400 Angell St, Providence, RI | Directions 0290641.829609 -71.391828
Not great – My husband and I chose Annie Brownell House for a romantic weekend away. We were surprised to arrive at a dusty, cluttered house with stacks of old newspapers and magazines.
While the owner Annie was quite friendly, she was not able to help us with questions we had about the neighborhood. When we asked for a recommended taxi service, Annie handed us a stack of business cards. Prior to the trip I had also asked Annie if she would be able to help us with restaurant recommendations and reservations. When we asked again after arrival, we were told only, "I've heard the restaurant down the street is good, but I haven't eaten there." One of the reasons we chose a B & B instead of a hotel was that owners are generally very helpful with inside local information, but that was not the case at Annie Brownell house.
We stayed in the downstairs guest bedroom which had a private bathroom. Though it was cleaner and less cluttered than the common areas, everything seemed worn out. The bed was easily over ten years old and creaked every time one of us rolled over! We tried to open one of the windows because the air in the house was stuffy and dank, but my husband had some trouble. It was clear that the room had not been aired for quite some time. We left the house at 10:30 am that Saturday morning, and upon our return at 2 pm the bed had still not been made though Annie was sitting at the computer in the dining room.
You are required to pay a deposit of 50% of the cost of your total stay prior to arrival. We ended up leaving Annie Brownell house early and the owner refused to give us a partial refund (we were willing to pay for the nights we had stayed). Though Annie insisted she had informed me of the "no refund" policy, when I looked back through the e-mail confirmations she had sent there was no record of this. We ended up contacting our credit card company for a refund/stop payment. I would not advise staying at the Annie Brownell House.
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