John Carver Inn
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We enjoyed it!
We visited the John Carver Inn in June 2004. Overall the hotel was very nice. A little worn in areas. Our room was clean. Front desk service was friendly and helpful. Lobby and gift shop were nice. The restaurant was overpriced for the quality of food. Some waitress's were friendly some were cranky! Morning coffee served free until about 7:30 a.m.-seems like they could extend that!
The pool was great! Good lifegaurds and lots of fun. Just wish it stayed open past 10 p.m. We enjoyed breakfast and treats at Friendly's and Duncan Donuts both within walking distance of the hotel. We would stay again at the John Carver Inn!
Hotel was adequate, but wouldn't want to be there more than a couple of days. Very tatty inside given the "grand" exterior - and the main business seemed to be down-market wedding receptions. Food was OK, but expect to wait at least half an hour before getting your order taken for breakfast; the staff don't exactly rush themselves.
Unfortunatley, given the limited choice of hotels in Plymouth you may find this is your only option for something half-decent, and half decent just about sums it up.
I stay at this place and the Comfort Inn. This is definately overrated compared to the other. Good location, but the rooms weren't all that great. I don't agree with some of the other high ratings for this place.
Romantic Fireplace Suite
My husband and I just returned from a weekend at the John Carver Inn on Easter weekend. We splurged on the Fireplace Suite room which was quite nice, although much smaller than it appears in the pictures on the website. The room was clean, but worn The housekeeping staff was wonderful! The small size of the room became very apparent when my husband sat on the edge of the bed to remove his sneakers and when he got up, banged his head on the mantel of the fireplace!! ouch!! We really enjoyed the jacuzzi and the fireplace in the suite. The food at the Hearth & Kettle was just average at dinner and not up to par for breakfast(cold, runny eggs). I would suggest venturing out to one of the waterfront restaurants for a nice dinner. We went to Isaac's the second night and it was WONDERFUL! The pool has a wonderful waterslide for the kids, but is quite small and crowded with lots and lots of children. Not a place for adults to relax, that's for sure. Would I return, probably not, I'd look for a resort with a pool area that adults could enjoy. If you have young children, go for it! It's a quick walk to all the Plymouth attractions - we did alot of sightseeing and it wasn't a far walk to anything.
We got a "last minute" price of $149, and even that was too much for this hotel. The staff was rude and unaccomodating, the pool (which brought us there)was novel but small and overcrowded, the room was promised to overlook gardens and be near the pool: it was neither. Room service (which we didn't use) seemed way overpriced ($6 for coffee). I can get more hotel for my money in Manhattan and if I return to Plymouth will take my business elsewhere.
Couldn't find a fault
We spent a week at this hotel in Plymouth and could have stayed for much longer. The hotel is really impressive from the outside, as is the lobby....chandeliers and big leather sofas all over the place. We chose the hotel for the swimming pool and it didn't disappoint. Although it was quite small and would probably get very busy in Summer, we had it to ourselves a couple of times and the kids had a great time on the slide. The hotel couldn't be in a better location as it's walking distance from all the attractions (except the Plantation). Plymouth is also perfect for trips to Boston, Salem & Cape Cod as it's pretty much in the middle. Unlike other reviewers, we found the staff friendly and helpful and always happy to offer advise on attractions, restuarants and directions. The in-house restuarant is really good with loads of choice, reasonable prices and massive portions. The only minor niggle was that the $10 restuarant vouchers are actually included in your room rate, even if you don't use them. We would definitely recommend this hotel and Plymouth in general. We will probably go back sometime.
Hotel is nice however staff is awful!
I recently treated my brother, his wife plus 2 kids to an overnight in Plymouth. We've stayed there before (different property) & enjoy the city very much with all its' varied activities. They checked in around 8:00pm, had dinner and a bit of swimming. The next morning after breakfast & church services the kids & mom went swimming while my brother went to check out. To begin with the staff desperately needs training in hospitality, warmth & service. You can see very clearly that my brother is sick (just finished his chemo treatments) and a little courtesy & compassion would go a long way. They're brusque & surly and just plain rude. He went to the pool to go swimming with his kids and was not in the water for more than 2 minutes when the front desk clerk showed up to demand that he and the kids get out of the pool and leave that area since he's checked out already and has no business there. I have never been to a hotel that has not allowed you to continue to use their facilities even after check out. It is a courtesy that hotels extend their guests. Please note that the pool was empty, not a soul to be seen on a Sunday afternoon. I wonder if they would ask him to leave if he was in the hotel restaurant! My brother asked to speak to the manager on duty to plead his case that the children (2 & 5 yrs old) just got in the water and since they checked in so late perhaps they can use the pool for an hour. This hotel manager must have trained with the commandos because pleasant he was not. This was a most unpleasant experience for a family that is already experiencing such difficulty in their lives. Think about how you would feel. If you have ever had a sick relative you know the heartache we are all going through. We tried to give them a little joy and instead they were treated like dirt. Where is the human warmth & compassion, where is the civility, where is the hospitality they advertise. I do not recommend this hotel and would urge guest to stay elsewhere at all cost.
Loved the hotel
We were very pleased when we saw the hotel. The kids couldn't wait to get to the pool. They had a ball, including the 42 year old Dad! He loved the slide! The room was nice and clean. Mom loved the little gift shop. She found many quality gifts there. The location was very good, only a short walk to the waterfront. The restaurant was very good. We ate dinner there, and everyone was happy with their meals. The kids also had their pizza, and were ok with it.
If we are ever in Plymouth again, we will stay there!
A bit dingy
We stayed here overnight in April. The first room we were given was awful - dark and dingy and smelling horribly of smoke. The second room (upgraded to a queen at our own cost) was a bit better. The pirate ship pool is obviously a big attraction, but the cleanliness standards are low - it was green and slimy with things floating in the bottom. My kids enjoyed it but you couldn't have paid me to go in. The rest of the hotel was ok but had an old musty air. On the positive side, the hotel is very conveniently situated and Plymouth itself is delightful. I'd try a different hotel next time.
Romantic Fireplace Suite
We were in desperate need of a quick getaway without the little one, so we chose nearby Plymouth, Ma and the John Carver Inn. I booked the best room they had, the Fireplace/jacuzzi suite, and got it for half price with my entertainment book. We were very impressed (although i was surely not have paid full price for it), very luxurious, soft bathrobes hanging on the door, and a romantic fireplace in the bedroom. The jacuzzi was wonderful and quite spacious. The pool was actually what lured me there in the first place, (you'll understand why as soon as you look at the pciture on the website) but ended up being the only thing I was less than impressed with. Too crowded and noisy and not as big as the picture suggests. Look at that serene picture, add 50 screaming kids, and you've got a better idea. The restaurant is very nice, great atmosphere. Front desk staff are less than helpful, don't even waste your time - just go right to the tourist info kiosk, they know everything. Anyway, we had a great time and the next day took our bikes and rode all over Plymouth, saw the Mayflower, and Plymouth Plantation. That was fun, you really got a good idea of life in those times. All in all, it was the most romantic (thanks to a terrific baby sitter) and shortest weekend we have spent together in a long time.
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