We were excited to stay at Emma's Cottage House after reading reviews and seeing pictures online and even upon driving up to the location.
The stay after that turned mediocre at best.
We knocked on the front door of the main house and were greeted by the innkeeper's daughter (with a screaming baby in the background) who searched for our key and paperwork and eventually led us to our room.
From the pictures online, we recognized the front rooms of the house but they were off limits to guests. Also the main house porch which is also on the website was off limits as well.
The only rooms available are in the cottage house which is quaint and quiet.
There is a "common area" for breakfast and relaxing if you wanted to do puzzles or play board games.
Our room was upstairs and was tastefully decorated. One thing that threw us off was the placement of a large box fan and stand up fan in the room. When we arrived, the A/C was on but it was quite HOT! in the room. The thermostat read 85 degrees and kept inching upwards to 97 degrees. We called from our cell phone to the main line because there was no phone in the room to reach the front desk. We alerted the Angie of the HOT room and she said that it tends to get hot on the top floor and should cool down - it did not.
About a half hour later Jimmy came to the door to assess the issue and told us that because this room is on the top floor and the roof is black and the weather is hot and humid, it takes a long while to cool off especially in the middle part of the day. They also stated that they had this same issue with the same room 2 weeks prior and were told by the A/C company that there was nothing they could do.
We found this quite preposterous. We are Floridians, work in an outside type environment in the heated and humid part of the day, so we understand weather but that should be no excuse for poor A/C circulation. We also tend to utilize the room during the day so a HOT! room would not be acceptable.
The innkeepers idea to try to correct the problem was by installing a portable A/C unit.
Yes, this did help to cool the room down and did make the room more bearable but was not very ascetically pleasing. Also the television in the room was so small that it was a strain to watch.The bathroom shower head was small, ancient, and full of calcium and lime buildup.
When we went down to breakfast we were quite disappointed that the scrumptious breakfast we read about online was nowhere to be found.
We could help ourselves to a full array of child-type cold cereals and oatmeal that would need to be microwaved, or try some of the frozen Thomas bagels or fresh fruit.
There was also opened juice bottles, coffee and tea options available. One morning there was a homemade blueberry cobbler yet most was gone before 9AM.
When staying at a bed and breakfast or inn you expect a home cooked, delicious meal, not ready made snack items.
Overall, the experience was not worth the monied paid.
When we return to St. Mary's Georgia, we will not entertain the idea of staying here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Emma's Cottage House is situated on four acres in historical downtown St. Marys, Georgia. The grounds host many Southern favorites such as magnolias, gardenias, jasmine, azaleas, hydrangeas, and camellias. Many are left over from Miss Emma's own nursery on the property. Current owners have added a goldfish pond and Koi pond to add to the tranquil setting. Enjoy your breakfast on the back porch and watch the numerous birds that make their habitat at Emma's. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Emma’s Cottage House St. Marys, Georgia