Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
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From Ludlow, we travelled south to Stockbridge in the Berkshire Mountains for a visit to the Norman Rockwell Studio and Museum, which houses a large collection of works by one of America's favourite artists. We spent ages here looking at the artwork.
Another long day of travel. The hotel was on the shores of a lake - this was the only …
... Airport, a user-friendly aerodrome where parking is cheap and wi-fi is free.
Our trajectory, however, closely resembles being launched from a slingshot. From Bradley we fly west (?) to Chicago, where we wait for several hours.
... (Enjoy this moment of empathy, waiting for the ...
This undertaking is not simply a getaway; it's a total relocation. No just grabbing your toothbrush and jammies in an overnight bag! Not only did we need to empty one large refrigerator/freezer and fill another tiny one, we needed to furnish a small kitchen, bath, and 2 bedrooms. First item on the agenda: the Nespresso machine! We are NOT roughing it - fresh espresso in the morning is just civilized. Next, enough homemade granola for 300 bowls ...
... be possible without Suzanne's dedication and commitment to home schooling our wonderful boys. She has been working super hard to plan out this years curriculum for K, 2nd, 4th, and 7th grade. She's incorporated aspects of our upcoming trip into their lesson plans. For example they are studying Van Gogh as part of their art appreciation. So we will be stopping at the Art institute in Chicago to see their ...
... for those we will be visiting. Within 15 miles Mattias, asked "how far is it to Niagara Falls?" So we are now playing 'James and the Giant Peach' on tape to keep him (and us) amused. Uggh! Just got on the turnpike - there is a big backup apparently there was an accident. Well, I am sure this will be our last run it with traffic for the trip so good to get it out of he way now. That's it for now. We will send out another posting when we arrive at Niagara Falls. Lacroix ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
A bit of a dump and the "courtyard" with swimming pool is like something from the 1960s. However, not too bad if you're only there for a couple of nights which is more than enough to see everything the area has to offer.
The restaurant by the lake (NOT the one inside the hotel) was however quite excellent.
We were very disappointed with this hotel where we stayed on Saturday night (30 October).
It's hard enough finding somewhere to smoke in America, and making a confirmed smoking reservation only to have it turned into a non-smoking room on arrival was really the pits. Even worse, they had allocated 3 non-smoking rooms on the end of a smoking corridor, so I could smell everyone else enjoying themselved while I dutifully sat outside on a chilly balcony!
We had booked 2 nights in the Sturbridge Host in October 2004 only to be informed when we arrived that there were no rooms available. The reason they gave us was that a party had stayed the night before and wanted to stay a further night and they were in our room. According to the aggressive manager under state law they cannot make anyone leave the room at any time!! t was all a load of rubbish they had overbooked but wouldnt come clean about theyr mistake. There were several other couples who were also told the same story, they gave us an alternative for the night which was the Coach Inn further down the road, it was disgusting, filthy, cold and smelly,I slept on top of the bed in my clothes. We arrived next morning to the Sturbridge host and was this time given a room, at no time did we get an apology from the management. The Hotel's customer service is the pits and the Hotel isnot much better, it is ready for refurbishment, it is tired and not very clean the towels are thread bare, I would not recomment this hotel to anyone.
Outstanding, professional staff
Outstanding professional staff, service and food. Meeting facilities are exceptional. The location on Cedar Lake, pleasant and courteous staff more than compensate for some older areas of the hotel. We will be back.
Our experience at this hotel could not have been worse. Although we were promised a room with two double beds, our room had one bed and one extremely uncomfortable pull-out couch for our family of four to share. The room reeked of mildew and the carpet felt damp to our feet. The air conditioner was unbearably loud. Yet, that had its benefits, because it blocked the noise of the guests around us who partied til dawn, which the hotel staff neglected to address for two nights. Staff also did not honor the reservations of others in our family reunion party, because they didn't have the backbone to speak up to other guests who refused to leave when told the hotel did not have a vacancy and they couldn't stay another night. Thus, our family reunion, booked for months in advance, ended up being split at different hotels. It took the Italian restaurant over an hour to tell me that it couldn't give me the dish I had ordered, pasta with pesto, because it was out of pesto. This was after telling me repeatedly that my dish was being plated. All in all, it seemed as if the hotel was overwhelmed and unable to cope with the guests that it had. Some of them were very unruly and made the rest of us uncomfortable. At check-out, when I told the woman behind the desk how disappointed we were with our weekend, she told us that they were a large convention center and we should have asked in advance what other groups were coming in so that we would know if it was a good weekend to attend. So this all was my fault? Let me just say in conclusion that I have stayed at hotels all over the world, some fancy and some very basic, and this was one of the worst I have experienced. I am not overly fussy, and this is the first review I have ever written.
Not a bad place to stay
The staff seemed very friendly during our entire stay. We only ate breakfast there, but it was good and the price was reasonable for what you got. Our room was fine and clean.
They have a small beach on the property with a life guard. They have paddle boats that you can rent & a pontoon boat too (I assume they would take you out - we didn't have time to find out). They also have a nice indooor swimming pool with a jaccuzi.
I would agree with one of the other reivews that says this place does need some work, but then again, isn't there always something that needs repaired/replaced at home!?!
I've been going here for 15 years for the tri yearly antiques show. hotel and everything in area sells out during this week. some idiot booked a dog show the same week. dogs in the hall , dogs all over the ground, dogs in the lake (wet dogs...perfume!) They couldn't have booked a different week, oh I'm sorry there dogs they shouldn't even be there. dogs (obviously on a leash with a human) picking on peoples room service cast offs strewn along the hall. , the smell permeating the rooms, the halls....Now, I am also allergic that god I had my inhaler which I used alot. Couldn't use the indoor facilites because of the dogs, was afraid to use the outdoor ones due to doggie land mines! I agree with other reviewers the place has gotten a little thread worn in some spots but this was absolutely awful. How bout bookin the doggie show in east over shoot motel 6 so they can run free.
Why does this rate 3 stars?
This place is dismal and our room had no windows. There was a sliding glass door that could open to the indoor pool and atrium, but no chance of fresh air, not to mention the noise and humidity from the pool area.
Otherwise, this is a dark place and the rooms are ordinary, definitely not worth the rack rate.
Seen better days
On paper this place looks real good, but in person it has a a seedy, shabby, worn at the elbows look.(Don't be fooled by its very sharp web home page..I was!)Must have been quite the place 10 years ago! The roofs and decks are on their very last legs. Lots of exterior and interior fixing up needed. On the plus side our room was not bad (it did have a new TV and very comfortble bed) and we enjoyed the lake and the paddle boats and the miniature golf course. (the course was in a lush garden courtyard, but the garden did not seemed very well tended, no flowers and lots of wear and tear) Front desk staff very efficient and quite friendly. Did not eat at hotel.