Just returned with my boyfriend from my birthday weekend getaway in Berkeley Springs. Ambrae House gives you an immediately warm, inviting first impression. Its interior is rich and well designed. Lisa, the owner, is friendly, professional and does a fine job of showing you around the house and your room so you can acclimate quickly. I especially liked that the doors are equipped with number locks so that you can let yourself in and out with ease. There is parking in the back lot. Make sure you park closer to Ambrae and not the other building behind it, as it is a shared parking lot.
We stayed in the Burgundy Room on the second floor. Totally exceeded my expectations with its spaciousness, comfort (excellent quality mattress, bedding and pillows), sitting area (couch and two leather chairs), three windows for optimal sunlight, flat screen TV w/ DirectTV, and of course the bathroom. The bathroom is host to an awesome whirlpool tub that is large enough for two to enjoy. It also has a separate shower, plush towels and spa bathrobes. We ended up using the whirlpool tub both nights of our stay and the morning of our departure, and spent a *lot* of time lounging in the robes!
The only issue with the room is that its walls are porous. You can hear your neighbors in the hallway, the restaurant patrons downstairs (loud voices as well as dishes/chairs clattering), and the plumbing. Most of the restaurant-related noise ceased by 9 or 10pm on Saturday night. I suspect this is less of an issue if you're on the top floor in the Champagne Room. But it's an old house, so how much insulation can you realistically expect? Having heard from other TripAdvisor users that this was an issue at Ambrae House, I brought my own ear plugs. You shouldn't need to do the same, though, because Lisa actually keeps a jar of ear plugs in the common room for guests to use. Nice! The cute little common room also has Scrabble and a few other board games, coffee and tea, mini-fridge, champagne glasses, a card table, two cozy chairs and plenty of sunlight.
The breakfast in the morning (served around 9-10AM) is unmatched! Gary, the chef, started us with a bowl of fresh cut fruit and then gave us a choice of eggs, omelettes, bacon, toast, french toast, and some of the best home fries I've ever tasted. I don't know what kind of spices Gary puts on those home fries, but I'd kill to find out. On our departure day I asked him to make me an omelette with "surprise" ingredients and was not disappointed! The bacon is crisp, not greasy or limp, and the french toast boasted a wonderful assortment of autumnal spices and (what I believe were) chopped pecans. Coffee is smooth and you also get a choice of juice. Yum yum yum.
We ate dinner at Ambrae House on our first night and that, too, was no ordinary dining experience. Especially the appetizers! (I have a separate review listed under Ambrae House's TripAdvisor restaurant listing).
Ambrae House is centrally located, next door to a library and only a block or two from various restaurants, shops, spas, and the state park. I don't think we could have had this great an experience in Berkeley Springs if we'd stayed anywhere else.