I stayed two night with my mom in the Junior Suite. She had the king sized bed, and had one of her best nights of sleep in weeks. The shutters close out the light completely on the first level, and the bed was comfortable and appointed with clean and luxurious linens. I had one of the twin beds up the spiral staircase. The bathroom has a stand-up shower only, no tub. But the shower delivered plenty of water and was spacious. It would be tricky to carry luggage up the spiral staircase, but I don't know why you would. I placed mine downstairs on the luggage rack provided. The housekeeping staff respected our "Do Not Disturb" sign and did not service our room, placing a bag of clean linens and toiletries on our door instead (I cannot tell you how nice that was!). The front desk staff of Christopher and Jen are a great asset to this place. Christopher gave us a great dinner recommendation (Mission Oak Grill). Jen was friendly and a lovely hostess during afternoon tea. Tea is served in the lobby, and you can sit in the wingback chairs enjoying a summer breeze from the open windows. There are cookies and chocolates, and a selection of four bagged but loose leaf teas to make for yourself using a carafe of hot water. Breakfast comes with the room, and on the weekdays is cooked and served by the owner. With years of experience in catering, this is a lovely treat. He tells you that there is a menu, but he's happy to stray from it. When I ordered the Benedict with no muffin, I got two egg/meat combos instead of one. The coffee is plentiful and consumed in an assortment of mismatched English China, the saucers of which are decorating the walls. The breakfast room is decorated similar to the lobby, with large upholstered wingback chairs and plenty of natural light from the many windows. The building is well-maintained for its age, and the rooms are quiet. The decorator cleverly chose to paint the whole place a strong beige, thus uniting the many small and interestingly shaped spaces. This sets off the brick walls and exposed beams in the upper rooms very nicely. The other accents are mostly black, which gives a very elegant and classy feeling to the rooms. This hotel is not trying to be modern, but neither is it Ye Olde Colonial Inn (nor should it be, it dates to after that period). The location is marvelous, within walking distance of the very fun downtown that has shops and restaurants and pubs galore. If you are looking for a place to stay in this part of the state, do your research and check out the Garrison. It truly delivers a great boutique experience. If I return to the area, I will stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Downtown Newburyport the historical GARRISON INN Boutique Hotel stands as an icon of modern glamour and timeless elegance, providing an exceptional experience for discerning travelers. As a true luxury boutique hotel, we provide unparalleled amenities and distinguished personal services with a highly focused attention to detail. Set in the heart of Newburyport's historic city center, we are an established, downtown Landmark Hotel known around the world for our rich historic character, impeccable service, and urban sophistication. Come discover the many special touches that set us apart. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Garrison Hotel Boutique
- Garrison Inn Newburyport