The ‘reminding’ was often in a manner which was harsh in dealing with anybody, much less paying guests who haven’t broken any rules and were there to relax. We were as responsible as possible and the dogs not only didn’t bother fellow guests but a number of them noted how very well-behaved the dogs were. While Chuck was present a rather large dog, roaming freely, who (known by him as friendly) engaged our dogs. Next day the same dog was barking away in a truck with the back open parked all day in the Inn’s driveway. I believe, unlike ours, this dog was not there with paying guests, but with people working the Inn's yard sale. Another time we were relaxing outdoors after breakfast hour with a friend who was staying down the street, to whom Chuck kindly and generously offered the Inn’s gourmet breakfast; we were then mystified when he then came up and harassed us re: the dogs (who were extremely well-behaved until he came up). During the very tasty breakfast we left the dogs contained in the room—I was going to stay with them outside while my wife and friend dined, but Chuck wanted us to dine together. It was noted that at that time there were no guests on either side of our room. We had let him know earlier our dogs bark for a few minutes if left on their own, but our schedule had no time when they would be without at least one of us. I asked if we could breakfast outside (with our dogs). He noted breakfast was only served in the dining room (no dogs allowed, understandably). We enjoyed the breakfast very much. Too bad the enjoyment was destroyed completely by the charge at us all (including our friend). The next day we went out to Tannersville for a delightful truly dog-friendly breakfast. In the end for a room that came out over $200/night (regardless of toilet to be swapped out on the landing outside the room, broken banister, steps needing repair, thin walls, etc.) others may have a more civil experience. If we were staying longer than these two nights we would have gone elsewhere. So Chuck has mood swings and switches from hospitable to antagonistic. During our stay Chuck also kept mentioning the possibility of a negative review because of our dogs. It is not our dogs’ behavior that brings this review, but that of the Inn’s owner. Of our stays at B&Bs in the USA, Europe and Asia our two days at the Fairlawn Inn became our worst experience (in fact the only truly negative experience we've ever had at a B&B). I'm sure the awards listed by the owner are well-earned; an award-winning stay wasn't, however, our experience. As a brief additional note: at check out we were invited back by Chuck, and he offered a very positive comment on how perfect the dogs were that night--we're thankful for the invitation and review, but it's not likely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Circa 1904 fully restored and updated Victorian Mansion. Nine bedroom B&B all with private baths, free WIFI queen sized beds, Flat Screen TV's with DVD players, includes a full cooked to order breakfast. Centrally located in the Catskills with many attractions, within walking distance to Hunter Mountain a four season Ski Resort. Newest attraction is the Zip line adventure, the tallest and longest in North America. Adjacent to the Hudson Valley and many activities too numerous to mention. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairlawn Hotel Hunter