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On the Common, 277 Main Street - Route 131 Post Office Box 187, Sturbridge, MA 01566-0187
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 11/29/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#6 of 14 hotels in Sturbridge
Location
4.2
Cleanliness
3.7
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4.0
Value
3.6
If you’re looking for a family-friendly hotel in Sturbridge, look no further than Publick House Historic Inn. While staying at Publick House Historic Hotel, visitors can check out Hyland Orchard & Rapscallion Brewery (2.4 mi), which is a popular Sturbridge attraction. Guest rooms offer amenities such as a flat screen TV and air conditioning, and guests can go online with free wifi offered by the hotel. Publick House Historic Inn features a 24 hour front desk, a gift shop, and a coffee shop, to help make your stay more enjoyable. The property also boasts a pool and breakfast. If you are driving to Publick House Historic Inn, free parking is available. While in Sturbridge, you may want to check out some of the restaurants that are a short walk away from Publick House Historic Inn, including Sturbridge Seafood (0.8 mi), Oxhead Tavern (0.9 mi), and B.T.'s Smokehouse (1 mi). Should time allow, Old Sturbridge Village is a popular attraction that is 1.5 miles away. The staff at Publick House Historic Inn looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Kids stay free
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Conference facilities
Parking
Wifi
Fence around pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Vending machine
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Telephone
Iron
Private bathrooms
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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cprbartonct wrote a review Jul 2022
Redding, Connecticut31 contributions10 helpful votes
Party of six. Not as good as it used to be. Turkey dark meat was dry. Squash peel in the squash. One person had scallops and got sick. Clam chowder not as good as it was (tough gritty clams). We used to go out of our way to stop there when we were passing through. No more.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Publick House Historic Inn
Responded 2 weeks ago
We're saddened to hear about your experience, and we apologize for any disappointment with your meals. We have no in-person complaints of this nature and take comments like this quite seriously. We follow strict procedures to ensure fresh, delicious food. Your feedback will be shared with our kitchen staff, but we encourage you to reach out so that we may discuss the details of your experience. Please consider coming to see us again the next time you're in the area.
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JMG73 wrote a review Jul 2022
Hartford, Connecticut31 contributions15 helpful votes
I stayed here with my mom this week. It took us three tries to find the check in area. Then we were given a map to our room, which took another 3 tries to find. The room was clean and comfortable. Be aware that there are a lot of stairs and the walkways a bit difficult for older people with some balance issues. We went to dinner in Ebeneezer Tavern. The food was delicious.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Publick House Historic Inn
Responded 3 weeks ago
Clean and comfortable lodgings are paramount to a wonderful stay, so we're glad your room met our high standards in hospitality. Rest assured, if you have any troubles finding your way, our team is always available and ready to direct you and show you where to go. We're glad you enjoyed dining with us, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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K B wrote a review Jul 2022
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This place has a lot of issues. First, from the photos you expect a quaint New England experience in a largish, historic hotel. This is such a building, but if there are rooms in it, I have no idea. We were lodged in heinous 1970s motel-style buildings behind the cute buildings in the photos. The rooms are old and poorly maintained with obnoxiously loud AC units. The hot water is erratic and turns on and off in the middle of your shower multiple times. There is no mini-fridge. There is no room-service - that is to say, they do not clean the rooms during your stay. When I asked them about it, they took an offended and stand-offish tone, telling me that this fact was disclosed in the check-in documentation ... as if admitting the fact that you suck in the small print of a check-in document makes up for the fact that you suck. I did manage to get fresh towels about 2 hours after they were requested. There is an on-site restaurant that gets good reviews, but it closes at 7PM - what kind of restaurant serving dinner closes at 7PM? Certainly not one that any reasonable person will be able to try. All in all, this hotel is yet another overpriced Sturbridge-area disappointment riding on the coat-tails of the Brimfield antique market.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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north4 wrote a review Jun 2022
maine87 contributions53 helpful votes
Dirty, tired, outdated place. Broken lamp so it was dark entering the room. Dirty bathroom. Horrible pillows. No lock on screen door. Outdated. Terrible free breakfast. I was shocked as the reputation is for a nice country style inn. It is a motel. Maybe the main part of the Inn is better? I don't know, but the back buildings - nope!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Publick House Historic Inn
Responded Jun 22, 2022
We are constantly working hard to provide a high-quality experience for all of our guests, so it is disappointing to hear that we didn't meet your expectations. We will discuss your concerns internally to ensure we meet our high hospitality and cleanliness standards. Your input is appreciated, and we thank you for letting us know where we fell short, as this will enable us to reflect and improve.
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Rick D wrote a review Jun 2022
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we booked and arrived late. Told not crowded but sent on a long walk up and down and up and down stairs to room. Be prepared if you have significant luggage. Then the phone rang once an hour for four hours during our short overnight stay. The front desk said it was an internal call but they couldn’t do anything. We didn’t want to unplug phone in case of emergency but eventually did. Room could use quite a bit of updating to get to rustic. The complimentary baked goods in the morning were very good. So that was very good :).
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Publick House Historic Inn
Responded Jun 10, 2022
Dear Rick, While you enjoyed our delicious morning treats, it appears we fell short of expectations. Rest assured that our team will discuss your comments to ensure that we are doing everything possible to provide a fantastic experience. Thank you for bringing these matters to our attention.
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ivseddoc wrote a review May 2022
Naples, Florida35 contributions45 helpful votes
Tried to get a drink in the bar at 8:10pm. Was told they closed at 8 and no! We said we were staying and couldn’t they just charge our rooms NO Next morning tried to get breakfast but restaurant didn’t open until 11am! Poor service!! Rooms just 0K.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Publick House Historic Inn
Responded May 31, 2022
Guest feedback is always appreciated as we consider it to be a valuable learning opportunity. We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us. Please accept our apologies for not providing you with a stay that fits your needs and our own standards. We will use your feedback to continue improving our services.
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Carol F wrote a review May 2022
Montgomery NY24 contributions1 helpful vote
We had very comfortable and spacious accommodations in the motor lodge, but the highlight for us was the restaurant: the Ebenezer Tavern. We were visiting during the May Brimfield show and the place was very busy. Despite the hectic pace for the servers we were very impressed with the staff. Emily, the bartender, was professional, friendly, and never appeared rattled. She made us feel very welcomed and we can't wait to see her again in July. Ben was our server and he was THE BEST! He navigated through the dining area of the tavern anticipating our needs. How he managed to take care of the many tables he had, I'll never understand. He was efficient and a delight to speak with, as well. Clearly, the restaurant has a well-trained staff of smart and professional servers. Thank-you!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: Motor lodge rooms are spacious.
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Publick House Historic Inn
Responded May 18, 2022
Dear Carol, Our team is certainly the best around and they will be honored to be recognized for their phenomenal service, especially Ben and Emily. We are truly lucky to have them. Thank you so much for the praise. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon to Publick House Historic Inn.
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CDM49 wrote a review May 2022
Amarillo, Texas6197 contributions701 helpful votes
This is our go to hotel when we visit our grand kids. Which is about once a year. We love the historic old stage stop main building. But we stay in one of the more newer buildings built in the same style. Checkin was easy and efficient. Parking was also easy and we parked within 10 feet of the building. This was good as we were here for five days. Room was clean and up to date. We had a nice walk-in shower, refrigerator, microwave and security safe. Only security issue is the doors to the building are unlocked until late at night so anyone can walk in. The bake shop offers a nice variety of bakery items which we enjoyed each morning. There is a nice dining room which at this time serves lunch and dinner but definitely recommend making a reservation. For Mother’s Day they had a wonderful buffet. Although we ate way too much. Hope to be back again next year.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The motel like building up on the hill by the pool are like a 50s motel.
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Publick House Historic Inn
Responded May 10, 2022
We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time at Publick House Historic Inn and that our clean accommodations, as well as our wonderful amenities, impressed you. It will be our pleasure to welcome you back next year!
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BigBlueBloggerMW wrote a review May 2022
New York City, New York16 contributions5 helpful votes
We (M-F couple, 50s) spent one night in the "Historic Inn" section of the Publick House on our way to an event in the Boston area. As others have said, the historic inn is a charming delight for lovers of New England antiquity. The wide floorboards creak, the beams are fully exposed, the plumbing can be a bit slow to respond, and the steps and winding hallways are not for everyone. If old and authentic is your speed, you will feel at home here. If not, look elsewhere. Also important: the "Motor Lodge" buildings are an entirely different proposition. They look like the kind of motel where rooms are rented by the half-hour. The only guests I can imagine wanting to occupy those rooms would be people attending an event at the inn who don't want to drive after partying into the night. I guess if you're drunk enough, a bed is a bed. Breakfast for overnight guests is a bit of a jumble, since the bakeshop does a thriving business with non-guests. Just show the bakeshop staff your key card, and they'll tell you your options. Good coffee and excellent baked goods are included, though avoiding gluten might be a challenge.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: The Historic Inn section is the attraction. Avoid the motor lodge buildings if possible.
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Responded May 9, 2022
We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Publick House Historic Inn and that our great amenities impressed you. Please consider coming back and visiting us again the next time you find yourself in the area.
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Tonmi wrote a review Apr 2022
Tokyo, Japan22 contributions9 helpful votes
We LOVED this place! Granted my criteria for a hotel room is not the same as others - I prefer character over amenities and am happy to sacrifice having a rain shower head and a mini-fridge. We stayed in the historic inn and found our queen room exceptionally charming. The floors are creaky, it has radiator heat, and a small bathroom, but it was perfect for us. We didn't even turn on the television the entire time! The bed was exceptionally comfortable, the staff was incredible, and the bakery is *chef's kiss*. We only ate one night in the restaurant but it was wonderful! Our server was fantastic and the lobster mac & cheese appetizer was exceptional. We'll be staying here whenever we come back to Old Sturbridge Village.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Publick House Historic Inn
Responded Apr 26, 2022
Dear Tomni, Thank you for taking the time to share how much you enjoyed your visit to Publick House Historic Inn. We are delighted to hear that you liked our comfortable, clean rooms and were able to dine at our delicious on-site restaurant. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Publick House Historic Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Publick House Historic Inn?
Nearby attractions include Old Sturbridge Village (1.0 miles), Optical Heritage Museum (2.9 miles), and St. Anne's Shrine (2.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Publick House Historic Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Publick House Historic Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Publick House Historic Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Publick House Historic Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cedar Street Grille, B.T.'s Smokehouse, and Sturbridge Seafood.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Publick House Historic Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Publick House Historic Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Sturbridge.
Are pets allowed at Publick House Historic Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Publick House Historic Inn offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Publick House Historic Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Is Publick House Historic Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.