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Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

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Hotel Contact:
2 Bridge Street
Old Saybrook, Connecticut 06475
United States
Main: 860-395-2000
Email: Email Hotel Sara Sheiffele
Director of Sales: Sara Sheiffele
Website: www.saybrook.com
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Chain Independent
Opened 1989
Renovated 2015
Guest Rooms 100
Kings/Suites/Doubles 66 / 21 / 19
Room Rates High $219 - 289 Low $189 - 249
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
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Max Group Size 240

Fees/Taxes

Resort Fee $0
Room Tax 15%
Sales Tax 6.35%

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 3,132ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 6,534ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 6,534ft²

Airport Proximity

Bradley International Airport
60 min 55 miles (89 km)
T.F. Green
67 miles (108 km)

Business:

Business center; complete audiovisual capabilities; free Wi-Fi.

Recreation:

Spa; health club with steam room
sauna
indoor and outdoor pools
whirlpool
and fitness center; free shuttle to train station and Main Street; on-site marina; complimentary bicycle rentals; outdoor bar; and Fresh Salt restaurant.

Nearby:

Harvey’s Beach
Fox Hopyard Golf Course
Fenwick Golf Course
Old Saybrook Antiques Center and Essex Saybrook Antiques Village
General William Hart House
Fort Saybrook Monument Park
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Connecticut River Museum
Nathan Hale Schoolhouse
Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
and Florence Griswold Museum
as well as miniature golf
vineyards
fishing
and boat charters.
Onsite Dining: Capacity
Fresh Salt
110

F&B Averages:

Breakfast Buffet $23 Cont. $15
Lunch Buffet $28 Plated $28
Dinner Buffet $55 Plated $49
Coffee Break N/A
2-Hour Open Bar $20
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Room Name Total Square Meters Room Size(meters) Ceiling Height (meters) Total Square Feet Room Size (feet) Ceiling Height (feet) Classroom Theater Banquet 10 Reception Conference U-Shape H-Square 10 x 10s
Ballroom 291 N/A 2 3,132 N/A 9 144 210 300 280 80 72 78 0
Ballroom A 82 12.5 x 6.4 2 886 41' x 21' 9 48 105 80 80 38 36 36 0
Ballroom B 82 12.5 x 6.4 2 886 41' x 21' 9 48 105 80 80 38 36 36 0
Ballroom C 71 8.8 x 6.4 2 762 29' x 21' 9 45 70 60 60 32 24 30 0
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Old Saybrook, like Cape Cod but without the traffic jams
Posted July 7, 2014
Who knew?
I’ve lived in Connecticut for nearly 20 years and am just now discovering more of what The Nutmeg State has to offer.

Take Old Saybrook, a pretty, historic town at the mouth of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound, equidistant (about 100 miles) from Boston and New York, just short drive from outlet malls, the glitz, concerts and gambling at Mohegan Sun and about 45 minutes from Mystic with its famous aquarium and living history museum. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy isn’t far either.

Not only is it one of the oldest towns in the state, but its history goes back to 1635 when it was first settled by a company of English puritans. Yale University was founded here in 1700 before moving to New Haven 18 years later; Katharine Hepburn summered across the cove in Fenwick as a child and had a home here until she died.

For more than 150 years, this has been a popular spot for boaters, bikers, beach goers, and fishermen. Another journalist likened it to Cape Cod without the hassle of getting there and I see what he meant. We went out with Captain Graham Nicholson for a cruise on his motor yacht Real Escape; he points across the Sound to Long Island.

We drove up to check out the brand new Three Stories annex at the 82-room Saybrook Point Inn & Spa overlooking the marina. The upscale hotel (rooms typically start at over $300 a night), condos across the street and now the new Three Stories has been owned by the Tagliatela family since 1980 when they bought the run-down property and began to renovate what originally had been an inn at the end of the 19th Century and then a large hotel and entertainment spot complete with helipad attracting movie stars like Frank Sinatra and politicians like Edward Kennedy before it closed. It took years for the family, prominent in the construction business in New Haven, to get the permits and to rebuild the property.
“My mother wanted a beach cottage,” Stephen Tagliatela said. “My father bought this instead.” The couple did have their beach cottage, though, in what is called The Lighthouse Suite on the pier. Today it is coveted by vacation goers and brides and grooms who marry here because it is so unique, looking like a small lighthouse with its water views.
Three Stories, with eight rooms, two public spaces, porches and gardens is designed to be used by those looking for a quiet getaway as well as groups and multigenerational families who are booking the entire space, Stephen Tagliatela said over breakfast.

Originally, it was built in 1892 as the home for William Vars, a railroad engineer. At one time, the train ran by his house. A wood carving of Vars—made from a dead tree—stands in homage in the garden. Today, you can take Amtrak to Old Saybrook. There is a room named for Stephen Tagliatela’s mother, Mary, who is now over 90 and stays here every weekend and for Margaret Buckridge, who with her husband John were lighthouse keepers here at the end of the 19th Century. At one point, these waters were filled with ships and riverboats. But because of the shifting sandbar at the mouth of the, large ships could not navigate up the river to Hartford, Springfield MA and other towns. That’s why Saybrook overlooks the only major river mouth in the country without a city—luckily for us.Today the Connecticut River (the longest river in New England) is just one of the country’s 14 Heritage Rivers and home to all varieties of birds—egrets, herons, ospreys, bald eagles and more. The pilings outside the Inn have been carved with birds, fish and other wildlife that make this river home—the Beaver was my favorite.The Inn is more a place to getaway without the kids, though they’d have plenty to do here (let’s not forget the indoor and outdoor pools!) We certainly enjoyed the Sanno Spa as, I learned, many locals do, and dinner overlooking the marina at Fresh Salt where we were served up local fish and oysters prepared with herbs from the on-site garden; salad and veggies come from nearby farms.Tagliatela hopes Three Stories, which is completely handicapped accessible and – like the rest of the property is very eco=friendly, will become a place where families and friends come to kick back and reconnect. I’m already thinking of coming back—for the ice carving in January. Each room is slightly different though equally sumptuous—think fireplaces, fine linens, large bathrooms and balconies–named for a well-known local. We stayed in the Steffie Walters room. For many years, she and her husband, Austrian immigrants, owned the popular Dock and Dine restaurant next door to the inn. Later, she sold over two acres of shore line to the town to preserve it; Today kids can play mini golf on holes that include a lighthouse (there are two here), a fort and town hall. Walters is still alive at 101.We stayed across the hall from the Katharine Houghton Hepburn room, named for Katharine Hepburn’s mother who was a leader of the suffragette movement and helped to found Planned Parenthood.
Three Stories at Saybrook Point Inn
Posted July 7, 2014
For more than a decade, on his way in to work at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, Stephen Tagliatela would walk by Marie Clark’s house. Built in 1892 on Saybrook Point, where the Connecticut River meets Long Island Sound, the grand old Victorian Italianate residence was crumbling before his eyes. One year, when he took Christmas cookies to Clark, he saw that cracked windows were letting the weather inside. Then the garage collapsed.

But Tagliatela also saw that the building had good bones and that it was an important part of his town’s history, having been built by William Vars, a railroad engineer and prominent member of the Old Saybrook community. Tagliatela, a third-generation innkeeper and a co-owner of Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, saw a business opportunity as well. Tagliatela purchased the house and, in May, after a years-long process of planning, building, and refurbishing, the old Vars-Clark home has been renamed Three Stories. It is being operated as a luxury inn ideal for wedding parties, executive retreats, and family reunions.

As Tagliatela gives a tour of Three Stories, he points out the gardens, which are designed so that lawn mowers and leaf blowers will not disturb visitors.
“No mowing, no blowing, we’ll just be out here deadheading the flowers,” he says.

A rooftop cistern gathers rainwater to be used for irrigation. The decorative support brackets, corbels, and balustrades that make the house so visually distinctive are exact models of the original elements reinvented in PVC castings to better withstand the weather coming in off of the Sound.

On the ground floor there is a small professional-quality kitchen along with several common areas. The bedrooms, two on the first floor and the rest on the second and third floors, are individually designed and packed with features like European bedding, flat-screen televisions, whisper-quiet air conditioning, showers with multiple shower heads, bubble tubs, and heated bathroom floors. Each has its own private balcony. The common areas are furnished with comfy chairs, a regulation-sized billiard table that doubles as a massive table and a Bluetooth-enabled music system that allows guests renting out the whole house to entertain with their personal iTunes collection. Local artwork adorns the walls and gardens.

But if Three Stories includes all the best of what is new, Tagliatela seems most proud that it features the best of all that is old as well. Each bedroom is named after a prominent local resident, including William Vars, the original owner of the home; Fitz Dibble, the ice man who made deliveries house-to-house; Anna Louse James, an African-American pharmacist who ran James Pharmacy in Old Saybrook; and Katharine Hepburn’s mother, a suffragette who was also a co-founder of Planned Parenthood. Each room is designed in a way that is feminine or masculine, depending on its namesake, and a wall and bookshelf are dedicated to artwork and items the individual might have wanted or liked. Dibble’s bookshelf includes a pair of heavy-duty antique ice tongs and an oil lamp. Hepburn’s room includes pictures of her famous daughter.

As Tagliatela walks into a large second-floor bedroom he says, “This is my mother’s room.” The room is named for Mary Tagliatela, who as a young girl worked in her family’s grocery store chain business, and later worked with her husband Louis to build the family’s construction, health club, and hospitality businesses.

“So, she’s 90 and she still comes in on the weekend to work,” her son says. “And when she’s not here, she’s making phone calls. She worked with my father … and cooked three meals a day for us and raised three children,” including Stephen’s sister Tricia, and brother Louis Jr., who also work in the family business. “We walked through during construction and she looked at all of the rooms and she said, ‘This is my room.’ And I said, ‘Why is this your room?’ And she said, ‘So I can keep an eye on you.’” He points out the window. “That’s where I live,” he says, laughing.