We spent three nights in the Iris room mid-Nov 2011. We were upgraded which was a pleasant surprise. The facility is a converted home vintage 1970’s though one would easily guess late 1800s, early 1900. It is well maintained but not everything is new which may put off some folks who might be looking for new "everything". It is used and maintained pretty well; just what I would expect from a bed & breakfast-type of facility (but without food service). There are some snack and beverage vending machines for "emergencies". The facility is located about a mile south of town; beyond walking distance but close and away from the sometimes large crowds.
Abbey Inn caters to newlyweds and those seeking romantic get-aways. Behind the Inn is an outdoor wedding area that will seat about sixty and inside a small area to perform an indoor service for about thirty party members. If you have a family, this is not really a facility for you. Check out the website.
Our electric fireplace did not really put out any heat so my wife and I just snuggled. Not perfect but not a deal killer. I didn’t find out later that I could power it down then back on again and I would get some heat but even when it “worked”, its operation was intermittent. I didn’t mention it to the staff until the late the second day so I will claim mea culpa on that one.
There is only one thermostat on the second floor for the three rooms and it displayed 65 degrees. The Inn really needs to consider updating its’ HVAC to allow for individual room temperature control. We tolerated a cool room Friday night but the outside temperatures were moderate. During late into the night, the temperatures dropped and about noon on Saturday I mentioned the coldness of the air coming into our room to the desk clerk who replied, “I think they just turn on the fans during the day to circulate the air”. No other action taken and I could only hope heat would magically emerge from the vents but it did not. This was cold air – like air conditioning cold and it never did warm up during the night. In fact, it got colder and the electric fireplace still did not kick in. I had to get up in the middle of the night and the bathroom was extremely cold. PJs were required.
The next morning, Sunday, I happened to meet the other two couples on our floor as they were getting ready to check out and both said it was a cold night for them as well. One described Saturday night as “bad”. In the room literature, the Inn recommends closing/opening vents to adjust the temperature but when only cold air is coming out, and the room is already cold, all you can do is close the vents to keep it from getting even colder. The facility strives to give guests privacy but more attention to room comfort is needed. For this, I must mark off a rating circle. I would not recommend this facility for a winter/spring stay until they fix this situation. I would have given the Inn four circles were it not for the HVAC situation.
The hot tub worked and the water was ohhhh, just-right-hot which we used to warm ourselves up. The water was clean. We could cook in the 1980s vintage kitchenette but we were celebrating so why bother? We did use the stove to heat some water for tea and that worked fine. There were some spill stains on the carpet around the fireplace but they appeared to be the kind that couldn’t come out even after cleaning.
The TV was a very large, old-style CRT unit. It was not a new LED/LCD panel but again, let’s be realistic; I did not select this facility based on the video quality. On a plus side, on the main floor, near the vending machines is a bookcase with DVDs that you can select from to watch. Oddly, Hoosiers was the very first selection at eye level.
I did not have any negative impressions with the cleanliness of the bed and bath area, especially with the linens (a concern mentioned by another reviewer). They felt crisp to the touch, smelled fresh, and the bed slept nicely. To state bluntly, there was nothing that left me with the impression that a lot of honeymooners had used this room before me. The bathroom was functional and clean.
We opted for the breakfast buffet at the Artist’s Colony Inn. For two of us it was $4 each which was a deal. I mention this because it was handled by the Inn and we were given a voucher for each breakfast. I mention this in this review of the Inn because I have read some negative reviews of the food selection and quality but let's be realistic: this is a buffet. It is hard to mess up breakfast food unless you try hard and most people visiting a buffet want quantity. If you are particular about the way your eggs are cooked or that you only have either bacon or links as meat items then I recommend ordering off the menu. The restaurant has a breakfast menu with $6-$8 range. I thought the quality very good, not fancy fare but honest, and the price excellent.
I would recommend this facility with only the caveat relating to the HVAC issue we experienced. Visitors may have a better experience during the warmer months. They try to please but in this case fell short. Also, if you feel most comfortable in new, immaculate, facilities and not feel as a guest in someone’s home you may wish to look elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Abbey is an adult getaway, different than hotels & bed & breakfasts in the area. We are adjacent to Brown County State Park. No kids, no pets, no phones...Just privacy. Minimal staff. Maximum privacy. Guests enjoy a private hot tub in their room, suite or cabin. Rooms have king beds, flat panel TVs, kitchenettes, patios and balconies. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abbey Hotel Nashville
- Brown County Indiana