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“Charming, historic place with modern amenities” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Deacon Timothy Pratt Bed & Breakfast

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Deacon Timothy Pratt Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 1 Old Saybrook B&B and Inns
Seaford, New York
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23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Charming, historic place with modern amenities”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

My husband and I stayed for three nights at the Deacon Timothy Pratt House some years ago. We went during late January. The place was quiet with just one other couple and a single woman, who stayed in their smallest room. My husband had booked the Suite, as a Christmas gift to me.

What we liked most was that the charm, decor and detail of the old c. 1746 home has been left mostly intact, while extensive renovations (which you can peruse in the owner's photo albums in the common area) were made to add luxuries like private baths with Jacuzzi for all rooms, television and fireplaces. We went when the James Soda Fountain was closed for renovations and plan to return this year to see what they've done - rooms were added as part of the whole B&B experience.

The breakfast you'll be served, by candlelight (and fireplace, when we stayed) is exquisite. Before I left, I asked the lady who cooked for the recipe. She kindly emailed it to me the day after we got back. If you sneak down late the night before, you'll see someone has carefully written out the morning's goodies on a porcelain dry-erase easel. Tea, hot chocolate and cookies were readily available in the common area.

I agree with the reviewers who stated that security is nonexistent there and (perhaps as paranoid New Yorkers) we also felt odd leaving our belongings with easy access to anyone wandering the place. But maybe the Pratt House remains in another time and place and, so far, no one has claimed to have been robbed while there, so I say: let sleeping dogs lie!

Old Saybrook is old-fashioned and lovely. If you're visiting, I'd recommend the Pratt House for its old world charm and its awesome food! If you're looking for a place with a key-card and concierge, then you're not looking for a Bed & Breakfast.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dix Hills, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

We recently stayed one night at this lovely bed & breakfast and I was sorry that we couldn't stay longer. The rooms were all nicely done. The house has been maintained and modernized enough so that you were afforded the comforts we expect while maintaining the old world charm. Beth, our hostess, was gracious and accommodating and prepared an amazing breakfast. It is close to the center of Old Saybrook so within walking distance of several restaurants. We had dinner at Aspen. Don't miss it!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Sunrise room but all the rooms we were able to peek into look as nice.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

I really hate writing negative reviews but as we find TripAdvisor extremely helpful, we felt obligated to warn others about this inn. We stayed at the Deacon recently and while at first it seemed like a charming bed and breakfast, there were some elements that made our stay really unpleasant. Firstly, as other reviewers noted, it is not possible to lock the door to your room (there is a latch from the inside, but nothing to lock it with from the outside). When we raised this concern with the management, we were chided for being "uptight New Yorkers." I'm not even from New York originally and I don't consider locks on doors to be a high-maintenance request. Guests at any hotel or inn should be able to expect that basic level of security and privacy. In addition, the insulation in the walls and floor is terrible and you can hear EVERYTHING going on in the other rooms. I understand that this is an historic landmark, however when the house was converted into an inn, something should have been done about this. Beyond those physical elements, and perhaps most upsetting, was that the innkeeper was extremely rude and unprofessional and this really tainted our stay. I understand that the inn is his home, but he made us feel as if we were intruders in his personal space, which was an awful feeling, especially since we were paying good money to stay there. I won't go into detail about the way he behaved, but suffice to say our encounter with the innkeeper was by far the most uncomfortable and inappropriate one we've had in any place we've stayed. Old Saybrook is a charming town and we'd strongly recommend looking elsewhere if you'd like to have a positive bed and breakfast experience.

Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2012

We stayed at Deacon Timothy Pratt on Memorial Day weekend. We rented three rooms and all were clean and decorated so lovely. The house is from 1746 so it has a lot of charm and character. Carol served us a delicious breakfast, all homemade. I liked that she was friendly but not in your face. Overall it was a very nice weekend. Great location too.

Room Tip: We stayed in the tree top room - if you don't like stairs don't stay here but otherwise it...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2012

I had a very pleasant stay at this B&B, which actually has rooms in the Deacon Pratt house and the structure next door that also doubles as an ice cream shop. It felt like we were staying in a room in someone's house, which I suppose is the point of a B&B. That part was very nice. However, it was like staying in a house that was built in the mid 18th century and had only periodic repairs in the meantime. So while it was kind of cozy and fun to be there, it wasn't as asthetically pleasing as it could have been. I enjoyed the location, a short walk to downtown Old Saybrook's shops and restaurants and only a mile or so to the marina. Breakfast was very good on the Saturday we were there, with fresh cooked waffles. Better than a Residence Inn breakfast for sure, but not gourmet either.

I'd stay there again if I was in the area and didn't want to spend the money for the Saybrook Point Inn. I'm not a B&B charm sort of person though, so I don't expect I'd seek it out otherwise.

Room Tip: The third floor room does have a lock and is extra big. It doesn't have a jacuzzi though.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

I had a very nice time staying at the Deacon Timothy Pratt B&B. When we checked in our room it was so nice and clean. I also like my blankets and comforters cleaned when there is a new check-in, and I didn't see any hairs on my sheets, blankets, shower or floors. The blankets and comforters were fresh and clean (it's so easy to tell). The only thing you need to know is it is a continental breakfast which consists of yogurt, danish, scones, coffee and cereal upon request. I would not hesitate staying at this B&B again:)

Room Tip: I asked for a room with two beds, and was very happy with the room the hostess chose for me.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New Haven
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27 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2012

The Deacon Timothy Pratt House is an 18th-century house that is old but not particularly charming. It's smaller than the advertising might lead one to believe, and the spaces, at least on the ground floor, are a little "on top of one another." For instance, the Library room, which is said to be adjacent to the breakfast room, actually has one of its doors opening into that room (it can be latched from the inside), and its other door is not three feet from the front door of the house. Although the house seems generally well kept, it has an air of faint neglect. We were greeted appropriately and professionally, but afterwards saw nobody on the premises but the lady who served breakfast. The breakfast room had a dispenser for both hot and cold water that was available all the time, but the water bottle on it was soon emptied, and it remained empty for over 24 hours--no one bothered to check or replace it, even when some one was there, nor was any replacement bottle visible. Breakfast itself was acceptable, but nothing special. It's true that tastes in coffee are highly individual, but for what it's worth, we thought the coffee was terrible, practically undrinkable. Although we had very explicitly mentioned when making the booking, and upon our arrival, that we are vegetarians, and were told that this had been written down for the kitchen staff, we were nonetheless offered a breakfast plate with meat on it (it was courteously and appropriately replaced after we sent it back). The bathroom was spacious and well appointed, however, and hot water was readily available most of the time (one morning it was just warm). The property has a good location, within about a mile and a half of the Connecticut River and less than half a mile from the business section of Old Saybrook. Overall, though, a night at the Deacon Timothy Pratt is overpriced.

Room Tip: Probably best to avoid the Library--too close to front door and breakfast room,
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Deacon Timothy Pratt Bed & Breakfast
Address: 325 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2375
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Location: United States > Connecticut > Old Saybrook
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Old Saybrook
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Deacon Timothy Pratt Bed & Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Step back in time and enjoy the splendor of yesteryear in this magnificent center chimney colonial bed and breakfast inn listed on the National Historic Register, featuring elegant rooms with fireplaces and whirlpools. Located in charming New England village of Old Saybrook, Connecticut (CT). Built in 1746 by Deacon Timothy Pratt, this charming home boasts many fine original details. The guest rooms are romantically furnished in period style. A formal, candlelit breakfast is served in the elegant dining room w/ fireplace on fine china. Relax in our picturesque grounds with pretty gardens, a 3 tier fountain, inviting sitting areas, and 2-person rope hammock. Located in the heart of the historic district, on a pretty gas-lit main street, walk to quaint shops, restaurants, cafe's, art galleries, coffee houses with entertainment, town green activities, spas, and the water. Next door to old-fashioned ice-cream parlor and cafe; across from an old house museum and pillared white church. Beautiful area for walking, bicycling, and scenic drives along the CT River and Long Island Sound. One mile to beaches, lighthouses, sightseeing cruisecruises, waterfront dining, and waterfront golf and mini-golf. Beach passes, maps, and advice provided! On the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound, Old Saybrook embodies the spirit of a charming, small New England town with a rich seafaring tradition. Come enjoy its charm, beaches, pretty coves and beautiful setting at the mouth of the CT River! ... more   less 
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