I read with interest a number of other reviews after we had planned a quick two day getaway to the Old Inn and decided to just go and see what developed. In short, we had a GREAT time. The Inn dates back to the 1700's and retains all of the character that such a place should have. Wide Plank wood floors, quirky stair cases, squeaky floors and doors and it's not soundproof. All the things that you should be aware of and willing to understand when visiting such a place. We stayed in Room 205 in Thayer House. It was exactly as described. Very comfortable bed, very comfortable leather chairs to relax in, a TV if you must have such a thing, with a wide variety of satellite channels, a very spacious bathroom with a claw foot tub and large shower with great pressure (always a risk at an older inn). We did have a Travelzoo voucher and thus had dinner at the inn our first night, but the food was so good, we decided to eat there again the second night so as to not have to worry about having too much wine and driving unfamiliar dark country roads. (However, had the food not been worth a second night, we would gladly have ventured out but we did not need to). The service was wonderful, Hope, our first night's server was a pleasure and without prompting, asked if I wanted the wine I had brought along decanted as it was older and likely would have some sediment. (A corking fee of $30 not out of line for the quality of the wine I had brought along, however, for night #2 we chose from their very representative list). Our second night's server, whose name sadly I didn't get, was equally wonderful and did a great job choosing the third of our three cheeses to start (my wife and I agreed on the first two and could not decide on a third so we left it to her). Peter, one of the innkeepers and the chef, does a wonderful job in both flavor and presentation and there is enough variety on the menu to keep all tastes happy.
As part of our voucher we had lunch the second afternoon, at The Southfield Store. My wife and I both started with their delicious soups, then had two very large and equally tasty sandwiches, and took our desert back to enjoy that evening as we were too full to have any more. The Southfield Store, only 2 miles away, was a very comfortable place to relax, have lunch, and spend some time just enjoying the local scene.
Breakfast both days was equallygood. Juice and simply wonderful coffee (served in a french press) starts it off, with a basket of hot pastries (scones, croissant, muffins etc) great butter brought to the table. Then, back in the bar area there is a buffet set up with spectacular granola, yogurt, milk, a great selection of fresh fruits, hard boiled eggs and some other items. I read in other reviews that you could ask for other fresh made egg dishes, but honestly, what was there was more than tasty and again seemed to be something for "everyone". I could not imagine needing more.
Peter and Meredith the other innkeeper, were both pleasant and polite and very helpful. Max, who showed us to our room the first night was also very helpful and very nice.
Be warned though...there is NO cell service at all, so if that is a MUST then The Old Inn on the Green is the wrong place for you, but if you are going to just relax and get away it is a wonderful stop. (Even the WiFi, which they do have, can be spotty, but the WiFi at the Southfield Store is screaming fast).
Thanks to all for a very nice getaway
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Old Inn on the Green is the centerpiece of the historic and scenic village of New Marlborough. With authentically restored rooms, you'll feel like you've just stepped back in time to the tranquility of the eighteenth century. Our Inn preserves the understated elegance of classic decor, down to the tiny details, like a restaurant that is entirely lit by candle light. Escape with us to a serene and relaxing environment in one of our 11 rooms complete with wifi, a pool, and lounge areas for your enjoyment. Located just outside a broad cultural base, when you stay with us, you are a close to a variety of cultural institutions such as Norman Rockwell Museum, Clark Art Institute, and various natural wonders and trails. Join us for a meal in our cozy and intimate dining room with top quality cuisine by Chef Peter. We also have a newly renovated bar where you can have a drink by the glow of candle light and fireplace. When it's nice outside, dining is open on our canopied garden terrace in the back of the Inn. Your complete satisfaction and relaxation are our top priorities. Our friendly and accommodating staff is here to be sure that your stay is peaceful, and we can be your escape home away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Old Inn On The Green Hotel New Marlborough