My wife and I spent one night in the Nashville room some time back. I had just finished a rigorous few months studying for some professional examinations, and we wanted a night off. We knew it wasn't the inn's top-shelf room, but we figured that there would be a soft bed and a fantastic breakfast that we didn't have to fix ourselves.
Well, we were wrong.
Never, in all of my days, have I slept on a more uncomfortable bed than the one I endured that night in this inn. I've slept on hide-a-beds, dorm beds, fifty-year-old mattresses, airport benches, and in summer-camp bungalows. None were as hard, as unforgiving, and as downright uncomfortable as the thing in that room masquerading as a bed. If my wife slept at all, she had forgotten about it in the morning.
Breakfast---the other half of what a bed and breakfast is all about---was better, but only marginally. We knew things were off to an inauspicious start when we came down and the landlady turned on Frank Sinatra. I like Sinatra. But as the pleasant vacationing woman at the table with us observed, one turns on Ol' Blue Eyes about the time one picks up the day's first martini, not the day's first cup of coffee. The food itself was thoroughly forgettable: fruit, something with eggs so unremarkable I can't recall it now, and cereal from a box. I eat better than that every morning in my own house.
Otherwise, the stay was simply unremarkable one way or the other. The room was clean, if a tad tired. The landlady was polite, albeit not overwhelmingly pleasant. The linens were passable, but not luxurious. The room had a small tv and vcr, but no dvd player; we discovered that the house copy of "Back to the Future" had been taped off the television, circa 1996. Having commercial breaks in a video was nostalgic and fun, in a way one doesn't at all expect in a room in which one actually paid to stay. None of that's the sort of thing to make one foam at the mouth and call the local authorities. But they're also not the sort of thing that make me want to hand out glowing reviews and recommend the establishment to people. And the bed makes me firmly---no pun intended---resolved never again to darken the place's door.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in one of Nashville Tennessee's most exclusive neighborhoods, this luxurious bed and breakfast has been decorated and furnished to provide the finest in casual elegance: serving the business and leisure traveler. ... more less