Recently, my mother and I wanted to stay the night at one of the hotels at Foxwoods, but everything was sold out. One of the lovely Foxwoods phone representatives suggested a few places that we could stay that has a shuttle to Foxwoods, since we had planned on taking the Sea Jet from Orient Point. Randall’s Ordinary Inn & Restaurant was one of these places.
Before speaking to the Foxwoods representative, I had never heard of Randall’s Ordinary. When she suggested it, I didn’t realize that Randall’s Ordinary was the name of the hotel. I thought she was calling Randall’s an ordinary place. Nope! The name of the hotel is Randall’s Ordinary Inn and Restaurant.
Randall’s Ordinary is OLD. Seriously. John Randall purchased this property in 1680. John Randall II built the homestead. For more than 200 years, a Randall has lived here. What’s even cooler than that is that the ORIGINAL structure is there. As a matter of fact, that is where the inn is located. The restaurant is actually located inside of the farmhouse. The inn is in the barn and silo.
Of course, some things have been refurbished and reinforced, such as the staircase, but nothing is contemporary. When you drive onto the property from Route 2, you feel as though you are driving back in time.
There are 12 rooms on three levels located inside the barn. Don’t expect there to be an elevator– There is a staircase that will bring you up to the rooms. Unfortunately, Randall’s Ordinary isn’t very wheelchair-friendly. The rooms are basically bedrooms with attached bathrooms. Mom and I stayed in room 6 on the third floor, which had a trundle bed. The room was only big enough to fit the bed, a small table, a dresser and a nightstand. The bathroom was very basic, too: a toilet, sink and shower stall. Not impressive in the least. This isn’t a place you would go to stay in a posh room. You go to Randall’s Ordinary for the experience of staying in a house that was built in 1685.
The silo is home to the honeymoon suite, complete with jacuzzi loft. We didn’t get to take a look in there, although it sounds nice. Of course, this room is MUCH more expensive than any others.
Our room was $149. And they claim to have discounted it for me since I am an Associate Travel Agent. Never in a million years would I ever spend that much money to stay at a place like Randall’s Ordinary again. Mom thought it was fun and charming, and she wants to go back with a friend of hers. I, on the other hand, found it incredibly creepy. Especially since we were visited by the ghost of John Randall himself.
The reason that Randall’s Ordinary can charge so much for such a basic room is because they are so close to Foxwoods, and there really aren’t very many hotels in the area if all three of the Foxwoods hotels don’t have any vacancies. You are paying for convenience.
The rooms really are no-frills, but I must admit that the bed was very comfortable. I did get a good night’s sleep, except for the ghostly visit. The water pressure was pretty weak, which was frustrating to me because I love hot, hard showers. And the little soaps and shampoo they left were bottom-of-the-line. For the amount they charge, they could really splurge on some personalized items to make a bigger and better impression.
YES, IT’S HAUNTED
Mom and I arrived very late at night. We were given the key to room 6, and headed to the third floor. After we were settled in for bed, I closed my eyes and started drifting off to sleep. I felt my mom sit on the edge of the bed, so I rolled over to face her… only, she wasn’t there. I thought I was imagining things, so I rolled over the other way, facing the door, and subsequently watched a man dressed in some sort of military garb walk up the stairs and through the door. I figured I was just dreaming, so I went back to sleep.
Mom complained the next morning about getting very cold all of a sudden. She said that she could see her breath. The cold actually woke her up. She got up, went to the bathroom, and came back to bed. She got under the covers, and the temperature felt fine.
The next morning, I told mom what I saw. She told me about her experience. We laughed it off, thinking that the creepy place had just gotten to us. As we were checking out, mom started reading a history board about Randall’s Ordinary. She shrieked and called me over to her. Right on the board, we read how the ghost of John Randall has been seen throughout the property, especially on the third floor of the Inn.
I will never go back there. Truly.
The woman that I spoke with on the phone was very nice to me at first. I made last minute arrangements, and told her that I would be there that night. A room had opened at Foxwood’s, and mom and I wanted to stay there. I called to cancel only to find out that Randall’s Ordinary has a 24-hour cancellation policy. You must cancel within 24 hours, or you are charged for the entire room. The woman that told me about this was very nasty. She was even nastier when we checked in. Whatever.
The woman that checked us out in the morning wasn’t all that friendly, either. This place really lacks in hospitality.
If you like staying in historic places (and don’t mind ghosts), this would probably be a good place for you to visit. If, however, you are like me and you like to be pampered in a large room with an awesome shower and a lot of space, avoid Randall’s Ordinary at all costs. I could care less about staying at a place riddled with history, especially when it costs me several levels of comfort.