first time guests, staying at the Thousand Islands Inn is their first
in a small historic hotel. The many "Thank You" letters Susan, Allen
and the staff
receive every year, and of course the many returning visitors,
indicate their approval. Small hotels are not to be confused with
either B&B's or modern motor inns. Unlike B&B's, the Inn's
guests enjoy total privacy in their own rooms. And unlike modern motor
inns or hotels, as Susan is quick to point out, "Our guests are not
just numbers. They become new friends as soon as they check-in."
In preparation for the Inn's 100th anniversary, owners Susan and Allen Benas began a major restoration program to return the atmosphere at the Inn to that of the late 1800's when it opened. As the Inn entered its second century of serving 1000 Island visitors in 1998, it offered a full array of enlarged rooms, restored to recall its' early days, yet keeping in mind the demands of today's travelers.
This was no small effort. Your hosts spent months studying historic small hotels across the nation, to bring back the ambience of a hotel built in 1897, while providing all the modern comforts. For couples, the double beds of the late 1800's, for example, gave way to the preferable king size beds of today. Some of the rooms even feature brass beds and original vintage claw foot bathtubs, very much retaining the past. For groups or single travelers, many rooms also offer individual double or twin size beds.
Rooms feature wainscoted walls, each room with its own blending tones of blues, yellows, teals and burgundies. Color coordinated deep pile carpets, quilted bed spreads, and hand-crafted wall appointments by local artisans complete the authentic late 1800's decor. The restoration project was performed by one of the area's most recognized and qualified contractors. That insured quality. Interior design was provided by, as Allen recalls, "Money to Susan, Inc."Many rooms at the Inn afford a view of the St. Lawrence River, just across the street. All rooms provide the modern amenities of full private baths with tubs and showers, color-cable TV and free in-room WiFi, yet are furnished and decorated to reflect the period of the late 1800's, complete with many antique furnishings. Rooms are not air conditioned but have multi-speed ceiling and window fans, and especially, blankets for taking advantage of the cool fresh summer evening breezes off the river. The Inn is not what some people would call a "contemporary" facility. Neither does it try to be. It is a journey back in time giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy the ambiance of a piece of real history with many of the modern conveniences of today.
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