Vintage couches and a marble lobby belie the low nightly price tag of Hotel Duncan (1151 Chapel St., New Haven, 203/787-1273, www.hotelduncan.com , $78–109), located a block away from Yale . It’s the oldest hotel in the city—a fact that can occasionally show in small details—but overall adds an authentic charm to the place. Rooms on the top floor have outstanding views.
Located smack downtown and close to just about everything, New Haven Hotel (229 George St., New Haven, 203/498-3100, www.newhavenhotel.com , $100–140) is both convenient and quiet. Rooms offer good perks (from data ports to free newspapers), and the property’s health club includes a pool.
A Touch of Ireland Guest House (670 Whitney Ave., New Haven, 203/787-7997, www.touchofirelandguesthouse.com , $130–150) sits just on the cusp of Yale’s campus—and that’s hardly its only convenience. The rooms come with fireplaces and a full gourmet breakfast; the inn houses a lovely sun room and offers fax and Internet service.
A quick drive to the Connecticut Wine Trail, The Inn & Vineyard at Chester (318 West Main St., Chester, 860/526-9541, www.innatchester.com , $135–190) sits on 20 acres of quiet rolling lawn, and houses 44 immaculate rooms furnished with canopied pencil post beds, orthopedic mattresses, and several with fireplaces.
The rooms are part colonial-era cuteness, part modern-era comforts at Farnam Guest House (616 Prospect St., New Haven, 203/562-2843, www.farnamguesthouse.com , $99–225). A glance around includes restored armoires and writing desks in sunny, pretty rooms, whereas a night’s stay also includes an enormous breakfast your appetite won’t soon let you forget.
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Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale (155 Temple St., New Haven, 203/772-6664, www.omnihotels.com , $180–220) is the luxury choice for its health club, rooftop restaurant, function space, and scads of business services (including a business center).