I seriously wish I had come across these reviews BEFORE giving them my money. I was directed to Homeclick via Amazon to purchase an office chair. The process to give them my money went seamlessly. When I had placed my order there was no indication that there would be a delay in delivery, then I receive an e-mail a week or two later telling me that the order I had placed in early September had been delayed and to expect deliver in the middle of NOVEMBER! I promptly cancelled my order and was told they would request the order cancellation and forward that to their "Cancellation Department" (which I am sure is not an actual thing and just something used to give the appearance of working with a legitimate, professional business).
No refund after over a week, replies to my follow-up e-mails have gone unanswered... I paid through PayPal, so I've had to 'File a Dispute' in order to get my money back, which takes forever as the Seller is given over a week to respond to the dispute, which of course they have not...
AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!!
In need of a last minute hotel room after a bad experience our first night at Embassy Suites up the road, we stumbled upon Ansonborough Inn and I'm so glad we did! Nearly every hotel was booked for the weekend, but we were able to get the last vacant room here. I was a little uncertain of what to expect, as hotels like this can really be hit or miss.
The atmosphere of the hotel was unique, warm, and inviting. Our suite was huge, well laid out, and clean with a comfy leather couch and flat screen TV that truly made you feel as though you were in your own little one bedroom condo in downtown Charleston. Not to mention the fact that their room rates were significantly lower than just about every other hotel in downtown Charleston, including the Days Inn.
The staff was great and they had a complimentary wine and cheese hour in the social room that was a really nice touch.
Definitely recommend staying here!
Booked a room here for Thursday (8/7) and Friday (8/8) of this week - a suite with 2 double beds. The place certainly was NOT inexpensive - $229 for Thursday night, $379 for Friday night, plus another $82 for taxes - adding up to nearly $700 for a two night stay. Spoiler alert: we only ended up staying one of the two nights...
As noted by other reviewers, the hotel felt pretty dated. This was somewhat offset by the historical significance of the building, being housed within the "Old Citadel," which was actually pretty neat.
The room itself was spacious, but again, felt very dated and was quite dark as the only windows were those looking out to the main interior of the hotel (i.e. no natural light) and having those curtains open meant forgoing any sort of privacy, as anyone walking down the hallway would be able to see directly into your room.
The living room area and bathroom were both fine, but the bedroom layout was a bit awkward as the furniture was all off centered, leaving a large open space with nothing to fill it. Bedding left much to be desired and was super uncomfortable. The mattress springs could easily be felt pressing into the side of your body and oddly there were no standard size pillows, only small square ones like those you would find on a couch. Sadly, the pull out couch proved to be more comfortable than the actual beds.
Aside from the lackluster room conditions:
The hotel was LOUD with kids sprinting around the halls until 10:30PM. With the rooms all situated around one large common area everything going outside of the rooms is amplified.
The bedding was also ITCHY! We didn't see any signs of bed bugs, but when we spoke to the person at the front desk they informed us that they had received complaints of bed bugs, ants, roaches, and fleas - so, it was quite possible that something was biting us.
Needless to say, we checked out after the first night and found a different hotel!
The hotel staff were all very friendly and helpful, and the fresh cookies at check-in were delicious - but unfortunately that does not make up for the expensive, uncomfortable, and itchy hotel stay.
En route to Starbucks, I came across Sweet Reasons Cupcakes and decided to stop in to give them a try. I got the black and white cupcake (chocolate cake w/ cream cheese icing) and it was absolutely delicious! Super moist and the frosting was nice - not sickeningly sweet, like many places. I would definitely recommend giving this place a try.
Tonight, I had a lazy night in and decided to order a pizza rather than cook or go out. Rather than going with one my usual options, I decided to give Zpizza a try. I had never been to a Zpizza before, so this was something new, and I found their focus on healthier ingredients to be appealing. I got a large pepperoni pizza w/ wheat crust and an order of the parmesan flatbread sticks.
Delivery did take about an hour, but I would guess that my house is near the very edge of their delivery area, so I didn't mind. Plus, the guy that delivered was pleasant, which I always appreciate.
The parmesan flatbread sticks come with a side of marinara sauce, as most breadsticks do, but they were not quite what I had expected. I think of breadsticks as being warm, soft, and chewy, while these were more like a crisp and were not particularly warm. Either way, I didn't really care for them, so I had one and then moved on to the pizza.
The pizza was okay. Temperature and size were both good, but the taste didn't really do it for me. The sauce and crust were just kinda, eh... Not bad, but not good. I will say, that even though I ate a decent amount of the pizza it didn't leave me with that sick, gross feeling you often get after eating a lot of something you shouldn't have (i.e. greasy, delicious pizza).
Not likely to order from Zpizza again anytime soon, but I wouldn't object to it either if someone else were to suggest it. Some with different tastes might enjoy their pizza and they do offer healthier, better quality options than most other pizza places.
My favorite bagel shop is in DC, but en route to Fredericksburg I came across this little place. Super friendly owners and my bagel this morning was delicious! I was surprised to find a decent bagel shop that wasn't a chain, like Einstein or Panera, in Stafford of all places. Definitely recommend this place and definitely plan on returning.
Finally got around to taking my watch in to get repaired and this place was great! Originally, said the replacement clasp needed to be special ordered, but I guess they ended up having it or at least something comparable, because just a few hours later I had a voicemail on my phone telling me it was ready to be picked up.
Super fast, super friendly, and WAY more reasonably priced than the place at Tyson's.
I've ordered from here about half a dozen times since moving to Annandale, but I don't think I would again.
Last night, I ordered online and opted to pay the additional cost for a side of garlic sauce, even making a note "garlic sauce x2 please." Upon receiving the order I found that they hadn't even included one! Super annoying, since I had paid extra for it and because the pizza just isn't really the same for me, without it.
This is not the first time that this has happened here, so the next time I go to order a pizza I will definitely opt for somewhere else, like Papa John's, where I actually receive what I paid for. Paisano's pizza is good, but pretty much comparable to any other pizza place.
Every year the National Christmas Tree is underwhelming, to say the least. A fairly large evergreen tree with a lame net of lights thrown over it. Definitely not worth going out of the way to see. Honestly, the Christmas tree displays at the mall are more impressive.
Washington, DC, Vereinigte StaatenYelper seit
Juli 2008Dinge, die ich mag
coffee, tea, barnes and noble, people watching, caesar salads, italian foodHier bin ich häufig anzutreffen
Various parts of Northern Viginia/DCHeimatort
Falls Church, VAWenn ich nicht gerade yelpe, dann ...
Sitting at Starbucks doing homework, enjoying lifeMeine Henkersmahlzeit
Caesar salad and fettucine alfredo