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Reviewed 27 October 2006

I've been a guest at the Green Glen Inn several times and always felt richer for the experience. The house is a wonderful Victorian and is highly treasured as an East Aurora landmark. Just walk down the street to Vidler's 5 and Dime, where you will see the Green Glen embroidered into a blanket you can buy for $35.00.

Spend some time speaking with the owners, Ed and Martha Collins. They are wonderful hosts, perhaps the sweetest couple you could ever expect at a B & B. They make you feel welcome and glad to be there. Except for their private quarters, you have the run of the house.

The house has the feeling of being at "Grandma's", full of books, nick nacks and bric-a-brack gathered over a century. It is very relaxing and cozy. The rocking chairs on the porch in the summer are the best.

The unfortunate news is that the rooms deparately need to be updated. The beds, furniture, and furnishings are hopelessly out-of-date and would seem more appropriate in a Salvation Army thrift store. The sheets were clean, but the matresses were lumpy and the blankets were a little musty. The bathrooms need modern fixtures and larger mirrors. I recognized a Dixie cup dispenser from the 60s and a can of Bactine antiseptic spray from the 70s. The basket of used hotel shampoo and conditioner bottles was very unappealing. The towels were a little too rough.

Curiously, Ed will ask you to use the side door -- apparently because the nice big door in front is hard to open. This wouldn't be so bad, but navigating past the two sets of doors, up the stairs, and around the piles of books and magazines on the desk without bumping into the aquarium was difficult with three suitcases. I would like to see the big door fixed.

Also, it would have helped if something like a fruit basket, night gowns, a water pitcher, or fresh fluffy towels were ready in the room to help make us feel welcome when we came through the door. There is a classic upright player piano in the TV room, but Ed said it was broken. Wouldn't it have been marvelous to hear it?!

Fortunately, the breakfast was generous and the other guests were good company. Our dining experience was very genuine and back to basics: milk and cereal, scrambled eggs and ham, English muffins and jam, percolated coffee, and a big glass of orange juice. All this in a grand dining room with a beautiful view.

Martha and Ed love to please their guests. My wife mentioned that she had taught at St. John's University, so Martha gave her some ivy cuttings to remind her of St. Johns ivy covered walls! Although he is no longer up to it, on one of my previous stays, Ed took me on a walk through the woods because I wanted to visit a Roycroft campground.

I rate this B&B at 6 out of 10. If the rooms were more appealing, I would rate it higher. It is not appropriate for small children or pets. Also, you should call ahead.

But if you are coming to East Aurora, and the Roycroft Inn is booked, I would definately recommend that you experience it at least once. It is much better than staying at a motel.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Scott_G_Lloyd
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Reviewed 14 January 2004

My husband and I stayed at the Green Glen during Christmas week for 9 days. It is in a great location so that you can walk within 5 minutes to the main village area. The owners, Martha and Ed, make us feel so very much at home, inviting you to read a book off their shelf, watch TV in the main room, or sit and read in their study. My husband, who works about 60 hours a week, said that he "learned" how to relax again while there. The homemade breakfasts were my favorite...every-thing from grapefruit to omelets to having Ed refill my coffee cup constantly.We will be staying there again when we return!

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