We came to Viroqua contemplating a relocation to the area. It didn't start off to well. I was a little confused and concerned when I pulled up to the Vernon Inn. At first I thought I had pulled into a nursing home and not the hotel pictured on the internet. But no, this was it. When we walked in the girl behind the counter literally stared at me for a long time until I broke the silence. She didn't greet me, no "Welcome to the Vernon Inn", or ask, "How may I help you? How are you this evening" just a blank some what annoyed stay. She had a little trouble finding my reservation and asked how much my room was. I was tired from the last 9 hours of driving and said I wasn't sure. Apparently they never changed my reservation and had expected us the day before. As she fumble stoically at the key board disheveled guest shuffled by with no shoes and a laundry bag. The girl gave us our key and didn't tell us where anything was or that there was a free breakfast starting at 6am. However, the breakfast was worth missing, nothing hot, just cereal and store bought danishes. No tea or cocoa. I know this isn't a chain hotel, but still. I was really anxious about the establishment. However, our room quieted my fears. I had arranged to stay in the extended stay room, which is cheaper than the regular rooms, because of less house keeping. I've never seen the standard rooms, but the extended stay rooms are brand new with granite counters, full size fridges, a stove, nice beds, and a cute fake fire place. They put us in a handicapped room, either because they cancelled our reservation, or they just never asked if it was OK. That meant a weird shower and no tub, which was not going to work with a 4 year old. I called the front desk and asked the girl who checked us in if there where any King non handicapped rooms. She said "No". The next day I asked who ever was there and they said, "Yes", and moved us into the suite. The suite was sweet. It was like our own little apartment. With a separate bedroom, living room, kitchenette with bar to eat at. The booklet about the hotel and area stated there was a pool, but we didn't see it. I called up to ask about it and was told that the new extended stay rooms where on top of the old pool. Bummer, it gets dark early in Wisconsin, and having a pool to swim in would have helped to pass the time. Still, I enjoyed the view of expansive corn fields, just a few feet from the window, by day, and clear starry skies by night. The town was quiet and had cool stores like the Coop for wonderful local products. We had the best burger in a long time at the Viroqua Family Resturaunt. The children's cheese burger is the same size as the adult's! Bought Kickapoo Roasters Coffee at the coop (Harvest Blend), and played at the park. The town was quiet and peaceful. I don't know if relocating will be possible, but I'm glad we came and that the Vernon Inn turned out to be a real steal. Because either by mistake or who knows what, our bill was half of what I was quoted when I made the reservation. In the unfriendly girl who checked us in defense, I think it was her mistake because she printed up the bill I signed. Basically we got our extended stay suite for like $65 a night! You can be a little unfriendly for that price. Wow!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When it comes to hotels in Viroqua, the Vernon Inn and Suites offers you clean, friendly, fast service with great rates and outstanding amenities. We have lots of space to accommodate your needs with 50 rooms. Our loyal and dedicated staff will work hard to make your stay enjoyable. Come for a night or stay longer and see what Viroqua and the Vernon Inn have to offer. ... more less