Equidistant between Boston and New York City (about two hours from each), Old Saybrook on the Connecticut coast is the very essence of classic charm. Nestled between the Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River, Old Saybrook offers the best of both (water)worlds. It may be a quiet small town complete with an old-fashioned main street, but Old Saybrook was also the longtime home of screen legend Katharine Hepburn and is the birthplace of Yale University (it later moved to New Haven). Luckily, you don’t need to be a Hollywood insider to score a place to stay in this peaceful hideaway. With its tranquil waterfront setting, top notch facilities and amenities, as well as fine-tuned service, Saybrook Point Inn & Spa treats every guest like an A-lister.
The historic main inn once welcomed members of the Rat Pack, but today its 81 rooms share a distinct country elegance. Just steps away from the main inn, retreat to the privacy of the two guest homes, Tall Tales and Three Stories. Imagine having the run of the entire house to your group (Tall Tales accommodates 12, while Three Stories accommodates up to 16). It’s a true guest house experience, complete with a dining room and game room at Three Stories (where suede walls ramp up the luxe factor) as well as your own “guest advocate,” Mrs. Anna Pratt, who ensures that each guest feels particularly coddled. Perhaps the most talked about suite at Saybrook Point Inn is the Lighthouse Suite. Set on the dock, the Lighthouse is a 900-squarefoot space complete with living and dining rooms, as well as a kitchenette.
Whether you want your attendees to enjoy a little downtime together or split off and have alone time, there is plenty to offer at Saybrook Point Inn. Explore the town and surrounding beaches by bike; play mini golf across the street or book a tee time at one of two area courses; book a fishing or cruising charter that departs right from the hotel’s marina; sip wines at a local vineyard; roll the dice at Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods just a short drive away; or simply unwind right here at the indoor/outdoor saltwater pools, fitness center or Sanno Spa.
In keeping with the breezy, coastal flair at Old Saybrook Inn, Fresh Salt Restaurant shares inspiring views along with a locally sourced, seafood-focused menu for all-day dining. Enjoy a seat on the terrace or inside by the fireplace.
Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is well-suited to accommodate a variety of events, as the AAA Four-Diamond inn has over 6,000 square feet of versatile space. The ballroom features floor-to-ceiling windows with water views, as well as direct access to the waterfront terrace. Those holding events will appreciate the separate entrance to the event wing, where planners will be delighted to discover a wide variety of event spaces. There’s the 700-square-foot Fenwick Hall and the intimate Riverside Room, as well as five additional rooms and suites that can accommodate typically about 14-15 people conference-style. Saybrook Point Inn never forgets its country inn roots, though, so expect to be charmed by working fireplaces in addition to those water views.