Classic European-style mansion that features a unique blend of 19th century charm with modern amenities and offers 11 uniquely and tastefully decorated guest rooms with king size or antique beds and private baths. Many of the guest rooms have Jacuzzi tubs. A relaxing parlor is available for guests that ... More
Maplehurst Inn B & B
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Classic European-style mansion that features a unique blend of 19th century charm with modern amenities and offers 11 uniquely and tastefully decorated guest rooms with king size or antique beds and private baths. Many of the guest rooms have Jacuzzi tubs. A relaxing parlor is available for guests that includes a piano, fireplace, and a nice selection of books and magazines. FuII breakfast buffet served in the formal dining room is included.
We were there for two nights. The host, Sonny, was curt and almost rude at times. We expected the rooms to be old, but the walls look like they had been unpainted for years and the ceiling had a large swipe of white paint across an area (the ceiling was NOT painted white) - I guess a repair. The bathroom didn't have a fan, so we ended up opening the window a bit, even though there was not a screen on it. The toilet tissue holder had a thick layer of dust on it, two light bulbs were burnt out over the sink, there were cobwebs on the wall, no hot water available from the sink faucet, and there were used and opened containers of shampoo and soap in the shower area. The sheer panels that were supposed to be over the windows in the bedroom were partially hanging off the curtain rod and when we tried to draw them open the whole rod fell. When we tried to put the rod back up, it wouldn't go because it had been taped before and the rod pieces wouldn't stay together. There were no knobs on the H/AC unit in the room (which was very loud), and bad, intermittent internet reception in the room.
The glasses given to my husband when he asked for them (none in the room) were dirty and so I went to the kitchen looking for ice and glasses the first night. There were dirty dishes in the sink and the kitchen smelled like old grease. I found a glass in one of the cabinets and an ice tray, which I refilled and put back in the freezer, but I couldn't use them because either the glass or the ice smelled so strongly of garlic - yuck!
We were told breakfast between 8-9am, but when we went down at 8:30am, nothing was there but individual boxes and bags of cereal. Robin was there and asked if we wanted anything cooked and we asked for eggs, which were brought out greasy. We were told someone had to go out to get milk and orange juice while we waited and no bread available until I asked for it.
Unless improvements are made, I wouldn't recommend this place and we won't be staying there again.
A girl friend and I decided to hit the road with our dogs for an overnighter in Knoxville and located the Maplehurst Inn which is conveniently located and accepts dogs. Upon arrival we were greeted by Sonny and Robin who gave us a quick tour and showed us to our room immediately. The 2 full-sized bed room was a bit small but very clean with fresh towels and ensuite bathroom. Breakfast was filling and pleasant.
My only complaint would be that the ‘yard’ for the dogs was virtually non-existent. It was littered with broken glass and some trash and the grass was over a foot high. We felt all this could be cleaned up over a weekend with a little muscle power and yard tools and made into a lovely, inviting, sitting area for guest and a decent enough dog ‘business’ zone.
I read the below reviews the night before leaving for Knoxville and was terrified -- but my fears were entirely unfounded, and it's unfortunate that such reviews are written about this place. I was met by a very kind, very professional woman as well as Sonny who was also very friendly. The place was clean, well-kept, newly renovated, and it was clear that every effort was being put into making this a nice b&b. My wife and I spent a great weekend there for a friend's wedding, and all our friends' staying at the sterile, corporate hotels (which look & smell the same in every city!) really missed out! So, if you like authentic b&b's and are tired of those mass-produced corporate boxes, I hope you'll give this place a try.
Sadly, this place was an example of Shabby Chic...we're sure it was well kept in another era. The sunken bathtub was totally cracked, and there was mold on the bread that we were to have toasted ourself if we had eaten it. Sure enough, we were asked to pay cash, and then we fled North, needing to "shake the dust from our feet" and look for breakfast elsewhere.
This hotel should immediately be closed down by the city of Knoxville. Filthy beyond imagination. It is under new, and utterly incompetent management. Stay here at your own risk. The new manager will demand advance pay for the room in cash. Don't be as stupid as I was and agree to it. Be wary of older reviews. It is not the same place it was. My wife and i were so appalled by the condition of our room -- dirty sheets, filthy bathroom -- that we were promised a 50 percent refund. that was on September 12. It is now October 21.
We looked at the pictures of the Maplehurst Inn on line and made reservations for one night; and after reading the negative remarks written in some of the reviews we almost changed our minds but decided to go anyway. We were glad that we went - we had a very nice experience. The place is old but tastefully furnished. It is old but not dirty. It is cozy, charming and pleasantly different from any other chain hotel. The host, Sonny was very helpful and courteous; he went out of his way to make us feel welcome. We treated him with respect and he returned it with even more hospitality. Dr. and Mrs. N. Khalifa
I'd choose the uniqueness and charm of Maplehurst Inn anytime over generic chain motels and hotels. The place has character. I felt completely at ease there, as though I were visiting the home of dear relatives a little past their prime.
Because of the inn's location, I could observe aspects of the character of Knoxville itself. From Maplehurst, I had a clear view of the Henley Street bridge; I could explore the large old churches and the neighborhood around the university. Downtown Knoxville and market square, lively even on a winter's night, are close enough to walk to.
Maplehurst owner/manager made every effort to make our stay there enjoyable. His place is exceptional, and I would eagerly stay there again if I'm going to be in Knoxville in the future.
Mold, no hangers, musty smell. The air conditioner did not work right. The kitchen was filthy. Sausage was left in the microwave for the following morning breakfast. ( I put it in the dirty fridge.) You could not see the floor in the office. Stay somewhere else.
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