Ok, so there were initially a few hiccups. When we checked in our room was freezing. The heat was not on and the windows were opened. The front desk staff was frosty at best despite the fact she was chain-smoking in front of the entrance. When we had dinner at the Castle Key the food was so-so and the service sooo-slooow. We ended up standing beside our table just to get the attention of the staff to request our bill!
But it was the "paranormal investigators" that really stole the show. We booked two nights at the castle; the first being uneventful. However, the second night we had ghost hunters check into the room next to us. Our room, 304, was between 302 (where the monk is alleged to have hung himself in the turret) and 306 (where the young lady is alleged to have thrown herself out of the window upon learning of the death of her fiance at sea). When we returned to our room after dinner at about 9 p.m. we found a man duck taping wires to the carpet floor outside of our room running up the staircase beside our wall to the turret. They had the door to 302 open and you could see all sorts of equipment and a couple of really loud women. One came to the door, introduced herself as a "paranormal investigator" and began asking me questions about the ghosts. Did I know about them? Yes. Did they bother me? No. But I was concerned about being disturbed by their nocturnal activities. Would they be disruptive in the night?They said they wouldn't be a problem. Yeah, right.
By 11pm they had still not finished their "set up" and I called down to the front desk to ask them to give our neighbors a call and request that they quiet down. Which thankfully they did. But that was the only sleep we were going to get. At 2:20 a.m. one of their monitors began beeping and for the next hour and half we were forced to listen to them open and shut their very loud, squeaky door; engage in conversations in the doorway and trapes up and down the staircase to the turret to tromp around on the ceiling. By 4 a.m., we were discussing checking out to drive home to get some sleep. But didn't want to end what was to be our romantic weekend away together on such an unhappy note; so we decided to stick it out. Wrong decision.
The ultimate irony was that we ran into our ghost hunter neighbors at the breakfast buffet (such as it was) where we were forced to listen to them complain about the loudness of a room down the hall! I couldn't look at her, as I was sleep deprived, without making a scene so we went back to our room to pack and check out at 9:30 a.m.
Upon check out we asked to speak with the manager who was not available, so we left our name and number and asked him to please call us. When we arrived home at 1:30 we had thought to have had a message but we didn't so we called the castle but he was not available and we left another message; and then again at 4:30 we called to find that he had left for the day. In effect, the manager, Preston Massey, simply blew us off and we have yet to hear from him! When I tried to explain my frustration to the front desk staff they were completely unsympathetic and rude.
Why would they authorize that kind of activity on a weekend and WHY would they put people in rooms right next door when you have to know that there is going to be activity in the night. I mean that's when ghosts do their haunting isn't it?
No wonder they charge you for the room upon your arrival. They grab your cash while they can and then duck and dodge when you have a concern as a guest.
We will NEVER stay there again and of course NEVER recommend it to anyone. And IF the manager ever decides to return our call I'll tell him the same thing!
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