Fans of quaintness and quirks will continue to find them throughout the three joined 19th-century town houses that make up the inn. Nooks, bay windows, exposed brick walls, vibrant colored walls (shades of purple, or chartreuse, or periwinkle, for instance), flea market finds, and antiques are some of the characteristics of individual guest rooms. Quaintness also means that there are no televisions in guestrooms and no elevator, which can pose a challenge to those trudging upstairs with or without luggage to lodging on the third or fourth floors. The Tabard is a beloved institution to locals, who flock to the Tabard Inn’s charming and highly acclaimed restaurant and to the adjoining, paneled lounge for drinks and, on Sunday through Tuesday nights, jazz.

Note: Its narrow hallways and lack of elevators means the inn is not a good choice for guests with disabilities.