on June 18, 2013
I chose the Brunswick Inn as our accommodation in Brunswick because I didn’t want to stay at a hotel, I prefer bed and breakfast. When I noticed all the awards that this one has won, I decided it was the place for us. I also mapped it out to see how far it was away from where my grandmother had lived on Mill Street and while it wasn’t next door, it was within a mile or so and seemed to me to be the perfect choice. The Inn has rooms in the main house and also there is a carriage house that is located to the rear of the property near the parking lot. I didn’t see any of the rooms there but they are available to view on the inn’s website. We were located on the 2nd floor right near the staircase in room #2. It is a very pretty room with neutral walls and bedding with splashes of burgundy to liven things up. There was a non-working fireplace, an overstuffed chair and a small slant top desk which I used a lot to work at. There is a king sized sleigh bed dominating the room and it was a comfortable bed indeed. I slept very well at this inn. The pillows were great too which is very important to me. The bathroom had a shower only with good pressure and though it could use an update, it was very spacious and very clean. The towels were plentiful and plush and there was also two robes which we never used. It was rainy and cool when we were in Brunswick and we opened two of the windows to let the breeze in. It is a quiet neighborhood because there was never any noise to bother us even on the morning that the farmers market was out on the green in front of the inn.Breakfast is served from 8 to 9 am which is a bit early for us but of course we never missed it. The coffee was available on the bar in carafes and there was a dark roast, a lighter one and decaf. There was also juice available. On a sideboard there is a bowl of granola, another of yogurt, a platter of fresh fruit and some in house baked muffins. One morning they were chocolate chip and another blueberry. The granola was delicious with some coconut in it and there were fresh berries both mornings that I added to the granola along with some milk. A member of the staff will tell you what the hot dishes of the day are and there is always the possibility to have eggs any way you prefer. I got fried eggs one day and they were served with bacon and toast. The other option that day was a mixed berry pancake. Rest assured; you won’t leave hungry. The inn is within walking distance of Bowdoin College and there are also many restaurants within an easy walk. You can pretty much park your car and visit everything on foot. If you must have a TV in your room, you need to request a room in the carriage house. Most of the rooms in the main inn don’t have one. There is a TV available in the parlor if there is something you want to watch. The Internet connection was strong and offered free so you can use your laptop or tablet. We were very pleased with our stay at the Brunswick Inn and would not hesitate to stay here again even though we do like having a TV and we prefer to share a communal table at breakfast. The inn was so nice and the staff so friendly that we found that we could adjust our preferences to what is offered. A very nice selling point is that there is a bar available in the afternoon where you can get a beer, glass of wine or a mixed cocktail. It is also open to the public so you may find some local residents stopping by.
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