short sheeted and not happy!

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i guess there is another definition for short sheeting and i don't mean as a prank.

i stayed at a b&b recently and the sheets were too small for the bed. the bottom sheet was not a fitted sheet and it ended about a foot away from the foot of the bed.  the top sheet was the same.  so, in the night, the sheets were all bunching up and untucked and i pulled back the covers to see what was going on.

i remade the bed the best i could. but it pulled apart again ... so that my feet were resting on the mattress pad if i wanted the bottom sheet up at the head of the bed.   the blanket was also too small for the bed and it was a chilly night. 

in the morning, i mentioned ... quietly ... privately ... to the innkeeper ... the issue.  she asked, as i checked out, how was my stay and i tried to explain that i thought there was a mistake with the sheet size.  she said loud and fierce, 'there is just no pleasing some people.'  and she walked away.

angry  this makes me want to post a not so great review ... more for her attitude than the bed linens.    either way, i definitely won't go back there.

it was annoying and uncomfortable to try to sleep this way. 

why would they make the bed this way?

 

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There is absolutely no excuse for the short sheets or, most of all,  the attitude.  (And of course I am dying to know where you stayed ....give me a hint Smiling  Write the review

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We have 7 50 gallon hot water heaters. All electric (no gas available here). We're now on our second round of replacing them $$$. We looked into the on demand system, but were told no matter what we did it could not keep up with the volume we need with the big tubs we have. Oh well ... sad

I can't believe that those innkeepers never heard about the lack of hot water before you said something, unless their water heater was failing.

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I was thinking about these several years ago - ok more than I thought as it was when doing the new bathrooms in 2006 - and an insurance man here in town had me turn on the hot water in the bathroom at his office to see how hot it did not get. He said it was turned up all the way. That is why I did nit get one en each bathroom upstairs at that time. I am sure they have been improved, but it is too late now. 

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I thought they all had to be vented to the outside, at least the gas ones. I guess there are also electric ones, but that would be expensive!

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You can get them that will serve a whole house, though I got one for each apartment because some day when I'm old and gray I may need to lease these to local people and I want them to pay their own utilities.

Ooops! I'm already old and gray. But I figure I can do this 30 more years before having to hand it over to somebody else!

Wonder if SWIRT will still be hosting us in 30 years. Or 5. We'll manage...

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well ... i don't know about the memory foam ... and why sizing is not made to match up to the mattress ... that's just silly.  

jb, really!?  smiley  it's sounds like such a small issue, but it was not a nice night's sleep having the sheets all bunched up and i was alone ...

and i don't twist the night away in my sleep.  ha!

 

it was on cape cod and i am letting it go. (no review)

 but i am not recommending her place and  WON'T be sending them to her.  really, all she had to say was 'i'm sorry .. i will look into it'.  i'm giving her the benefit of the doubt but why pull an attitude?

if she has staff, which i believe she does, then they need to be told to check the sheet sizes.  a royal pain, but important. and they should be marking the sheets for size (we've talked about this on forum a lot)  

if it was a mixup, you know darn well when you're making the bed that the sheets are not fitting.

if she's got the wrong size linens, then she's in for a big problem going into the busy season in two weeks! this place was not inexpensive.  

 

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Sometimes innkeepers are just cranky...

We were asked once, "How was your room & everything?" one morning after breakfast.  No other guests around and we quietly said, "Well, since you asked...we had no hot water for our showers this morning!"  Innkeeper says:  "That has NEVER happened before!!  I'm sure there's some mistake." 

I didn't know that cold water was a mistake...

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I have a 30 gallon tank and on several occasions I have ha 2 guests who drained all the hot water with showers. It is gas so it does reheat rather quickly - but not quickly enough!

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gillumhouse wrote:

I have a 30 gallon tank and on several occasions I have ha 2 guests who drained all the hot water with showers. It is gas so it does reheat rather quickly - but not quickly enough!

Next time you have to replace, go with the on-demand hot water heaters. Here in Arkansas the power companies even give a rebate of several hundred dollars if you install them. I love mine, for two reasons. They heat water as fast as it's used, so you cannot run out, ever, and they don't keep a huge reservoir of water hot all the time. That's especially valuable for times when there are no guests and you don't need a tank of water hot and ready to go, 24 hours/day.

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Can't be used up here unless you vent externally. Our water is too cold out of the tap to heat it quickly enough. 

We use an indirect-fired water heater. Essentially, our furnace heats a coil that heats the water. No moving parts, other than the water and the tank is guaranteed for a lifetime. We have enough hot water for 10 apartments and we only have half as many rooms.

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Ours would need to be vented outside as well.

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I would need 3 of them - one for each bathroom and one for us downstairs.

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gillumhouse wrote:

I would need 3 of them - one for each bathroom and one for us downstairs.

Generally, the new ones are good for 3-4 'draws'. So 4 bathrooms or 3 bathrooms and a washer. We have 8 bathrooms and 2 washing machines + the dishwasher and we would need 4 of them. You might get away with 1 depending on general occ.

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This was a large place with a set breakfast time, so you'd think that they would have the hot water issue nailed down.  Our second house had 3 hot water heaters for the 3 rooms with large tubs + showers and one of them is a 60 gallon!  We have two here and one is for the upstairs only...it is quite large for 2 or 3 rooms.  You have to plan...

Plus, the point was that we had very cold showers.  We weren't lying!  I suspect no one had ever said anything before. 

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I did not doubt you - I was referring to her answer - pure BS!!

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OK...sorry...blush

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Speaking of being shorted, I wish I knew why every mattress topper I've ever bought has been smaller than the mattress. In my foolish days, I bought a 4 inch memory foam topper at Walmart for a full size bed. It was 4 inches short of the width of the bed, and 4 inches short of the length. I say foolish because I've decided I can't see any benefit whatsoever in the foam retaining the imprint of my body when I roll to a new spot. In fact, I consider the memory a negative.

Then I bought one of these for a full size. Again, 4" short in both width and length. Then I bought one of the same for 2 king size beds, and again 4" short in width and length. Anybody know why topper makers don't know the standard bed sizes??????

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First of all, the guests.... love them (memory foam). Ours were bought at Cco and they are a little shorter, but that doesn't seem to be a problem. We do have to pull and prod them from time to time. But the guests just LOVE them. Put on the hardest worst mattress and the guests just RAVE.

I wouldn't a memory foam bed, for one thing, it's not great for sex. But the topper, they love.

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I am clueless (yet againcrying) but have wondered this as well. 

Personally I love the memory toppers - but as the saying goes, it would be a dull existence if we all were the same! 

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I bought mattress pads with the same problem. While discussing this with the technical librarian at my local library (yes they ARE helpful!) she told me to buy the next size up. (Does not work for king mattresses.) So, for the double, buy a queen; for the queen, buy a king. You could buy a Cal king for a standard king.

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Madeleine wrote:

You could buy a Cal king for a standard king.

Cal kings are already 4" narrower than standard kings, so their toppers would end up 8" too narrow for  a standard king (but their length would be perfect since Cal kings are 4" longer than standard kings).

I hate this. There must be some reason they all make toppers too small, but I can't imagine what it is!

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Arkansawyer wrote:

I hate this. There must be some reason they all make toppers too small, but I can't imagine what it is!

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Sure you can Arks.

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I thought Cal kings were square?

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Madeleine wrote:

I thought Cal kings were square?

No, compared to a standard king, California's are 4" narrower and 4" longer (making them great for tall thin people, or spaces too narrow to hold a standard king).

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I would write the review.  My gut is tat this is an issue she is already aware of but for some reason does not feel it to be an issue and so the attitude. 

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I have stayed in that same bed, I swear to it. All you had to do was roll over once and the sheets were all off.

If it was a while ago, then decide what to do, if it was this past weekend, I would wait. She may redeem herself. 

I always say, and have said that the innkeepers I know are stellar, but I have stayed at too many places that we are always trying to defend when the critics bash B&B's...but this is it, again. Right here. 

 

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You being the soul of discretion I would go ahead with the review. You brought it up, you were rebuffed, rudely and publicly, so let the chips fall where they may.

"The sheets and blankets on the bed were way too small and did not even cover the mattress (or me!). When it was brought to the owner's attention, she was rude and dismissive and stalked off without another word. The breakfast was ok, but I would not recommend this B&B because of the innkeeper's attitude toward me when privately bringing a housekeeping problem to her attention."

 

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Wait, the sheets are not long enough to cover the entire mattress?????? That's ridiculous!

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If they have a great attitude and apologize, I would think twice about the review. But with that attitude... I'd post a review.

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What ever the reason was, this innkeeper clearly had NO excuse for responding the way that she did!! Seashanty was just trying to point out an 'issue' for the innkeeper's benefit. i.e. maybe there's something that you need to double check before the next guy comes in here and gets really pi$$ed off about it! 

If I were you, I WOULD post the review, and mention the issue, your attempts to address it and the innkeepers' rude, un-called-for response. 

I'm curious...did you check T/A? Any other mention of innkeeper attitude?

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Maybe a new larger mattress was affordable but they're waiting for the smaller linen to "wear out" before it is replaced?

Or they have an unsupervised housekeeper (it is early in the "season") who never was taught how to make up a bed properly

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