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General Stanton Inn
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General Stanton Inn
Ranked #4 of 6 Charlestown B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 23, 2011

We stayed in the General Stanton Inn in August 2011 which we had pre-booked following their information on their website. The most deceiving ever! While there may be some nice rooms in the main building, not that we were told about them even after offering to pay any rate for the night's stay, we were put into the motel style annex which was run down, furnished with flea market type furniture and not enirely clean either. To get there we passed an open door to dirty laundry and a knocked over rubbish bin. No telephone in the room, no coffee machine, cups or anything and venetian blinds which didn't fit the window and had seen better days. The patio, furnished with two plastic chairs, overlooked the rubbish.
I don't know what the other reviewer was on about with regards to water view and mountain view, as there is neither water nor mountain view either side, just a view to the not so distant Route 1!
Stay away if you can, unless you discover the 'beauty' of the rooms in the main building.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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5  Thank Puddy2409
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

Our family stayed at the General Stanton Inn for several days the last week of July. Pros: It is an historic inn dating back to the 1600s made up of an original building and a separate house. In it's day it's proximity to Old Post Road must have made it a convenient and popular place to stay. The main house is historic with very old and charming common rooms along with "regular", updated guest rooms. If you look for it there is a small cemetary in the back corner of the property with ancient tombstones which we found very interesting. The side building where we stayed is from the 1970's and has two floors. We were in a large room that had another smaller room and a bathroom that fit all 5 of us. Weekly prices are discounted. KariLee, one of the owners, was very gracious and helpful while we were there.
Cons: the buildings are kind of worn down and older. When we arrived the electricity was not working in our room which means the a/c did not work. Being an inn there is no one in the office after 7:00 pm. Although I could/should have called KariLee to report the problem, I did not want to wake her, so we suffered through a hot night and were ready to pack and leave in the morning. However, when I did call her in the early morning she apologized, took care of the problem immediately and reminded me to call at any time of day/night as she lives on the property. She also gave me an additional discount for our troubles. So we stayed and we were comfortable after that. The a/c in the room was now working, which was great, but it made a lot of noise. The housekeeper was very nice but forgot to take out the garbage one day. KariLee took care of that immediately too. Note that our relatives who stayed in the main house did not have any of these problems. There is a flea market on the grounds of this inn on the weekends. We did not stay for it, but the canopies are up all the time. It's apparently a popular market; it does, however, make the grounds look kind of messy and uncared for. It's kind of sad that the cemetary is in the back corner behind the flea market and probably overlooked by most people.
The Inn also has a restaurant which is open for dinner Wed-Sunday I think. We did not eat there but one night we saw musicians setting up, and there seemed to be a local crowd gathering there.
Overall we are glad we stayed here. It has character even though it's kind of like staying at your relatives' run down country house. If you are looking for an upscale inn or a 24 hour hotel this is not the place for you. (I don't think those exist in Charlestown.) Compared to the tiny motels that dot the area and look really old, stuffy and worn down the General Stanton Inn seemed a much better option to us. It's right off the Post Road which makes it very convenient (although your GPS does not recognized the back entrance right off route 1 and will take you around to Old Post Road and the main entrance), but also noisy. It's very convenient, being just a couple of miles from the Charlestown Beach which was great, the "Fantastic Umbrella Factory" (not the exact name) - a group of hippie fun, cool stores built into the woods and a very popular attraction - and the Ninigret Wildlife Refuge. It's an easy 20 minute drive either way to Narragansett or Watch Hill, both of which are more upscale and more expensive areas to stay. If we go back we would stay in the original building in one of the oldest rooms.
The Inn was featured on Ghost Hunters and reportedly has spirits/ghosts there, something which we found intriguing and made it all the more of an interesting place to stay. By the way, the Inn and the grounds are for sale. We hope that whoever buys it puts some money into it and retains its historic character.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank GiGi06482
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

Pros - nice property, decent price for room. Room was very spacious & primarily clean. Comfortable bed.
Cons -Inn room was changed without notifying us. Carpeting was stained in multiple areas. Possibly haunted (this can be a pro or con!!). Was supposed to have wi-fi internet in room, but did not have adequate signal,

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank gigismommy
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Reviewed April 22, 2011

This Inn with the old charm must have undergone some major changes since the negative reviews I have read here. Our room (Room 2) was General Stanton's Library back in 1667.
The room is beautifully appointed, cozy, clean and comfortable. The dinner in the Pub was far more than I expected. Very Tender Prime Rib, oven roasted potatoes and asparagus. the Salad was crisp and cold. I highly recommend the Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce. Service in the Inn and the restaurant was great - all very genial employees.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank deenadoll
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Reviewed August 31, 2010

We stayed at the General Stanton Inn on a Sunday night. The motel is actually a collection of attached buildings, the oldest of which dates to the 17th century. We stayed in a room in the older part and enjoyed the low ceilings, exposed beams and overall character of the room. Some rooms were in a more modern section and looked like typical motel rooms. This is not a cutesy, boutique style B&B, so don't expect mints on your pillows or fancy soaps. It's basically a motel that happens to have historic character. We stayed here to visit Newport, about a 35-45 minute drive away and we found that this was a much better value than actually staying in Newport. The Inn is also ideal if you are visiting the beaches. There is a mediocre Chinese restaurant attached to the Inn, and within waliking distance there is a pizza place and a Tim Horton's donut shop. The Chinese restaurant is also a pub for the locals and we could see how it might get a little noisy on a Friday or Saturday night. We were drawn to the General Stanton Inn by watching an episode of a show called Ghost Hunters which claims that this Inn is haunted! Sadly, we did not experience any paranormal activity.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Spence1980
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Reviewed August 28, 2010

More like a funky motel in transition in the middle of nowhere. Don't miss the Karaoke on Saturday night--it's not well attended, but those who do attend drink enough to make the "singing" memorable.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2009

I am not sure what this last gentleman was talking about, but We LOVED the Inn. We are taking our family back for our summer vacation. The Ladies that run the Inn were much help....room was clean.....we even had a fire at nite, in the fire pit, in the lawn with some other couples that were staying. We had a blast. The Inn is 340 years old..... I have been to other Inns that were not that old and they still didn't smell as good as this one...... I think the new Ladies that are running the Inn are doing a GREAT job!! I recommed this place to anyone....... not just for the stay, but the history is so interesting in itself!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank helocin33
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Additional Information about General Stanton Inn

Address: 4115 Old Post Rd, Charlestown, RI 02813-2553
Location: United States > Rhode Island > South County > Charlestown
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Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Charlestown
Price Range: $60 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
Also Known As:
General Stanton Hotel Charlestown
The General Stanton Inn

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