I was a little worried about the stay based on some reviews, however, with a few exceptions, the stay was wonderful. Arrival - the front desk is on the lower level at the front entrance. This is where the "continental breakfast" is served (consisting of beverages, apples and oranges, and a variety of dry pastries). While a couple of the front desk staff were fantastic (Shean), some where less than helpful and bordered on rude.
Our rooms were located on the 2nd floor (from the lobby, but 1st floor in the back or restaurant entrance), just down from the Restaurant/bar. While the location was good in terms of proximity to parking and the main door, when Friday and Saturday rooled around, it was not so good. The hotel hosts weddings and receptions on what seems to be a regular basis. The staff in the bar do a good job of keeping things in check there, however, the parade of intoxicated guests traveling from rooms down our hall to the bar and back were loud and obnoxious on Saturday night. I'm sure it's not the norm, but annoying nonetheless. The rooms were nice, beds were very comfy and cozy. We had a double room and for my aunt and I, it was perfect, with a sink/vanity both inside and outside the bathroom. Overall, the rooms were charming.
The bar and restaurant were fantastic. The staff were attentive and friendly. Each night there was a different bartender and each one wanted to make an even better version of the drink we had the night before. One bartender even offered to buy us our drinks! The presentation of the appetizer in the dining room was beautiful, and tasty! Perhaps it was because we were eating late, but we each ordered a salad and baked potato, and the potato was dry looking, the "loaded" version consisted of cold cheese shreds on the potato and sour cream on the side. When we complained that the potato seemed cold or undercooked, we were told they had just come out of the oven. No amount of complaints got them taken off the bill despite not eating most of them.
The lobby on that level was gorgeous, well suited for weddings, and the decor and charm of the bar and restaurant were welcoming. The grounds were also beautiful as it was fall. One word of caution, plan to spend time looking for parking on a Saturday night if there is a wedding or two!
Other things: I poked my head into the gym, and while small, it had enough equipment to give a decent workout for a traveler, and there was a men's and women's shower in the gym. Also, the place is pet friendly. I definitely noticed a pet smell in the room occupied by my mom and her small dog, as opposed to our non-pet room, but it wasn't overwhelming.
I would definitely consider this hotel again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Avon Old Farms Hotel - a luxury hotel in the suburbs of Greater Hartford, CT in the picturesque Farmington River Valley. In fact, Yankee Magazine has rated us a "Best of the Best" lodging property. The Avon Old Farms Hotel has also received a Mobil Three-Star Award and AAA Three Diamond Award.Our hotel began as a 24-unit motel in 1955 and through two expansions has grown into a 160-room luxury hotel in Avon, Connecticut resting on 20 acres of manicured landscape with all of the services and amenities desired by the modern corporate and leisure guest. As a guest of the Avon Old Farms Hotel, you can expect a distinctive ambiance representing luxury and charm including fine furnishings, down featherbeds, four-poster beds, antiques, and original watercolor paintings of the historic area in which we reside. Our classic approach to service means that guests will be pampered and appreciate our innovative attention to detail and willingness to accommodate. Additionally, our unique facilities - including the handsome, state-of-the-art conference facilities, stunning banquet space, and lush outdoor garden areas - make us a leading choice for meetings, corporate events, weddings, and social affairs in the Greater Hartford area.Guests of the Avon Old Farms Hotel enjoy the award-winning and stunning Seasons Restaurant and Tap Room serving inspired innovative American cuisine.We look forward to welcoming you to our luxurious country hotel in Avon, Connecticut just 10 minutes from downtown Hartford! ... more less
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