Bee & Thistle Inn and Spa

100 Lyme Street , Old Lyme, CT 6371 USA (Show map)


Built in 1756, The Bee & Thistle Inn is a Georgian style landmark listed on The National Register of Historic Places. 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.




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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Great inn and dining!

5 on August 06, 2016

We have made the Bee and Thistle a stopover from Cincinnati to the Cape for six years and always love it! And great to be able to call in our dinner this year when NY traffic did not cooperate! The Ruddy's.

Relaxing Stay

5 on July 14, 2016

I had a wonderful stay, the staff were all amazing an attended to any needs. Dinner was incredible! I look forward to my next visit!

Bee & Thistle Inn

4.4 on June 22, 2016

Nice B & B... Worth the visit

Lovely Weekend Stay

4.6 on December 21, 2015

We had a very nice Afternoon Tea and Saturday evening dinner. Also a very nice room with a fireplace. The bar is quite noisy on a Saturday evening, so if you have a room on the second floor above it, don't plan on going to bed before 11:30.

Nice but noise from restaurant until late.

3.6 on November 02, 2015

This B&B was nice. Clean rooms and breakfast was very good. But the noise, loud talking and laughing from the downstair restaurant, could be heard in our room until 11:30pm. when the people decided to leave or go to their rooms for the night.

Long time favorite!

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!

My Bee

4.8 on October 16, 2015

Excellent service and great food.

For the lovers of antiques, and superb service

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.

Great getaway.

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.

Excellent service

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

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Rooms & Rates

Room 1

A spacious bedroom with a queen four-poster bed, two armchairs, and private bath with a walk-in shower and a flameless fireplace; overlooking the front property and the Japenese chestnut tree.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 5

Has a queen four-poster bed, plush armchair, private bath with a walk in shower; overlooks the sunken English garden.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 8

Has a queen four-poster bed, flameless fireplace, private bath with a walk-in shower; overlooks the front property and the Japenese Chestnut Tree.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 9

Has a queen four-poster bed, quaint seating area, and a private bath with a walk in shower; seasonal views of the Lieutenant River.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 10

Has a queen four-poster bed, seating area, full bath, views of the front property and the Chestnut Tree,

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 11

This room has a queen four-poster bed, seating area, and private full bath; overlooking the back property.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 2

A spacious bedroom with a queen four-poster bed, gas fireplace, private full bath, and quaint seating area;overlooks the front lawn and the historic Japanese chestnut tree.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 3

A spacious room with a four-poster king-size bed, private full bath and large walk-in closet; overlooking our south lawn.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type

Small town


Hartford, CT (BDL-Bradley Intl.) 75 miles

Directions to property:

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.

Area Attractions

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

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Spa, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Bath robes, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Ironing Board, Parking, Spa, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Hairdryer, Radio, Telephone, Turndown Service

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited 16 years and older
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: First night deposit required at time of booking
  • Cancellations: If you find that you need to cancel your reservation, we need to have a minimum of 10 days notice in order to refund your deposit minus a $10 surcharge. Any cancellation with less than 10 days notice will be refunded only if we are able to rebook the room.
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David Rufo (owner), Hayley Miller

Languages spoken


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  • Time Served: 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

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