Review is based on my overall experience for one night around the holidays. My "Average" rating might be too tough, but "Very Good" seemed too high. 3.5 is better suited.
Lobby is beautiful and I found guest check-in to be extremely pleasant. Room decor is what you'd expect from a historic hotel (I'm not typically a historic hotel kind of guy) - although I found my room to be comfortable. Bathroom was small but functional. I did like the updated "full body" fixtures in the shower.
For dinner I dined at the Ship Tavern ... this experience was less than satisfactory. OK ... it's a "tavern", but the seating was VERY uncomfortable and really packed tight! I ordered the Fish & Chips believing that it would be a "signature" at a place called Ship Tavern. Wrong! The fish was heavily battered and had virtually no flavor. No amount of malt vinegar or salt could bring out the flavor. Accompanying chips were fine. OK ... I've had bad meals before, but the staff was initially somewhat indifferent to my bringing this to their attention. In the end they did buy me another Chimay which was thoughtful.
Would I go back? I would, but my expectations might be a tad lower and it would have to be at a decent rate. Location is very good and the holiday decor was very nice.
One more note ... the hotel has a reputation of being haunted. No biggie ... I think that's kind of cool. Prior to this stay I have never had a paranormal experience, but was awoken by what sure sounded like someone breathing in my room at 3am. Not making this up, and I'm certain I was awake. Interesting ....
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