I have been a member of Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) for several years, and I freely admit to being a huge fan of living history museums like this one. I've stayed at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center (across the busy highway from OSV) in the past, but it didn't do much to add to the experience of visiting the historic village. I live less than two hours away--it was better to just drive home under most circumstances.
As a member, I got an email when the Old Sturbridge Inn opened last summer. They offered a VERY attractive mid-week rate for members, so I jumped right on that and stayed overnight in September with my school-aged child during a homeschool day event. That experience was head and shoulders above our previous family overnight experience (across the road...) for a February vacation week camp. Instead of a room smelling of chlorine, we enjoyed an historic room with no mold, mildew, or weird chemicals. I have allergies, and I was worried that staying in the "charming" part of the inn would be a mistake. Nope! I've now enjoyed rooms one and five in the Inn, and my allergies did not flare up.
Just this weekend, I stayed in the inn for a second overnight. This time, I'd dragged my husband along to an evening event at OSV and thought it would be nice to enjoy an evening alone together. He admitted to some fear of the historic property (he likes a nice, bland Holiday Inn!) but found it very comfortable. He could adjust the heat as warm as he liked (too hot for me), there was wifi and a flat screen tv, and the water pressure was adequate.
Honestly, yes, I've stayed in fancier places around the world... but this is a fun (historically correct) place to stay with a perfect location for visiting OSV. It is clean and the staff is very pleasant. The rooms are clean and (at least in the Inn) quite large. The fact that you can cut through the adjacent bank/Country Curtains/Thai restaurant parking lots and get to OSV without crossing Rte. 20 is awesome.
Five stars is intended as five stars for STURBRIDGE, MASS, and compared to the other existing options. The suggestions I could offer (a real restaurant on site... <sigh>) aren't really feasible. If you are heading to OSV and want to stay overnight, the Old Sturbridge Inn is indubitably your best option for local lodging.
The bathrooms are the only place where I see glimpses of the Inn as it must have been (in the 1970's?) as opposed to the quirky charm of an updated 1830's house. They function perfectly well, but the light fixtures stand out as weird, ugly fluorescent boxes. I don't need them to spend a ton more money (and charge a fortune) to fix that, but it could offend some. The floors are updated tile, the sinks are a charming-ish style, and the tub/shower combo is standard hotel issue. They're fine, but not deluxe.
The continental breakfast is nicer than some--several choices of cold cereal, oatmeal packets, packaged bagels and pastries--but very good to have. The coffee maker in the room is something I'd consider a necessity. The addition of hand-thrown pottery mugs made at OSV is a very nice touch. Robes and slippers in the room make me happy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located adjacent to New England's largest history museum, the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges offer the historic ambiance of the 10-room Oliver Wight House, built in 1789 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the comfort of and convenience of 29 modern lodging units, each with a private entrance and curbside parking. ... more less
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