Greenwich, CT Hotels: 5 of the Best to Know

a guest room at one of the best greenwich ct hotelsThe Greenwich, CT, hotels industry has followed the trends of the country.

 

When my parents opened their bed and breakfast inn in the 1980s, small inns and motels were the hosts of the majority of visitors to Greenwich.

 

Since the turn of this century, hotels have moved out of the cities and into towns like ours.

 

As hotels, then vacation rentals, became larger players in the area, many of these older, family-owned inns scattered in the various Greenwich neighborhoods finished their tenures.

 

First Cos Cob Inn, then the Harbor House Inn in Old Greenwich closed when we celebrated our 30th anniversary of business.

 

Today, there are over 300 lodging places to stay in Greenwich or nearby. But of those options, only 5 are not short-term vacation rentals.

 

And of those 5 options, 4 are Greenwich, CT, hotels.

 

The fifth option is our 20-room bed and breakfast inn in downtown Greenwich.

 

Each of the 5 choices are unique, and ideally suited to cater to their target guest. Sometimes, it’s a matter of figuring out which place is best suited for your unique traveling style.

 

Ready to learn more about your choices for hotels in Greenwich, Connecticut?

 

Read on.

Changes at Greenwich, CT, hotels due to Covid-19

The world-changing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has hit the Connecticut hotel industry just as hard as every other aspect of our lives.

 

Here’s what you can currently expect when you stay at a hotel or inn anywhere in Connecticut, not just Greenwich, CT, hotels:

  1. All establishments are operating at a state-required half occupancy rate. That means that a 100-hotel room can only rent up to 50 rooms on any given night.
  2. Many amenities considered non-essential to lodging, such as ice machines, minibars, valet, even pens and writing pads; are not permitted, to lower the risk of exposure
  3. Pool occupancy is also limited to half of pre-Covid occupancy. In our case, our pool can normally host 25 people, so only 12 can enjoy the pool at any given time
  4. All Greenwich beaches (and those throughout the state) are closed to non-residents. Locals have to prove their residency using a government issued form of identification with a Greenwich address.

Read all the changes we’ve implemented since reopening after the Covid-19 lockdown, and be sure to contact any hotel you’re planning on visiting to learn more about how they’re handling the pandemic.

 

That said, with the low transmission rate in the state of Connecticut, we’re all open!

Greenwich, CT, Hotels: Table of Contents

  1. Stanton House Inn
  2. Homestead Inn
  3. Delamar Greenwich Harbor
  4. The J House Greenwich
  5. Hyatt Regency Greenwich
  6. Luxury Hotels in Greenwich
  7. Greenwich Hotels that allow dogs
  8. Greenwich Hotels with Pools
  9. Old Greenwich Hotels
  10. Downtown Greenwich Hotels
  11. What’s the closest Marriott hotel to Greenwich?
  12. Hotels in Stamford, CT

Stanton House Inn

facade of stanton house inn, one of the best greenwich ct hotelsOur downtown Greenwich bed and breakfast inn is situated in a historic mansion, the Seaman-Brush house. We are a member of Select Registry, a diverse collection of unique boutique properties throughout the country.

 

Stanton House Inn is within walking distance of Whole Foods, Greenwich Avenue, and everything downtown Greenwich has to offer.

 

Our guest rooms are comfortable and cozy, yet still offer plenty of privacy. Guests rave about our coffee, baked goods, and that we feel like a home away from home for them.

 

And in the summer months, our expansive gardens (complete with romantic ruins) and outdoor pool are a draw in and of themselves.

 

Our team members create an environment that feels like you’re staying at the home of a wealthy friend.

 

Again, we don’t consider ourselves a hotel. That said, with only 4 hotels in Greenwich, we don’t feel guilty throwing our inn on the list.

 

We are an in-town lodging option, after all.

Attractions Near Stanton House Inn

Our prime downtown Greenwich location puts all the restaurants, shopping, art galleries, museums, and more attractions in easy reach of guests.

 

Be sure to read our guide to downtown Greenwich to learn more.

Homestead Inn

Sitting on over 2 and a half acres in the super posh neighborhood of Belle Haven, the Homestead Inn occupies a farmhouse built in 1799. It is a member of the Relais & Chateaux collection of upscale hotels and inns.

 

The interior of Homestead Inn is beautiful. Theresa, one of the proprietors of the inn, brought her extensive interior design experience to create an ambience that is classic New England with pops of artsy pieces from her globe-trotting personal collection.

 

Locals all talk about Theresa’s decorating for the holidays.

 

The gardens surrounding Homestead Inn are just as lovely. And the porch is a perfect place to take it all in on a quiet summer evening.

Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant

The restaurant, Thomas Henkelmann, is a major draw for both locals and tourists. This French restaurant, named after the other proprietor of Homestead Inn, is the epitome of fine dining in Greenwich.

 

The Thomas Henkelmann menu is full of such creative fare as halibut, sweetbreads, roasted duck, or rack of lamb. The menu is befitting of a chef trained in some of the finest establishments in Europe. It’s the place to go for a special occasion or anniversary dinner.

Attractions Near Homestead Inn

One potential drawback for some to Homestead Inn is its location.

 

While still close, the bottom of Greenwich Avenue is only a 5-minute cab ride from Homestead Inn. The walk from the Inn to downtown Greenwich is about 20 minutes through Belle Haven, under I-95 and along the MetroNorth train tracks, so take the cab.

Delamar Hotel Greenwich Harbor

Delamar Hotel Greenwich Harbor is the flagship hotel of the Delamar brand.

 

Greenwich Hospitality did a fantastic job of updating what was a motel that had seen better days into the boutique hotel visitors enjoy today.

 

This waterfront hotel on Greenwich Harbor (as its name implies) is the only option for waterfront lodging in Greenwich.

 

They have been so successful at this location that they have expanded operations to other locations in Connecticut and around the country. You can stay at a Delamar hotel in Southport, a neighborhood in Fairfield, CT, or in West Hartford.

Amenities at Delamar Hotel

Guests at Delamar Hotel consistently enjoy the amenities that only a luxury hotel can offer.

 

While all guest rooms are beautiful, aim for a room with a harbor view. The rooms labelled, “city view” simply look out on an uninspiring street.

L’Escale Restaurant

A Provencal-inspired dining facility occupies much of the first floor of the Delamar Hotel.

 

L’Escale Restaurant serves fine dining in an elegant atmosphere. It’s perfect for brunch or lunch, as well as dinner.

 

I send guests that have dinner plans elsewhere on Greenwich Avenue here on a nice summer night. Their waterfront seating area is perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail.

Delamar Spa

The Delamar also hosts a small, boutique spa offering typical treatments like Swedish massages.

Attractions Near Delamar Hotel Greenwich Harbor

The Delamar Hotel has a great location.

 

The Bruce Museum is close-by, and the bottom of Greenwich Avenue is an easy 5-minute walk. It’s the same distance to the Greenwich train station from the hotel.

 

Our guide to downtown Greenwich mentions all the restaurants, shops, art galleries, and more you can enjoy within an easy walk of the Delamar Hotel.

The J House Greenwich

The J House occupies the former site of the Howard Johnson in Riverside, Greenwich. It’s situated right on the Post Road, providing easy access to I-95, which runs directly behind it.

Amenities at The J House Greenwich

This boutique hotel focuses on providing a high-tech lodging experience, with little touches like a TV embedded in the bathroom mirror and rooms controlled from a console. The Japanese talking toilets with heated seats are still the talk of the town, years after this hotel opened.

Tony’s at the J House

Tony, manager of the restaurant at the J House, is well-known in town. He came here from a restaurant in downtown Greenwich that has since closed.

 

We have guests that return to Greenwich and stay with us just so that they can enjoy a meal at whatever restaurant Tony is working. There’s no question he is a personality that will delight your dining experience.

J House Pool

Like our pool, the J House pool is outdoors. Their pool has the added benefit of food and bar service. Depending on the day, it can be a great place to relax.

 

Overall, The J House Greenwich has a distinct vibe from other hotels in Greenwich. It’s ideal for those looking for a more lively atmosphere than what’s found at other Greenwich hotels.

Hyatt Regency Greenwich

A major chain hotel like the Hyatt Regency Greenwich opening in the mid-1980s felt like it put Greenwich on the map.

Amenities at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich

Occupying the former headquarters of Conde Nast Publications, the Hyatt Regency has a lovely exterior and some impressive features inside.

Indoor Atrium and Gazebo Bar

One of the first things you’ll notice when you enter the hotel is the beautiful indoor atrium. With gorgeous tropical plantings and indoor rivers, it’s worth a visit just to check it out, especially in the winter months.

 

Stop into the gazebo bar and relax with a drink next to an indoor waterfall. But just one, as this place can be pricey.

Restaurant

Locals used to enjoy the Sunday brunch at the Hyatt’s restaurant in the atrium, but they appear to have stopped offering it well before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Parking at the Hyatt

Former guests have often complained in reviews that the Hyatt charges an $18 per day fee for self-parking. All other hotels in Greenwich (including Stanton House Inn) offer free off-street parking.

Pool

The Hyatt Regency Greenwich has an indoor pool.

Attractions and Restaurants near Hyatt Regency Greenwich

The Hyatt Regency Greenwich has a decent location if you have a car.

 

It’s right on the border between Greenwich and Stamford, and it’s parking lot overlooks I-95, with an entrance ramp closeby. That said, the Old Greenwich train station is a 25-minute walk, and the Stamford train station is a 30-minute walk from the hotel.

 

The hotel is also about the same distance from downtown Stamford, and would theoretically be an hour and a half walk to downtown Greenwich.

 

There are several good Old Greenwich restaurants near the Hyatt Regency, though, like Lugano.

Luxury Hotels in Greenwich, CT

Before I can answer questions related to luxury hotels in Greenwich, I suspect I ought to give some sort of definition.

What is a Luxury Hotel?

plate at a restaurant at one of the best greenwich ct hotelsLuxury is overused in the hotel industry. Most 4 and 5-star hotels use the term to describe themselves now.

 

Stanton House Inn, without on-site amenities like a restaurant or spa, is the only lodging establishment in town that is rated 3-stars. That means that theoretically every hotel in Greenwich is a luxury hotel.

 

Some define luxury hotels based on the decor, the service, the amenities offered, and more. The best definition I’ve seen, although it’s still admittedly vague, is:

 

“Luxury is when I get exactly what I want, when I want it, and how I want it, before I’ve actually asked for it.”

 

Based-off of that description, I would only describe the Delamar Hotel Greenwich as a truly luxury Greenwich hotel.

What about Greenwich hotels that allow dogs?

dogs on a bed at one of the pet friendly greenwich ct hotelsAll hotels in Greenwich, CT, are pet friendly:

  • Homestead Inn
  • Delamar Hotel
  • The J House
  • Hyatt Regency

Contact your pick to find-out particulars and make sure that you get a room that is pet-friendly. The Delamar Hotel has a floor of pet-friendly rooms, for example.

 

On that note, if you’re not personally pet-friendly, make sure you confirm that your room isn’t on said floor.

Which hotels in Greenwich have pools?

outdoor pool at stanton house inn, one of the greenwich ct hotelsThis list is slightly shorter than the one above.

 

Of the hotels in Greenwich, only 3 have pools:

  • Stanton House Inn
  • The J House
  • Hyatt Regency

Which hotels and inns have outdoor pools?

The only Greenwich hotels with outdoor pools are Stanton House Inn and The J House.

What about Old Greenwich Hotels?

There is only one hotel in Old Greenwich, the Hyatt Regency. The J House is close-by, in Riverside, Connecticut.

 

RIP Harbor House Inn of Old Greenwich.

Which Hotels are in Downtown Greenwich?

There are 3 hotels in downtown Greenwich, Connecticut:

  • Stanton House Inn
  • Delamar Hotel Greenwich Harbor
  • Homestead Inn

What’s the closest Marriott hotel to Greenwich?

For those loyal to a given national brand like Hyatt, some visitors to Greenwich will prefer to score some points from their visit, or use points to cover their stay.

 

No shame in that!

 

The closest Marriott hotels to Greenwich are in Stamford and Rye, NY, respectively.

Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa

This hotel near downtown Stamford is right by I-95. When they were closed during the Covid-19 pandemic, they left certain guest room lights on to form a heart on the side of the building. It was a heart-warming sign for much of Stamford and drivers on the highway.

 

As befits a hotel close to downtown Stamford, Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa is convenient to the train station and the Stamford shopping mall.

Courtyard by Marriott Rye

The Courtyard by Marriott Rye is right on the Port Chester, NY, border and close to I-95. Guests love the indoor pool and staff.

Courtyard by Marriott Stamford Downtown

As the name suggests, this Courtyard by Marriott is in the middle of downtown Stamford. Its location is walking distance to the restaurants on Summer Street and Bedford Street. And Mill River Park and the Stamford branch of UConn are a 5-minute walk away from Courtyard by Marriott Stamford Downtown.

What other choices are there for Hotels in Stamford, CT?

Staying in Greenwich while visiting the area isn’t for everyone.

 

When the vibe of Greenwich doesn’t work for a potential guest, or when the price point of Greenwich hotels doesn’t match a travelers’ budget, we often recommend hotels in Stamford, Connecticut.

 

It’s the city next door, and there are way more hotel chains with many more rooms, so prices are generally lower than the limited availability in Greenwich.

 

Aside from the Marriott hotels I mentioned above, some other options in Stamford include:

Great, you’ve made your choice from the list of Greenwich, CT, hotels. Now what?

Hopefully, you know the place that’ll be perfect for your next getaway to Greenwich, Connecticut.

 

But there’s more to a trip than simply picking a hotel or inn.

 

Make sure that where you’re staying is close to what you’re planning on doing while you’re here.

 

Download a free Visitor’s Guide to Greenwich, Connecticut, for a list of attractions, activities, and things to do in Greenwich. It has everything you need to plan your trip, including a guide to hotels and inns.

 

If you’d rather stay in downtown Greenwich, specifically, check-out our in-depth guide to downtown Greenwich.

 

We hope you enjoy your stay at your new favorite Greenwich hotel!