The inn is available as a large private guesthouse or by individual room on a bed and breakfast basis. All of our ten guest rooms are adorned with elegant accents, each individual in design. Therein you will find fine linens, down pillows and a private bath. The Bee & Thistle Inn's spa is a retreat from the chaos and the fast paced world. Designed to specifically provide you with calm space to relax, escape and recharge from your daily life. While you relax as our guest, there are many pleasant diversions just minutes away. You can choose from local museums, galleries, musicals and plays or enjoy our beautiful English gardens. The inn is a perennial favorite thanks to its outstanding New American cuisine and upscale hospitality. It has a well-earned reputation as one of Connecticut's most romantic spots along the shore.
4.4 on October 24, 2015
We were greeted on arrival by Tosh - as ever - who checked us in, escorted us to our room, took care of our baggage, made our dinner reservations, and did everything possible to make us comfortable. Our visit was entirely pleasant - in line with both our memories and our expectations!
4.8 on October 16, 2015
Excellent service and great food.
3.6 on September 28, 2015
This is definitely an Inn for those that like antique chic. Our room was nice, but filled with antiques that don't lend themselves to comfy lounging. The bed was great but the couch was a more formal sitting area vs actual utility for sitting and relaxing. However that is more than made up for by the beautiful home downstairs. If you are a more private vacationer, it may not appeal to you as much. The service was TOP NOTCH. Over the top attentiveness and pristine responsiveness.
3.0 on August 30, 2015
We went for a mid week stay . The desk clerk let us check in a hour early the room was cozy. We ate dinner there also, the food was good the only thing holding back a glowing review was the side dishes with the main course were bland and the waiter was a tad inexperienced. He dissaperaed quite often. We also were crammed in a small table with two other tables when there were plenty other tables. But the food was very good. The breakfast the next day was awesome. ! It was self serve but very very good fresh squeezed juice hot coffee crisp bacon the chef made sure we new were to sit & apologized for not having a staff member to help us. Again the service issue holding back a star there again. The place was clean but we noticed minor matience issues, loose tiles in sitting room peeling wall paper in our room unpolished brass in the bathroom ect all small things that again took away the fifth star. The place has such a excellent reputation these issues surprised us . But we had a wonderful stay.
3.8 on August 19, 2015
Stayed recently for a brief overnight stay- arrived late and the staff could not have been more helpful.From the reception to lounge to dining room all staff were courteous, professional and had great customer service skills. All in all a great stay in a historic setting - looking forward to returning. Doug
3.6 on June 29, 2015
Dinner was excellent. Breakfast was rather disappointing. Needs to be kept hot longer and selection, of cold cereals would be welcome. More selection of bread or rolls would be nice (a better toaster is seriously needed). As usual, the staff was friendly, and most helpful. They very much help to make the stay enjoyable.
5 on June 09, 2015
We had a wonderful return to the Bee & Thistle over Memorial Day weekend. We had not been back since our wedding at the inn two years before. We were so warmly greeted by the staff and made to feel very special. Great to see Tosh, Jack, Chris and the team. There is something really special about this place--the beautiful grounds, the mix of historic character and modern art, the great food and fun lounge. It feels special but unpretentious. A perfect weekend!
4.8 on June 09, 2015
We discovered the Bee a few years ago, loved it, and it became our wedding venue. We have been going ever since. This was our 3rd visit and it always feels like home. There is always a new element of surprise-whether its the decor, the featured local artists or something delicious on the menu, the Bee never disappoints. Our massages were great, the weekend was so relaxing. The entire experience is capped with the wonderful hosts and staff. Can't wait to go back.
5 on May 11, 2015
My wife and I wanted a quick weekend getaway (we only live in East Haven). We checked in and were greeted by a delightful staff. We took a ride up the road and took in the scenery and killed some time before our reservations. When we came back we changed and went into the bar area for a drink before our reservation time. We were treated to cocktails made by a mixologist who truly is a master at his craft. We were seated in a room with a décor that was unique and fitting for the Inn itself. The food was absolutely phenomenal. Living so close to New Haven, we pride ourselves as pseudo-foodies and this Chef and the menu could stand up against any of the restaurants in New Haven. We are looking forward to going back, much sooner rather than later.
5 on May 02, 2015
Such an amazing Inn!! I went for a night to relax with my boyfriend, and it was exactly what I wanted... Staff was friendly and invited, the room was comfortable and relaxing. We made a beautiful memorie we will never forget. Looking forward to visiting again soon....
This Spacious bedroom has a queen four-poster bed, two armchairs, and bath with a walk-in shower. It has a decorative, flameless fireplace. It overlooks the sunken English garden, our spacious front lawn with the historic Japanese Chestnut tree.
This guest room has a queen four-poster bed, gas fireplace, and a full bath. It has two comfortable wingback chairs, which make it a perfect place to unwind. It overlooks the front lawn and the historic Japanese chestnut tree.
This Room includes an enormous, plush king size four-poster bed, upholstered armchair, walk in closet and full bath. It overlooks the north lawn containing numerous bronze sculptures by Andrew DeVries.
The room has a queen four-poster bed and overstuffed chair. The bath has a walk in shower. The room overlooks the sunken English garden and has seasonal views of the Lieutenant River.
This guest room has a queen four-poster bed, love seat, and bathroom with walk-in shower. It has a decorative, flameless fireplace.It overlooks the front lawn with the historic Japanese chestnut tree and the sunken English garden.
This room has a queen size four-poster bed and walk in shower. It has a sitting area with two armed chairs. It overlooks the sunken English garden and has seasonal views of the Lieutenant River. Also views our herb, vegetable, and flower cutting garden.
This room has an impressive queen size four-poster bed, oversized and overstuffed comfortable armchair and a full bath. It has views of the north lawn which include numerous bronze sculptures by Andrew DeVries.
This room has a queen four-poster bed, full bath. It overlooks the north lawn, our boule court and sculptures by Andrew DeVries.
Hartford, CT (BDL-Bradley Intl.) 75 miles
Traveling Interstate 95 North, take Exit 70. Turn left at bottom. Go to second traffic light and turn right onto Halls Road. Go to end of Halls Road and turn left onto Lyme Street. Inn is third building on your left. Traveling Interstate 95 South, take Exit 70. Turn right at bottom of ramp. Inn is third building on your left. From Hartford, travel Interstate 91 south to Route 9 south. Follow Route 9 to end, get on Interstate 95 North. Stay in right lane, go over bridge and take Exit 70. Turn left at bottom of ramp. At second traffic light turn right onto Halls Road. Follow Halls Road to end and turn left onto Lyme Street. Inn is third building on your left.
Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery
Historic Inn, Spa, Boutique Hotel
Air conditioning, Bath robes, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Ironing Board, Parking, Spa, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi
Alarm clock, Hairdryer, Radio, Telephone, Turndown Service
Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian