Coombs House Inn
traffic noise,uncomfortable beds,poor breakfast
Recently stayed at the Coombs house on a trip to Apalachicola May 2014. The historic building is attractive and nicely restored, but situated right on the main highway leading through the town, making it anything but peaceful as the St Joe Paper trucks come barreling into town. The room we were given was named Heron and along with half the others in the building are right on and facing this highway. The resulting noise did taper down in the evening but starting right up again around 6 am, becoming quite loud and disturbing as I am trying to sleep in on one of my vacation mornings. Naturally this being an older building the doorways and windows are not sealed completely, allowing outside noise to easily seep in. However, the room was quite large, clean and furnished with a four posted bed and antiques.
The hot breakfast that morning consisted of frozen tasting baked biscuits and some Jimmy Dean type prepared sausage gravy, along with the standard cereal, coffee and yogurt. Biscuits and gravy may be considered a hot breakfast to locals but is NOT what one would expect in a nice B&B.
We asked for a different room for the next night considering the LOUD noise from the highway and were told that they did have another queen room but with jacuzzi at $30 dollar higher. I said that since we did not sleep very well the night before due to traffic noise and have the inconvenience of having to move to another room, couldn't we just be given that room for the same price? Nope, we were offered instead a handicapped room in their nearby annex building that was quite literally big enough for one bed, dresser and chair....about 1/4th the size of our previous room but in the rear of the building and noticeably quieter. This is extremely poor customer service and hardly a comparable room, almost punishing us for complaining about traffic noise. This room was quiet overnight but had several maintenance issues along with a mattress in truly awful condition, being able to feel the springs bulginging through the material and very uncomfortable to sleep on. One would think a B&B could at least provide comfortable mattresses since a good nights sleep is what we were staying there for.
The hot breakfast the following day was dried out, tasteless reheated eggs, again some cheap Jimmy Dean type sausage and store bought bland cubed fruit. We had to ask for the bagel to be toasted as they have no toaster in the dining room. The breakfasts here were overall pitiful, inadequate and sorrowful.
We did use their bicycles to ride about the wonderful town with many restored homes and gardens but here again, maintenance and attention to detail was sorely lacking. Most bikes were in disrepair, loose handlebars and seats, tires almost flat and wobbly, etc.
Evidently the prior owners that restored and ran this establishment have recently sold this property to a local company with noted miserable results.
The facility itself is nice but with the accompanying inferior customer service, noise and maintenance issues and pathetic breakfast make the Coombs Inn an unacceptable and an entirely unsuitable choice of a B&B to stay while in Apalachicola.
Room Tip: If you want to get a QUIET nights sleep, insist upon a room not facing the busy highway out front!
“A Luxurious B&B and More!”
Our visit to the Coombs House Inn was absolutely fabulous. The best words to describe it are comfort, hospitality, warmth, charm and of course luxury. The Inn has been carefully and wonderfully restored by Lynn Wilson. Not only is it an amazing B&B, the house has an interesting history. Our room the Coombs Suite was a beautifully spacious room with a rich Victorian décor including a king size four poster bed. A large bathroom with a whirlpool tub, separate glass shower and two pedestal sinks was an extra special touch from the usual B&B. The staff was superb always alert to any needs or special requests. Breakfast in the dining room each morning included a hot item (breakfast burrito, French Toast with blueberries and cream cheese, etc.) with fruit as well as a variety of bagels, muffins and pastries. On weekends they host a wine and cheese hour where we had the opportunity to meet several other guests. Actually, the Inn has three separate houses with a variety of room and suite options. We found it very convenient to downtown Apalachicola –only six blocks away. It has plenty of parking, too. Extras we enjoyed were the complimentary bright yellow bicycles which are great for touring this small historic town and the numerous city parks. Complimentary beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas were welcome for our visit to St. George Island State Park beach. Be sure to visit with Lynn if she is around. An amazing and dynamic lady! She gave us great suggestions for our visit as did her staff. We highly recommend the Coombs House Inn for any visit to Apalachicola area.
Room Tip: We were in the Coombs Room which is upstairs of the main house. Very convenient to the dining room...
Unique Quality: Just a very charming and well done B&B. The room was well done and spacious. Plus there were so many nice touches from Breakfast, to complimentary bikes, beach chairs, beach umbrella, and wine & cheese. Convenient to downtown, too.
Directions: A few blocks from downtown.
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Coombs House Inn
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Coombs House Hotel Apalachicola
Address: 80 Sixth St., Apalachicola, Florida, 32320, United States
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Amenities at Coombs House Inn
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Free Parking
- Pets Allowed
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High Speed Internet
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