My husband made the reservation at this B&B because the ones were we usually stay were booked. Now I know why this B&B not only had a room available, but we were the only guests staying there.
On Wednesday I received an email from Georgie, the innkeeper, asking what time we were going to check in between 4 and 6. My husband said he would call her the next day. I got home the next day to find a voice mail from Georgie. She sounded annoyed, saying she had sent an email and she really needed to know what time we would arrive because she was not going to be there and had to make arrangements for someone else to greet us. I had the feeling she was being inconvenienced by us staying there. After he called her we received an email, which I think had a very passive-aggressive tone, writing, in part :" We will warmly greet you at 4:00 on Friday. Staff will not be here before 4:00."
My husband arrived at 3:45, admittedly 15 minutes early, and was greeted by Georgie, who was annoyed but took him to the room. I arrived an hour later. There was a post-it note on the front door about "Don't use this lock". As I stepped inside my first view was of a large white towel spread out on the floor at the bottom of the steps. Was I to wipe my feet on that?
The room was small but fine. There was a fern that was half dead and every time you brushed against it the dead bits dropped off. There was also a plant with one leaf on the window sill and another mostly dead plant in the bathroom.
The bathroom light was on the far side of the bathroom mirror, so you had to search for it every time you went in. The one person whirlpool tub was not large enough for one person to relax in.
The fireplace would have been a nice touch but the loud clicking from the timer was just too annoying. Other than the bed there were just two wicker chairs to sit on. Each had a cushion with a towel covering it.
For you regular B&B stayers, you know how there is usually coffee, tea, and something yummy to eat in the common area? Here there was a Keurig coffee maker and next to it was a jar with a post-it note: "Honor system. Keurig coffee $1.25 per cup." NEVER have I seen such a thing. And in a bowl outside of the room were two packs of peanut butter crackers and a box or raisins.
At 12:06 AM the alarm in the next room went off. It was heard loud and clear. Luckily the door was unlocked so my husband could turn it off. But I was left wondering what else could be heard one room to the next had there been anyone else staying at the place.
In the morning my husband went out to get me coffee (not paying for her Keurig). I could here every word spoken downstairs when he returned. When we were talking upstairs I felt like we had to whisper or everything we said would be heard downstairs.
At this point I must tell you that I was drinking the coffee my husband had brought for me and as he was getting into bed he knocked my arm as I was taking a sip and some splashed out. It got on two pillows and the sheet, and me. I used a towel to get it off me, and removed the light blue pillow case and rinsed it to get the coffee out since, being blue, it couldn't be bleached. The sheets were white so could be bleached.
We came down at 8:30 for breakfast. I had that uncomfortable feeling that we shouldn't be a minute late or the innkeeper would be annoyed. Instead of a tablecloth there were small cloth place mats. Breakfast was small glass of orange juice, an omelet, HALF an english muffin, and a small blueberry muffin. It was fine but nothing great. This time coffee was in a carafe and it was free. When I put my coffee mug on the table, Georgie quickly told me to, 'Pop that on top of the saucer, please.' If she is fussy with her table, she should use a tablecloth.
We left by the 11:00 check-out. I left the pillow case that I had rinsed in the sink. Everything was left in order.
On the porch as we left there was a white towel spread out on the ground. Just odd . . . .
While I was driving home my daughter called me. She said someone had just called her (I assume Georgie) and sounded really annoyed and told her we had left the room a mess. My daughter gave the woman my cell phone number. She did not call me. I received an email saying "We were shocked when we found our linens, towels covered in blood with no warning from you folks."
How can one not be able to distinguish coffee from blood? How could huge amounts of blood get on the bed?? And this line: "You even used a pillow sham on the floor and it had blood on it." What does that mean? Does that mean that it was on the floor in the room? I left nothing on the floor. Does that mean we used the pillow sham but it was for decorative purposes only? Yes, we did use it to sit up in bed because there were only two sleeping pillows on the bed. Yes, the coffee did spill on it. And again, can't tell the difference between coffee and blood?
Please also note that the price quoted is when paying with cash. A surcharge is added for credit card payments. Only 2%, but really?
This is definitely one to cross off the list.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Olde Square Inn, our Lancaster County bed and breakfast, is a beautifully restored architectural gem of the Colonial Revival era. Setting our accommodations apart from other area B&Bs, we offer a hot, three-course breakfast, coffee and treats available 24 hours, an in-ground pool during the summer months, and handicap accessibility in the child-friendly Carriage House. The Inn is also a beautiful venue for hosting retreats, small weddings, and special celebrations. A pleasant departure from hotels, Olde Square Inn is conveniently located on the historic square of this quaint, but expanding, town. We are just minutes from Highway 283/30 that leads to Hershey, Lancaster, Spooky Nook Sports, York, and Gettysburg. Amtrak, slotted for a $27.5 million update, is located only two blocks away. Our lovely suites and rooms include private baths, mini refrigerators, TV, wireless internet, queen or king beds, air conditioning, and fireplaces or stoves. If you are planning a special occasion, anniversary, or birthday, be sure to check out the Carriage House as the ultimate in privacy and luxury for your Lancaster County getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Olde Square Inn Mount Joy, Pennsylvania