Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, is a museum celebrating both American and maritime history. Learn about life in the 1800s from reenactors as you take a horse and carriage ride through 19th Century Village, enjoy an afternoon out on the water in a rented boat or roam the Maritime Art Gallery. For longer stays, sign up for classes on sailing and maritime culture. Mystic Seaport does not have a hotel on the premises, but choose from a number of lodging options within easy walking distance.
Mermaid Inn of Mystic
Your closest option to Mystic Seaport, the Mermaid Inn of Mystic combines quaint New England charm with luxurious modern amenities. Enjoy complimentary gourmet breakfast, afternoon refreshments and an evening brandy in the backyard gazebo. Stretch out in a private Italian granite bathtub and wrap yourself up in a plush European robe. Every room in this 1843 Victorian home includes special touches such as a bidet and fresh flowers. Once you're ready to explore Mystic Seaport, it's just a half-mile walk away.
Hyatt Place Mystic
Just north of Mystic Seaport, Hyatt Place Mystic is within easy walking distance of Mystic Seaport, Olde Mistick Village Shopping Center and Mystic Aquarium. The closest traditional hotel to the museum, Hyatt Place Mystic includes an outdoor heated swimming pool (seasonal) and a fully equipped business center for checking email and printing on the go. Grab a coffee or glass of wine at the on-site Intimate Bakery Cafe, and easily plan a waterfront picnic with the Grab 'n Go case of prepared sandwiches and bottled beverages.
Whaler's Inn is less than a 10-minute walk from Mystic Seaport and just half a block from the Mystic River. Comprised of five separate buildings, Whaler's Inn has a room for everyone, including the Hoxie House, an adults-only building to ensure a quiet stay, and Main Building, which features a business center and restaurant on its first floor. Families enjoy the Noank and Stonington suites with larger rooms and a shared deck. The inn has a video camera on the roof that lets you pan and zoom in the surrounding area via its website.
The only hotel located directly on the Mystic River, the Steamboat Inn offers 11 guest rooms, each with its own name and theme. The Mystic and Ariadne rooms are perfect for romantic getaways, while the Carolyn kitchenette is best for families or longer stays. Valiant is the newest and most modern room, with a private entrance and rain shower. Mystic Seaport is approximately 10 minutes away by foot after crossing the drawbridge.
Right across the street from Mystic Aquarium and the Olde Mistick Village Shopping Center, the Hilton Mystic is also a short walk to Mystic Seaport, ensuring easy access to all of Mystic's most popular attractions. After a long day of shopping and sight-seeing, relax in its heated indoor pool or burn off some steam in the fully equipped exercise room.
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