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Premium bedding, individually decorated, individually furnished
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Premium bedding, individually decorated, individually furnished
Premium bedding, individually decorated, individually furnished

Bee and Thistle Inn

3.5 out of 5

4.5/5 Wonderful

Guests rated this property 4.7/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Business Services

Explore the area

    Popular LocationFlorence Griswold Museum1 min walk
    Popular LocationLawrence & Memorial Family Medicine13 min walk
    Popular LocationFerry Landing State Park4 min drive
    AirportNew Haven, CT (HVN-Tweed - New Haven Regional)37 min drive

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  • Room Four

    5/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 195 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Double Bed
    More detailsRoom Four
  • Room Five

    5/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 195 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Queen Bed
    More detailsRoom Five
  • Room Seven

    5/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 133 sq ft
    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Double Bed
    More detailsRoom Seven
  • Room Nine

    5/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 210 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Queen Bed
    More detailsRoom Nine
  • Room Ten

    5/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 249 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Queen Bed
    More detailsRoom Ten
  • Room Eleven

    5/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 179 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Queen Bed
    More detailsRoom Eleven
  • Room Eight

    5/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 255 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Queen Bed
    More detailsRoom Eight
  • Room Three

    Room amenities

    • 338 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 King Bed
    More detailsRoom Three
  • Room One

    Room amenities

    • 280 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Queen Bed
    More detailsRoom One
  • Room Two

    5/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 325 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Queen Bed
    More detailsRoom Two

About this area

Old Lyme

Located in Old Lyme, Bee and Thistle Inn is in the historical district and on a river. Essex Steam Train and Ocean Beach Park are local attractions and those in the mood for shopping can visit Tanger Outlets and Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets. Childrens Museum of Southeastern Connecticut and Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art are also worth visiting. Guests appreciate the inn's quiet location.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Florence Griswold Museum - 1 min walk
  • Lawrence & Memorial Family Medicine - 13 min walk
  • Ferry Landing State Park - 4 min drive
  • Yale New Haven Health Old Saybrook Medical Center - 5 min drive
  • Connecticut River Museum - 9 min drive

Getting around

  • Old Saybrook Station - 8 min drive
  • AirportBradley Intl. Airport (BDL) - 60 min drive


  • The Chestnut Grille — 1 min walk
  • Peck Tavern — 5 min walk
  • Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe — 15 min walk
  • La Marea Ristorante — 4 min drive
  • Ashlawn Farm Coffee — 5 min drive
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About this property

Bee and Thistle Inn

Romantic inn with free breakfast and restaurant
Along with a restaurant, this inn has a bar/lounge and coffee/tea in a common area. Free full breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include massage/treatment rooms, concierge services, and free newspapers. All 10 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and room service. Other amenities available to guests include premium bedding, free bottled water, and free toiletries.
Bee and Thistle Inn offers 10 accommodations with complimentary bottled water and complimentary toiletries. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Beds feature premium bedding. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.
Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. There are massage/treatment rooms and couples treatment room(s). Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages, and facials. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking on site
  • Onsite parking is wheelchair accessible

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast available daily 8 AM–9:30 AM
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar
  • Room service available
  • Coffee/tea in common area(s)

Things to do

  • Spa services


  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • No elevators

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Turndown service
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English

Business services

  • Meeting rooms


  • Garden
  • Picnic area


  • Aromatherapy
  • Couples treatment room(s)
  • Facials
  • Massage - deep-tissue
  • Massage - hot stone
  • Massage - Swedish
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Treatment room


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • Designated smoking areas
  • Fireplace in lobby

Room amenities


  • Premium bedding


  • Free toiletries

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Turndown service



Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 9 AM - 9 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 9 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children 16 and younger are not allowed at this property; All guests older than 16 are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards

We should mention

This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties
Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Children 16 years old and younger are not permitted at this property

Property is also known as

Bee & Thistle Inn
Bee & Thistle Inn Old Lyme
Bee Thistle Inn
Bee Thistle Old Lyme
Bee And Thistle Hotel Old Lyme
Bee Thistle Inn Old Lyme
Bee Thistle
Bee and Thistle Inn Inn
Bee and Thistle Inn Old Lyme
Bee and Thistle Inn Inn Old Lyme

Frequently asked questions

Is Bee and Thistle Inn pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much does it cost to stay at Bee and Thistle Inn?
As of Jan 25, 2021, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Bee and Thistle Inn on Jan 26, 2021 start from $169, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
How much is parking at Bee and Thistle Inn?
Self parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at Bee and Thistle Inn?
Check-in begins at 3:00 PM.
What time is check-out at Bee and Thistle Inn?
Check-out is at 11:00 AM.
Where is Bee and Thistle Inn located?
Situated in the historical district, this spa inn is within a 15-minute walk of Florence Griswold Museum and Lawrence & Memorial Family Medicine. Ferry Landing State Park is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.
Rating 5 - Excellent. 55 out of 84 reviews
5 - Excellent 65%
Rating 4 - Good. 18 out of 84 reviews
4 - Good 21%
Rating 3 - Okay. 7 out of 84 reviews
3 - Okay 8%
Rating 2 - Poor. 4 out of 84 reviews
2 - Poor 5%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 84 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

3/5 Okay

Traveled with family
Happy face iconLiked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
I was billed twice for my final payment. First when I checked in and then when I checked out.
Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2019

5/5 Excellent

Happy face iconLiked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Lovely Inn and staff was very friendly and helpful. Dinner was beyond excellent!
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2019

2/5 Poor

Traveled with partner
Sad face IconDisliked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Bee and Thistle was a huge letdown for us. The outward appearance of the property and grounds are very nice . The rooms however are a different story. Dark, dreary and desperate for deep cleaning and coat of fresh paint in cheery color. The bathroom is almost unusable. Small , dirty, shower that barely functioned. The bed was very uncomfortable , pillows etc. The owners need to give this place an overhaul. The dinner experience was also bad. A server touched our food with bare hands in front of us. We could not get coffee until 8 am so we had to go to a convenience store . 😭
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2019

5/5 Excellent

Happy face iconLiked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 1 night in Jul 2019

3/5 Okay

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Sad face IconDisliked: Staff & service
Lovely area, the hotel could improve in some areas
Overall we would have to say that this hotel was okay. Nothing special but also not horrible. It is a beautiful house that has a lot of charm to it. The grounds around the house are also nice to walk around. We had only a couple issues, though to us they were important. We knew we were going to arrive late, and called the day before to let them know. They contact us via hotels.com and informed us that if we arrived after 9pm then out keys to our room would be in the basket outside the front door. Easy enough. Well, when we arrived, around 11:30pm there was no key in the basket and no phone number to call. Luckily, the last restaurant worker was leaving, making sure the front door was locked, and saw us arrive. They were kind enough to open the door, find out key in an envelope that was inside the house (not helpful) and showed us our room. Definitely not their job, but they did it. Which was very nice. Unfortunately that was the last of the good customer service. The following day no one said hello, gave us a welcome talk or provided us with information. When we went to ask the front desk person didn't know the answers to most of our questions. The second issue was the bed, after two nights sleeping on it, our backs started to hurt. Could use better pillows as well. However, otherwise we really enjoyed our visit to Lyme, the sites and the beach. It is a lovely area to explore.
Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2019

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