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“Beware of the greedy lady owner”
Review of The Norman Inn

The Norman Inn
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The Norman Inn
Ranked #4 of 5 Sarasota B&B and Inns
Reviewed 16 April 2015

If the house is nice, the owner isn't... If she requests an important deposit you will not see back the colour of it. She used false pretences to make us pay for all that needs fixing before our stay. She pretended an emergency not to come to inspect and reimburse our deposit before we left...
We stop using the sink food disposal after a day as brown water came out of it when we used the dishwasher. She made us pay for a new disposal and maintenance of the dishwasher. She ask 40$ over the renting price for toilet paper, soap and cleaning liquid.,. plus another 75$ for "general utility" even if we didn't use air conditioning or heating as the weather in February was pleasant. Was it because we agree to leave the outside lights in the backyard as she asked us repeatedly even if it was a bother at night in the back bedrooms? She charged us 40$ for movies viewing knowing very well that we didn't do so and had no bill to show for it..
We had already paid 150$ as stipulated in the leasing agreement for house cleaning. She retains another 150$ on our deposit, saying that the kitchen smell fish. Of course we cooked during our 1 month stay but were nice enough to bag and freeze the fish bones left from the last meal before leaving so garbage would not smell in the garage, waiting for garbage day.
We though of having our dog with us and Mrs Norman ask 75$ over the deposit but refuses to give it back when we inform her that we were not bringing the dog... We found out after our stay that the previous renters had to pay 175$ for a fleas exterminator even if the fleas were from her own cat. She reclaimed the same amount from us even if we didn't bring the dog or had any fleas problem.
Moreover she states that we are responsible for the sinking of the garage driveway concrete and displacement of the mail box which is far from the said driveway and that we had no use for!!!
We understand that Mrs Norman is short of money as the Compass service man (TV, wifi, tel. ) came of over a diner time to cut all services for unpaid bills of over 300$ but do not feel responsible for her problems. We didn't complained that the house computer didn't work, that the mattress in the third bedrooms needs to be replaced, that the outside table asked for over an hour to be fixed (what we did so we could us it) that the sleepcovers in the living room were far from pristine, etc... We left her a brand new bicycle we had bought so we could go on trails as we could not bring a third one on our bike support. Of course we didn't hear of it...
Beware, that lady is dishonest!

Stayed: February 2015, travelled with friends
23  Thank estelle042015
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Reviewed 1 March 2015

I get the feeling the Inn is nice for a short stay, but this landlord is clueless when it comes to long-term guests. My list of grievances is long, but I must warn any potential renters of her deceitful nature. Taken out of our deposit: the repair bill for the drapery rod that fell down just by opening the curtains because it was improperly installed to begin with; "phone calls on behalf of tenants" (having to call to learn how to use the TV because there were five remotes and no instructions on how to use them). The clincher: having to deal with a flea infestation (sixty-plus bites), the origin of which is unknown (yet I was charged for the exterminator), but given the pet hair on the less-than-clean furniture and the fact that Florida is known for its pests, is remarkable. I was never so glad to leave someplace.

Stayed: January 2015, travelled with family
20  Thank Susan D
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

Lois is an exceptional host, she made us feel so welcome without being overbearing. She was helpful recommending local sites to see. Our room was lovely with all amenities you could require and very clean. Sitting out in the garden watching the lizards was one of the highlights of my whole holiday! Lots of nice personal touches so you feel comfortable as soon as you arrive. Breakfast was expansive and tasty. If we return to Sarasota we will definitely be staying here again, Thanks Lois :)

  • Stayed: June 2013
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2  Thank scotlass81
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

We stayed three nights at the Norman Inn and found this bed and breakfast just right for our needs. Our room was private and confortable, the bathroom is large with a tub and shower stall.
Lois is very nice, helping you out with directions, leaving you a nice array of breakfast foods, and unobtrusive. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend the inn to anyone wanting to stay at a small bed and breakfast. The Norman Inn is a good value and good location for touring Sarasota.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank kyamin
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

I've stayed at the Norman Inn twice now, and can only say good things about the experience. Lois, the owner is very welcoming, and goes out of her way to make your time there a good one. I stayed in the Capri Suite both times, which is quite large and includes typical amenities and a very large bathroom with double sinks, separate large shower and a soaker tub. There is also separate access to the back yard and hot tub. However, we were also able to have access to the main part of the house, and certainly didn't feel that we needed to remain in the suite when we were there. One of the best things about B&B's for me is the interaction over breakfast, where Lois is cordial and accommodating to your needs. Fresh Florida grapefruit every day for me! It was more like having coffee with a friend than formal dining. There is no pool, but you're only 10-15 minutes away from one of Sarasota's best beaches in a quiet, residential neighbourhood. Two nice malls are quite close, and there's a killer Thai restaurant less than 5 minutes away. I have no problem rating the Inn as excellent, or recommending it to those who would like a quiet, away-from-it-all sort of place.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Alan C
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Additional Information about The Norman Inn

Address: 4644 Sawyer Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233-1811
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Sarasota
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
The Norman Inn Sarasota, Florida

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