Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
366 Main Street, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, 01566, United States
A perfect stay during the Fall
This is a lovely place to stay and we were very lucky to have a balcony overlooking the lake outside. The rooms are very spacious. The lake offers lots of great photo opportunities especially if your stay is during the Fall period. I would definitely recommend the OxHead Tavern for great evening meals which is located beside the Hotel.
Unique Quality: Spacious rooms
Fabulous views of the lake
Directions: From the North/East/West, take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) to Exit 9, Route 20 West. From the South, take either Interstate 84 or Route 131 to Route 20 West. Hotel is located on the shore of Cedar Lake past the first set of traffic lights.
A Yearly Pilgrimage
Since I was born this was the spot my family stayed on our yearly trip to Sturbridge. I loved it as a kid and I love it now.
Unique Quality: The indoor pool with the island and skylight was my favorite as a kid (and I was quite the connoisseur of hotel pools). There are at least two restaurants and more just off the property... Picadilly Pub and Ox head tavern. Traditional, wholesome, unique. There's and a lobby with a stone fireplace, but a modern feeling hotel. Some land to explore and it feels secluded even though it's right off a main road. There's a small beach on the lake, paddle boating in the summer, always a wedding going on, and a run down but intriguing miniature golf course dotted with mini replicas of the buildings in Old Sturbridge Village!
You cannot get a room unless you are 25, but it's a great base for any age.
Directions: Look for the grasshopper sign!
More about Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
Peter Pan Bus
Peter Pan has two drop off points in Sturbridge- one at the bus stop by the information centre which is a quick walk to Sturbridge Host Hotel. The other is right outside Old Sturbridge Village. These stops are good if you're coming to Sturbridge from the outside and want to be dropped off at the hotel where you can walk around the area for a night or two, go to the village for the day, and getting back on the bus to where you came from. Or meeting people with a car. But if you are staying near the first stop off point and want a ride to the village, you could take the bus between at least these two points.
You do need some sort of transportation but you can get a small chunk in through just the bus. Get times at the stops or online.
Drab, Dirty, and Dingy
I recently returned from the Sturbridge Host Hotel after attending a conference that was held at the resort. I cannot criticize the staff, as the few interactions I had were pleasant. Of the many hotels at which I have stayed, this hotel is by far one of the worst. Much of the hotel is undergoing renovations, which it desperately needs. Most of the decor dates back to the early 70's, and that's being generous. Despite renovating many of the rooms, the hotel failed to replace the shabby pillows and bed linens. The hotel also has an indoor terrace area over which many of the rooms' balconies overlook. Fortunately, I did not have one of these rooms. The smell of chlorine from the indoor pool was overpowering. Furthermore, the indoor terrace area, which leads to all guest rooms, was so dark and depressing that they'd be better off converting this area into Disney's Pirates of the Carrbean ride. Similarly, the conference rooms had bad seating, stained walls and ceilings, and extremely poor lighting. Much improvement needed.
A disgrace to American hospitality.
We spent a night at this hotel on our New England tour and I would not recommend it. The reception staff did not seem to know how to process a transaction but were friendly enough. It was the fabric of the place which was sadly neglected and downright dirty. The room smelled of a mixture of damp and engine oil and the wallpaper was peeling and stained. The bed smelled and felt damp and the linen was in poor condition. The sofa felt greasy to the touch and was very dirty. i am sure that we would have made more of a fuss had we been staying for more than one night. We were charged what we consider to be a high price for the 'pleasure' of staying there, only a few pounds less than the Omni Parker House in Boston!
like going back to the 70's
Another hotel with the potential to be good, but just continue not to get it. We stayed in the presidential room. The space could have been spectacular. So what did they do with it? Sliding doors tha got stuck. Curtains that when you touched them fell down. Side lamps that were not pluged in and no outlets. two fireplaces that have something that resembled a haloween light in them for logs. No whirlpool in the room. A kitchenet with nothing, no fork, spoon, plate, nothing. The doors that closed over the kitchenet had to be pushed open. There were so many problems that i can't mention them. As you walk down the halls and see all of the damage to the wall paper and the walls, you wonder how long they have been there. The staff of course was overwhelmed. I never understand why companies think that people will come back when they don't give their employees the things they need to accomadate their guests. They cramed into their breakfast service a bunch of carts and pushed the omlete chef into a corner to fend for himself. I had to get the staff to help him when he ran out of stuff. I know that the owners must stay at other places, how can they go back to their own place and run a bussiness with so much potential so poorly.
I can't even put into words what a terrible place it was. From the moment we walked in there was problems. To start they lost or reservations, so they put us into a room that we were not supposed to be in. Then when we complained they swithched us to a diffrenet room, this must happen a lot because they were not surprised at all. Both of the rooms we saw were dirty and unkept. For some reason we ended up staying the night. We got no sleep because people were slamming the doors and yelling in the hallways allnight. It was the worst hotel or motel or any place I have ever stayed at. That one night ruined or whole weekend. Just stay away. Not to metion the lack of staff they had working, there was absolutey no help any were.
Could have been worse
To get the best from this, unusual hotel, make sure you book a room with a view of the lake. This way you will avoid having to put up with the smell from the swimming pool.
The hotel is unlike anywhere I have stayed before, the service from the staff bordered on the unpleasant. Reception staff were conducting a conversation as we arrived to check in and continued to talk between themselves in spite of two customers standing opposite them.
We had to transfer our luggage ourselves, note there are trolleys left for your convinience by the front door!
We dined at a restaurant ( The Tavern) on the far side of the car park and is was excellent.
Breakfast in the hotel was a let down. Slow service, cold food and the omni present odour of the swimming pool.
Conclusion- a hotel to be avoided if you have the option.
Avoid if you can
Stayed at this hotel as part of a self-drive tour of New Enland and we were extremely disappointed. We stayed at a variety of other similarly-priced hotels and inns on our tour and this was by far the worst.
Unfortunately our stay clashed with a Christian Teachers' Conference resulting in the hotel being taken over by this large group who seem to have a very un-Christian attitude to noise in the early hours of the morning!
We booked a suite as we like to have lots of space. The suite we had certainly had a lot of space but mainly because there was very little furniture. Apart from a few drawers in the television cabinet there was nowhere to store or hang our clothes.
Many of the rooms including our own have balconies opening out onto the indoor pool area. As well as smelling heavily of pool chemicals the noise reverberates around this area. Guests naturally use the balconies provided and the noise was unbearable. Firstly there were the conference delegates who, as they do, stayed up well into the early hours of the morning, then well before dawn, staff and early rising guests created a lot of noise. The whole place seemed to have very little sound insulation.
We did not eat in the hotel as we wanted to spend as little time as possible there so cannot comment on the food.
this is a great place to stay
i just want to say that this is a great place to stay. the front desk staff does a great job to welcome you. its a great place to take your children just to get away. we go there on feb. vacation and they have a great program for the children. in the summer time the lake is beautiful and kids will just have a great time all yr round. so i recomand this hotel for a great get away anytime. i also recomend the oxford taven for great food and a good price.
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Address: 366 Main Street, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, 01566, United States