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“Classic New England character and charm” 5 of 5 stars
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Sudbury Inn
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151 Main Street, Bethel, ME 04217   |  
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“Classic New England character and charm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2004

My wife and I spent over a week visiting Maine and I wanted to spend our last two nights in the western mountains since my wife had never been there. Being somewhat familiar with Bethel I chose the Sudbury Inn. It turned out to be a great choice.

The Inn is a rambling, classic old Maine building. It officially opened in the 1870's but our section appeared older. The owners told us that there are at least two buildings coupled together and our section was probably the oldest. Our room had been updated with a new bathtub, fixtures, and bedding. Yes, the old sink did have some mineral stains but it (as well as the entire room) was very clean. The sink probably predates World War II so it may be forgiven a few wear marks. The room was also out of plumb with a sloping floor, a trait found in many older New England buildings. To us, these "flaws" simply add to the charm and character of a place.

The common rooms are nicely furnished and well-maintained. We visited during the off-season so the inn was not too busy. I expect it is quite a bustling place during ski season. We now regret not dining in the main dining room during our stay but we did visit the basement pub each night. It has a great selection of beers and excellent food. On Saturday evening a good jazz band was playing. You would never need to leave the premises but being located in downtown Bethel several small shops and restaurants are within walking distance.

We would stay at the Sudbury Inn again. However, I would request a room away from the main street. While traffic in front of the inn is not heavy, it was perfect "open window" weather during our visit and occasional vehicle noise woke my wife on a couple of occasions. This would probably not be a factor in winter or if the A/C unit was used.

If you want to stay in a classic New England town and soak up some history and atmosphere while rocking on the front porch, the Sudbury should be high on your list.

  • Stayed June 2004
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2004

The Sudbury Inn is a good all around place for a ski trip. You get a bar in the basement, a good restaurant and lounge on the 1st floor, and rooms upstairs. The rooms vary in condition, ours had some water mineral stains on the sink, and the ceiling was peeling slightly, but unless you are really anal, these things really didn't matter. The place is really convenient to everything and the owners have put a lot of time and money into it. Bottom line: if you are really fussy and expect to be pampered, don't go here. If you want a cool place where you can get a good nights rest, a free breakfast, and a pub that you can walk to without getting a DWI, then this is the place for you!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2004

My husband and I stayed here in the winter of 2000. We travel a lot for pleasure/business. I just discovered this site and felt the need to comment on this place as it was one of the worst places that we have ever stayed. Everything looked fine at a distance - but when you looked close up - it was disgusting! Peeling wallpaper, dingy linens, generally run-down. We had a problem with our credit card being overcharged and our car was hit by someone in the parking lot (the bar downstairs is quite popular on Saturday nights). Overall a very poor experience. We won't be staying there again!

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We appreciate your feedback regarding our property, but would like to point out that this complaint occurred in the winter of 2000. We are new owners, having purchased the Sudbury Inn in June of 2000. Since that date we have worked extraordinarily hard to upgrade the property. We have spent over $350k in improvements, including major renovations of the guestrooms, lobby and dining room. We have added jaccuzzi tubs, all new beds, linens and towels. We have been mentioned in Ski Magazine two years running, as well as the Boston Globe, Yankee, and various other publications. We hope this respondent will give us another try!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2003

My wife and I had a wonderful meal in the dining room. Great sophisticated ambience - excellent service, and the salmon was the best I have tasted. Hotel staff attentive, courteous, and helpful. Would certainly stay there again whenever we are down that way.

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Address: 151 Main Street, Bethel, ME 04217
Location: United States > Maine > Bethel
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Bethel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sudbury Inn is a 19th century inn located in the heart of downtown Bethel, Maine. The Inn is located immediately adjacent to stop B of the Mountain Explorer shuttle to nearby Sunday River Ski resort (7 miles). Accommodations include 18 rooms, suites, and a self-contained apartment; pets are accepted and all rooms include breakfast in the rate. There is a restaurant located on the ground floor of the Inn with both porch and fireside dining. The basement houses the Suds Pub - a local favorite for its 29 draft beers and casual dining - with open mic nights and live music on the weekend. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5.30 to 9 pm, while the pub is open daily from 11.30 until late. The newest addition is a brand new bistro and bar, serving classic French bistro fare. ... more   less 
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Sudbury Hotel Bethel
Sudbury Inn Bethel, Maine

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