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Danford's Hotel & Marina
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Port Jefferson
Certificate of Excellence
Lancaster, PA
Level 6 Contributor
712 reviews
123 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 524 helpful votes
“Nice but why no free internet?”
Reviewed January 27, 2009

We were very surprised at how nice these rooms were. All were recently updated. The waterfall shower was especially nice. But I get quite upset when hotels try to charge for room internet access!! Plus they did not even have a complimentary hotel PC for us to use.

  • Liked — Shower
  • Disliked — no free internet access
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Decatur, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2009

a group of friends arrived from all over for a wedding in early november. we had 4 or 5 rooms in the cute cottage buildings and walked all over the pedestrian friendly town. our room was on the 3rd floor, steep steps are tough on my sports knees, but it was a lovely king suite, with couch area for our friends to come by and visit. the wedding recepetion was onsite, we had a fabulous time, ate well, and loved the fireplace in the lobby. we walked about to a bakery, a vintage shop, had a pedicure, and a fabulous fresh juice bar. its all right there by the water and very scenic when the leaves are changing colors. the wedding buffet, dinner, and brunch were outstanding. loved it!

  • Liked — location in pedestrian friendly village by the sea
  • Disliked — steep steps
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with friends
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Boston
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed December 23, 2008

Danford's has really been spruced up. Rooms are scattered across a half-dozen medium sized buildings in downtown Port Jeff, right on the harbor.

Front desk staff were relatively indifferent to our needs and service at breakfast was a bit slow.

We had to walk to the third floor through a complicated hallway arrangement to get to our room, but it was a great value for $99/night, which presumably reflects the depths of offseason. Nice linens, lighting, bathroom (excellent showerhead), window treatments, alarm clock. Internet access is $10/night - ugh.

On an earlier visit we had dinner at the main restaurant and were pleased with the food, the service, and the wine list.

We would definitely recommend Danford's over the other choices in the area.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Front desk staff attitude
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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Brooklyn, New york
1 review
Reviewed November 14, 2008

My company has been booking our sales meeting at Danfords for the past three years and we had always been satisfied in the past. After returning to the hotel this year we were al presently surprised. The quality of the rooms were upgraded 200% and outfitted with all of the latest ammenities you would find in a quality hotel. I was very comfortable, being a big guy a substantial mattress is important. The pillow top beds were great.
We will definately be booking next year, the attendees seemed to really enjoy the lounge and new restaurant. A much more contemporary feel that matches the new rooms. Between staying up late in the lounge and sleeping on the new beds, a few of us were late for our meetings. I will probably return to this hotel in the summer time with my wife to really enjoy the hotel and the town. From what I'm told this is quite a busy area in summer. We'll see.

  • Liked — The beds and the showers!
  • Disliked — It was a little spread out
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
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Floral Park, NY
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 27, 2008

I wish I would have known......
Balcony offers no semblance of privacy. From the pictures it looks as though your balcony overlooks the waterfront directly. What you don't see is that there are a row of buildings infront of you at ground level, and a parking lot. This means that people from the parking lot are looking right at you, and people walking through the row are able to see you overhead.

The Hotel, is actually a collection of quaint little buildings, separated from the main office, and the resturant. The entrance to the room you may be staying in, could be on the "street side", over a store, or over another hotel ammenity. Actually, your room can be across the street over the other buildings in the village area. Ours was over the hotel spa, and under a bunch of party animals. The floor creaked, doors banged, music vibrated the walls.

The website says that there are premium channels in the room. There aren't. There is basic cable. No dvd player.. plan on entertaining yourself in the room.. =D

Dinner at the Wave (the hotel restaurant) was disappointing. Our steaks were charbroiled on the outside and dry on the inside. They were served with a little flower on top... awwwww. The lobster tail was absolutely delicious.. served with some heated oil that was supposed to mimic butter? No soup, or salad. It cost 65.00. each for just the "Surf and Turf". I have had better meals at Red Lobster, and it included the damn salad... lol. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind spending that kind of money on a good meal.. but this meal was like Sizzler, trying to be Tavern on the Green, and failing miserably.

We wanted to order room service at 10:30 am.. and was told that we could not order any food until 11:30... which was brunch. So we wound up getting dunkin doughnuts.

The room was beautiful. Unfortunately no bath tub.. but the rain shower was amazing. I want hubby to install one right away. We had the king size suite.. so there was a semi private sitting area, as well as the bedroom area. The bed was cozy, everything was clean. There was a mini refridgerator, a coffee maker.. and the hair dryer was full sized and worked well. There is no smoking in the room, however you can smoke on the balcony. There is a place to deposit your cigarette, however no ash tray .

Despite my complaints we do want to come back. The view was awesome, the shops in the area were nice to explore.. The overall feel of the place was pleasant. Next time.. we will have our meals at one of the local restaurants (there are many to choose from). Bring some of our own coffee, creamer.. and mugs (they leave you one packet of reg coffee and one of decaf. and two cups). We will attempt avoid rainy weather so as not to be stuck in our room. We will also try to get a private balcony preferably on the 3rd floor so as not to be disturbed by creaking floors and music.

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — The noise and lack of privacy
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Hoboken, New Jersey (NYC)
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 20, 2008

Everything about Danford's was great--from the furnishings and amenities to the pleasant staff. One of the staff members, Nicole, went out of her way to make our stay special, first by upgrading us to king rooms and then leaving a note and a bottle of champagne in my parents' room for their 49th anniversary. We were even put in a separate building--the Galley Building--across the street, which was at first disappointing, but once we got inside we were impressed. My parents' room, even from across the street, had a view of the water. We didn't eat in the restaurant, Wave, though it sounded lovely because we wanted to experience the town of Port Jefferson. For dinner we went to Ruvo East, which was a wonderful Italian restaurant--good food and bustling with happy customers and pleasant staff. The hostess recommended a cafe, Toast, for breakfast, and that too was perfect--a small, eclectic cafe/wine bar with great food and service.

  • Liked — Room design
  • Disliked — Had to pay for in-room internet service
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
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Pueblo, CO
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Reviewed October 7, 2008

Wow, what a wonderful vacation. We stayed there Sept. 24th thru the 29th, 2008 and we have no complaints. The hotel had undergone a recent renovation which was tastefully done. The room was beautifully decorated and the bed extremely comfortable. We had a beautiful big screen TV and a refreshing "rain" shower. The view from the room of the L.I. Sound was beautiful. Just so relaxing sitting on the balcony watching the boats/ferries do their thing.

The grounds of the hotel were kept immaculate with beautiful flower baskets and planters everywhere.

We were treated with a very friendly welcome and we found that all of the staff were very accommodating and quick to respond to whatever our needs may have been.

The restaurant at the Hotel was absolutely delicious. We ate breakfast there almost everyday and they have a wonderful buffet selection as well as egg omlets made right there with whatever you want. The dinner menu had wonderful gourmet selections. The both nights we had dinner there, we enjoyed every bit of it - from appetizer to dessert.

The town of Port Jefferson is a great town to walk around in and shop with lots of restaurants as well. It's also conveniently located close to the beautiful wineries of L.I., which I highly recommend visiting during your stay.

We really recommend Danfords Hotel & Marina - you won't regret it - your stay will be wonderful. Ours certainly was!!

  • Liked — My room with the view of the Sound
  • Disliked — Stairs
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Danford's Hotel & Marina
Address: 25 E Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777-1259
Location: United States > New York > Long Island > Port Jefferson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Port Jefferson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Danford's Hotel & Marina 3.5*
Number of rooms: 86
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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