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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 382 Reviews
Great last minute, unexpected visit!
Reviewed 7 days ago

We spent 1 night at the Inn last week after a travel hiccup with another inn we were schedule to stay at caused us to have to relocate. Upon calling for a last minute room we were pleased to find there was availability and we were quickly booked into a lovely room with a huge bathroom. The Inn is nicely located near a small beach and marina and only a short walk to the small downtown. We really enjoyed the bright, airy common space and patio plus the complimentary wine & cheese and breakfast.

Above all, we were blown away by the service Susan and her team provided when we got a flat tire. Within a half hour a tow truck was there to take us to a local mechanic who replaced our tire. Start to finish we were all done within an hour. Susan was terrific in calling around to ensure we got taken care of quickly. I work in the hospitality business and truly appreciate this kind of service and care.

Thanks for a great stay. We'll be back!

Watch for Bad Beds
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Planning months in advance for our annual gal-pal reunion, Stonington Inn seemed our best choice for 3 women in their 60's. Enticed by the location, free parking, continental breakfast and wine/cheese hour at night we rationalized the high nightly price to be commensurate with the offering. We made sure in writing the Inn would accommodate three adults in one room. We received an email reply from staff assuring us "a comfy rollaway bed will be added". This bed turned into a nightmare that made us forget all about the otherwise pleasant service. Our room #15 in the Annex had two full-size beds. Upon arrival, they provided the "comfy" rollaway with a worn, spring-laden collapsed mattress. When we complained, the staff agreed and gave us an adjoining room for the night with a promise of a new mattress the next night. From that point until night 4, we were treated to configurations of airbeds under that miserable mattress, new airbeds that didn't hold air (In particular a Frontgate version that the general manager brought to our room!), putting the airbed on top of the rotten mattress, and an airbed that even the staff wouldn't set up for us to use on the floor. Every night was a new adventure - when we were tired from our day's activities. We even helped the staff set up and take down the trial beds. We were questioned constantly about what we thought the solution should be, what was actually wrong, etc. At breakfast the staff queried us again, and repeatedly stated no one else had EVER complained! Finally, on night 4, we were given the rollaway frame with a brand new twin bed mattress. In summary, the frustration of having to wrangle with the issue every night ruined what should have been a beautiful stay. At checkout, they stated that the first night adjoining room and two nights of the added person fee was a $475 "value" (even though we were assured the adjoinging room was provided at no cost to us) and we should be satisfied with the $60 credit on our bill. And imagine being told in a subsequent email from the staff that our account of what occurred was a 100% lie! I surmise that the staff, although sympathetic, had their hands tied by management. Here's some pictures of one of the fateful configurations. Be warned: if you do chose this Inn, and are told "comfy rollaway", ask for something else or go elsewhere. I certainly wont be going back.

Celebrating 47 years
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife & I travelled to Stonington, CT to celebrate our 47th anniversary. We stayed at The Inn at Stonington for two wonderful nights.

Our room was # 11 on the second floor. It had everything we hoped for & more. Plenty of room with two comfortable chairs for relaxing. A fireplace, although we did not use it with temps in the high 70's. Our bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was large with a good size walk in shower. We had a nice deck with a perfect view of the harbor and the sunset.

One delighter, our first experience with the Google Home Assistant. Very convenient for selecting music, weather, restaurants. Just say "OK Google" and a wealth of information is available.

Another comfort was how quiet the room was. It must be very well insulated. We never heard a sound from another room during our stay.

The inn exudes charm & character. Large living room with a large deck outside and a firepit down a few steps on a small patio.

The continental breakfast is wonderful. Several pastries to choose with a selection of juices, bread, english muffins, fruit, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, mmm good! Of, and the coffee is delicious.

The InnKeeper and staff were awesome. Their hospitality and willingness to make our stay perfect was so nice to experience. We were welcomed with two bottles of sparkling wine to toast our 47th year. They were happy to make dinner reservations for us while providing travel information for our daily excursions.

Stonington is a quiet little borough with small quaint shops, and several nice restaurants. There's plenty to do with interesting towns within a short drive.

I encourage you to stay at the Inn at Stonington. We were so delighted with everything. Looking forward to spending a winter's visit.

Great Anniversary!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It had been 4 years since we got a chance to get back to our lovely Inn!! Time flies! I wrote a review about Valentines Day and this place has not changed a bit! Simply WONDERFUL!! It was great to go without snow on the ground and to enjoy the boats going by as we sipped our drinks and ate our dinner at the Breakwater restaurant right straight down from their parking lot. Same welcoming greeting and lead to our room... and there was even a little gift & card for us for our anniversary! So sweet!! This time we got to enjoy wine & cheese before dinner and as a added bonus, there was a talented couple singing and playing guitar. In the morning, there were some yummy things out for breakfast and the coffee tasted so good! I think the best thing I love about this place is the people running it. Being able to feel at home & welcomed means a lot to me.

Awesome visit
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the place in Stonington. It’s a great place if you want to venture out to cities around also. EXCELLENT service. The people are so friendly. Wine and cheese from 6 to 7. Wonderful accommodations. They’ll work with you on recommendations.