Grandma's House B&B      
302 W. 7th St, Hastings, NE , USA    

Lana Waldron, Don Olson


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Oddball house, poor service

Stayed here on business. Front door unlit, lights off inside (at 8:00 p.m.). Faded note on door says use *side* door. Enter a small, cluttered room double-billed as an "antique" shop. Think flea market storage. Then through the narrow passage through the dim dining room (with bags in tow) to the … odd entry. This is where the front door is, but is apparently unused. There sits a life-size mannequin dressed in what my great, great grandmother might have worn to a funeral. Cheery. She stares blankly at the cluttered room. One lightbulb at the bottom, no light switch for the winding, dark stairs. No worries! I'll use the light on my cell phone. We said that we had to be at our other location at 8:00 a.m. the next day. Proprietress says, "Oh. Breakfast is at 8:00." I stood there waiting for her to say something. Nothing. Then I ask, "Well, do we have any options?" She says, "Not really. The OK Cafe closed... and the other place closed." Then she stood there and shrugged. So much for service. We booked the place full (two rooms) that night, so my traveling companion had his own tub and shower. He reports shower was poor, and he repaired the toilet. The other bath down the hall was just fine. Rooms were ok. He said there were bells ringing on clocks during the night, but the only one I heard was the massive bell on the church across the street that rang 17 times at 7:00 a.m. On exit, we had to once again navigate the stairs without light (since neither owner bothered to get up to see us off) and there was no switch at the bottom. Should have just left the lights all on. Through the dark dining room, out through the kitchen and to the exit, which was the door next to the glass case filled with knives (think hunting, not tea). Then OUTTA THERE. I would never stay there again. I'd say that unless they figure out how to hang some extra lights, use a real entrance, and discover the concept of *service* that you find somewhere else too.
Erik Stenbakken

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