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Bitter Sweet Bed & Breakfast
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Bitter Sweet Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #6 of 15 Rhinebeck B&B and Inns
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“It's not your typical B&B experience!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2005

The condition of the grounds surrounding the Bitersweet B&B should of warned us. The old worn-out Inn is in need of attention and cleaning. The entire Inn was unkept & dusty with peeling wallpaper,dirty linens on the dressers and tables,along with scalding hot/freezing cold showers. Upon our arrival she asked that we pay before we did anything ,the problem was the amount due was different then she quoted over the phone and if we payed cash we didn't need to pay tax! We reserved 5 rooms making 11 of us staying with her as a group and two other rooms were booked by other guests. She(Edith) was as bittersweet as her B&B,while ease dropping on all of conversations and adding her comments,which most of the time were inappropriate. She wasn't happy about us gathering in the common room the first night and then ended up staying up with the other guests making the most noise into the midnight hour. Upon arising the next morning she asked us to be quiet because others were still sleeping. The next night she held her place in the common room on the couch so we sat at a small table, all 8 of us!She complained that she had to set that table so asked that we clean it up because she had to serve breakfast in the am.Although the breakfast was beautiful and a satisfying portion she offered the other guests three choices and us only two ,both being the same from the morning before.I've never given a B&B negative feedback before, or taken the time to write any feedback positive or negative. Signed Disappointed---- Ps. the downstairs rooms had wet rugs with rugs on top of them to walk on,but the floors were still wet , she said nothing and offerered no compensation when we approached her about the wet floors !

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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2005

I am glad we arrived before dark. The rain was pelting harder and harder so we decided to stay put until supper. We were shown all the rooms and settled our bags. The old house was a maze. Rooms were of decent size but halls were narrow and stairs were steep. In the common room the TV was always on and there was too much furniture to edge around. It was formal with flowers but not real ones. Not a place for kids. The hostess was at turns effusively friendly then fault-finding. We would ask about something and she would say, "yes", then she would make comments to some of the other guests. We had a comfortable sleep but showers were often scalding to cold and there was a lot of dust. The rooms were way too warm the first night perhaps to keep off the dampness. One of the rooms downstairs had wet carpets. The breakfast was nice the first morning but the second morning seemed to be leftover. She offered other guests pancakes but said there were too many in our group for her to make us pancakes. The grounds were unkempt giving the place a bit of a ragged appearance. While overall we were comfortable physically there were elements that made us feel a bit uneasy and we decided not to go back another year.

  • Stayed October 2005, travelled on business
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2005

Strange place to stay. One of the downstairs rooms was wet & moldy; the other (ours) was OK. Prices very very high---overrun with plastic flowers. The owner kept following us around with coasters to put under everything and kept telling us where to put our glasses, our cutlery, our suitcases. She told one man to take off his wet shoes in the hall, and if he had colored socks to take them off before he went into his room so he wouldn't bleed color onto the rug. When we made drinks in the living room, she freaked out as we spilled 2 drops on the coffee table and wiped it up with a napkin. It had to be polished immediately. One of our group didn't arrive till 10pm and got reamed out by the owner for being late as she (the owner) had to get up at 5am to start breakfast. She didn't care that the guest had paid $185 for the room and had just driven 7 hours to get there. The upstairs was unbearable hot -- about 80*. The frilly touches were a bit over the top -- too many plastic swags of flowers, but the antiques were fantastic. The upkeep was rather shabby on the structure & the grounds and a big huge spider fell off the shower head onto my friend in the bathroom. But with a group of friends to share the weirdness, it was like something from a wacked out movie. We'll be talking about this for years. Bizarre....

Stayed October 2005
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2005

Although the Bitter Sweet Inn was indeed dusty and a bit outdated (as other visitors have commented) the breakfast was incredible and incomparable. My partner and I have stayed in many inns on the east coast and though admittedly the accomodations were superior in some, breakfast at the Bitter Sweet was far better than any I have ever stayed in. The asparagus frittata was especially delicious and we found the proprietor to be a warm and delightful person. As a side note, the fall colors of this particular area are worth any price and any level of accomodation--they are truly spectacular!

  • Stayed October 2004
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New York, NY
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2005

Plan months in advance if you head to Rhinebeck in July. This place was suggested to us by another Inn proprieter and its rooms looked great on its website. We are a laidback, but seasoned world-traveling couple and this place was so bad we left. The upstairs rooms look ok, but my god, the downstairs room was so awful... there was MOLD growing on the walls and there TWO de-humidifiers. There was thick layers of dust on very old furniture (from the 70s likely), bugs, etc. Within 1 hour of being in that room, our eyes were watering, throats itching, faces swelling... seriously. We couldn't sleep at all.

There were unhealthly levels of dust and mold in that place and we have a dozen photos to prove it, which we had to do with the owner. When we explained that the conditions were unhealthy and unacceptable for any guest, she said people love the room, it was a favorite, we must have allergies. We've been to remote parts of china, inside textile mills in indonesia, camped on the pacific crest trail and live in dirty new york city, and have never had the type of reaction we did to this place. This woman just kept denying there was a problem and refused to refund unless she could find someone else to pay for the room. It wasn'until we told her we had photos and went into great detail about the unhealthy conidtions that she decided to charge us for 1 night and credit us the second night. She should NEVER allow ANY guest to stay in those conditions!

  • Stayed July 2005
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2004

This is a bizarre review because we didn't actually stay at the Bitter Sweet B&B. We didn't eat the breakfast. We didn't walk in the door. We didn't stay there because we were so seethingly angry with the proprietor that we opted for the Super 8 Motel in Hyde Park, NY on our wedding night. This despite a reservation. We gave the room to our friends and their two energetic, voracious young daughters.

A small revenge for the act of ultimate betrayal by the proprietor. Quite simply, she failed to honor a confirmed reservation for five rooms, although we had, at her insistence, sent her our credit card number by phone and by fax. She decided to give us only three, without notice, before a holiday weekend. This may seem like a minor slight, but this was our wedding weekend, and we had guests coming from all over the world literally.

This is every traveler's greatest fear - showing up at the appointed time and place with reservation in hand, only to find out that you do not have a room and there is little else available.

We are on this site because we are the types of people who plan and worry and reserve and confirm and confirm again.

The Bittersweet does not deserve our trust or our business.

  • Stayed August 2003
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Property: Bitter Sweet Bed & Breakfast
Address: 470 Wurtemburg Rd, Rhinebeck, NY 12572-2758
Region: United States > New York > Rhinebeck
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Ranked #6 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Rhinebeck
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Number of rooms: 4

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