What We Love
- A brand-new luxury boutique hotel in historic downtown Mystic, with an incredible restaurantExperiencing the six-course tasting menu at the exclusive restaurant, under an Ocean House vet
- Taking advantage of the Ocean House partnership for an afternoon at 2015 Forbes five-star selection OH! Spa
- Going for a ride in the BMW 7 Series house car, or admiring the Mystic views from your abode, one of just eight
- Strolling among the Boston Globe-, Robb Report- and Forbes-reviewed estate’s gardens and suites of salons
What To Know
- This is a meticulously renovated Relais & Chateau property that just opened in May 2016
- Inn guests must be 12 and over
- The onsite restaurant sources herbs and produce from the inn's chef garden
- A dress code of collared shirts, and no jeans, T-shirts, shorts or tennis shoes, is politely enforced in the salons and restaurant at dinnertime
- There is no elevator on the property
- A resort fee of $32 (plus tax) per room, per night includes gratuities for housekeepers and bell valet, cordials in the evening, coffee in the morning, parking, and Wi-Fi
The first thing you should know about brand-new Spicer Mansion is that it’s named for the renowned 19th-century sea captain Elihu Spicer, whose family owned the grand home for more than 70 years. Clapboarded on the outside, light filled and hardwood floored in the airy salons, the building feels very much of its time, not least following an extensive restoration by Ocean House Management (yes, of Forbes triple-five-star Ocean House). Along with preserving or reimagining the Gilded Age design, this team has also sought to channel “master entertainer” Spicer’s flair for hospitality. As covered in Robb Report, the exclusive seasonal restaurant, under veteran chef Ocean House Jennifer Backman, is billing itself as “the East Coast’s answer to the West Coast’s French Laundry.”
You don’t have to indulge in a sumptuous six-course dinner, however, to feel right at home at this buzzed-about boutique hideaway (though we do recommend at least one) – playing cards by the window; picnicking among the manicured gardens’ magnolias; and settling into the plush armchairs, among the maritime-themed artworks and by the fireplace, are other, simpler pleasures. You might also take a nap on the Duxiana mattress of your elegant guest room – one of only eight – or explore nautical Mystic from behind the wheel of the BMW 7 Series house car. In fact, you really can’t go wrong with any on- or off-site pastime you choose at this luxurious and relaxing escape. After all, when you’re staying with Captain Spicer, it’s always going to be smooth sailing.
Good to know
Guests must be over the age of 11 to stay at this property.
A dress code of collared shirts, and no jeans, T-shirts, shorts or tennis shoes, is politely enforced in the salons and restaurant at dinnertime.
Please note that a resort fee of $32 (plus tax) per room, per night will be added on the payment screen. The resort fee includes gratuities for your housekeepers and bell valet, cordials in the evening, coffee in the morning, parking and Wi-Fi.
Also note that there is no elevator on the property.
One of just eight on the property, each individually decorated Spicer Mansion abode is a stunning retreat, inspired by Victorian and maritime styles and by the original design of the Spicer home. Each is named after one of the captain’s vessels and showcases rich furnishings and mattresses by Duxiana, patronized by the world’s most prestigious five-star hotels.Victorian King rooms range from 310 to 340 square feet. Balcony King rooms measure in at 350-400 square feet and boast the addition of a cozy sitting area and a balcony overlooking the gardens.
Spicer Mansion’s restaurant would be a destination unto itself for gourmets from the area, if it weren’t exclusive to hotel guests. It is, of course, which makes the already-sought-after dining room – billed as “the East Coast’s answer to the West Coast’s French Laundry” – that much more exclusive. You’ll find cocktails, international wines, canapés, Sunday lunches and dinners of seasonal six-course tasting menus that change nightly (including a vegetarian option), under Ocean House-property veteran Chef Jennifer Backman. Dishes draw from the herbs and lettuces that are growing in the Chef’s Garden and are served on tables of Italian-hemstitch linen and Baccarat crystal. Please note that a dress code of casual attire at breakfast and collared shirts at dinner is politely enforced; jeans, T-shirts, shorts or tennis shoes are not permitted.
For a health-and-wellness day, head over to OH! Spa at Ocean House, a fragrant, sunlit space where you’ll wear a cozy bathrobe and sip fruit-infused water, before skilled therapists give you a massage or wrap you in lavender body butter or marine mud. This relaxing retreat also features a salon, a fitness center, a yoga studio, an herbal steam room and a lovely pool on the other side of French doors from the Seaside Terrace sun deck. Set just 30 minutes away in Westerly, the sought-after wellness destination – the only Forbes five-star spa in Rhode Island – boasts a unique partnership with Spicer Mansion.For fitness needs, take advantage of the separate relationship with minutes-away UP Fitness, which features its own steam room, along with group classes and a variety of cardio machines.
Mystic is the quintessential New England seaport, with stately sailing ships and homes that recall a 19th-century seafaring village, in its maritime museum – the largest in America. It sits along the Mystic River, as does pretty Mystic River Park, facing the drawbridge. Take your hotel picnic here or to one of the nearby beaches, or explore the rich arts scene by antiquing, museum hopping or going to the theater or the opera. Tours of certain historic sites and festivals and events are often happening, as well. Get to those that are in Mystic in a chauffeured BMW 750i or behind the wheel of a second BMW 7 Series house car – and if you’d prefer the birds’-eye view of town, scope the coast on a private-helicopter tour, set up by the hotel staff.
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My wife and I visited for 5 days in July. Everything about it exceeded our expectations. Our room was bigger than we expected from the images. The Mansion has a massive yard with two sitting areas to get some quite time and do some reading amongst the trees. There is also a great outdoor dining patio. The food is fantastic and the service is beyond fantastic. No detail is left to chance including the hot cookies available free every afternoon and the cashews to grab for a snack. We were in the area to do some cycling and the Spicer Mansion was the perfect spot to stay. We could not more highly recommend the mansion as well as the owner Brian and his team!
My husband and I spent five days at the mansion. We bikes every day with lots of great quiet roads around mystic. Walking distance to downtown. But the highlight was the mansion itself, great service, attention to detail, farm to table food and beautiful grounds. Highly recommend for couples getaway or events.
The Spicer Mansion staff is over and above all expectations you will ever have!
We have stayed at many places but never one as accommodating as this. My wife and I were treated like royalty the entire stay. We were celebrating our 16th anniversary and could not have chosen a better place.
The Spicer Mansion offers Duxiana beds in all of their suites which are Good quality mattresses for excellent sleep. I almost didn’t leave.
When our son and daughter-in-law were planning a wedding in nearby Stonington, we found Spicer Mansion and booked the hotel for the whole family for the weekend. We also arranged a rehearsal dinner, a welcome party, a party after the wedding, and a brunch the next day. The food was incredible, the service impeccable and the rooms and property very beautiful. You will love the common areas, and especially the new Speakeasy downstairs. We thank Brian Gates, Christopher, Erin, Suzanne, Luke, Makaya, Felicia, Megan, and Jazz for an unforgettable experience. Chef Randy Rucker and his staff were friendly, creative and exceptional, and we will be back as often as we can.
This hotel is a 5 star experience in a warm, intimate setting.
Really this is a great and beautiful place. The staff treated us like family - keeping the restaurant open for only us on the night we visited, opening the restaurant for breakfast for us at the time we wanted (despite a grumpy chef, who wasn’t pleased to be up so early). Really good, well price food. Fresh and creative.
We were the old guests in the hotel the night we stayed and we were allowed to enjoy every inch of it. There were snacks and port left of us. The service throughout the hotel was great and then made us feel super welcome.
I see people here complaining about this resort fee. Whatever... we paid it once for two rooms. They chauffered us around Mystic. Let us eat and drink in all the salons. Even picked us up at a restaurant after we had checked out so we wouldn’t need to walk in the rain. I think the fee was well worth it, as I know we’d have spent more on taxis.
We are already talking about our next trip there!