Several stories have been told about the inn’s haunted reputation and they refuse to die down. In 1966, a newly-wed couple from New York was billeted in the hotel’s room 24. They were looking forward to being able to spend some time together, however, during the morning the bride looked very pale. Two weeks after they left, the innkeeper received a letter from the woman. In the letter, she narrated that she has always prided herself in being a sane person. However, on the night of June 14, she saw a ghost in the inn. She said that she was awakened in the middle of the night by a presence in the room. She saw a greyish figure at the side of the bed. It remained still and then slowly floated to the foot of the bed. After a few seconds, the apparition disappeared.
Room 24 is said to be the center of the paranormal activity of the hotel. However, other areas of the hotel have also been investigated by various television shows, such as Ghost Hunters, Ghost Village and A&E’s Psychic Kids.
The inn’s original structure was built in 1716 but the property only started operations as a hotel since 1889 and was then known as Monument Square. The Colonial Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1775, one of the buildings of the inn was used as a storehouse for arms, as well as food. The British came to seize the supplies and was met at the northbridge by the minutemen to what came to be known as the first battle of the American Revolution. There is a parade every April commemorating this battle.
In the 19th century, some parts of the inn were used as a story. The property also served as the residence. The author Henry David Thoreau lived there for two years while he was still attending Harvard. By the 1900s, the property was renamed Colonial Inn. It was purchased in 1988 by a German Hotelier named Jurgen Demisch and since then, has undergone various renovations.
The Colonial Inn makes the best destination for people traveling for leisure or people traveling for business purposes. It is located close to the major highways and none of the 45 rooms are exactly alike. The inn is dedicated to preserving the rich history of Concord, as well as promoting the best level of service to guests. The inn’s guest rooms still have the original beams and flooring of the original structure.
There are 15 historic main inn rooms located in a section of the property which dates as far back as 1716. The premier honeymoon suite, Thoreau suite, is located in the original part of the inn. The Prescott Wing was added in 1970 and has 30 rooms with colonial country décor. For guests who would like more privacy, there is Rebecca’s Guest House and The Cottage. The inn has function rooms for elegant and small weddings, as well as business meetings.
Guests will not be disappointed with the inn’s exceptional restaurant, which offers some of the best fares in New England. Sunday Brunch is not to be missed. Guests who want to cap off the night with some drinks can head to the Village Forge Tavern.
- Wireless high-speed internet connection
- Meeting rooms
- Cable television
- Private bathrooms
- Free parking
- Coffee maker in rooms
- Iron and ironing board
- Complimentary coffee or tea
Things to Do
Concord, Massachusetts is a placed steeped in history. The Minute Man Historical Park takes you back to the battle of the American Revolution. The park covers more than 900 acres which you can walk about at your own pace and will help guests learn an important lesson in history. Orchard House is another historic site in Concord. It is where the author Louisa May Alcott wrote one of her best novels, Little Women. Fans of the author should certainly stop by the place.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is where most of the 19th century’s brilliant personalities as buried. Guests will find the Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott and Henry David Thoreau buried in the cemetery. Walden Pond has great sceneries and is an excellent place for hiking, picnicking, swimming and walking and it is open to the public without any charge.
- Prescott double rooms start at $144
- Prescott queen rooms start at $154
- Main in double rooms start at $174
- Main inn queen rooms start at $184
- Main inn king rooms start at $194
- Prescott suites start at $254
- Thoreau suites start at $284
- Rebecca one-bedroom suites start at $197