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Grafton Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Grafton
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Reviewed 28 September 2009

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.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2009

We came here hoping to relax, read, walk, and enjoy good healthy food, and it was perfect. Granted, we had wonderful balmy August weather, but bad weather would only have curtailed the walking element. Grafton is a small and perfectly formed rural town, friendly and unhurried. We walked around the quiet, pretty streets,enjoyed the galleries and museums,and when we wandered in to the Blacksmith's, he offered a demonstration at the forge,unworried that there were but 2 of us! The Old Tavern had a serenity that suited reading on the porch in rocking chairs, and watching the occasional coming and going at the post office opposite.When more exercise was needed, there were walks to the Cheese factory or on the loops at Grafton Ponds, and we could have enjoyed a swim in the natural pool across the road.Front desk staff were helpful and friendly. Our room on the 3rd floor was smallish, but quaint, with a large bathroom .With large trees at the windows, it felt so private, and the absence of a TV fitted well with the ambience. The bath was huge, and there were bathsalts for soaking.As a nice touch,the room had a plate with local cheddar, crackers, and apple.Now for the highlight of our stay..the meals! With such fresh local produce (take a look at their own vegie garden to explain why the simplest of salads tastes so special!) and a chef who knows good produce is best cooked simply and well, the meals are outstanding! The wine list is good, and the waitstaff polite and helpful.Breakfasts,also cooked perfectly, are included in the room rate, making it very good value. If we have to report negatives, the four poster bed was a bit firm, and the wireless internet didn't work in the room (it worked well in the barn/bar which was a great place to sit too!). We had a wonderful, relaxed stay here, and would love to return.

Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2009

The Old Tavern is a charming country inn in a lovely, peaceful location; the inn itself is a beautiful historic building. The rooms are clean and quiet, but the mattress was old and saggy. The porch is a wonderful place for relaxing. The restaurant food is very good. The full hot breakfast, included in the room rate, is a standout. The service, while pleasant, is not polished and professional. We overheard the manager making fun of a lost guest who called for directions. There is only one copy of the New York Times available for sharing among all the guests. On a weekend night, when tapas are served in the bar, we were told they had none. The Library needs better lighting. The porch needs cleaning and painting.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 June 2009

All of the travel books raved about Grafton, so I wanted to veer off the path up to Burlington and stay here. We had a little trouble finding it since we arrived late at night, but that was part of the fun, since the tiny towns we passed through seemed perfect and unspoiled. And Grafton was wonderful. Several streets from the late 1700s with shops. So relaxing. The Tavern is a beautiful old building that they said was the oldest continually running inn in the US, and you could appreciate its history from the moment you walked in the door. Our room was small but perfectly wonderful (except for the squeaky bathroom door) - beautiful canopy bed and chair and side piece, and the bath was the biggest soaking tub I had ever seen - a beauty (and I soaked - ahhhh - they even gave you bath salts). Breakfast was wonderful. Do stay here.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 May 2009

My husband and I have stayed at The Old Tavern many times since first coming there in 1997. The rooms are impeccably clean, and filled with antiques. The service is without a doubt, the best we have encountered, in the States or Europe. The food in the dining room is excellent, and the chef is very innovative. The town of Grafton itself is picture postcard perfect. Even if you think the price of the room and meals is a bit high, I always say, "You get what you pay for." Overall, if you are looking for a quiet place to relax and be pampered, and have a a delicious meal, go to The Old Tavern in Grafton, VT.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2009

This was our third trip to the Inn. It had been many years since our last. We enjoyed ourselves very much and plan to go again in the next year or so.

We took advantage of the two nights for one price deal. It is even better than it sounds because you get a terrific breakfast from an extensive menu included in the room price. The room also included day passes for my wife and I at the Grafton Ponds X-country ski area (worth $36). It also has free parking.

We ate one night in the restaurant at the Inn. It was good, but pricey ($110 with tip). You could easily spend $200 with a bottle of wine.

The Town of Grafton strikes you as almost too perfect. It looks like something Walt Disney would create as the ideal Vermont village. Actually that's close to the truth as the village is run by a foundation that keeps everything pristine.

This is your place to go if you want to sit before the fire, or on the porch in the summer, and read a good book. There is not much else to do. The Inn is lovely however and is a treat by itself.

A couple of minor things... The cold water in the shower did not work so it was very hot. Also, the classic four poster bed, which looked so nice, was hard. These little things were taken in stride and didn't detract from our loving the place.

The bar/lounge area is a large, rustic barn type room with a lot of easy chairs and couches, games, books, internet access and roaring fireplace. Nice.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 March 2009

Stayed 2 nights. Went for our Ladies Weekend. Located in quaint town surrounded by mountains. Stayed at the inn’s Tuttle House, just around the corner. Perfect for our group of 6: clean, beds quite comfy, well equipped kitchen. Included was full breakfast back at main inn, fresh coffee/tea all day, cookies in afternoon, fitness center, use of X-country ski/ice skating/snow shoe area. All employees pleasant & interesting. Next to inn is art gallery with superb paintings, pottery, quilts & wood bowls. Nearby are antique & craft shops & Grafton Cheese factory. While cost can seem expensive, includes many activities & extras. We all want to return!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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Address: 92 Main St, Grafton, VT 05146 (Formerly The Old Tavern at Grafton)
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Region: United States > Vermont > Grafton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Grafton
Price Range: £156 - £237 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grafton Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 45
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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