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Historical Traveler Reviews Swallowfield Country House Meriden
Absolutely Loved the Century House!
We had a terrific time at the Century House! The location is just perfect, only a short walk to Main Street, and far enough from the hustle and bustle. I still dream about the breakfast, that delicious granola and fresh berries. The innkeeper says he buys them fresh every morning and it shows in the quality. Yes, some rooms are small, but I heard they have renovated some of them, but then again it is to be expected because it is one of the oldest inns on the island and the innkeepers wanted to keep the layout the same. They have computer stations too if you want to check your email or go on the web, which is neat. I look forward to going there again.
Cramped and hot
Stayed at Century House in August 2005. While bedrooms are air conditioned, the public spaces are not and are so hot that they are not used. Single rooms and bathrooms are uncomfortably small (no tables, small shower), while prices for such rooms are too high. The Inn is clean.
The breakfast is a high carb affair with no hot or healthy food choices. The breakfast room is in the kitchen and really hot. Would advise trying another inn.
Nice inn, but not cozy
Our stay at the Century House was nice. Our room was quaint even although our private bathroom was down the hallway. We were on the 3rd floor & we had A/C & it was much needed!
It was a small cramped room but it's an old building, so what can you expect?
The morning breakfast was very good, with many options to pick from. And every afternoon, they had freshly made cookies in the parlor along with beverages.
The only thing missing I felt was the "charm" of staying at a B&B. The owner was polite but not extremely friendly. The cost of our stay was pricey but it's an expensive area.
The location of the Century Inn is great. Just far enough away from the hustle of the town.
The rest of the staff was helpful but overall I didn't feel truly welcome there. I just expected more from a B&B as opposed to a regular hotel.
Cozy home-like atmosphere
What a wonderful stay we had at the Century House. Our room was beautifully appointed and the communal breakfast was outstanding - lots of fresh fruit, and the homemade granola is addictive!! The location is within walking distance of town and the wharf, so it was an ideal place for us, as we had no car on the island during our stay. We would highly recommend the Century House to others visiting Nantucket Island!!
My Home Away from Home
I have been visiting Nantucket Island now since I was a young child.
My mother has lived there now for many years. However, I prefer to
stay at the Century House because it feels so much more like home than
any place I can remember. I have walked from there all over town and ridden bicycles all over the island from the Century House. They have helped me to have to best times on Nantucket than I will ever have anywhere else I have been, and I've traveled extensively all over the United States and Europe. I am treated more like family than by my own
family or friends. They are curtious, charming and always going out of their way to help me do or find the wonders of the island. I would always recommend The Century House to anyone I know here in Florida, where I live, or around the country where I visit other friends and relatives.
There is nothing like waking up at The Century House, their breakfasts really send me! I am sure I will be visiting sometime this year, maybe sooner than later!
Loved the Century House!
My husband and I just booked our third stay at the Century House. The innkeepers are very accommodating, kind and helpful. They seem to really love the Century House. We enjoyed listening to them telling us about the history of the inn and how it is the only continuously operating guest house since 1800's! Maybe this is why some people may not understand its value. And we especially liked the breakfast it is homemade with only the best ingredients. We also saw that most rooms have been completely renovated, making the Cenutry House a must this summer! I defenitely recommend it to all who love Nantucket and its history.
A bad experience
Our room was way too small for the $300 a night we paid and was on the third floor without an elevator or bellhop to help with the luggage. We also had a very unpleasant run in with the Innkeeper. Late the first afternoon we were there, we left our room and in the interest of exploring, went out an unlocked screen door to an outside stairway. When we were 5 steps from the bottom, an older woman appeared out of nowhere and shouted "You can't come this way! It's the emergency exit! You must go back up the stairs." She had a crazed look in her eye like a mad serial killer. Since we had never seen her, our first question was "Who are you?" "I'm the inn keeper" she responded. "OK we assure you, we won't use this exit again but we're only five steps from the bottom so we're coming down this once." As we descended the next step, she lunged up the first stair with a body language suggesting she was preparing for a physical confrontation and repeated "No, you must go back up." I thought I had stepped into the script of a Stephen King movie. Since we did not desire a physical confrontation, we allowed her to herd us back up the stairs. I thought to myself "I'm paying $300 a night for this abuse?" As we were being herded, we informed her that she had offended us and if we had not prepaid and if we thought we had a ghost of a chance of finding another room on the Island, we'd be gone. Obviously customer service was not her concern because she did not respond. This incident tainted our visit to Nantucket enough that we will never return.
Just very okay
The inn is located in a nice spot-- few minutes from the mayhem of "downtown" but still within easy biking and walking distance from town. As for the room-it sounds like we had the same room as a previous reviewer--first floor, directly off the front entrance hall with windows facing the front porch that everybody walks by--therefore no real privacy in the summer with people walking by day and night.
Unfortunately, while the room was pretty, it smelled quite strongly of mildew, and was very stuffy--even with three windows open on a couple moderate-cool days--requiring either leaving the windows open (making privacy even worse), and blowing a fan (which only served to blow the smelly air around) or blasting the AC, which I personally dislike because the room got freezing in a very short time.
When I asked if there might be another, more private less smelly room available (more politely, of course), the innkeeper denied that the room smelled, and said " you should be happy with that room since we upgraded you to a more expensive room..." (for reasons I don't need to go into here). Needless to say, there were no more rooms available, his customer service skills made me feel I was being unreasonable for asking. There were a lot of other rooms upstairs, which could be a lot better?
Other than that, the breakfasts were very nice, and beach towels were provided, as well as drinks (non-alchoholic) for part of the day. Since I have nothing else to compare it to on Nantucket, for $250 a night, maybe that's all one can expect on this ultra high-priced island?
I think I'll try someplace else next time, though, with so many options.
Better than Terrible but not Okay
Well, I guess the proprietors of the Century Inn don't read TripAdvisor - or if they read the Carlile review from 2002 they certainly didn't change anything; we were there in mid August 2003 and it is just as the previous review described... So why am I writing? 1st, I wanted to endorse the previous view, and 2nd, to add further criticism of what seemed to me to be somewhat sharp practice; we booked very late and got a cancellation (Nantucket is bulging at the seams in the summer - hence the disgraceful lack of value for money in these shabby bed and breakfasts reminiscent of my childhood just after the war - 2nd World War that is - in the UK); $295 - reduced to $265 a night when we balked at the first price and said we intended to stay a week - the 'best' type of room - which had no air conditioning (some of the rooms do but it was not up to the task in the first room we were in); when we got there we were given a room which was not as had been described - much smaller - on the ground floor by the front door with concomitant house and street noise - and on querying this were told that we could have the room we had been described the next day, although throughout this conversation the attitude was 'well, if that's what you remember we don't want you to be unhappy'! In fact, the rooms have individual names (plants and flowers) and we had asked and been told the actual name so that we could look at it on their website and that was not what we had been given when we arrived so I am left wondering if we had not asked whether we would have had any sort of redress; the room we had for the first night was definitely not one of the $295/265 rooms but that didn't get any reimbursement at the end of the stay; BTW remember that on top of the price quoted, there are state, town and service charges which are not insignificantIt is a scandal in my opinion that places like Nantucket continue to get away with this sort of minimum quality accommodation for maximum price; both rooms we were in could best be described as tatty, with the sort of junk furniture that is coyly described as antique - the marble top to the dresser was split for example and the drawers were sticky and difficult to pull; the sound of our neighbours going to the lavatory in the middle of the night was not particularly exciting at our age, and I don't suppose they welcomed our ablutions; in the UK, back in the 1960's, the advent of cheap, excellent value for money, package tours to the Mediterranean with guaranteed good weather and new comfortable hotels killed off most of the B&B's; the US deserves a lot better
Century House a Big Disappointment
You can do a lot better for the price in Nantucket than Century House. We felt mislead by the inn's brochure and website. The promised "cozy fire" in the sitting room was never lit, even tho' it rained and was cold the whole weekend we stayed. The traditional "afternoon tea" consisted of help-yourself Lipton packets, flat soda and a stingey bowl of Pepperidge Farms fish crackers and stale Oreos. The decor was cluttered, haphazard and out-of-date. It's clear the proprietors are looking to wring every last rent-able inch out of the place, as everything but cramped eat-in kitchen and a cluttered sitting room has been turned into pinched guest rooms, including the dining and living rooms. They shoo you out of the sitting room by 10:00 pm ("The sitting room is closed") and breakfast, except for the fresh berries, was nothing special. The proprietors are the definition of odd.
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