We found our room to be the best part of our stay at CW Worth House; it was certainly the most spectacular we'd ever stayed in (and we looove our B&B's!). There was no one at the front desk when we arrived - on time - so we stood around for a bit with our bags; eventually one of us rang the doorbell and Margi and Doug came out. Upon checking in, we received a surprise 10% military discount which was awesome (and not mentioned on their site).
We received a kind of rushed tour and no mention of a wine hour (which there was, as we saw later)... However, in their defense, another couple we were travelling with had shown up before us & received a tour, so maybe they entrusted them to show us around?
Lots of around-the-clock refreshments (think packaged crackers, chips, etc) and a mini fridge stocked with sodas and bottled water in each hallway, pretty much within reaching distance from any room, which we were happy to see! As many B&B'ers may know, nothing is weirder than sneaking downstairs to the community fridge at 1am in your pajamas only to be greeted by the innkeeper, up late to do some cleaning or early breakfast preparation...
Now for the room- we absolutely fell in love with the Azalea room. It is in a turret adjacent to a corner of the house, so the main room is outlined by rounded walls/windows.. enough to make any lady feel like a princess in a castle! The bathroom and sitting room (more like a sun room - such big windows and gorgeous view!) were located in the "corner" of the house. The Azalea can be visualized from the outside of the house; it is on the second floor, all the way to the right (you can see the square sitting room off of the turret).
The bathroom was small but clean - loved the clawfoot tub. 1 bar of face soap was provided and I think that was it.. but in the shower there was a child's rubber ducky/bubble bath in the shower caddy (not romantic!) and a few random, miscellaneous store-bought travel-sized bottles of shampoo. I think the innkeepers should seriously consider investing in either a multi-use/refillable bottle of all-natural or luxury soap (eco-friendly and economic) or even just travel-sized luxury soap.
A note about many other rooms - slanted ceilings abound in this house, so be warned! The description of the Garden Room even suggests you consider another choice if you are over 6 feet tall - our friend have stayed in this room and the bathroom is shaped like a long hallway, but with extremely slanted ceilings the whole length of it - a little claustrophobic if you ask me! We also peeked into the Turret Room - a cramped, round room painted kind of gaudily with clouds... 3 out of 4 people in our group agreed this room was a little creepy.
As we were perusing the house, killing time before dinner, we were amazed by the unique display of antique cameras. It was at this time that we saw the wine on the table (only white was offered this evening). Margi asked where we were headed for dinner and when we told her, she replied with "oh." Taking this as a bad sign, I asked if it was a good place and she said "Oh yeah, I just had lunch there the other day, it's a great place." Maybe it's just me being spoiled by previous innkeepers, but a major selling point for me is not only the charm and big breakfasts found at B&Bs, but the innkeepers' insider knowledge of the local gems and surrounding areas. (I've been to places that not only ask where you're planning to go for dinner, not only recommend a restaurant but also make the reservation for you so you can relax! Now that's personalized service..)
Upon return to the B&B around 1-2am Margi was standing at the front desk - a nice touch that she stays up til all the guests are safely back (if that's what she was doing), but I felt a little weird like we were coming in "past curfew." I don't know, maybe I was just drunk and guilty.
Breakfast the next morning was just OK. They do not offer soymilk with coffee (it's 2013! Come on!) and the egg souffle was clearly store-bought but good. When I asked if she had made the sweet potato patty, she said it was store bought..which I guess was a good thing for her because it was like a disk of mashed sweet potato with an almost impenetrable crust. The innkeepers were not really present during breakfast, and the conversation was mostly run by an older veteran B&B/Wilmington couple (who would've made awesome innkeepers if you ask me).
My husband was also walking around outside, checking out the property and caught sight of a book through a window, entitled "Buying Customers." I'm positive every good B&B/hotel/inn/motel owner has one of these, but don't keep it where the people you are "buying" can see it! This left a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth, naturally.
All in all, we probably wouldn't stay here again unless we caught wind that the innkeepers stepped up their game. But I'll be dreaming of that Azalea room for years to come!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The C.W. Worth House Bed and Breakfast is a circa 1893 Victorian mansion with 7 guest rooms all with a private bathroom, sitting area and some have televisions. A full gourmet breakfast is served each morning in the dining room with your fellow travelers. It is an easy three block walk to the river front along the Cape Fear River where fine dining, shopping and tours are available. Beautiful beaches are a short drive. Your hosts will share their favorite places to eat and things to do. Check out our reviews! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- c. w. Worth House Hotel Wilmington
- c. w. Worth House b&b