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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 399 Reviews
Romantic retreat
Reviewed 4 days 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.

An excellent B&B. A very relaxing 4 day vacation.
Reviewed 1 month ago

The staff at the Inn is so accommodating. I cannot say enough about them. It is a great place to relax. Easy drive to Mystic CT and Newport RI. Spend the cocktail hour at the relaxing fire pit and enjoy interesting conversations with your house guests. We hope to return next year

Beautful, friendly and homly
Reviewed 2 months ago

Having booked the Inn some months earlier from the UK, I could not wait to get there and experience first hand. We booked a room in the Annex, we arrived just in time to see the sunset over the waterfront - and also ready for the 6pm Wine & Cheese reception. I must say, this was an excellent way of introducing everyone to each other, breaking the ice. Everyone was so friendly, the staff provided excellent advise on restaurants and places to visit. It was clear from the guests in the hotel that once found, it is on the revisit list for future occasions.

Perfect retreat by the sea
Reviewed 2 months ago

We booked into the hotel at short notice and we couldn’t have been happier that we did. From the moment we checked in to the morning we left the staff couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly. The rooms were extremely comfortable and clean, the jacuzzi a bonus! Would highly recommend.

Marvelous escape from the outside chaotic world
Reviewed 2 months ago

My wife and I have been looking for a place where we could escape a chaotic world and personal life. We found it at the Inn at Stonington. Tranquil, quiet refinement, excellent facilities and Innkeepers Susan and Aubrey that made us feel like returning family. Near highly rated restaurants. Rooms with balconies overseeing the harbor. A historic seaside village, it is filled with restored and beautifully maintained homes to explore. We cannot wait to return!!!! Great buffet breakfast and hosted wine and cheese Happy Hour.