We dined at the table where Sir Patrick Stewart ate and walked the halls where Jennifer Aniston had been. Where is this? The Delamar Hotel and l’escale restaurant in Greenwich. The Delamar has been host to many celebrities over the year as well as plenty of businessmen, travelers, and locals alike and now it was our turn for a visit.
The Delamar Hotel, sitting on the waterfront of Greenwich Harbor, is the realization of a group of visionaries, all Greenwich residents. That vision became a reality by October of 2002: the Delamar Greenwich Harbor opened with a privately owned 82 room boutique hotel with a private marina, spa, and an award winning restaurant. Additional renovations occurred in November of 2013.
The Delamar Hotel and Spa is located at 500 Steamboat with its back to Greenwich Harbor. Whether you arrive by car or boat, you will find the hotel can accompany either mode of transportation.
As one enters this luxurious boutique hotel through a warm and welcoming lobby one no longer believes they are in Greenwich, Connecticut but have suddenly walked into a luxury Mediterranean hotel off the coast of southern France. The lobby and surrounding seating area is furnished in comfortable and richly colored furniture, flooring made by the Solomons vinyl flooring company, beautiful rugs and drapery, and gilt-framed works of art. Your eyes will immediately be drawn onto the magnificent and massive stairs leading to the second floor.
Off to the left of the lobby is the Library where one can relax and enjoy a complimentary coffee or tea in front of a cozy fireplace during the cooler months of the year. During the warmer months enjoy a exceptional glass of wine on the terrace while taking in the views of the harbor. The library contains numerous personal items from the owner’s private collection, including a portrait of his great-grandfather. Other members of the group have added their personal touch to the hotel by contributing artworks from their personal collections to the stylish walls of the beautiful hotel.
Christina Kelleher, Director of Sales, gave us a tour of this elegant boutique hotel including some of the stunning 74 guest rooms and 8 suites. Guests can choose from town view or harbor view luxury rooms. One step the hotel is taking to become “green” is solar heating that the hot water for the entire hotel.
The hotel offers a wide array of complimentary amenities and guest services including:
- Complimentary continental breakfast and European coffee served daily
- Full service spa featuring luxurious treatments by Biologique Recherche and Valmont
- Welcome drink at check-in
- Complimentary seasonal weekend harbor cruises (weather permitting)
- Complimentary Wine & Cheese Reception Friday & Saturday evenings
- Complimentary bicycle rental
- Gas fireplace (suites only)
- Complimentary coffee and tea served all day long in our Library
The beautiful hallways are stylish with their archways that draw your eye to the very end.
The Deluxe Rooms are located on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors of the hotel. These rooms can either overlook the town of Greenwich or a view of the Greenwich Harbor. Other that the view, the other differences are that the harbor view rooms have private balcony, a king-size bed, and a deep soaking tub.
The Belle Haven Presidential Suite is a corner suite on the third floor of the hotel. This suite offers a separate living room with gas-burning fireplace, seating area and dining table. Just off the living room is a powder room and a second full bath in the Master Suite with Jacuzzi tub and standing shower. The Master Suite is also arrayed with king-size bed and work desk. It can connected with a neighboring room for a two-bedroom suite.
The fourth floor of the hotel is known as “Belvedere” Executive Floor concierge level. For a relatively small room price increase ($30 as of this writing) you can stay on the Belvedere floor and enjoy additional complimentary amenities such as: shoe shine, $15 mini bar credit, complimentary continental breakfast, snacks throughout the day, water, soda and juice, evening wine and hors d’oeuvres served on the floor by a dedicated concierge attendant. It’s well worth the upgrade.
The 4th floor Executive Town View Rooms offer views of the town of Greenwich. While the Executive Harbor View Rooms have private balconies providing views of Greenwich Harbor.
The Greenwich Suite located on the 4th floor overlooks the town of Greenwich, Connecticut. This suite has a separate living room and king-bedded room; plus two bathrooms.
For those who have selected the “Romance Package” a bottle of champagne and a plate of cookies will await you in your room as well as a complimentary sherry upon arrival at the front desk.
The One Bedroom Harbor View Suites are also located on the 4th floor with many featuring private terrace that overlook Greenwich Harbor. All of them have a separate living room and king bedded room plus two bathrooms. Additional features unique to these suites is that the sofa can be converted into a bed and a gas fireplace.
We just happened to stay in one of the Harbor View Suites and the view from the terrace was fabulous. Only if the weather had been a little warmer, it would have be a gracious place to sit and enjoy the sunset with a nice glass of wine. The deep soaking tub was great to ease away the stress of a busy day.
By far the best suite at the Delamar is the Executive Presidential Suite located on the southwest corner of the hotel. It offers plenty of sunlight through its many windows. It offers exceptional spectacular views of Greenwich Harbor. This suite offers a separate living room with a gas-burning fireplace, seating area, powder room and dining room. A relaxing Jacuzzi tub and standing shower are located in second full bath in the Master Suite. The bedroom offers a king-size bed and work desk. It can connected with a neighboring room for a two-bedroom suite.
For the fitness minded individuals, the Fitness Room is equipped with modern exercise equipment where you can sculpture your body.
During our stay, we were offered to experience some of the services of The Spa. They offers an array of services including: massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, full body treatments, couples treatments, and waxing. Prior to or after your treatment, be sure to further relax in the peaceful relaxation room.
We selected a manicure with a hot paraffin hand treatment and a pedicure. The hand massage was something I could get accustomed to on a daily basis. The hot paraffin hand treatment was warm and refreshing for the skin.
You start the Pedicure enjoying an upper body massage in the special pedicure chairs while your feet soak in a salted foot bath. As one continues relaxing in the chair, the pedicurist massaged your lower legs and feet using various essential oils and scrubs.
The Delamar Greenwich Harbor is a pet (canine) friendly hotel. For those guest with pets, they can select from a Pet Services Menu that lists special services, such as walking, grooming (at a local groomer), and local pet activities. Your pet will receive a comfortable bed, a personalized tag, a welcome biscuit, and bowls with bottles of mineral water. All dogs less than 100 pounds are welcome with a charge of $50.00 per night; a portion of the additional fee is “donated to Adopt-a-Dog, a local non-profit placement service dedicated to finding permanent homes for many dogs in shelters or private homes awaiting adoption.”
Delamar offers many special packages through the year including the Month of Love (February), Romance on the Harbor, A True Rejuvenation, and The Greenwich Girls Getaway.
Take the time to reconnect. Enjoy time for just the two of you during your stay at the Delamar. You only need each other – we’ll provide an unforgettable setting and all the romantic touches. Valid for any stay any day in February.
The Month of Love Package includes the following:
- Overnight accommodations for 2
- Glass of Port or Sherry at check in
- Champagne on ice in your room
- Rose turn-down
- Continental breakfast for two in the Lobby
- Couples photo-shoot with Classic Kids Photography. Includes mini-session in their Greenwich Avenue studio and one 5×7 print.
- Package valid for stays February 1-28, 2014
After visiting Delamar, one can quickly realize that comfort, luxury, and attention to detail is at the forefront of not only the hotel, but is staff as well.
When you’re ready for dinner, visit the l’escale restaurant on The Delamar Hotel property.
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