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Grafton Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   92 Main St, Grafton, VT 05146 (Formerly The Old Tavern at Grafton)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Grafton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
decatur ga
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“quintissential vermont”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2010

walk in history, everyone from grant to teddy roosevelt to rock stars have
statyed here.beautiful room with canopy bed, exceptionally clean
bathroom. wonderful front porch to sip wine and relax. the dinner
in the dinning room was delicious and a good value.
very quaint village with beautiful colonial homes and a covered bridge.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn, New York
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75 reviews 75 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2010

My wife and I found this gem in 2005 and went back for our 20th wedding anniversary in 2008. We're headed back up again in March of 2010.

We just wanted some quiet time for ourselves. We spent time up in the Barn, down on the main floor in front of the fire and walking out in the newly fallen snow. The food is wonderful, the staff very responsive and the rooms lovely. In fact, we were there from Tuesday to Friday...there was only one other couple in the Inn until Thursday night. We basically had the place to ourselves.

My only "complaint" is that the elevator feels like a coat closet. But, I'm willing to overlook that!

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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139 reviews 139 reviews
40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sydney
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 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, traveled as a couple
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New York City
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3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Texas
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Monson,MA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 92 Main St, Grafton, VT 05146 (Formerly The Old Tavern at Grafton)
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Location: United States > Vermont > Grafton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Grafton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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 nightly for dinner. Pub menu at Phelps Barn Pub. Member of Historic Hotels of America, Distinctive Inns of New Englands. ... more   less 
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