We arrived for a one night stay on New Years Eve based on great reviews I read on Trip Advisor. Unfortunately, we did not have a positive experience. We stayed in the Gambrel Room. First, the Jacuzzi tub constantly drained, that is the water would not stay filled in the tub long enough to allow us to use the power jets for the Jacuzzi. Also, from the pictures it looked to be a two person tub but it definitely isn't.
Also, there was no heat in the room!!! Three of the upstairs guest rooms share the same thermostat in the hallway. We used the outside thermostat which was set to 80 degrees. It was at best 50-60 degrees in the room. When we came down for breakfast many other guests were complaining about the same thing. When I contacted the property the next day, the innkeeper got back to me saying that the heat was working, but because the house is so old, it was cold. So just be prepared, it will be chilly in the winter.
When we sat down we expected a full breakfast rather than a continental breakfast (given it was the holiday and we paid the New Years Eve Toast price and we had read about this "scrumptious" breakfast with things like stuffed french toast and blueberry pancakes, smells coming up to your room from the downstairs kitchen). However, we were offered a hard boiled egg, a very small fruit cup and two types of pastries which both had nuts in them. My boyfriend is allergic. I was surprised to see that these were the only options, considering how common nut allergies are. So, I guess let them know of ANY dietary restrictions because it is very limited. Needless to say we had breakfast in town after we checked out.
Also something to think about, there are no locks on the guest room doors (so don't leave any valuables). The outside doors are also left unlocked and there is no innkeeper manning the front desk to monitor who's coming in and out. There is a door latch lock to use while you are in your room.
When I emailed the owner with these concerns I got an email back from the innkeeper saying we apologize that your stay was not a pleasant one. To give credit where credits due, the innkeeper was pleasant and very helpful in helping us find and make a resrvation for dinner.
- 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