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Thames Inn and Marina
Ranked #1 of 1 Groton B&B and Inns
Reviewed 13 July 2013

The motel is right on the water and in a quaint small town . The staff all make you feel special and genuinely happy to see you . Plenty to do in town and the surrounding areas . We love to stay in these mom and pop type of motels rather than the gimme your money chains . We had such a good time that we have already planned our next stay just before the leaves start to fall . We have been visiting the area for the last 30 years and this was the best . Museums , parks , beaches , hiking , biking all near by . Plenty of good seafood and eateries within waking distance or take a ride along the water to other areas . We met the whole staff from the top on down and everyone was great . You can sit on the dock over the water or take a boat ride . Get there early in the morning if you can and you have your choice of fun things to do before checking in . Don't miss out next time your in the area .

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

Motel is undergoing renovation - do not be put off by a first impression.
Location is great - right on the Thames with great views of New London and the harbor.
The motel has its own dock if you happen to travel by boat (we didn't).
The Owner/Manager Stephanie is extremely enthusiastic, helpful and friendly.
Our room (102) included a fully equipped kitchenette which we did not expect.
The room was very clean.
This place is quite basic and in transition, however it is excellent value, especially being on the river and just a few miles from Mystic. And Paul's Pasta is a great dinner place literally next door.
For us this was a much more pleasant stay in a fun and characterful local place than in one of the cookie cutter (and more expensive) interstate-side chain hotels.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

Last summer we brought our 74' topsail schooner to Groton & New London to participate in New London's Tall Ship OpSail 2012 and had the pleasure of staying at the Thames River Inn for 2 weeks for some much needed R&R.
Located right on the Thames River, this charming property, which recently completed an extensive renovation, provided wonderful accommodations for our crew (we rented both one of their kitchenette suites and a room with 2 double beds.) The rooms were large, comfortable and extremely clean.
And, the river views (especially at sunset) were breathtaking. We really enjoyed watching all the boats go up and down the river (including tugs, sailing ships and the submarines being launched from the nearby base.) For those who don't have their own boat, there are plenty of charter boats available that take passengers for day sails and sunset cruises on the Thames River.
Our crew also enjoyed the generous hospitality provided by the owner John, on-site property manager Mike and the rest of the staff. They went out of their way to make sure that our crew and their needs were taken care of.
As we did not have a car during our stay, we found that most everything we needed (including several great restaurants) were within walking distance of the Thames Inn and Marina. When we wanted to explore New London (just across the Thames River) all we had to do was take our dinghy (about a 5 minute ride) and tie it up at the public docks, next to the train station.
We are already planning our next visit to the Thames Inn & Marina for next summer and recommend it to boaters (and non-boaters) who are looking for a smaller, quaint riverfront motel.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

I am learning to stay away from Hotel Chains that are common to me more and more and I am sure glad I did this time too. What a beautiful little place right on the marina and their sunset...so quiet and peaceful. Rooms were perfect, bathroom absolutely clean...loved the kitchen, spotless....In all, my main reason for writing this was to tell you about one certain gentlemen who's hospitality was warm and genuine.....he was the best and deserves more than just a few comments....Mike, you are wonderful at what you do to make anybody's stay there a marvelous experience....You couldn't have been more accommodating with your guests in supplying all their needs. What a blessing you are and I am sure glad I picked Thames Inn....One little side note, the restaurant a few doors up<Paul's Pasta>was amazing too....

Room Tip: Each room had their own little charm. That's all.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

Well the staff was friendly. The rooms left much to be desired at the price we paid. The hot water was there sometimes. The room was clean. Curtains to keep out the morning light and outside lights would be nice, sheers don't cut it! I guess you could call it quaint? It needs a lot of work, but it could be a great property. Never did find the remote for the TV, and have no explanation why a picture came off the wall while we were out, exposing the breaker panel. Would I stay here again, NO NO NO NO.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

The room we get was convenient and perfect for your needs. We really appreciated the confort of the bed and the kitchenette. We made our meals there and we also appreciated to have access to the laundry. The room is air conditionned. But the best thing there is the beautiful view on the Thames river, the sunset are just great. Mike was our host and he welcomed us warmly. He was always available to ask us if we needed something and to offer his help. I defenitely recommand the Thames Inn and I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Elaine S
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Reviewed 7 February 2011

For all you travelers wether it is business or pleasure This place is great!! Debra Cindy Lynn and rest of the crew.. were incredibly hospitalble and professional. Came down with a bug during my business stay and they bent over backwards to make sure I was ok and comfy.. It was a snowy and icy week and they had the parking lot cleared 200 percent of the time....Nice Quaint town perfect location ....access to everything..Clean Clean Clean.
Well equipt kitchen... and Awesome King Size bed.....was suppose to stay one week I stayed 2 because of their professionalism!!!! Will see you soon, When I have to go back to Groton
Thanks Again!!!!
Lisa

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Thames Inn and Marina

Address: 193 Thames St, Groton, CT 06340-3630
Region: United States > Connecticut > Groton
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Groton
Price Range: £57 - £115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Thames Inn and Marina 2*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
**UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT AS OF JUNE 1st, 2010** Debra, former manager of the Rocky Neck Inn & Suites in Niantic, CT, is working with new management of Thames to renovate this waterfront gem. Please see reviews of the Rocky Neck Inn for the past year (July 2009-May 2010) for a preview of what's to come! ... more   less 
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