This was my first time at the Iroquois, although my husband had stayed several times and preferred it to the Grand. Perhaps due to his past history or due to a slow time, we received an upgrade to the Cottage Suite at no extra charge. It was a delightful room on the third floor. It faced the street and had ventilation from 3 sides. The queen size bed had a sitting area with balcony on one side and a bar area and entrance to the bath on the other. The balcony looked out on the water and could accommodate 2 people standing. There were also multiple windows facing the street. The shade of green on the walls seemed a bit strong at first, but went well with the strawberry patch comforter, sofa and chair fabrics. It was a very cheery room. The bath had a double shower with a sitting area, a separate light as well as a long narrow casement window. We enjoyed the cucumber fragrance toiletries as well as the wonderful towels. We were rather surprised to find all bed and bath linens changed during our 2 night stay. They made sure all the new colors coordinated. I would have respected a more ecological approach. There was no mention of this or an opportunity to opt out. The bar area had a mini fridge with a fresh lemon and lime as well as nice stemware, a cutting board and knife and an ice bucket. We found the room absolutely delightful.
The entire hotel was beautiful--romantic screened porches, a circular sun room where you could enjoy your continental breakfast, a front porch (too small--only 5 chairs), and a lovely dining room with a very talented piano player at dinner time. The gardens were very well kept and provided a wonderful welcome.
We had dinner there one night and found the food and the selection to be very good, but not exceptional considering the price. The atmosphere and attentive waitstaff more than compensated for this.
Some early reviews I read addressed the attitude of the staff and cleanliness. We found no fault there. The staff were very friendly and accommodating (much friendlier than we found the clientele to be) and the staff were always checking to ensure the continental breakfast assortments were sufficient and neatly presented. They also ensured that no dirt or debris gathered anywhere in the hotel. They did an excellent job handling our baggage to and from the ferry.
We liked the location which is a few steps from the ferry and at the edge of the lively part of town. It does come with noise from surrounding restaurants and hotels, the ferry, and the daily 6:30 AM street cleaning--remember, the horses leave a lot to be cleaned up. Be happy the town is on top of the job.
I would love to return to the Iroquois one day. It was pretty close to perfect. I have no other comparison on the Island although my husband stayed at the Grand and felt that the rooms there were not nearly as nice at the same price point. I welcome reading about some of the other hotels on the island as the Iroquois seemed pricey to me.
We loved the Cottage Suite, but keep in mind it faces the street, which can be noisy.
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