The Old Tavern at Grafton is absolutely lovely. As you arrive in Grafton, you feel like you stepped into a storybook town. The Inn is the centerpiece and is majestic upon arrival. Everyone who worked there was friendly and helpful - from the front desk to the hostess and wait staff. Our room (#15) was comfortably sized and decorated in that typical over-the-top colonialism. The bathroom had a heavenly *double* soaking tub that really was the cornerstone of the room experience. Breakfast is included and they let you just wing it and combine whatever you'd like from the hot/cooked menu.
I held back a star in my rating for a few missing details that wouldn't have disappointed me if I hadn't found the Inn via the "Small Luxury Hotels" web site. These aren't necessities by any stretch and, for the most part, didn't impact our stay, but to be considered "luxury" (as I was looking for in this trip), I would have expected them. First, there were no bath robes nor heavy blankets for the bed. It was crisp in the evening and morning and we could have used more warmth - either from heaters or these layers. And most importantly, the bed frame and mattress were both very old - rickety, lumpy and uncomfortable. Based on other reviews, this seems to vary from room to room but our bed was pretty awful.
All in all, I'd recommend the Old Tavern at Grafton. The staff, location, historical relevance and overall charm made it a great romantic getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1801, this historic inn has been providing visitors with the finest comforts and amenities in a quintessential Vermont setting. The inn features 45 individually appointed rooms, including seven suites and four guest homes. The award-winning Old Tavern Restaurant features locally inspired American cuisine; open Friday-Sunday evenings. Pub menu at Phelps Barn Pub is served nightly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grafton Hotel Grafton
- Old Tavern Grafton
- Old Tavern Hotel Grafton
- Grafton Inn Vermont