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Boardman House

8 Norwich Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423-1344
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#1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in East Haddam
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.9
Service
4.7
Value
4.5
Elegant Connecticut Guest House offering Luxurious Accommodations & Modern Amenities in East Haddam, 2 hours from NYC and Boston. Walk to Goodspeed Musicals, River and Restaurants. Editors Choice in Yankee Magazine's Travel Guide to New England.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Boating
Hiking
Non-smoking hotel
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Wifi
Canoeing offsite
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Air conditioning
Fireplace
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Swedish
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Michele M wrote a review Oct 2022
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The Boardman House is architecturally stunning and beautifully appointed (and very clean!!!) I travel frequently for work and always prefer boutique places over chain hotel (much more homey). I was so pleased the inn matched its photos and positive reviews. The heated floors and towel warmer in the bathroom were an unexpected treat! I have read the reviews about the proprietor not being available or responsive...I texted Mia and within minutes she was downstairs to meet me. She is an absolutely lovely woman and we had a wonderful conversation; we hugged when I left. I have stayed at many B&Bs throughout New England and I would rate this as my favorite. As far as no longer serving breakfast, it is stated on the website, and for me a non issue. This is a family run business (for over 20 years) and Mia and her husband do most of work, which I imagine is far from easy. I plan to return when in the area for work and plan to come for fun too. Highly recommend. I stayed in the Corner Room (as on a corporate budget), which was quiet and private.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Trip type: Traveled on business
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Tina H wrote a review Aug 2021
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My daughter and I enjoyed this stay very much! We had a business meeting in Chester for two days and it was the perfect location which allowed for us to travel around the area easily! we so much appreciated the historic nature of the building and the preservation thereof. It is in a very small quaint community due to Covid some restaurants were not in operation which was disappointing but I think things are starting to improve. I thought the rooms were very well appointed and the owner was meticulous in making sure everything matched the period of the property. My only one suggestion would be even though it is Covid I think since the property is advertised as a bed-and-breakfast they could’ve put out at least some pastries or some easy to pick up snacks in the morning I think that would’ve really topped off our stay!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled on business
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Peter M wrote a review Sep 2022
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Property is in pristine condition. Our suite was very clean and comfortable. The front porch was quite enjoyable to sit on and relax. The location is perfect as it is close to charming local towns and the Connecticut shoreline.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: Stayed in the Garden Suite, which had a very nice private porch overlooking the back yard full of...
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Jessica C wrote a review Aug 2022
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My gosh! Where do we begin! This place is an absolute gem! The gardens? Stunning. The management? Gets back to you within seconds! We are planning on coming for an entire weekend, just because of the beautiful stay- the cleanliness, the quality of the grounds- just beautiful. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, look no more!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Alexis H wrote a review Aug 2022
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My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Boardman House. Our room, the Garden suite, was spacious and comfortable. The service was wonderful, all our needs were met, and we also loved the location near the Connecticut River, state parks, and an easy drive to the shore. We highly recommend!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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rockwell121 wrote a review Aug 2022
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This is an elegant, historic home that used to be a Bed and Breakfast, but breakfast is no longer served. There is a small breakfast place called Higher Grounds that is about a 10-minute walk but we cannot recommend it. Two Wrasslin' Cats is a short drive and is much better for breakfast/lunch; it is not walkable. If you prefer to drink your meals, Swing Bridge Liquors is directly across the street from the House and is excellent. We stayed in the Boardman Room which is in the front of the house, thus subject to considerable traffic noise, especially during morning "rush hours." The room is clean, large, and well-appointed and has 3 chairs, a desk, and a king bed. The mattress was too soft/lumpy for us. The closet has those much-despised hotel-style, anti-theft hangers. Do East Haddam visitors steal that many wooden clothes hangers? The modern bathroom with shower is spacious and perfect. The parlor off the main entrance to the House has a small refrigerator for guest use, but is devoid of snacks/water/juice. A pitcher of room-temperature water sits on a nearby table. Only one bottle of water is provided in the guest room. Free parking is down a steep hill adjacent to the House. It is very difficult to safely exit both the side street from the parking lot and the carriage driveway in front of the house, as hedges block views of oncoming traffic. Strongly recommend that the owner install driveway mirrors in both places. She lives on the top floor of the House. Goodspeed Opera House is a short walk, as is a good ice cream shop. Nearby Gelston House for dinner was a big disappointment, so get in the car and head to Chester, CT for an excellent meal at River Tavern. Definitely worth the 15-minute drive.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Michael H wrote a review Aug 2022
New York City, New York1 contribution
Beautiful place to stay in the quaint town of East Haddam. My wife and I chose the Garden Suite for our anniversary and we had a great stay! The check-in process was convenient, the room was luxurious, and there were plenty of places in the area for breakfast. Mia was kind and helpful when we had questions. Overall, we were very impressed and couldn't be happier that we chose to stay here during our special weekend. Highly recommend to those who prefer privacy and want a getaway in a stunning mansion!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Room Tip: Garden Suite is perfect for couples and if you enjoy nature!
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Marie L wrote a review Aug 2022
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I recently wrote a review about my dissatisfaction with my stay at the Boardman House. Not only was I contacted by the Host regarding my experience via email, but my review was removed from Trip Advisor. I did not contact the Host regarding the problems with my stay due to the negative feedback previous guests noted from their stay. I was so disappointed in this stay. I had an exciting weekend ahead of me. Previous guests noted lack of return phone calls and/or a hassle. It is interesting to note that negative reviews have been removed from Trip Advisor. I will again say this is a bed with no hospitality. This is definitely not a 4.5 rating.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Judd P wrote a review Jun 2022
Longmeadow, Massachusetts2 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed 2 nights in the Corner Room. We arrived just after check-in at 3:30 PM. No one was there to greet us. We found an envelope taped to the front door in which a key and pre-printed instructions were enclosed. The room had a strange odor. There was a switch in the (very tiny and cramped) bathroom but we never learned what it was for. The bathroom though located on an outside wall, had no exhaust fan, which was, perhaps, the reason for the room’s odor. The room was furnished badly, 2 small side tables beside each side of the bed and a useless desk on the wall opposite the bed. Other than the tiny drawers on the side tables (which were not large enough to hold any items of clothing, there was nothing other than the tiny closet with 6 “you can’t steal these” hangars in which to place our clothes. We lived out of our suitcase which was placed on the floor as there was no other place to put it. This place is milking COVID for all its worth. It no longer serves breakfast. In fact, it serves nothing. We did not see a single staff person over the 2 days we were there. The room was not cleaned while we were there. The living room was utterly bare. No books, movies, magazines, tourist info. There was a pitcher of water and a coffee maker. No afternoon snacks like cookies or cheese and crackers like all the other inns serve. The dining room was a useless appendage with no chairs around a table with a worn tablecloth. The room was not air conditioned and the windows could not be opened. They had no screens either. This is no place to stay during the summer, notwithstanding the fan in the room. I would not recommend this place to anyone. Frankly, a chain motel would have been better and a lot less expensive.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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hbrownriipl wrote a review May 2022
North Kingstown, Rhode Island4 contributions1 helpful vote
There wasn't anyone on-site during our stay, and when I email'd as instructed to request decaf pods since only caffeinated was on the keurig table, the response was "Unfortunately we are out of decaf pods. They are on order, but have not arrived yet. So sorry for the inconvenience." Especially at the high-end cost of the room I felt that answer was unacceptable and replied as much and requested that decaf somehow be made available. The next response was, "It seems you are not satisfied with your accommodations and we would be happy to refund you for the second night ($269+tax) if you check out before 11:00 AM." When I declined to check out early, the next response I got was, "No where does it say that we have decaf pods in the rooms, so if that is a requirement, you should have asked before making your reservation." Very snarky! Also, not only no decaf, no tea either, the ceiling-mounted heat lamp in the bathroom doesn't work and the wi-fi failed consistently when we tried to connect 2 iphones at the same time. Good luck if you book this place. There are other choices for staying near Goodspeed Opera House.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Mia Hymander, Owner at Boardman House
Responded May 28, 2022
The condescending emails sent by this insatiable guest were unacceptable: “They sell decaf at the local market. I am looking for you to arrange for it to be delivered here this morning.” “That is not an acceptable answer. Top rates and poor amenity.“ “Lack of decaf is management failing” We have Keurig machines with COMPLEMENTARY coffee pods available for our guests, but a Personal Assistant is not included in the room rate. We offered him a refund for his second night because he was clearly not satisfied with the coffee situation.
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PRICE RANGE
$265 - $321 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
boardman house hotel east haddam
LOCATION
United StatesConnecticutEast Haddam
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Boardman House
Which popular attractions are close to Boardman House?
Nearby attractions include Goodspeed Opera House (0.1 miles), Gillette Castle State Park (2.5 miles), and East Haddam Swing Bridge (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Boardman House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and boating.
Which room amenities are available at Boardman House?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Boardman House?
Guests can enjoy free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Boardman House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Boardman House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Whistle Stop, Two Wrasslin' Cats, and River Tavern.
Is Boardman House located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.09 miles away from the center of East Haddam.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Boardman House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swedish.
Are there any historical sites close to Boardman House?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Goodspeed Opera House (0.1 miles) and Gillette Castle State Park (2.5 miles).