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Publick House Historic Inn
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Sturbridge
Southington
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14 reviews
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“Gem of New England”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

After a very disappointing stay at a local hotel, we found ourselves at the Public House for a Sunday breakfast. The entrance in the rear opens your eyes to a on site bakery which by any standard is nothing short of great. Moving upstairs we were greeted by smiles and welcomes to be seated in the dining area for breakfast. The chef was making fantastic omelets or your choice from tables of options would not leave you hungry. Our waitress was spot on and gave us the attention of a 5 star Inn. We asked to view the rooms and what a great surprise on the spaciousness and cleanliness of the suit. Bar area and most rooms have a fireplace and the overall décor is colonial post and beam. We can't wait to revisit the Inn.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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NC - USA
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Went here for Christmas Day. Lovely. Great food. Great service and a classic New England setting. Probably the best Clam Chowder we've had - and we are picky. This is exactly what you'd hope for in a Sturbridge experience. Lovely, especially at the holidays. Try it.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Davis, California
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Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

We booked the Publick House because we wanted to visit Old Sturbridge Village just a few miles down the road. The Publick House itself was packed with people and there were several events going on. The restaurants were all full. This was the Columbus Day weekend so that may have been why there were such crowds. Our reservation was actually at the motel section which was much quieter. It was a decent, clean, and large room. Ok for one night. Later that night we were able to have dinner at the Tavern and didn't have to wait long for a table. Tried the Indian Pudding which was great! Yummm..being from California I had never had it before. The next morning we had breakfast at the Tavern. It was all a good place to stay if you wanted to be near Old Sturbridge Village in the morning when it opened. Very convenient.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

We stayed at the Publick House to attend a wedding. Please note that my review is for the lodge rooms, and not the main building where weddings and other functions are held. While the historic inn was amazing, especially because it was decorated for the holiday season. It was very charming and rustic. However, the lodge rooms are in desperate need of updating. While I can understand how these rooms were nice 20 to 30 years ago, it doesn't seem that there have been any attempts to modernize the rooms since then. The rooms were very dark, with 70's themed wallpaper and old beds. While the room seemed generally clean, the upkeep of the outside of the rooms was nonexistent. Cobwebs, spiders and garbage were the most prevalent things that we saw. The outside "patio" was also littered with cigarette butts and burn marks on the carpet. Also, as many others have said, there were virtually no amenities. Thankfully we brought everything that we needed with us, so this wasn't a big issue. There were only a few stations that we could receive on the TV in the room, most of which only showed sports and nothing else. The air conditioner/heater unit was broken, and repeatedly changed from heat to a/c throughout the night. We also had a hard time finding ice. There was a sign on the door next to ours (probably a maitenance room) saying ice was in another building, which was not very convenient. We ended up getting sodas from the soda machine instead, but the sodas were frozen solid. By early the next morning, we were ready to get out of there and head home.


Overall, I would not recommend staying at this place, unless there is a wedding held on the property and you have a long drive home and / or decided to drink. Other than for a matter of convenience, it's really not worth the price you pay to stay there.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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We met with my brother and cousin on a cold winter day for lunch. The food was good, the dining room was warm, and the fire was delicious. The service was prompt and courteous. Our lunch was delivered quickly, was well prepared, and tasty. The best part about the restaurant was the historic setting, and the roaring fireplace. While I wouldn't recommend this restaurant for those looking for an exceptional culinary experience, it was a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon enjoying good food with good company.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed December 13, 2013

I stopped here for lunch while traveling on business.

I was seated at a table for two with large comfortable armchairs.

Upon recommendation from my server, I had the Yankee pot roast, which was amazing.

Service and ambience were first rate as well.

I'm glad I stopped here.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

This is a review of the Lodge
I stayed in the Country Lodge which is dramatically distinct from the Historic Inn. The Lodge is less expensive (~20%) than the Inn but there is little or nothing antique (or quaint) about the Lodge. Stay there if you want to save the money, but plan to hike across the lawn (or drive) to reach the Inn for meals and entertainment. The Lodge might work well if you're planning a meeting or a retreat with meals/meetings in the Inn.
The air handler (both cooling and heating) in my Lodge room was very noisy; I turned it off for the night and left the spread on the bed for warmth. This worked ok and the temperature recovered quickly when I turned the heat on in the morning. The bathroom was clean and there was plenty of hot water.
If I go again, I'll pay the extra money to get a room in the Inn if it is available.
Note that the Sturbridge Commons and Old Burial Ground are a very short walk from the Lodge/Inn-check it out if that is your interest.....

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Publick House Historic Inn
Address: On the Common, 277 Main Street - Route 131, Post Office Box 187, Sturbridge, MA 01566-0187
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Sturbridge
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Sturbridge
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Hotel Class:2 star — Publick House Historic Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 100
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