On the positive side, the staff here was friendly and helpful (although the faces kept changing).
On the negative side, this property's designated (well, undesignated!) parking was confusing and not marked at all. We received general directions from the receptionist, but just before we left for dinner we were told we had parked in the wrong place (who knew?) and would have been towed.
As for the room, it was small--barely enough space for us and our luggage. We did not sleep well, as the only spread they provided was a heavily quilted acrylic one, so we were going back and forth all night long between covers-on and covers-off, sweating and cooling. And the windows were sealed, so the one thing we would have enjoyed more than anything would have some fresh air--which we could not get.
As for the location, the proprietor likes to brag about its location. But in terms of sleeping, our room (#3) was on the second floor, street side. So it's great to be able to say one is conveniently located in the very center of the downtown area of Charlottetown, but that's also accompanied by partygoers making their ways home after 2 am, police sirens and other center-of-town noises during the night. I've experienced stays like this on some weekends in some resort towns in the US, but all these things taken together did not make for a pleasant night's sleep.
The bathroom, on the other hand, was quite large. But they had done an acrylic makeover by whatever the Canadian equivalent of BathFitters might be, and the bottom of the tub creaked and snapped every time I took a step. Add to that the floors in the bathroom (well the whole room) were quite slanted. So not only was I worried about my safety from the tub moving under my feet, but I also could not stand up straight. I felt as if I had misstepped, I would slipped and fallen. Not a pleasant bath experience. Did I forget to mention the alternately hot and cold shower water? More bracing that a strong cup of coffee, granted, just not my cup of tea for early morning stimulation.
Speaking of coffee and breakfast, we were not at all impressed. I had a foreboding that it was going to be just that, as when we checked in the afternoon before, I spotted two large trays of muffins covered in saran wrap on top of the refrigerator. And sure enough, there were those same muffins on the breakfast counter the following morning. They were generic store grade and not fresh. And the coffee was brewed in a 40-cup aluminum pot, brewed from nothing more than generic grocery store grounds. The whole thing was as if they were providing absolute minimal requirement to be able to say they served breakfast, but made no effort make it palatable in any way. Only two cold cereals were offered, and some fruit juice in a cardboard container was of the concentrated variety.
My suggestion to anyone who stays here to skip their "breakfast" in which the innkeepers seem to take considerable pride, and instead walk three blocks away to "Cora", and get yourself a decent breakfast.
Finally, the other guests were an interesting melange, including a biker couple and two women runners. But the vibe in the breakfast room was quite unpleasant, and on the unfriendly side, I have to say. I'm sure the guests change on a day-to-day basis, so I can't fault the innkeeper for that. But the "bargain" they offer does tend to attract bargain hunters.
So that's what what there.
My final beef: the name. These people have no justification for calling their property an "Historic Hotel." There's nothing about this operation that even vaguely resembles a hotel. It's a B&B, and not a very good one at that. As for its being "Historic", OK it used to be a tailor shop. Whooppee. But almost any building in this area of Charlottetown has a history. Every other building in this neighborhood used to be something else. So I guess all the weighty sewing machines that used to be here must have caused the floors to list. That's a part of Historic Charlottetown I could well skip.
All in all, I can't find any compelling reason to consider returning here.
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