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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 413 Reviews
Perfect In So Many Ways
Reviewed 1 day ago

My wife and I could not have asked for more! Accommodations are superb and complemented by a friendly, professional team who know how to treat guests right. The location is well situated with great harbor views and the finest restaurant is within a few steps. Breakfast is outstanding!

First class inn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a fantastic place. The setting is great in that it is near the water (you can see the water from some of the rooms) and right next to a lot of great shops, stores and places to grab a bite of enjoy an adult beverage. Besides having a complimentary breakfast they have a wine and cheese tasting which is a fantastic way to start an evening.

Beautiful If a few things were done..
Reviewed 1 month ago

The Inn at Stonington is a very quaint, nice inn located in a very pretty town. The staff is wonderful. Extremely nice, personable people who go out of their way to be hospitable.

I stayed in the main inn (room 7). It was a very nice, large room with balcony. Breakfast was perfect. Had exactly what you needed to get going. Pretty deck for outdoor eating. Water views at breakfast. Fire pit.

There were, however, things that needed improvement. The bathroom in my room was showing it’s age. Cracked sink. Cracked floor tiles. Needed an updated shower. I kind of expect those updated things for $420 a night (with the tax). Also, the room needs a mini fridge.

Lastly, I did not like it that there wasn’t a staff member at the front desk after 11 pm. Everyone goes home. They should hire someone to man the desk overnight. They just lock the front door and everyone comes and goes with their key. It didn’t feel secure.

4 star rating because of the amazing staff. They are very good there.

Would return if they staff their desk overnight. If not, won’t return.

A Slice of Heaven
Reviewed 1 month ago

Second time there and wow this is such a special place. Hats off to the ladies who run it because they’re not only super friendly but so accommodating. The inn itself is absolutely lovely and they know how to add all the perfect touches. Great location, beautiful views and rooms and overall just so perfect. We will be back. Thank you to the staff for giving us one night to help meet our babysitting situation back at home. We will be back and many more times! It’s home base. It’s our happy place.

Great place to relax
Reviewed 1 month ago

Awesome views and in room fireplaces! great place to relax after visiting Mystic! Not far off the beaten path but far enough. If you are planing a romantic trip to Mystic this is a great topper to a night