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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 422 Reviews
Great stop-over on our way up the coast!
Exploremore78

We stayed one night as the location was midway through our journey up the coast to Cape Cod. The location was beautiful, right on the water and the staff was very friendly. We stayed in the Annex which was just a few steps from the main Inn and was wonderful as it was like having our own private apartment. The room was spacious and very clean. The bed linens were luxurious and we slept very well. My only criticism would be that the carpet was dark and dated. The breakfast options were plentiful and having the to-go coffee option was much appreciated. Overall a wonderful stay.

Beautiful, charming, inviting - go!
Brionnais

You can’t go wrong choosing the Inn at Stonington for a delightful stay in a lovely, historic New England town that isn’t crowded with tourists during the summer months. The Inn is situated on Long Island Sound which offers great views, and breakfast can be taken on the veranda overlooking the marina. Our beautifully appointed (and always spotless) room (16) was very large, looked out on the Sound and was quite quiet. The continental breakfast was generous and offered many choices of fresh and really yummy baked goods. The Inn is located on Water Street and several very convenient dining options for lunch and dinner - Breakwater’s, Milagro’s and Noah’s - are very close by. The Inn’s staff are all extremely (genuinely so) friendly and helpful. There are parking spots specially designated for Inn guests behind the main Inn building and annex. We just loved the Inn at Stonington, hated to leave and would absolutely book it again on a return visit to the Mystic area.

Memorable fall Anniversary Trip
intrepidtraveler98

The Inn staff arranged a lovely fall weekend package visit for us last year. including a Ct Steam Train excursion, four course dinner and full breakfast the following morning. They were so accomodating.
Our stay began with the combined Fall foliage train ride and cruise along the lower Connecticut river, where our upgraded tickets were waiting for us and we rode in the first class car with upholstered, swivel seats enabling us to get maximum views of the lovely foliage.
We were warmly greeted at the Inn like old friends, assisted upstairs with our luggage and checked into our suite to find the requested fall flower arrangement was huge and stunningly gorgeous. The suite was large and furnished with authentic antiques.
Champagne then a leisurely dinner were delicious and romantic. Copper Beach has been voted and recognized by locals for many years as one of the top restaurants in the entire state, and the multi course dinners did not disappoint. The dining room's windows feel like a conservatory, capturing views of the lovely grounds and Fall foliage surrounding the Inn.
We had a quiet night's rest in a very comfortable bed, and the large bath and multiple rooms made morning preparations very pleasant.
Breakfast was outstanding, with many choices, excellent juices and very good coffee. Egg dishes, meats and pastries were all first rate.
It was sad when our visit came to an end, we checked out and headed home to Massachussetts, but the memories still linger.