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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Sudbury Hotel Bethel
- Sudbury Inn Bethel, Maine