The Best Hotels in Connecticut

The Mayflower Inn and Spa is a spectacular country retreat that is among the great places to stay in Connecticut
The Mayflower Inn and Spa is a spectacular country retreat that is among the great places to stay in Connecticut | Courtesy of Mayflower Inn and Spa / Expedia
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10 June 2021

With 107 state parks and hundreds of miles of shoreline, Connecticut is a picture-perfect combination of windswept beaches, rolling New England countryside and dense forests peppered with world-class museums like the Wadsworth Atheneum and historic sites like the one-time homes of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

The Constitution State‘s accommodation options are equally varied, including budget hotels, charming inns and sprawling waterfront resorts. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed family holiday or a romantic break for two, we have the best hotel for you – bookable on Culture Trip.

Mayflower Inn and Spa

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Hide away from the world at this spectacular country retreat in Washington, Connecticut. Set in 58 acres (23ha) of woodland and gardens, the hotel is immaculate throughout with a wood-paneled library, expansive spa, tennis court and beautiful guest rooms with four-poster beds and oriental rugs. Head out on hikes, join daily yoga and meditation classes or sign up for one of the unexpected experiences on offer, including tarot card reading, hot air balloon rides and cocktail-making lessons.

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Madison Beach Hotel

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This classic New England resort is within walking distance of Madison’s pretty center, but its real draw is a private stretch of Connecticut beach transported straight from a postcard. Rooms all have views of the Long Island Sound, while diners can feast with sunset views in the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, the Wharf. Staff will supply beach chairs, umbrellas and towels for sunbathing, or you can join a yoga session on the beach for a blissed out start to the day.

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Boardman House Inn

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If you prefer the personal touch, this striking B&B in East Haddam will feel like a delicious secret you won’t want to share. Built in 1860, the property is packed with exquisite details and original features including ceiling medallions and sweeping staircases alongside antique furniture, oriental rugs, heated marble and limestone floors and silk curtains. There are several restaurants steps away from the hotel, while popular attraction Goodspeed Musicals is on your doorstep.

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Wallingford Victorian Inn

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No prizes for guessing the era that inspired this opulent hotel in Wallingford. Built over 100 years ago, the inn retains its ornate Victorian splendor with five individually decorated suites complete with details including printed wallpaper, antique four-poster beds and more modern treats like jacuzzi tubs. Every guest can feast on a generous free breakfast each morning, while there is a complimentary wine hour every afternoon.

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Delamar West Hartford

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Part of a small luxury Connecticut hotel chain, this boutique property is 5mi (8km) from state capital Hartford and radiates style. It has 114 immaculate rooms with Bulgari amenities, minibars and Bluetooth radios, while some have private balconies or soaking tubs. There’s also a full-service spa, all-day tea and coffee in the lobby lounge, a fitness center with Peloton bikes and complimentary admission to the New Britain Museum of American Art for every guest.

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  • Saybrook Point Inn, Marina and Spa

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    This yellow inn on its own marina is just 2mi (3km) from downtown Old Saybrook, but most guests choose to check in and chill out. There’s an on-site spa, an indoor and outdoor heated pool, a sauna, steam room and whirlpool and an excellent restaurant renowned for seafood classics such as lobster rolls. Its 82 spacious rooms in the main hotel are decorated with plush soft furnishings and dark wood furniture, while some have jetted tubs and fireplaces.

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    The Goodwin Hotel

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    There’s bucketloads of wow factor at this boutique hotel, where banker J.P. Morgan used to stay when he was in town. Built in 1881, the building still dazzles with original features but has all the home comforts you’ll need, with Keurig coffeemakers and 50-inch HD TVs alongside stone fireplaces, cobalt blue chaise lounges, embossed ceilings and enamel baths. Although there are countless restaurants within walking distance, the hotel’s own Italian eatery is well worth a visit for moreish rustic Sicilian food.

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    The Blake Hotel

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    Named after the first female graduate of Yale Law School, the Blake is a hip boutique property in New Haven that encourages guests to stay a while and feel at home. Every room has a full kitchenette with a Nespresso machine, and there are on-site laundry facilities, a 24-hour lobby market and a state-of-the-art fitness center. When hunger strikes, head to the rooftop where the High George restaurant serves cocktails, dinner and an ice cream sundae too good for children.

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    Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk

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    Business travelers will find everything they need at this modern, stylish hotel. Rooms have a separate desk area with task lighting and a laptop-friendly safe, and the property also has a useful business center and a grab-and-go market for easy snacks between meetings. The location is unbeatable, too, just off the I-95 in Norwalk’s business district; there are several major offices on the same street, while a large office park is moments away.

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    The White Hart

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    From its pristine white exterior to its chic modern interiors warmed by open fires, everything in the White Hart has been carefully considered. The stately mansion in picture-book pretty Salisbury has 16 immaculate rooms decorated with neutral tones, hardwood floors, white marble and mahogany furniture. There’s a game room, plenty of nooks to curl up with a book, an astonishing art collection and a critically acclaimed restaurant, Tap Room.

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