Thank you to all who posted positive reviews about the Sturbridge Host. Having read a few bad reviews, we hesitated about planning our family reunion for this hotel, but we went ahead because the location is very good for us, and because it offers lake swimming, grass for the little ones to play on, a pool, and the Oxhead Restaurant next door, a regular stop for family members when in town...We spent the long July 4th weekend there, and my family had a great time. Is it all freshly painted and newly carpeted? No, but neither is it shoddy, in my experience. (I did see a couple of places where the carpet had duct tape for safety reasons, and the pool's appearance did not tempt me, although the kids had a good time in it.) Our family members were very happy with our rooms, (second floor, back door access.) My adult children showed me the quick route to the lobby, convincing me that the layout was well-designed. My brother's family had poolside rooms and they were pleased that the rooms didn't smell too strongly (in their opinions) of chlorine. One of my cousins had a lakeside room with the loveliest view. She was pleased. Just don't expect newly-renovated decor or a flat-screen TV. It's clean and decent.
What really made it for us, though, was the staff. I have to mention Lisa, our waitress for breakfast at the Greenhouse in the hotel. She and hostess Andrea took good care of us, setting aside an area for us to meet and eat with family members, and encouraging us to linger as long as we wished over coffee. The staff at the Sturbridge Host went out of their way to facilitate our reunion. One of my sons with an 18-month old (whose schedule was already shot) didn't want to coop him up in a restaurant. My kids discovered picnic tables by the lake and got take-out from an awesome rib place. The next night we all planned to do that, but it rained hard. My sister-in-law asked if they might have a space we could use and they offered us an empty dining space, free of charge. Because it was next to the bar, they asked us to not bring in alcohol, but to buy it from them. Very fair! Then they brought us in paper plates and utensils. They were so awesome. In my book, the Sturbridge Host lives up to its name. We all agree we will go back for our next reunion.
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