We had a special place in our hearts for Somewhere Inn Time because we spent the first night of our honeymoon here 8 years ago. But the 8 years since are really starting to show on the property, and we were sorely disappointed when we went back for an anniversary night.
First, I have to explain that the "hotel" is really a large house with owner's residence in the basement, banquet/reception areas on the main floor, and themed hotel rooms on the top floor.
We thought of this place as a luxury destination. The rooms are supposed the be "themed" and have a hot tub/jaccuzi in the room with deluxe bedding and towels and large square-footage
for each room.
Our first disappointment with the hotel was finding the furnishings lacking. The bed was nice, but instead of two matching nightstands, they had one nightstand and one TV tray. Yes, a TV tray on the side of the bed. Both nightstands were covered with a hand towel - very strange and reminded me of my grandmother's plastic cover on the couch.
Next, there were two very large flies in the room buzzing around. There was also a dead fly on the bathtub that had to be removed before we could use the tub. Yuck!
The "theming" of the room (Dawn of Time) seemed to be the Garden of Eden, so there was a lot of silk plants for greenery in the room. ALL of the plants were DUSTY! If you have allergies avoid this room!
Then, in the bathroom the trashcan already had an empty soap box in it - don't they empty the trash cans? It made me wonder if the room had been thoroughly cleaned. And there was also a large black hair on the floor in the bathroom. Again, poor maid service.
The bathroom had very thick floormats (usually a plus) but they prevented the outer door from closing properly. The towels were plush, but they smelled like they had been left in the washing machine too long and had started to sour. Yuck again.
There were a few spots of mold on the ceiling between the outer bathroom (vanity) and inner bathroom (shower). The shower door had hard water spots on it.
We should have reported all this right away, but they all seemed like "little" things, and we had dinner reservations we needed to be on time for.
We left around 6 pm to get dinner. When we returned, a reception was underway, and boy did we feel like the "red-headed step children!!" Reception guests had parked in the upper parking lot (should be reserved for hotel guests) and so we had to walk quite a ways from the bottom of the property. Then the area for the reception was cordoned off and doors were closed and locked so you could not see the reception. In most hotels with banquet facilities, this is not such an obvious "us and them" separation - and it felt like they thought we would "crash" the party. Um - no thanks.
We did talk to the owners of the property to see why the upper parking area was not reserved for hotel guests and to tell them we did not appreciate the long hike to the hotel area. They semi-appologized saying that previous "reserved" signs had been ignored (hence they stopped putting them up) but that they would reserve a spot for us with a cone if we went out again. We thought they should have done this already for us, since we had already checked in and they knew we were going to dinner (the whole family had been there when we left and talked to us about our dinner plans).
We had returned to the hotel after dinner to change out of our dinner clothes and into something more comfortable before going out once again. When we returned the second time, the reception was over and though there was no cone reserving a spot for us, we found a close parking place.
Upon returning to the room, we wanted to get into the jaccuzi tub. We had to pick up a dead fly (as mentioned before) and upon further examination of the tub's tile steps we saw sticky residue (like spilled coke) and candle wax drippings. We were alarmed by the candle wax drippings because the hotel has a "no candles" policy that automatically charges your card $200 if they think you used candles. So I had my husband call down to tell them that there was candle wax on the tub (so we would not be held accountable for it). They did not apologize, but said we would not be charged. By now I'm wondering if they even have a cleaning service!!
We talked about requesting another room at this point, but decided it wouldn't be worth it to pack everything up again to move, and we seriously wondered if the next room would be any different.
So we get into the jacuzzi. And I notice that the greenery around the bathtub is caked with dust - very noticeable since it's right on the ledge at eye-level. And the water is filthy. We see "stuff" coming out of the jets. Yuck Yuck!!! So we get out.
The bed did have nice linens and mattress. But when my husband woke up, he noticed a spider crawling on his leg under the sheets. I'm glad that wasn't me, or they would have had a hysterical lady on their hands! (He didn't tell me about this until after we left the room).
The breakfast (in a basket they leave outside your door in the morning) was alright, but was obviously things they bought at Costco and re-wrapped. Muffin, yogurt, orange, generic orange juice.
We packed up and left that morning by 11 am. Their policy is that you're charged $25 for every 15 minutes you stay past 11 am. No exceptions.
As we checked out, my husband stayed behind to talk to them about our experience. They came up with all kinds of excuses for the flies (pastures nearby), spiders (maybe it came in with you), dirty room (hard water and the maid is going through a divorce). And apologized. But would not discount the room amount or offer us anything else to make us want to come back. He said that since we already had a 20% discount (returning customer), he couldn't do anything more for us. But he said he'd talk to the lady who checked us in and that they would call to discuss our experience more. We never heard from them.
This property needs to decide if it is a luxury hotel (especially with the $150+ a night price tag) or a banquet hall. It seems like they are letting the hotel aspect of the property go downhill drastically (from what we experienced in 2000).
We will not be back again, and do not recommend it.