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What We Love

  • Rates include continental breakfast and free WiFi
  • The prime, walkable location: It’s less than five minutes to the town’s restaurants, cafés and shops, and eight minutes to the nearest beach
  • Every room has a fireplace
  • Watching the sunset over the harbor from the inn’s back patio
  • The free daily wine hour (6 to 7:30 p.m.) in the small downstairs bar

What To Know

  • Stonington is a small fishing village — bustling in the summer, quiet in the winter
  • Expect ongoing soft refurbishments at the inn
  • Sixteen of the 18 rooms have whirlpools
  • There’s no restaurant, but a free breakfast (cereal, scones, fruit, tea and more) is served each morning
  • There’s a small, windowless gym

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
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Overview

The Review

Stonington, Connecticut, is the kind of town that has its own commercial fishing fleet, where everyone’s on a first-name basis and locals pick up the day’s catch from the dock using the honor system. It’s hard to believe a spot like this still exists so near glittering commerce capitals like Manhattan (less than three hours away) and Boston (under two).

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Each of the rooms is large and individually designed. Most look out on the harbor and have oversize bathrooms with whirlpools; all have switch-on gas fireplaces. Instead of the usual nautical bric-a-brac, real thought was put into the decor. In my room, No. 7, I steal glances at the dramatic oil painting depicting a stand of trees against an orange canvas while reading by the fire. During this quiet stay, the clear view of the harbor and an hourlong soak in the whirlpool tub are my only distractions.

Downstairs, Sotheby’s catalogs are fanned out on the living room coffee table, and breakfast is served on the small adjoining bar. A modest selection of red and white wines are also served at the nightly wine hour, when guests are apt to sit and chat.

In the morning I walk about eight minutes to Dubois Beach. Along the way I pass the Old Lighthouse Museum, which dates back to 1823 and displays a cannonball fired by the British, still lodged in the wall where it struck so long ago. Times change, but in Stonington some things stay the same — and that’s simply part of its charm.

How to Get There

The Inn at Stonington
60 Water Street
Stonington, CT 63780 United States

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 403 Reviews
Charming Inn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Inn at Stonington is quaint, while still be luxurious. They serve complimentary wine and cheese each night, as well as a nice breakfast. The location on the harbor is spectacular, although I was there in January so I couldn't enjoy it as much as I would during other times of the year. The town of Stonnington is also very charming, definitely worth exploring.

Fantastic
Reviewed 2 months ago

Second time at the inn and what a romantic stay. People who work there are just so nice and ready to help or answer any questions. We were in room 7 and it was so relaxing. Can’t wait to go back and spend another weekend away with my wife. Wouldn’t hesitate!

Beautiful place to stay
Reviewed 2 months ago

We stayed at the Inn last year whilst on an American road trip. From the moment we arrived the staff could not have been more helpful, due to some vacancies we were upgraded at no cost which was a lovely touch.

The rooms are beautiful and the accommodation downstairs likewise. Immaculate.

We really enjoyed the glass of wine at the bar, and met some really lovely people sat around the fire outside.

Stonington is a hidden gem - and I would recommend the mexican restaurant for food, just a short walk away.

All in all a genuinely fantastic experience and I would highly recommended.

5th VISIT AND COUNTING!
Reviewed 2 months ago

Earlier this month we stayed for our fifth time at the Inn at Stonington, 60 Water Street in Stonington, Connecticut. We have always enjoyed our stays there, including the attractions in the borough and surrounding Shoreline. This time, we treated ourselves for the first time to a harborside room with a balcony. Even in colder weather this "splurge" proved well worth it, as the vistas out to the harbor, coves, breakwater and islands were superlative. The public rooms, including the living room with fireplace/breakfast room, are beautifully appointed,comfortable and accommodating. The "happy hour" in the afternoon with cheeses and wines is a welcome retreat from the New England cold weather. The breakfasts are worth getting up for, with excellent coffee, an assortment of dry cereals & toppings and a variety of freshly-baked scones and breads.Of special note is the pistachio bread and the cinnamon buns. But as always, the highlight of our stays at the Inn at Stonington is the staff. We feel more like friends and family than guests thanks to Susan, Aubrey, the Inn's host, Bill and the rest of the Inn's wonderful team. We are already looking forward to our next visit in the New Year.

Romantic retreat
Reviewed 3 months ago

Everything you need right in your room if you decide not to leave. Staff are welcoming and helpful. Clean and well maintained property. There are plenty of places for activities, live music, or restaurants to add top your stay as well.