The Chester Bulkley House has a great location – within steps of many of the Wethersfield attractions and historical homes. Just about every nook and cranny of the house is decorated with antiques (or more recent antique-looking items), such as an old shaving set, china, etc. The decorations give the house a real character that you can’t get at chain hotels.
I agree with some of the other reviewers that the innkeeper is quiet. Don’t expect a long gregarious talk with him, but he was very accomodating and polite. Breakfast was good – omelettes one morning and french toast the next. I think he added some of the last herbs in his garden (since this was in October) to the omelette. He had jazz playing in the dining room during breakfast, which was a nice touch.
We were the only people at the inn the first night that we stayed (again, we stayed in October – not exactly high season, although the foliage in the neighborhood was stunning). On the second night, there was a wedding party. (In fact, this seems a popular place for brides to get ready for their wedding across the street.)
Keep in mind that this is an old wooden house set up as a bed & breakfast – you want to stay here for the character and location, not for the amenities of a modern luxury chain hotel. There’s no jacuzzi bathtub, and the TVs are not of the modern flatscreen variety. Also, be aware that there’s a bar across the street – if this is a problem, ask the owner for a room facing the other way. However, the house is a fun, quaint place to stay, in a beautiful colonial town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Greek Revival bed-and-breakfast built in 1830 located just outside the city of Hartford, CT. ... more less