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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The rooms are beautiful, albeit hot. The employees work incredibly hard. However, it's unreasonable to expect a staff meant for a small 8 room inn, to be able to provide accurate service to over 350 member families, their guests, in addition to guests staying at the Mansion. The owners are kind and have the best intentions, but some of the amenities we had expected ( and paid a fee for) were temporarily unavailable, the pasties from Sift for example, which had been replaced by stale ones made in house. Members also had the option to take guests and show them the guest rooms. Multiple times members ( and their guests) would be wandering outside guest rooms after drinking in the bar downstairs. With the vintage doors and locks, this made us feel very uncomfortable. Even when an event wasn't taking place, the property is just to small for that many people to use constantly. It was more of a club than a hotel.
I had an intimate wedding here in December and it was a dream come true. Mr Brian Gates and his staff were truly all so wonderful and welcoming to myself and my family. Brian spent so much time with my family and I during our initial tour, our tasting, and our wedding weekend. No request was too big or too insignificant for them. The food was delicious - thank you to Chef Adrian as well. The wine collection is phenomenal, thank you to Julian! We had an wonderful day.
The venue itself is by far the most beautiful I've seen in the Connecticut shore area, ever. I searched high and wide for a venue with quintessential new england charm and none of the shabbiness that so many of the tried and true inns came with. This venue is European elegance in a charming Connecticut shore town. I can't wait to be back again and have recommended it non-stop to my friends. Thank you to Brian and to the entire Spicer Mansion staff!
We only spent one night here, but it was very nice. The place was very clean, the service was fantastic. It was a rainy day and the owner came out and greeted us and was super helpful with our bags. All of the staff members were very friendly and helpful. Our room had a condensation/leak problem when we arrived and needed to change rooms. The new room was a bit smaller but still was fine. We had dinner downstairs in the speakeasy after spending time with the bartender. We were very impressed trying out different drinks while he told us the differences and what to expect between drinks. We finally settled in on the wine and really enjoyed that with dinner. The dinner was very tasty and paired very well with the wine. Overall good stay and would recommend to others!
Live in CT for over 8 years and never been in Mystic, beautiful area. The Spicer Mansion is a Wonderful place, enjoy my weekend with my family for my sister's weeding. Rooms were spacious and unique. Staff was great .
A special place for a special dinner! This beautifully and meticulously restored mid-nineteenth century mansion is a pleasure even if you just wanted to stroll around and admire a remarkable building. But the dinner we had was better than almost any I can recall! Our attentive and knowledgeable head waiter, and the other quietly efficient wait staff were clearly very well trained and at the top of their performance. An interesting and inventive assortment of cocktails were enjoyed by two of the party, but the other two opted for a glass of one of their well-chosen wines. But the food -- wow! We indulged in a four-course dinner. I started with raw oysters set in a gelled consommé of salty ham, and they were delicious. Then came crispy rice with lobster, togarashi & ponzu (I had to ask the waiter for a translation, which he nicely provided). The next dish, a beautifully prepared duck breast was wonderful -- it outclassed examples of this I've enjoyed in Paris. Finally, I loved the crème brulée, with its expected caramelized top, decorated with some perfectly ripe fruit. I could go on, but I just hope we can come back again, once the piggy-bank recovers. Go and splurge on yourself! You take home terrific memories.