I guess I will be "bucking the trend," but write these reviews so that other travelers know what to expect at the places we visit. I would love to rate this a 5, as every other reviewer has, but a few areas fell short of meeting that goal.
Hubby and I arrived in Newberg around 12:30pm, and we decided to see where the Inn was llocated even though we knew check-in time was 4:00pm. We also wanted to see if the iinnkeepers had some brochures or info on nearby wineries. We did not expect to check in early.
The front door was locked, so we rang the doorbell. Andy came out and acted like we were there to rob him, or so it seemed. There may be some regulations or rules about inviting people inside who weren't registered, but Andy shut the door in our face and then came back out with a map and some other materials for us. He was more friendly as we walked away from the door and he did give us some helpful ideas. We were both a little taken aback regarding this behavior from the owner and innkeeper. Not a good start.
We arrived back about 4:30pm to check in. Andy real friendly now. The first impression of the main house is awesome! High quality furniture, amazing views from the front of the house. Fireplace, outdoor seating, munchies available, and so much more. There is even a small library (a few books) and exercise room? Not a place to exercise, just some equipment. Outside is a croquet set that I would have liked to use.
Andy took us upstairs to Air. I always prefer the top floor--it cuts down on the "Elephant Dancers" so prevalent these days. Vaulted ceilings, luxurious bedding, comfy couch, nice table for 2, fresh flowers, salted caramels, and nuts, were just a few of the lovely amenities. The view from the door to the balcony is gorgeous. Which brings me to negative #1: the balcony door is almost impossible to open, and the balcony itself is TINY! Anyone with big feet would have trouble stepping out. No room for even a small chair.
The windows were open and the road noise was horrific! (negative #2) There is a reason there is a noise maker in the room! We always bring our own for occasions like this. With the windows closed, the noise is quite dampered, but (negative #3) there is no thermostat in the room to cool it down.
We found the thermostat outside our door in the hallway of the 3 upstairs rooms. Who gets to decide the temperature? We had a choice of sweating all night or hearing the truck noise. Opted for the heat.
Note: the next afternoon, our windows were closed and the air conditioner must be on high as room quite cold now.
To continue the tour of the Inn, Andy took us to the Loire Room---where the only TV with reception was located. No where on the website does it state that the televisions in the rooms are only for viewing dvds. I don't want to share my TV viewing habits which include wine drinking and snacking in my pjs or undies with strangers. There was a large collection of movies to choose from. This room would be perfect for weddings, family gatherings, etc. Microwave (including popcorn), trail mix, and sodas are also available here. We were quite disappointed that we would miss news and some of the RNConvention. We can live without Tv, but think it should be mentioned beforehand.
Andy helped carry our luggage to our room--a really nice touch considering the "luxury" place we stayed in the night before and had to drag our own luggage uphill.
Negative #4 was the bathroom. Yes, the towels are the most plush I have seen in a long time, but the room is small with only one sink and a shower-no tub. This was not unexpected after looking at the floorplan. What was unexpected was the quality of the shower---fiberglass? insert for the shower floor, with a small lip and shower curtain to curtail the water. Yes, an enclosed shower with a door is more expensive and harder to keep clean, but appearances do matter. Water pressure wasn't real great--much better with the handheld attachment. Again, I am not fond of the dispenser amenities although I understand while they are present more often.
Breakfast is served at 9am. Website states a possible earlier time, but when we asked Andy if we could eat earlier before our drive to the airport the next morning, he said he would check, but never responded back. The food is excellent, especially the pain perdue. Fresh fruit both mornings. Crisp bacon. And NO onions. If you read my other reviews, you know how I feel about that. Coffee is strong and abundant. Ready around 7am with a few items to eat: banana bread, granola, fruit, etc. Leah cooks and Andy serves---this is what a great B&B does! Leah comes by to chat at breakfast, asks if you need help for the day--dining or wineries, etc. Another nice touch.
This was almost a perfect spot for relaxing but for the above issues. The architects have done an amazing job with this property. However, we have stayed in numerous B&B's, and can not quite give it the 5 stars as some others we have visited. I believe that if some of these items were addressed in the website literature, people will still come in droves, and maybe a few others, like me, would go elsewhere. A good's night sleep is a high priority.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Puy A Wine Valley Inn is a destination bed and breakfast for the Willamette Valley. We are focused on being a romantic retreat for couples. The inn strives to exemplify sustainability from the food offered, to the products used, to the care for the environment from the exterior to the interior. Our goal is to provide a superior hospitality experience. Our mission is to be an authentic "eco-inn". Guests are invited to come to the inn to re-balance themselves with the peaceful and tranquil setting, organic cuisine, spa-like amenities and fresh atmosphere. ... more less