I spent an Anniversary weekend here with another couple. The food was good, although almost the same breakfast meal two days in a row (sausage and homemade sliced potatoes) so something completely new would have been nice.
The personal dinner was very tasty for me (roast beef) with a nice portion size and great salad and sides. Some toppings (sour cream chives, etc) for the potato would have knocked mine out of the park, but we only had the mini butter packets to work with. Others in the party had chicken cordon bleu and the salmon, which tasted very dry and were not finished. All agreed the roast beef was by far the best choice.
This place has a lot of potential to be fantastic. First they need to finish some of the updates they started, and upgrade some other parts. Most of all it needs a serious, major cleaning. Being old is not a excuse for not cleaning it up. The bathroom area in my suite showed no recent signs of being cleaned very well and the windows were "original" but don't appear to have seen a cloth anytime in the past few months. (A towel stuffed in the window is not a great scene either). Downstairs areas could use a couple more chairs around the parlor table to encourage people to hang out there, or even outside. They had two fireplaces outside, and we spent both evenings outside but were not offered the fire either time.
Even the shared coffee pot on the second floor looked like it had been sitting there uncleaned for months. No way was I going to even attempt to try that. Having a "shared" fridge for all the guests seems a little ridiculous. They could have at least gotten some mini-fridges for each room. The portable fan in my room was broken (but I fixed it myself) but very dirty. The TV did not get many channels and was too low to see if you were sitting in the bed trying to watch.
Some of the decor seems old which I find really neat, but all the old books were in German, which didn't make a lot of sense. It seems a lot of the apparent 'antiques' were just plastic replicas. Some things appeared to be literally glued back together after it broke. And they really should remove the Big Lot price stickers from the table plates.
The outdoor area, at nite, was nice to relax with some wine and has a nice ambiance with the lighted balls, and rope light around the tree. Again, needs to be cleaned up. Outside of dinner and breakfast, we never saw the hosts around the house like I have in other B&B's I stayed at.
The staff were super nice overall. This was an adult weekend getaway, so I was a little surprised at the children running around the place on two different days while us guests were there. We did meet the children who were all nice and well mannered afterwards.
Altho featured on Paranormal kids, we did not witness anything over the 3 days/2 nite stay.
This is within 30min of Columbus with some great food there and the main street we found looked kinda neat, but we did not get to explore nearby a whole lot. As couples we made the best of things and had a great weekend.
Overall, I think this is way overpriced for what you get in return. I would choose somewhere else for my next stay in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our Inn! The Castle Inn is a historic bed & breakfast located in Circleville, Ohio. We're convenient to both the Hocking Hills and Downtown Columbus. Our Castle was built in 1895 by Samuel Ruggles as a wedding gift for his new bride. Present day, we strive to maintain the historic appeal of our beautiful building as well as incorporate modern features such as heart-shaped Jacuzzis. We offer the convienence of a hotel with the comfort of an inn. During your stay, our innkeeper will make you comfortable, yet give you privacy to relax and enjoy your stay. All of our stays include hot breakfast for two, prepared by your innkeeper and served in our dining room. Romantic options are available to personalize your stay, including private candlelight dinners for two, rose petals, and rooms full of votives. Other amenities include free wifi, a cozy common area parlor complete with fireplace and board games, ice & complementary snacks, and a wonderful outdoor garden with sitting area, pond, & chiminea surrounded by an ivy covered wall. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Castle Hotel Circleville
- Castle Inn b&b