We had a good experience
We were staying here for a friend's wedding and we had a good experience. Our resevations were exactly as booked, our room was beautiful with a view of the Sound, the wedding reception food was very good. We did not use the Spa or the pool area. The location is superb!
Relaxing Spa Weekend?
People in search of a relaxing, QUIET weekend beware. We booked a weekend get-away at the "Spa Package" rate. Our room was large and lovely, with a delightful view. But it was above the ballroom where they had a Fri. night wedding, a Sat. day wedding, and a Sat. night wedding! (Nov 10-12 2006)! Given the size of this place, changing rooms wouldn't have made much difference. The wedding hoopla echoes throughout the marina!
We picked this resort because they had a spa, restaurant and indoor pool under one roof. Being Nov., we never imagined that this would be "high-end-wedding grand central station"!
My advice is before you book, ask if there is a wedding during your stay. If vibrating floors and buzzing windows don't bother you, along with having to walk through a receiving-line crowd to get to the restaurant, then stay here. Otherwise, go to another coastal spot.
The only saving grace was the weddings had to quit by 11 p.m.
We were pleased with the spa, the food at the restaurant, both quality and presentation, the overall service and the decor. So it's a shame that we felt like we booked at a "very pricey wedding reception factory" and didn't know better.
If management reads this, the one problem you can solve is the excessive cholorination in the indoor pool room. We couldn't lounge and read books by the pool because the irritating fumes overpowered our eyes, noses and throats!
I am writing this Sat night @ 11:15 p.m. from the hotel room.
On a humorous note, about the 3 DJs that worked each wedding, the Sat. night DJ was the best.
Having read some of the reviews on this website I was a little worried about food and service, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I'd say our stay was perfect in every regard.
The front desk people were polite, friendly, and efficient. They were going to give us a room on the second floor over the ballroom, where a wedding was taking place. Because I learned from this website that it can be noisy over the ballroom, I mentioned that I'd prefer a quieter room. The manager on duty, who was at the desk, said she'd upgrade us to a one-bedroom suite on the third floor. It was a fabulous suite with a beautiful water view. We loved sitting on the porch overlooking the marina.
The staff there went the extra mile each time we requested something. Our son was with us and used the sofa bed. When I realized there were no sheets in the suite, they brought them within five minutes. Later on they brought up the log for fireplace within minutes after our request.
Breakfast was excellent; we loved the food. Again, the waitstaff was prompt and friendly. I have no complaints at all!
We had a nice time using the pool. It wasn't overly chlorinated and there were no crowds. I liked the shower in the women's locker room.
I found this hotel to be truly excellent. We had a memorable stay there and I'd recommend it wholeheartedly.
One word .. Tired!
We went away for a quiet mid-Holidays break. We looked forward to pampering and a lovely room with a fire place, great views and great food.
In summary we were very disappointed. The room was tired, the shutters on the windows were falling apart, there were stains on the floor, the marble in the bathroom was cracked and, worst of all, the room smelled musty and the bed was rock hard. It was not AWFUL but it was desperately disappointing, nothing like we imagined.
The restaurant was slow and the food was mediocre, not four star at all. Breakfast of eggs and bacon took 30 minutes to arrive and was nearly raw. It's Eggs and bacon, not rocket science!
The Spa was a joke, overpriced, over rated. The Steam room was 6x4 with two plastic lawn chairs to sit in. I think this probably best describes the place. No class at all. But at least it worked which is more than i can say for the Sauna.
This place obviously trades on its location, which is great. Beyond that it's tired and lacks any form of finesse. Which is desperately disappointing. My suggestion, new management and a complete refurb. They would be able to charge even more (if that's feasible) and have an incredible location.
Alternatively, tone down the web site and stop saying how great it is. It isn't it's, a dump in disguise.
In short, if you are looking for a luxury spa hotel by the water, go somewhere else.
Stayed for a couple nights when up in the area for a job interview. The room was clean and very spacious...high quality. Staff did their job, but didn't go out of their way to be friendly. Hotel kind of has an older feel...and being the off season, it was very quiet. Didn't get a chance to eat at the restaurant...although I have been back once for a daytime meeting, and the provided sandwiches and dessert were excellent. Also, the surrounding area is gorgeous. I'd recommend the hotel as I had no complaints...but don't expect your stay to be as incredible as the advertising may suggest.
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
"Where The Conn. River Meets Long Island Sound"
~ A Little History ~
Bordered by both the Long Island Sound and Connecticut River,
Old Saybrook is an ideal seaside destination. Home to film legend,
Katherine Hepburn, Old Saybrook is the oldest town in the Lower
Connecticut River Valley. Get ready for a step back in time!
Old Saybrook is home to Fort Saybrook, Connecticut's first military
fortification, built in 1636 by the British. What once served as
protection from the Pequot Indians, is now an 18-acre historical
park created by The Fort Saybrook Monument Park Association.
Today you'll find storyboards depicting the history of the Saybrook
colony as you walk through the park.
Old Saybrook, located at the mouth of the Connecticut River,
was the home of Algonquin Nehantic Indians for years before
Europeans arrived. They were peace loving Indians who
farmed in the area and had a village at Saybrook Point.
Around 1590 the peaceful Nehantic and other gentle Algonquin
tribes living in the Connecticut River Valley were conquered by
the Pequots, a warlike tribe from the north.
The first European to sail up the Conn. River was Adrian Block who,
in 1614, was sent by the Dutch West India Company in New Amsterdam
on an expedition to explore, map and claim the eastern coast of "New
Netherlands" for the Dutch. In 1623, fearing English competition, the
Dutch deposited a small group of Dutch men and women at Saybrook
Point to establish a permanent colony. After a few miserable months,
the settlers gave up and returned to New Amsterdam.
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"Katharine Hepburn's Home"
This is a picture we took of Katharine Hepburn's
home in Old Saybrook while we were out boating.
Katharine Houghton Hepburn
First Lady of Cinema Kate
Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was
the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom
always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully,
and exercise her body to its full potential.
An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to
her brother, Tom, and was devastated at age 14 to find him
dead, the apparent result of accidentally hanging himself
while practicing a hanging trick their father had taught them.
For many years after this, Katharine used his birthdate, Nov. 8,
as her own. She then became very shy around girls her age,
and was largely schooled at home.
She did attend Bryn Mawr College, however, and it was here
that she decided to become an actress, appearing in many of
On June 29, 2003 - Katharine Hepburn died in her home in
Old Saybrook, she was 96-years-old.
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"Old Saybrook Public Boat Lauch"
This is a picture of Mary and our boat at the
State Public Boat Launch in Old Saybrook ....
The Baldwin Bridge Boat Launch and Fishing Pier
is located on the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook.
The boat launch has a four lane launch ramp, to
accommodate trailered boats, one car top launch,
and eight floating docks to aid in launching and
retrieval of boats.
The fishing pier extends 450 feet into the Conn. River.
The Baldwin Bridge State Boat Launch and Fishing Pier
area is complemented by ample parking and restrooms,
which are both handicap accessible.
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