When visiting Plymouth Ma, there are several very good options for where to stay. One of the most popular is the John Carver Inn. The name of the accommodation is deceptive; this is not an inn in the traditional sense. It is an upscale multi-storied motel with what is commonly known as shiny bedspreads. These days the preferred bedding in hotels is a white duvet with a colored throw across the foot, shiny bedspreads scream motel, it might be better named a motor inn. What sells this inn is its location. There isn’t a better one in downtown Plymouth. The public rooms are also attractive and they can accommodate large parties.
There are several different types of rooms here. The décor is early American, four poster beds in some rooms, so high that a step stool is required to get into bed. There are some rooms that have a fireplace and there are also suites. The basic room is quite simple but they are clean and have everything you need to have a comfortable stay. The décor and furniture is dated. There is wireless internet access in all the rooms and cable TV. Bathrooms are well stocked with everything needed to have a comfortable stay.
The John Carver Inn has an excellent location in downtown Plymouth MA. It is convenient for walking to all the attractions. The wax museum, Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II can be visited easily on foot from the inn. This hotel is also very child friendly. That may or may not be a good thing. Not all hotels are friendly to families so families will be welcomed here. Childless visitors may find the sheer number of children overwhelming.
This is an extremely popular hotel in spite of the fact that they get really mixed ratings. We heartily agree with most of the reviews, it needs a revamp and friendliness is not their strong point.
You have to book months in advance during the high season. They often host wedding receptions which means that there are additional people in the hotel above and beyond the guests. The big attraction for families is the pool area. This is a very child friendly pool complex. There is a pirate ship and other things to entertain the children. There is a hot tub but it is rather hard to relax when there are 20 or 30 screaming children running and jumping everywhere. The best time to visit without children would be midweek when most of the children would be in school.
There is a spa at the hotel so a romantic retreat is possible especially if you have one of the suites which have a two person Jacuzzi tub, thus avoiding the pool area. The spa offers a wide variety of treatments including couples massages. The spa is open to the public.
The Hearth and Kettle Restaurant which is a small local chain is located on the premise. It serves American fare, hearty food at good prices. During our visit we found them not particularly child friendly which is surprising given the hotel they are attached to.
When coming with the family to do the whole Plymouth thing, The John Carver Inn makes a good home base. Just understand that this is a dated hotel, with a fun pool and not much else.