Amber House Bed & Breakfast 1315 22nd St./N St., midtown, (800) 755-6526, (916) 444-8085. 10 rooms. Some gas fireplaces. Full breakfast. No pets.
Located midtown in a quiet leafy residential area, this lodging consists of two elegant vintage mansions. Five rooms named for poets are in the main 1905 Craftsman bungalow, and five more named for musicians are across the street in an 1895 Colonial Revival. Guests have choice of a gourmet two-course breakfast or a lighter option, and also a choice of having it served in the guest room, in the dining room, on the front porch, or in the garden. Non-alcoholic beverages and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies arrive with turn-down, and an early morning beverage is left outside guestroom doors before breakfast. Strawberries, rose petals, and a candlelight bath can be arranged at additional fee. I liked that the inn uses the European tipping style of leaving one tip in an envelope at the end for the entire staff to share.
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