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“Not for us” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of By The Sea Inn and Spa

By The Sea Inn and Spa
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By The Sea Inn and Spa
Ranked #5 of 5 Branford B&B and Inns
South Wales UK
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93 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Not for us”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2009

The pertinent part of the name is "Spa." The inn being very much the secondary part of the business.
On arrival we were warmly greeted at the Beauty Parlour by two young receptionists/ beauticians.
We were then taken on a journey through a labyrinth of dark corridors and stairs passing public areas which were used by clients of the Beauty Parlour until 8pm.
Our room was spacious and clean. The decor tended towards floral drapery, neither classic nor contemporary, more claustrophobic and dark.
The "balcony" outside the room afforded a view of clients having their feet attended to in a treatment room.
The breakfast area was cosy. Four people would have been a crowd. Mismatched mugs sat on a badly painted dropleaf table.
Breakfast was of the self serve variety from the basic supplies in the fridge.
If your taste is for the quirky things in life this may appeal to you.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Traveller_S-WalesUK
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2008

What a wonderful place! We enjoyed our stay thoroughly. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We walked up to the Branford green where we were surprised to find quite a few delightful restaurants, some shops to browse in and park benches to relax on. Prices were reasonable for the area. We loved our couples massage. I think next time we will book additional spa services since their spa is well renowned. Even though we are from CT. we were new to exploring the shoreline area. We will make this an annual mini summer vacation!

  • Stayed July 2008
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank stiltsCT
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New Jersey
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36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2008

Our 3rd trip to the Inn and also our last. While the Inn itself is nice with a comfortable enough bed and decently appointed room, we we felt totally dismissed by the staff of the Inn. Though the guide clearly states that breakfast is from 7:30 - 9:30, we were told that our 7:30 request for coffee was out of the ordinary. The next morning, the coffee machine was on, but no coffee had been made, as the person setting it up had forgotten to put coffee in the filter. Luckily, they left the folgers out, so we could make our own. For $160 a night (in february) our breakfast at a Bed and BREAKFAST was cereal. That's it. I waited around till 9 convinced that someone would be coming it with at least a bagel, but alas, cereal.
Had a great meal at petit cafe the night before, so the trip wasn't a bust, but we will not return to Inn by the sea.

Stayed February 2008
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Additional Information about By The Sea Inn and Spa

Property: By The Sea Inn and Spa
Address: 107 Montowese St, Branford, CT 06405
Location: United States > Connecticut > Branford
Amenities:
Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Branford
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
By The Sea Hotel Branford

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