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“Perfect In Every Way” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gelston House 1853 Inn

Gelston House 1853 Inn
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Gelston House 1853 Inn
Ranked #3 of 3 East Haddam B&B and Inns
Gainesville, Florida
1 review
“Perfect In Every Way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

June and her staff made our wedding the stuff of which life-long fond memories are made. Nature provided an amazing Autumn day and magnificent views; the Gelston House did the rest. Great food, impeccable service, a welcoming environment and a surprisingly affordable cost combine to make the Gelston House the perfect wedding venue.

Room Tip: Unfortunately there were no rooms at the inn for the weekend of our wedding. If the rooms are equal...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Wesley M
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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providence, ri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

After a day of motorcycle touring, my husband and I spent the night at the Gelston House. We arrived too early for check-in but were allowed to leave our packs in the room and did a bit more riding before checking in at 3PM. The main restaurant is closed on Mondays, but there is a large patio restaurant that overlooks the river and has a terrific view of the Goodspeed Opera House lawn where they have live music every Monday night all summer. (I wish we had heard about the "Music on the River" shows earlier, as it turned out we caught the last show of the season, the Cuban group Quimbombó.) The service on the patio is very good; there is also a full sized bar and big screen TV. We ordered several items from the appetizer menu over the course of 3 or so hours which were very good and nicely presented. After the Music on the River show ended,the Gelston House offered it's own entertainment on the patio itself. As for the accommodations, this is obviously primarily a restaurant, so the few rooms available are pretty basic. The furnishings are a cool mix of antiques and the bathroom is adequate, but the bed itself was a bit too firm and the walls are paper thin. We would definitely stay there again in conjunction with the Music on the River show.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank ladynomadRI
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Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2012

If you come for just the food this place is fine, but don't even think about spending the night. The rooms are just thrown together, the beds are terrable, the pillows are heavy enough for anchors and the price is the biggest insult. They do not serve breakfast, you just leave your key sitting on the front desk. Also, parking is your problem.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Rolf168
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Killeen, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2011

Our daughter and new son-in-law decided to have their wedding reception at the Gelston House. Part of the package included several of the hotel rooms.
The Cocktail 2 hours and Hors d’ oeuvres was on the patio and was a pleasant experience. Unfortunately the dinner was served about 45 minutes late. Not a problem for the over 21 crowd but the children were not too happy.
Most guests were disappointed with the beef and chicken but those who had the pasta were happy. I personally thought the beef was disgusting.
As I said earlier, the wedding package included several rooms. My wife, son and I had one of those rooms. Because of our flight arrangements our alarm was set for 3 am. After the alarm went off my wife turned the light on and screamed. Both pillows were covered with bed bugs! Apparently they ate well because both pillows were covered with blood spots. We spent the next 15 minutes capturing the bugs with toilet paper and flushing them in the not too efficient toilet. We could not catch all of them. I wish I had taken pictures of them. Needless to say we showered and got out of there at 3:45 am.
We sent a text message to our daughter and told her of the bugs. When she saw someone from the hotel that morning and spoke to them about the bugs they replied they would check into it. She has called several times and left messages for the manager to contact her. Of course no one has contacted her.
My daughter did say her maid of honor also shared her bed with bugs and had numerous bites.
I would not recommend the Gelston House for a wedding reception due to the poor food or as a place to sleep unless you enjoy sharing your bed with bugs.

Room Tip: avoid sleeping here!
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Gelston House 1853 Inn
Address: 8 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423-1302
Region: United States > Connecticut > East Haddam
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Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in East Haddam
Number of rooms: 9

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