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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

Excellent
lianne8691

My husband and I have been meeting to stay at the Inn at Stonington after my sister -in law has been raving about it for years. We came her for our anniversary and loved every minute of it. The rooms are elegant, very clean and cozy. The staff are wonderful. We are definitely planning to come back.

Outstanding
FormerTucsonian

This is a lovely, upscale inn in a lovely town. Great room, great breakfast, great staff. you can see why the inn and town have been used for movie settings. Cannot recommend them enough. And try Noah’s for dinner!

Five-Star Inn
RRAway

Inn at Stonington is everything a five-star Inn should be .... tasteful, elegant and relaxed, (not easy to achieve). Location is in town, on a quiet street, a few steps from the Long Island Sound. The Inn is immaculate, the staff helpful and friendly. Our corner waterfront room with French doors leading to a terrace with two chairs, and gas fireplace, was roomy and lovely and the well-appointed bed was super comfortable, linens luxurious. Screened windows open, a special feature allowing for fresh air. Bathroom with jacuzzi and separate shower was large with plenty of space. Continental breakfast consisted of a varied selection of truly delectable homebaked items plus cereal, yogurt, fruit etc., with option to eat inside or at one of the tables with umbrellas on the deck. Treat yourself to a special experience.