I wanted to share a review from a recent stay.
my husband and I were incredibly disappointed with the Deacon Pratt House, specifically with the Miss James room. I was shocked at the accommodations at the rate of $240 + tax per night. Room descriptions are misleading in certain respects, and flat out untrue in others.
I would not recommend this establishment at all. I gave my feedback to the owners, but they blamed the issues on the former owner of the B&B and took no responsibility.
A few things to mention - the fireplaces are not, NOT a fireplace at all. I found it absurd that the room listing read "fireplace" and there is no fireplace in the room - just a faux vent-less fireplace with fake logs with 2 sterno cans tucked behind! Who the heck wants to sit around and watch the flicker from a sterno, and have to pay more for it to boot?
Also, there was no AC in our room, which the room description listed there would be. We had a very difficult time sleeping in the muggy air without even so much as a fan to comfort us. I searched everywhere for the AC unit but alas there was none to be found. I even asked my husband to check Sunday morning in case I was losing my mind and missed it sitting in one of the windows. We didn't find it and without it we got about 2 hours of sleep.
If part of your amenity list is a Jacuzzi/whirlpool tub in the bathroom it is a bit deceitful to not tell guests in advance of booking that there is a whirlpool tub in the room but you're not allowed to use it after 10PM. Of course your can fill the tub and get in, but forget about your idea of taking a whirlpool bath before bedtime and then getting out to lay in front of the fireplace to relax.
Oh, and before I forget, the door to our room, which was in a separate building and lead to the outside, did not lock. The door did not even fit in the door jam correct and so it was opened a crack all night.
Overall, we were very disappointed with our stay and would not recommend this B&B to anyone.
I am not certain if other rooms are better - but from the pictures and descriptions it would be impossible to tell what you're really getting for the money.
We've spent much much less to stay at much much nicer establishments up and down the CT coast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Step back in time and enjoy the splendor of yesteryear in this magnificent center chimney colonial bed and breakfast inn listed on the National Historic Register, featuring elegant rooms with fireplaces and whirlpools. Located in charming New England village of Old Saybrook, Connecticut (CT). Built in 1746 by Deacon Timothy Pratt, this charming home boasts many fine original details. The guest rooms are romantically furnished in period style. A formal, candlelit breakfast is served in the elegant dining room w/ fireplace on fine china. Relax in our picturesque grounds with pretty gardens, a 3 tier fountain, inviting sitting areas, and 2-person rope hammock. Located in the heart of the historic district, on a pretty gas-lit main street, walk to quaint shops, restaurants, cafe's, art galleries, coffee houses with entertainment, town green activities, spas, and the water. Next door to old-fashioned ice-cream parlor and cafe; across from an old house museum and pillared white church. Beautiful area for walking, bicycling, and scenic drives along the CT River and Long Island Sound. One mile to beaches, lighthouses, sightseeing cruisecruises, waterfront dining, and waterfront golf and mini-golf. Beach passes, maps, and advice provided! On the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound, Old Saybrook embodies the spirit of a charming, small New England town with a rich seafaring tradition. Come enjoy its charm, beaches, pretty coves and beautiful setting at the mouth of the CT River! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Deacon Timothy Pratt b&b
- Deacon Timothy Pratt Hotel Old Saybrook