A bunch of friends and I stayed here for 1 night as an alternative to staying on the Foxwoods property itself. As the Bellissimo's advertising says, "it's the closest hotel to Foxwoods" (at about 3.8 miles away or about a 5 minute drive). One note if you are booking last minute (i.e., a day or two before you are going to stay there), don't bother trying to book online and just call the hotel directly. For this particular weekend, the Bellissimo website showed that the hotel was booked solid, but when calling, they seemed to have plenty of rooms.
As a previous reviewer mentions, the exterior of this hotel bears a striking resemblance to a Hampton Inn. However, upon entering the lobby, it becomes immediately clear that it's a Hampton Inn that has been over-decorated with faux Italian murals and marble statues, giving it a sort of "cheesy" quality to it. Though, once you get past the cheesiness of the decorations, the hotel lobby itself is quite clean and well arranged (and on par with a Hampton Inn, Marriot Residence Inn, and other similar types of hotel). The free Continental breakfast buffet is also on par with breakfasts at the Hampton Inn and other similar hotels (with bagels, toast, cereal, and waffle-makers for fresh waffles).
The rooms themselves are also clean and well arranged. Each room is equipped with a flat screen TV. While there aren't any premium channels (HBO, Showtime, etc.), you do get a fair variety of all the major network and cable channels. (And odds are, most people staying here will be in Foxwoods gambling, so it's perfectly fine.)
The most surprising thing were the beds, as we all found them to be very comfortable. Coming in, I had low expectations and was figuring on an uncomfortable mattress and your typical thin "hotel" bed sheets. Instead, we were all pleasantly surprised to find comfortable mattresses and bedspreads. While these may not be at the same level as a Westin Heavenly Bed, they are certainly MUCH better than one could reasonably expect.
As for the bathrooms, they were also quite clean. The only things to note are that the regular rooms do not have bathtubs, but just shower stalls. (I'm not sure about the more "deluxe" rooms, but all of our rooms had shower stalls.) This is certainly not necessarily a bad thing, as I don't think I've ever taken a bath in a hotel bathtub, but it is a key point to note. The other thing to note is that based on the way the lighting is arranged in the bathroom, the shower stall casts a pretty deep shadow over the toilet, so the toilet is in the dark even when the bathroom lights are on. Again, not a big deal, but it does make it a little difficult to read. ;)
The free shuttle service offered by the hotel is well organized and convenient (it runs every half hour). When we were there, the hotel was using two different vehicles as the shuttle service, a regular stretch limo and a stretch SUV limo. Both vehicles were very clean and the drivers were very friendly and helpful.
All in all, we found the Bellissimo Grande to perfectly fine hotel and a great alternative to staying at Foxwoods itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bellissimo Grande is a luxury boutique hotel offering 164 well appointed suites located just minutes from Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Mohegan Sun, Mystic Coast and Country, and the sandy shores of Rhode Island. The Bellissimo Grande also features a Roman-inspired indoor pool, The Spa at the Bellissimo Grande and a fitness room. For your convenience, the Tuscany Lounge and Bistro are also available on a predetermined schedule to make your stay most enjoyable. The hotel offers room service and a coffee bar brewing Starbucks Coffee daily. All suites include access to in-room movies, in-room safes, wireless internet access, hair dryers, iron and ironing boards, coffee makers and 32" LCD television. A choice of either a Tempurpedic mattress or a Pillowtop mattress is available upon your request base on availability. All of the Venetian and Presidential suites offer a two-person Jacuzzi spa. Some Presidential Roman suites offer in-room fireplaces. Complimentary limousine service to and from Foxwoods Resort Casino is available on a predetermined schedule. We want you to enjoy the ambiance of Italy in this luxury hotel. The hotel is perfect for romantic getaways, bus tours, golf groups, corporate retreats and wedding blocks. The Bellissimo Grande is conveniently located off I-95 exit 92. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bellissimo Grande North Stonington