If you're watching your budget, try this no-frills place on a tree-shaded street just outside the town center but within walking distance of several galleries and restaurants. Rooms are simply decorated with Grandma's house–type wallpapers, ruffled curtains, and antiques. Private baths with old porcelain sinks are available in the adjacent 1840 and 1890 buildings. The lodge has shared baths, an outdoor shower, and a large screened-in porch with a lovely view of the bay
and Great Island, far below. The main house has a common room and a screened front porch with rockers and a bay view through the trees.
May 17, 2002
My wife and I spent what could be our worst night at the Holden Inn. The reason for this was not entirely the Inn's fault, but the staff showed their true colors and made a terrible experience even worse. First the "minor" problems: the walls a paper thin such that we were awakened at 5:00 to our neighbor's chanting! Anyone speaking in the hallway sounded as if they were 6 inches from your face. Then things got much worse. My wife's brother called
the hotel at 8:00am to say there was a family emergency; he was told to call back at 9:00. He called back at 9:00 and was told that the message would be passed on to us. We were indeed told that there was a family emergency, but that we could not use the house phone to call our families back! Rather than waste time arguing, my wife and I had to run a 1/4 of a mile to a public pay phone to find out that my wife's mother had died in the night. On checking out I explained the ridiculousness of their rule and its affect on my wife, and was icily told that the hotel needed to keep the line open. The owner refused to discuss the matter further. Be aware that at the Holden Inn, the well-being of the customer matters very little.