We loved our stay at The Whaler’s Inn during our long weekend in Mystic, CT. The historic inn is just steps away from Mystic River, Mystic’s Bascule Bridge, some of the best food in Connecticut, and really fun things to do, like the Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic Aquarium for injured and rehabilitated marine life, and fantastic boutique shopping. We stayed in the beautiful Hoxie House, with a view overlooking Mystic River, and ate at the hotel’s restaurant, The Shipwright’s Daughter, which was recently voted Connecticut’s Restaurant of the Year. Read on to learn why we loved our time at this charming inn.
The Whaler’s Inn
Location: Mystic, CT
Address: 20 E Main St, Mystic, CT 06355
Staff Helpfulness & Friendliness: 5/5
Room Amenities: 4/5
Room and Bed Comfort: 5/5
Valet Parking: On-site guest parking
Pool & Hot Tubs: N/A
Proximity to Other Points of Interest: 5/5
Arrival at The Whaler’s Inn
Upon arrival, we were given a map and a detailed introduction to the area, including where to eat, what to do, what to see, and places we might want to photograph. It was very thorough and so helpful when navigating the village of Mystic. Once we were settled in, we headed out to explore and felt like we already knew our way around.
Ambience of The Whaler’s Inn
The Whaler’s Inn’s atmosphere was very laidback and relaxed. The coastal feel of the place was very inviting, and immediately felt right at home. I really liked the use of live plants, blues, whites, and decor sold around town. The city of Mystic is very close-knit, and it was great to see so many small businesses supporting one another, which was evident by how much of the hotel’s decor was from local artisans.
Our Suite & Its Amenities
Our room was cozy with a king-size bed, sitting area, writing desk, fireplace, air jet soaking tub, spacious closet, and a gorgeous view of the Mystic River and the city of Mystic. They had all of the standard amenities like waffle-knit robes, extra blankets, a hair dryer, and things of that nature that one would expect in a hotel. There wasn’t anything that we needed during our stay that they didn’t have!
Dining at The Shipwright’s Daughter
We had breakfast and dinner at The Shipwright’s Daughter, the inn’s award-winning restaurant by Executive Chef David Standridge. Everything we ate here was incredible, and I’m already looking forward to our next visit. From inventive mocktails and delicious oysters to elegant squid ink pasta, refreshing radicchio salad, and hearty, fresh desserts, everything was fantastic.
The restaurant uses seasonally foraged, locally harvested ingredients and seafood, so guests truly get a taste of the very best that the East Coast has to offer. Their menu changes daily based on what’s in season. Named Connecticut Restaurant of the Year, no visit to Whaler’s Inn or Mystic, CT, is complete without dining here!
Final Thoughts on Our Stay
I loved our stay here. Everything was spotless, our room was peaceful and quiet, and the staff were so knowledgeable, kind, and helpful. This was such a fun stay in a lovely city. We were able to walk just about anywhere we wanted to go, although driving is convenient too, and it was the perfect place to branch out along the coast in order to explore new places. If you’re in the area, make sure to book a stay at The Whaler’s Inn and enjoy a meal at their award-winning restaurant.