Travel Blogs from Mystic
... that has happened I'm not on the winding down of this crazy experience and I am almost ready to come home and start my life fresh with some additions which have been there through all of this and have waited almost 3 months. People know who they are. This is going to be a short one so I do apologise its half 11 and I'm shattered after playing a full staff basketball 5 on 5 game for most of the evening. Until next ...
... back towards Groton. After grabbing a quick bite to eat, Alex and I went to the local movie theater to watch the movie "Planes 2: Fire and Rescue". It was a cute animated film that he has been telling me for weeks that he wanted to see. We were one of the only 3 families in the theater,
After the movie, I finally got to resolve a big bone of contention: Alex had wanted to go swimming in the hotel ...
Houston, we've got a problem. Graduation is looming overhead in 5 months. I have a fully packed bleacher of people rooting on my future endeavors telling me "YEAHH YOURE GOING TO DO STUFF!" And the occasional "DANI DANI DANI, WITH THE NICEST FANNY" (American definition of fanny, not English you wonderful, twisted *****) that mom has been destroying my social repertoire with since 3rd grade organized sports. Now that the "Friday night lights" ...
We arrived to the sleepy fishing town of Mystic early evening and after settling in at our motel we walked to the historic centre. Having been in NYC and Boston prior to this, Mystic's tranquility was very accommodating and as we wondered along the riverside encountering a few seafood shacks on the way the sunset was mesmerising. The sky's rapidly changing colour was having a humbling effect on the crystal river water and made for ...
... by 70%
in the last 10 years alone. The African Penguin faces extinction in the wild.
The penguins at Mystic Aquarium are helping their relatives across the world. Mystic Aquarium sends its staff to South Africa each year to work with wild African Penguins. Working with ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Days Inn Mystic
Great place--Friendly staff
We stayed at Days Inn because Foxwoods had no room on this particular Friday night and our usual B&B was full--4th of July holiday weekend.
We got a very reasonable rate using the internet and asking for the Best Rate.
To my surprise, it was a very pleasant stay. We had two rooms booked--one smoking and one non-smoking. They have arranged it right because the smoking rooms were in the last of the three sections which meant that we did not have to walk through the smoke filled hallway of the smoking section of the hotel. Two sections of the hotel were all non smoking rooms. Our room had a king size bed, a loveseat, a desk and chair, a set of dresser drawers and a TV, at least one night stand, a refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker, an ironing board and iron (a must for me). In order to fit this in though the bathroom was small. The bathroom was clean had a full tub with shower and plenty of clean new looking towels--a plus. The sink and mirror along with the hair dryer was on the wall outside the bathroom. Again space is a premium. The bed was very comfortable and the room was very clean with a very good air conditioner.
I visited my mom's room in the smoking area and found her room was just what was requested. Two queen beds, etc. on first floor not too far from the doors. Mom is older of course. Her room was very clean. They had already perked coffee when I arrived which made me feel good because they felt comfortable in their room. The lighting in the area was excellent. Even though the website advertised a deluxe continental breakfast, I was pleasantly surprised. Not just with the food but the fact that they had two people tending to the tables and to the food to make sure that things did not run out. Waffle mix was already premeasured in cups next to a waffle maker, several varieties of bagels as well as toast and english muffins, as well as a large assortment of condiments for the toast and bagels. Near the juice machine (3 kinds) was a station with assorted separate packages of cereal (much better than the stations with containers of loose cereal), several selections of oatmeal. In the area with the fresh fruit, which kept being replenished, I found hard boiled eggs. The wait staff kept replenishing the coffee and anything that got low. I would give them an A plus for the service at the breakfast area as well as the whole front desk staff. The pool had lots of people at it. It is an outdoor pool but we were too busy to be able to use it. I would definitely use this again and recommend it. The place had families there so I would say it is good for familes as well.
Good, Cheap Hotel...
We recently stayed at the Days Inn in Mystic and would have little trouble recommending it to others. The room was clean, the staff friendly, and with a free breakfast (including self-made waffles, cereal, bagels, donuts, and the rest), it's pretty tough to beat it for value. We don't travel a lot, but it was perfectly fine. The only complaint was a noisy heater/AC unit in the room. Bed was a little too bouncy, but not really uncomfortable, just different than home. :) Offsetting that was the cleaning person who came running out to our car just before we left with a T-shirt that we had mistakenly left on a towel rack in the bathroom. The pool was very nice and clean and there were plenty of (small) towels when we went. *Very* close to both the aquarium and Olde Mistic Village (nearly walking distance depending on your feet). Only a short drive to the Seaport. Only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because... well... it's a Day's Inn.
Great Hotel For the Price
We stayed at the Days Inn in Mystic, CT 27 April 2005 for one night. We booked the suite with jacuzzi, which was a little over $100 a night. The suite was very large and the jacuzzi was great! The room was tastefully decorated with nice colors. The room offered a small fridge, coffeemaker and microwave. A delux continental breakfast was included, which was very good too. We had plenty of towels and plenty of hot water. The bed was king size and very comfortable as were the pillows.
I did see a regular room that runs $48.00 a night, and it was just as nice as the suite we had. The breakfast is also included in this price.
I would stay at this hotel again! It was a great price and what we got for the price was very good.
the hotel is clean. the towels are new. The continental breakfast is a good one, in this
busy location. Halls are well lit, and there is a
pleasant uniformed security officer who made sure
exterior doors were locked. Management cares
about you here. I'd stay here again.
Great Cheap Hotel with Pool
Stayed for 3 nights in June 2004. Great room. huge bed, bathroom a little small and sink in main room but OK. For $63 a night it was well worth it and the breakfast was good enough to set us up for the day.
Pool is unheated and even in 90 degree heat it felt cold but was excellent way of cooling down and once in you were fine.
Staff were v helpful, receptionist hadn't had time to call cab for us to train station as busy with guests checking out but organised the maintenance man to take us in his mini van. Would recommend
This was my first time at Days Inn in Mystic CT. I live in CT but was going to a concert at Mohegan Sun and didnt want to drive over an hour home. I found this on hotel--- and booked it. When we arrived it was just after 3:00 check in.....was greeted and told about areas for dinner and/or the shuttle for Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods. This was perfect, we didnt have to drive anywhere....When I entered my room.......(smoking).....it was very nice....large bed........very very comfortable, infact that is the first thing I do when I get in a hotel room, I try out the bed. We relaxed and the phone rang it was the great staff asking us if everything was ok........(nice customer service) We picked up the shuttle.......great.....I didnt know that you also get a free buffet and a game of chance on the wheel. We had a wonderful time at the Concert!!!! Simon & Garfunkle.....(great show) we were picked up at 1:00 am....brought to our room......great night sleep.......and a perfect continental breakfast.....plus.......I couldnt ask for a better stay. (Note: I have stayed at Radissons, Sheratons.....and others....including Marriot and the Days Inn bed was by far the most comfortable bedding.).......Thank You Days Inn......I plan on coming back soon.......
Great Weekend June 11, 2004
Stay here if you don't want sleep/can't smell/like bad beds
In my time I have spent some nights in some less than perfect hotels, but never once did I get out of my bed at 6am after a previously long day in order to go find myself a new place to hang my hat for a couple more nights. Read on and feel our pain...
This was a new experience in bad from the word go. The room was booked for us by a person who had never seen the place before but had been told it was good when someone had stayed there 15 years ago. I know, I know, like mama said I shouldn't judge a book by its cover... But when we pulled up to the hotel and saw the faded "Days Inn" sign we both said, "Oh, this is going to be bad, isn't it?". Pulling into the parking lot didn't do much change our minds. The only thing that might have made it worse was to see that the rooms had exterior doors like a motor lodge. One of the 'awnings' overhanging an exterior entrance seemed to be caving in. Chain link and bushes in need of a trim surrounded the pool. Perhaps it was just past due for landscaping...
Checking in - There was one person on duty in the small, motel-esque front lobby which smelled heavily of deodorizing spray one might use to cover up something that died / someone smoking (but does not quite work). Chemical green apples, I would call it. This might not have been so bad if not for the fact that the one person on duty had to answer the phone to take reservations as well as checking everyone in. The line built up quickly with many families and young children who had been in cars for far too long and were looking to spend their energy NOW. When finally we checked in we were even happier to discover that our room was right outside the lobby... Right where everyone was coming and going and we could not even get to it because the hall was plugged with suitcase carts.
Room number 1 - a small handicapped accessible room, just outside the lobby as previously mentioned. Smelled of cigarette smoke and the showerhead was 3 feet off the floor. When we discovered that there was another hook for the showerhead, it was broken. We asked to change rooms so we could bathe.
Room number 2 - another small handicapped accessible room, just outside the lobby on the opposite side of the hall and immediately behind the lobby office. This one had a showerhead that we could move up at least. The nook to hang your clothing in was unfortunately (nothing against the handicapped) also made for someone in a wheel chair. At least lovely room #2 had a couple extra hooks someone had the thought to screw onto a board and into the wall at a higher level if you wanted to hang something long. In room #1 the dress I had brought hung from the low rack and cascaded across the lovely stained carpeting... Augh. At least it made me feel extraordinarily tall!
Furniture - Like its mate, room #2 had one queen bed, a TV center and two bedside tables with a phone and two lamps. Semi-modern 'Sauder' type fare. No coffee machine... I could have used some at that point. No chest of drawers to store things aside from the three that were in the TV center. Hole in the wall covered by an off-white plastic disk. The window screens looked like someone had tried to pry them away to break in. World's tiniest sink with a brown crack down the middle and to take up the available counter space, a tissue box covered in a 'china' enclosure. Bathroom ceiling was a drop type ceiling with rusting hangers. Again, the room smelled of smoke, even the towels in the bathroom smelled just...Wrong... Turning on the AC made things worse. Smelled like something was smoking a cigarette when it died in there. Did I mention this was supposed to be a non-smoking room? Decided to make do with it since we had traveled so long.
World's worst bed - This is by far the worst bed I have slept on. When my husband went to check it out by pushing down on the mattress with his hand you could hear the lovely "boing" from a spring. Perhaps it was coming loose? Well, aside from the sound effects it was hard, you could feel every spring and whenever either of us moved (trying to rearrange to find comfort) the whole thing would move all over, disturbing the other person and making great noises. My husband tried to get a couple more pillows to pad the thing out and make it bearable (the room came with two flat pillows) but was denied. Apparently they didn't have any to give out.
Noise level - Nothing against families with kids, but there were loads of them there that weekend. The hall was very noisy not only from the kids but from the many family reunions that occurred right outside our door (again, being so close to the lobby). At night the staff was constantly in and out of their access door (bang) to go back (bang) and forth (bang) from inside the office to outside to sit and smoke on the front stoop. They were also talking all night long. Can't say I blame them, they needed something to do.
6 am and the Internet - Went hunting for a new hotel since neither of us were sleeping or had slept that night. Tried to consult the wealth of knowledge on the Internet. There were only two outlets in the room. One to the right of the TV center (far away from the table and chair in the room) and one directly behind the bed where all the bedside lights and clock were plugged into a power strip type plug that was not three pronged so... Chose the one beside the TV to plug into and sat on the funky bed instead of at the table. I suppose it was just about as hard as the table anyway! (Do I sound bitter? Good, because I was, and more than that I was TIRED and bitter).
Connected to the Internet at a screaming 26 kbps, not enough to maintain a connection to the net as it kept dropping the line. Managed to get a page of reviews up before we were completely out of luck and found our next hotel on TripAdvisor.com, only a stone's throw down the road and the same price for a much nicer set of digs. See the review under - Residence Inn if you're curious.
Think we just had a bad time? It was a fluke? There were others in the group that had been booked here... They were none too impressed either and asked why we had not warned them before they came down a day later. Checked in and asked to be away from the pool because it was noisy from the aforementioned number of kids. Clerk said, "Okay, no problem!" and promptly shipped them off to a room right across from the pool. Room #2, they were on the opposite side away from the pool. Apparently the rooms on the upper floor are more 'classy'. There was no drop ceiling in the baths of the other two rooms I saw. There were coffee makers - However the coffee maker was so covered in dust they were afraid to use it. The AC units gave off a similar smell to ours. They did not sleep at all from the hall noise and people banging on other people's doors at all hours to have a chat.
Summary - Noise, smoke, noise, bad bed, noise, no sleep... Get a different hotel.
GREAT PLACE at Mid week rate
We thought this place was great for the mid week price of $64.00 on a Thursday. (Chose over Econolodge down street and were glad we did. This was for a Thursday night. We would have stayed Friday as well but rate jumped to $149.. At $149. I would think there are better values. But for less than $75.00 grab this place. It's large but quiet and very nice included breakfast. Too cold to use pool. Bed very comfortable.
Perfect for the price
Recently visited Mystic Days Inn on March 3, found it to be very clean and accomodating. Front desk was very helpful when looking for activities. Continental breakfast was in cozy area and had a variety of items. I would definitely stay there again.
This older motel has been pleasantly refurbished. Rooms are clean and updated. The motel sits on spacious grounds just off the interstate.
The breakfast room is bright and sunny with the standard fare. The property offers exceptionally good value for dollar.