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154 High St, Bristol, RI 02809-2123
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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
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 07/29/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 07/29/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Bristol
Travelers' Choice
William’s Grant Inn is an old sea captain’s home built by William Bradford Jr. in 1808 on a quiet street a short distance from Bristol town center. It is a 5-bay Federal Colonial style home. The garden with its pond placed is a wonderful place to relax. Each room is decorated in its own style and each has a queen bed and a private bath. A full gourmet breakfast is included for all guests. Working gas fireplaces are in three of the rooms. The inn is a short walking distance to many fine restaurants and numerous shops featuring antiques, arts and crafts. The East Bay bike path is famous for its gentle grades located upon an old railroad bed—it travels along the water for 15 miles from Bristol to Providence. Many museums and historic buildings are located in Bristol, such as Blithewold Mansion, Herreshoff Marine Museum, Linden Place, Coggeshall Farm, and more. Colt Sate Park is a beautiful park off the bike path adjacent to Narragansett Bay.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Express check-in / check-out
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Water sport equipment rentals
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Separate dining area
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Me* wrote a review Sep 14
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What a wonderful stay! Cozy, warm, inviting, clean, private, flexible, friendly....and breakfast is off the charts!! Great, quiet location with nearby walking distance access to beautiful views, restaurants, bars, and site seeing! Liz and Doug are tremendous hosts and chefs! Made new friends! Just fabulous! Thank you!!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Erica F wrote a review Sep 11
2 contributions
My husband and I spent Labor Day Weekend here! The hospitality and breakfast was phenomenal. The room was spotless and very inviting. Not to mention Bristol is such a relaxing town that I never would have had the pleasure of exploring had we not stayed here. We spent most of our time in Newport and surrounding towns, but loved retreating here toward the end of the day. What a gem! We will be back.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Room Tip: Garden Room was very quiet and away from other rooms
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Response from Douglas Miller, Owner at William's Grant Inn
Responded 6 days ago
Hi there, We are so happy you guys enjoyed yourselves. We really enjoyed chatting over breakfast. We hope you will return in the future! Thank you for the lovely review.
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Mr_IPA wrote a review Sep 2
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania26 contributions2 helpful votes
My wife and I spent the weekend in Rhode Island after dropping our daughter at school on a Friday. We wanted to explore the state and settled on Bristol, primarily because it was near the water, we hadn't been there before and read that the lobster rolls are to die for at Blount's in nearby Warren (they are!). We could not have been more pleasantly surprised by our stay at William's Grant Inn. Elizabeth and Doug gave a warm greeting literally as soon as we walked in the front door. They gave us the lay of the land with their place, showed us to our rooms and made us feel right at home. They could not have been nicer. The room itself was comfortable and tastefully decorated. But a couple things made our stay an exceptional one - the cookies in our welcome bag. Incredible. The proximity to the waterfront and a handful of good restaurants - just a few blocks away and definitely walking distance. The breakfast the following morning - exceptional. And best of all - the genuine friendliness and hospitality of our two hosts. Just the nicest, most down-to-earth people. We will be back in the area again and plan to book another stay at William's Grant Inn. We have traveled extensively and would give our highest recommendation to stay with Elizabeth and Doug. They'll take very good care of you.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: We stayed in the Roger Williams room.
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Response from Douglas Miller, Owner at William's Grant Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you both so much for the wonderful review of our Bed and Breakfast and of beautiful Bristol. We enjoyed so much exchanging stories of our kids and just chatting with you. We know your daughter will do great in her Junior year. We are always here if you need anything and can’t get to her, just ask. We look forward to seeing you both again. Sincerely, Doug and Elizabeth
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Dena S wrote a review Aug 2020
New City, New York24 contributions4 helpful votes
Liz and Doug, the hosts are friendly, helpful and sincere. They take pride in their Inn, evidenced by the decor, cleanliness and amenities. We felt like we were “home!” Bristol is a quiet, friendly town perfect for the small and large craft boater and anyone looking for a peaceful respite from home. We are definitely coming back! D and H
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Elizabeth Miller, Owner at William's Grant Inn
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much. We love the town we live in and we love being innkeepers. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again. Liz & Doug
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foxboro-bob wrote a review Aug 2020
Foxborough, Massachusetts51 contributions20 helpful votes
This was our first trip away from home since COVID began to be taken seriously in early March. It was also our 39th wedding anniversary and simply going out to a local restaurant would not have sufficed as a celebration. Instead we chose to go to Bristol, one of our favorite destinations. And we chose William's Grant Inn, because it looked lovely, it's in a great location, it's quiet, the backyard is serene, and the posted reviews promised delicious breakfasts, warm hospitality, and owners who provided a safe haven from a dangerous pandemic. It was all this and more. Doug and Liz are the epitome of great hosts. After a long bike ride on the bike path in 90 degree weather, it was a treat to return and find home baked cookies and a celebratory bottle of Prosecco waiting for us. Our only regret was that we only stayed for one night. We shall return.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Response from Elizabeth Miller, Owner at William's Grant Inn
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We were so glad to be a part of your anniversary. We hope that we will see you again. All our best. Liz & Doug
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Frequently Asked Questions about William's Grant Inn
Which popular attractions are close to William's Grant Inn?
Nearby attractions include Colt State Park (0.4 miles), Hope Street (0.6 miles), and Herreshoff Marine Museum (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at William's Grant Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at William's Grant Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a fireplace, and a separate dining room.
What food & drink options are available at William's Grant Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at William's Grant Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to William's Grant Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Beehive Cafe, Pomodoro Pizzeria, and Aidan's Pub.
Is William's Grant Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 1.0 miles away from the center of Bristol.
Are there any historical sites close to William's Grant Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum (0.9 miles), Linden Place Mansion (0.4 miles), and Coggeshall Farm Museum (1.3 miles).