The Danfords includes eight separate buildings next to the harbor and the rooms can vary significantly. It can be a 3-star to a 5-star experience depending on the room type and room location.
If you don’t like hearing a ferry’s air horn every hour, avoid the Danfords. But, I love it. Port Jefferson truly has the feel of an active port village.
If you want the 5-star port village experience, request a room with a private balcony and a harbor view.
If you have mobility issues or you are annoyed having to walk outdoors to your room then request a room in the Admiral (A) building which houses the hotel’s lobby, bar and restaurant. The buildings are in alphabetical order as you move further away from the A building. The Beacon (B) is the closest followed by the Captain (C), Driftwood (D), and Edgewater (E) buildings.
The Jetty (J), Galley (G) and “1897” buildings are on the other side of East Broadway and may have odd views of the neighbors’ backyards. Avoid these buildings if you care about your view.
The rooms in buildings B, C, D, and E are somewhat similar. Half will have views of the harbor, while the other half will have more respectable views of the village compared to the J and G buildings.
The E building has several “village view” rooms that actually have good views of the harbor from their 2nd story balcony entrances. If reserving the cheapest rooms, I totally recommend requesting the 2nd floor of the Edgewater (E) building because you can sit outside your room on a semi-private balcony and enjoy a somewhat good view of the harbor and village. But, if you end up on the 3rd floor, be sure to request another room since you’ll have to climb many stairs and may not have any kind of balcony view. But, the 3rd floor does have a suite on the end, which has one of the most secluded and private balconies overlooking the harbor.
For $7/day, the Danfords will give you a hangtag to park in the municipal lot near the hotel. While the lot is right next to the A, B, C, D, and E buildings, each spot is public paid parking. On weekend evenings, the spots will fill up. If you venture out by car, prepare yourself: you may have to park a few blocks away in a municipal lot.
I recommend venturing out by foot. There are many restaurants and shops within 5 blocks. In the evening, Port Jefferson will have many grown-ups and families walking around, but the village is also popular among local teenagers (think of your local mall on a Friday night). This is not the Village of Southampton, but it does have great charm. In my opinion, it is the best place to stay on the North Shore of Long Island. If you like to get around on foot or bike, it simply a great place to stay.
There are two intangibles that make staying at the Danfords and Port Jefferson special to me:
First, the continental breakfast is served in the restaurant, which has great views of the ferry loading area. When departing on the ferry, one can just wait while eating danishes and drinking coffee until the next ferry arrives. You don’t have to rush because you’re parked about as close as possible to the drive-on entrance. We usually drive up 15 minutes before the ferry departs, which cuts down on the “hurry-up and wait” that often occurs when one is trying to catch a particular ferry.
Second, Port Jefferson is far enough east that you can find low-traffic routes to the south shore and entirely avoid the L.I.E. and the Sunrise Highway. But, it’s not so far east that you have to choose between the truly rural North Shore or the truly expensive South Shore.
I was reluctant to write such a positive review because I do not want others to consider this gem of a hotel/location. In fact, I suspect that a few of the negative reviews are regular Danfords guests that want to keep the crowds and newbies away.
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- Surrounded by spectacular views of Long Island Sound and nestled in the heart of historic Port Jefferson Village, Danfords Hotel & Marina offers the finest accommodations with contemporary comfort and style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Danfords Hotel And Marina
- Danfords Hotel Port Jefferson
- Danfords Port Jefferson