I am a happy veteran of the former, more rustic Madison Beach Hotel. My many stays there over the years always provided a tranquil chance to relax and unwind. The fully renovated Madison Beach Hotel still provides that--no change! It is far more upscale than it used to be with prices to match. The comfort level is quite a bit higher as a result and the personal service is great. We did feel, though, that for the prices we paid there were a few missing amenities. The beach is lovely and the lounge chairs are comfortable but if you want to use any of the equipment, i.e. kayaks, paddleboards, or bikes, there was a fairly steep hourly charge. At nearly $400/night for the room, that extra fee felt like they were "nickle and diming us". Also, the nightly turn-down service included a bottle of water -- I hate to sound picky, but shouldn't those be readily available all day along with, perhaps, coffee and tea in the lobby? I will say, though, that when my husband went down to get an iced coffee at the bar in the mid-afternoon, the bartender comp'd him unsolicited, which was very nice and seemed appropriate to us. So why not just have some version of that available for all to enjoy? Speaking of the bar, they pour very good and generous drinks, and we had three meals at the restaurant and enjoyed every bite! The food was fresh, inventive, and delicious. Yes, I would go again, when my budget allows, to enjoy the peace and quiet that this beautiful area offers. I hope they have found a way to make the value somewhat more genuine -- a little bit would go a long way.
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- Along a curve of the Connecticut coastline,with a clear view across the widest stretch of Long Island Sound, stands the Madison Beach Hotel, Connecticut's only hotel, resturant, banquet and coference faciltily located directly on the beach. The Madison Beach Hotel is undergoing a transformation and will re-open as a world class, luxury hotel in 2011, a casually elegant boutique resort with a traditional New England beach front ambiance. ... more less
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