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Bee and Thistle Inn and Lounge

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100 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371
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new york city
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39 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a very nice place to stay for one night as a base to explore some of the local towns. My biggest complaint was that the woman behind the desk who checked us in was not very helpful or warm at all. I would expect more anywhere, but certainly at a small inn. I was also very disappointed in... More 

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Lac-Superieur, Canada
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

We stayed overnight at this lovely inn . Very New England, very comfortable, The staff were so welcoming. Dinner and breakfast were excellent. I never expected the food to be so good. Try the 3 chocolate bread pudding. We has a three course dinner with a bottle of wine for $75/couple. I will look forward to returning. ( PS no... More 

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Thank joylindsay
BeeandThistle, Manager at Bee and Thistle Inn and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear joylindsay, Thank you for your great review. We work hard to please our guests and we are so glad to have exceeded your expectations. We continue to offer the "$75 dinner for two" special every Thursday, and on Wednesdays and Sundays we have live music as well. We look forward to your next visit ..... may I suggest you... More 

Framingham, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

Delightful 1 night stay at this charming, comfortable Inn. Welcoming staff, room upgrade (thank you), happy hour, fabulous dinner food, nice breakfast and a tote bag with water and fruit on departure! Would definitely recommend.

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Thank arfur64
BeeandThistle, Manager at Bee and Thistle Inn and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear arfur64, We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again soon. Thank you for the recommendation. More 

Hartford, Connecticut
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23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

I’m addressing the Bee & Thistle as a place to eat and drink. The atmosphere of the Inn is fabulous; cozy and friendly with a superb staff and lots of comfy places to sit for a while. The bartender, Jack, is a true professional, a surprising master of the craft for one so young. My wife and I always enjoy... More 

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Thank BartenderMichael
BeeandThistle, General Manager at Bee and Thistle Inn and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear BartenderMichael, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. What you expressed about the 'Bee' being comfortable and relaxed is exactly what we strive for. We want our guests to feel like they are at home and can leave their everyday stress at the door. We have to agree that we're very lucky to have Jack as... More 

Woodmere, New York
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177 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

this is such a lovely, historic inn. Staff members are the nicest people and the décor and ambiance of the inn and it's property are beautiful. The buffet breakfast was very nice and the dinner in their restaurant was outstanding. Art abounds with a museum and gallery within walking distance but also within the inn. There are no TV's, which... More 

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Thank peggyvb
BeeandThistle, Manager at Bee and Thistle Inn and Lounge, responded to this review

Hi Peggyvb, thank you for your nice review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Bee and we hope to see you back soon! More 

CT
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61 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

Came with a friend. We only entrées and a drink. Service excellent. Very friendly waiters..... The hostess was chatting in the office when we arrived and had to be called to greet and seat us. Atmosphere..... A bit stuffy to be honest. Drinks were nice. The food was amazing.... Very tasty and well prepared. The only thing that let mine... More 

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Thank ctbrit
BeeandThistle, General Manager at Bee and Thistle Inn and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear CTBrit, Thank you for telling us about your visit. We strive for warm, gracious yet unobtrusive service which I'm glad you experienced. We have found a different way to warm our dinner plates so next time you visit hopefully that won't be an issue. Hope to see you soon! Best Regards, Tosh Perkins More 

Stonington, Connecticut
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48 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

Charming old Inn with delicious contemporary cuisine. Perfect for a special occasion. Service is friendly and not too formal. I loved the lamb. My wife loved the salmon. We will definitely return to this lovely Inn and restaurant.

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Thank Dapper1
BeeandThistle, General Manager at Bee and Thistle Inn and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear Dapper1, Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your last dining experience. We'll look forward to your next visit! Best Regards, Tosh Perkins More 

Asbury Park, New Jersey
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49 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We stayed one night, on our way to visit family for Christmas. We had a very private experience, as we were the only guests! Beautifully decorated for Christmas. The restaurant/bar was closed, but we had a lovely breakfast. We enjoyed touring the Florence Griswald house and museum next store (highly recommend!). We'd love to return someday to sit at the... More 

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Thank JerseyShoreGma
BeeandThistle, Front Office Manager at Bee and Thistle Inn and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear JerseyShoreGma, We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope that you had a lovely Christmas and we enjoyed having you as our guests. Our Restaurant is unfortunately closed Mondays and Tuesdays, but we would love to have you during the week to enjoy our delicious drinks and menu. Happy New Year!! Warm... More 

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47 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

The inn itself is adorable, very clean, and elegant. The food was quite good and there was a lot of attention to detail. When we checked in they were chocolates and chilled champagne and while we were out, they snuck into our room and left cookies by our bedside table. On weeknights they have happy hour where beer was three... More 

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Thank Fairfield-ARF
BeeandThistle, Front Office Manager at Bee and Thistle Inn and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear Fairfield-ARF, Thank you for your kind review. We try our best to assure that our guests have an enjoyable stay with us. So glad to hear that you were able to enjoy the charm of Old Lyme, the museum is definitely a great place to get lost in and learn about the history of our town. We always have... More 

Redlands, California
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105 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We were spending the weekend at one of the most gracious Inns we have ever experienced...this on the Connecticut coast, and a blustery October day took us up to Old Lyme and the Florence Griswold Museum. As we pulled into the parking lot my wife inquired "didn't we stay there once..." pointing to the lovely inn next door...the Bee and... More 

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1 Thank BenDillow
BeeandThistle, Front Office Manager at Bee and Thistle Inn and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear BenDillow, We are thrilled to hear that you both had a great stay with us. The Florence Griswold Museum it amazing this time of the year, and with the colors changing in the trees it makes for a wonderful scenic back drop. We always want our guests to make memories with us here at the Bee, and make it... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Breakfast
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Free Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Concierge
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Bee and Thistle sits nestled on five acres bordering the Lieutenant River, in the township of Old Lyme, Connecticut. The Inn is available as a large private guest house or by the individual room on a bed & breakfast basis, daily, weekly, or monthly. All of our nine guest rooms are adorned with elegant accents, each individual in design. Therein you will find fine linens, down pillows and a private bath. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bee and Thistle Inn and Lounge

Address: 100 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Location: United States > Connecticut > Old Lyme
Price Range: $227 - $297 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bee and Thistle Inn and Lounge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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