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Delamar on Greenwich Harbor

Delamar on Greenwich Harbor

Address: 500 Steamboat Road
Phone: 866-335-2627
Web Address: http://www.thedelamar.com

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THE INN:
What makes a perfect Quick Escape? Great rooms and food are a given, but accessibility is particularly important when you are only going away for 36 hours. The Delamar on Greenwich Harbor is ideally located in tony Greenwich Connecticut, easily accessible from NYC, New Jersey, New England and even Philadelphia. Trains from NYC are quick and easy and you can even bring your yacht (don’t we all have one?) and moor it right outside the hotel at their 600’ dock.

Opened in 2002 after extensive renovations, this absolutely charming 83 room luxury hotel overlooks Greenwich Harbor in a wonderful waterfront setting. A day or two here will leave you relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to do battle on Monday.

The first floor public rooms are elegantly decorated with rich fabrics, beautiful rugs and smart artwork. When I visited in December there was a towering, brightly lit Christmas tree in the center of the lobby. The library, just to the left of the entry is a wonderfully comfortable room with plump couches and chairs, a warming fireplace and coffee and other refreshments available at all times. Just beyond that room is another cozy sitting area overlooking the Harbor. In nice weather the doors are opened to an outdoor patio, perfect for a meal or cocktails.

THE ROOMS:
There is really no point in getting any room other than one with views of the Harbor. Most of these also have a balcony with iron patio furniture that makes breakfast overlooking the Harbor a romantic event in itself. The rooms are spacious and luxuriously decorated in a way that feels more like home than a hotel. My room had a hand painted armoire and headboard, antique end tables, a kind of faux finish beige wallpaper with pale green crown moldings, interesting artwork including a cloth tapestry and metal framed mirrors. The bed was covered in soft Italian linens with down pillows and a down duvet. A flat screen TV, a CD player and a mini-bar with Dean and Deluca treats round out the amenities. The marble bathrooms are also oversized and equipped with coral marble vanities set with a vase of fresh Gerber daisies, iron lamp sconces, a hand painted framed mirror and a deep soaking tub framed in curtains of hand embroidered linens.

THE RESTAURANT:
L’escale is everything you want a hotel restaurant/bar to be; it is almost always open, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the drinks, wine list and food are wonderful and the setting, either inside or on the terrace could not be more conducive to a romantic evening. Cocktails at the Terrace Bar, dinner on the patio overlooking the Harbor and dancing to the Saturday night DJ will surely be one of those “perfect” evenings you’ll long remember.

Start at the bar and try one of the Seven Deadly Virtues cocktails and if you are lucky the delightful Louie will be behind the bar. He will end up being part of the evening’s enjoyment.

When the weather is nice you will certainly want to eat out on the terrace, but the huge stone fireplace imported from France in the chic all white dining room will keep you warm and cozy on a winter night.

The menu is deliciously Provencal with the generous use of fresh herbs, light broths, roasted vegetables and fresh seafood. Start with clams, oysters, shrimp or mussels. Maybe try the onion tart or the charcuterie. I had a terrific pumpkin ravioli with a brown butter sage sauce with pine nuts. For entrees the aromatic bouillabaisse looked fantastic and the Dover Sole was tempting, but I chose the grilled tuna that was cooked just the way I like it…just pink and served with a peppercorn sauce and tomato compote. For dessert, do not miss the black and white chocolate soufflé with pistachio sauce and treat yourself to a glass of port.

The wine list understandably favors France, but also has a good selection of hand crafted, small production wines from all over the world. The list is not long, but there are excellent choices and the pricing is fair.

Appetizers: $10-$19, entrees: $22-$34, desserts: $9-$12. All credit cards. Dress: upscale casual.

THE SERVICE:
Everything seems so effortless that it is not until later that you realize how good the service was. From the efficient check-in (where we were automatically upgraded and they never even mentioned it) to the quick check-out (where we were offered bottled water for the road) the staff was friendly and accommodating yet I never felt it was forced. The front desk escorts you to your room, your room is prepared for the night when you return from dinner and room service arrives when they say they will. Coffee is available in the Library for early risers and there is a full time concierge available to assist in your visit.

THE RATES: Rooms-$399-$549. Suites-$600-$1700. Special Offers from $199. Be sure to check their site.

WHAT OTHERS SAY...
The Hotel
“One of the best new hotels in the world” Conde Nast Traveler
Member-Small Luxury Hotels of the World
The Restaurant
  “Class distinction is alive and well” at this “gorgeous”, “upscale” waterside French in Greenwich’s Delamar Hotel, where “hedge-funders and wannabes” sit outside and “watch the yachts dock” in the harbor in the warmer months, and warm up by the wood-burning stove in the “elegant”, candlelit dining room in winter; the “tasty”, “inventive” fare is served by a “well-trained” staff, though some find it “aloof” and “pretentious”, while others chafe at the “decibel level” and the “bumper-to-bumper” bar scene at night. ZAGAT

WHILE YOU ARE THERE:
The Elemis Spa and Relaxation Room is right on the second floor and offers a full range of treatments including facials, massage and beauty. Rates are a little steep, but hey you’re on vacation. There is also a fully equipped fitness room, also on the second floor. The hotel has kayak rentals ($45/half day), offers free bicycles and can arrange fishing trips and nearby golf, including to Burning Tree.

Locally, Bruce Park is a short walk from the hotel and has tennis courts, jogging and biking trails and is home to the Bruce Museum with its 15,000 objects in fine and decorative art, natural history and anthropology.

Greenwich Avenue, sometimes called the “Rodeo Drive of the East” is a shopper’s paradise with nearly 600 upscale and very trendy shops and boutiques along with some wonderful cafes and restaurants.

Among other attractions there is Audubon Greenwich, the Greenwich Polo Club plays in June, July and September on Sundays, local theatre, the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra and outdoor concerts in the summer.

DRIVING DISTANCE:
Boston: 3 hours 18 minutes
Hartford: 1 hour 38 minutes
NYC: 52 minutes
Central NJ: 1 hour 54 minutes
Philadelphia: 2 hours 29 minutes
Greenwich
THE INN:
What makes a perfect Quick Escape? Great rooms and food are a given, but accessibility is particularly important when you are only going away for 36 hours. The Delamar on Greenwich Harbor is ideally located in tony Greenwich Connecticut, easily accessible from NYC, New Jersey, New England and even Philadelphia. Trains from NYC are quick and easy and you can even bring your yacht (don’t we all have one?) and moor it right outside the hotel at their 600’ dock.

Opened in 2002 after extensive renovations, this absolutely charming 83 room luxury hotel overlooks Greenwich Harbor in a wonderful waterfront setting. A day or two here will leave you relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to do battle on Monday.

The first floor public rooms are elegantly decorated with rich fabrics, beautiful rugs and smart artwork. When I visited in December there was a towering, brightly lit Christmas tree in the center of the lobby. The library, just to the left of the entry is a wonderfully comfortable room with plump couches and chairs, a warming fireplace and coffee and other refreshments available at all times. Just beyond that room is another cozy sitting area overlooking the Harbor. In nice weather the doors are opened to an outdoor patio, perfect for a meal or cocktails.

THE ROOMS:
There is really no point in getting any room other than one with views of the Harbor. Most of these also have a balcony with iron patio furniture that makes breakfast overlooking the Harbor a romantic event in itself. The rooms are spacious and luxuriously decorated in a way that feels more like home than a hotel. My room had a hand painted armoire and headboard, antique end tables, a kind of faux finish beige wallpaper with pale green crown moldings, interesting artwork including a cloth tapestry and metal framed mirrors. The bed was covered in soft Italian linens with down pillows and a down duvet. A flat screen TV, a CD player and a mini-bar with Dean and Deluca treats round out the amenities. The marble bathrooms are also oversized and equipped with coral marble vanities set with a vase of fresh Gerber daisies, iron lamp sconces, a hand painted framed mirror and a deep soaking tub framed in curtains of hand embroidered linens.

THE RESTAURANT:
L’escale is everything you want a hotel restaurant/bar to be; it is almost always open, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the drinks, wine list and food are wonderful and the setting, either inside or on the terrace could not be more conducive to a romantic evening. Cocktails at the Terrace Bar, dinner on the patio overlooking the Harbor and dancing to the Saturday night DJ will surely be one of those “perfect” evenings you’ll long remember.

Start at the bar and try one of the Seven Deadly Virtues cocktails and if you are lucky the delightful Louie will be behind the bar. He will end up being part of the evening’s enjoyment.

When the weather is nice you will certainly want to eat out on the terrace, but the huge stone fireplace imported from France in the chic all white dining room will keep you warm and cozy on a winter night.

The menu is deliciously Provencal with the generous use of fresh herbs, light broths, roasted vegetables and fresh seafood. Start with clams, oysters, shrimp or mussels. Maybe try the onion tart or the charcuterie. I had a terrific pumpkin ravioli with a brown butter sage sauce with pine nuts. For entrees the aromatic bouillabaisse looked fantastic and the Dover Sole was tempting, but I chose the grilled tuna that was cooked just the way I like it…just pink and served with a peppercorn sauce and tomato compote. For dessert, do not miss the black and white chocolate soufflé with pistachio sauce and treat yourself to a glass of port.

The wine list understandably favors France, but also has a good selection of hand crafted, small production wines from all over the world. The list is not long, but there are excellent choices and the pricing is fair.

Appetizers: $10-$19, entrees: $22-$34, desserts: $9-$12. All credit cards. Dress: upscale casual.

THE SERVICE:
Everything seems so effortless that it is not until later that you realize how good the service was. From the efficient check-in (where we were automatically upgraded and they never even mentioned it) to the quick check-out (where we were offered bottled water for the road) the staff was friendly and accommodating yet I never felt it was forced. The front desk escorts you to your room, your room is prepared for the night when you return from dinner and room service arrives when they say they will. Coffee is available in the Library for early risers and there is a full time concierge available to assist in your visit.

THE RATES: Rooms-$399-$549. Suites-$600-$1700. Special Offers from $199. Be sure to check their site.

WHAT OTHERS SAY:
The Hotel
“One of the best new hotels in the world” Conde Nast Traveler
Member-Small Luxury Hotels of the World
The Restaurant
“Sit under the chandeliers or out on the terrace and enjoy the “beautiful view” of the Long Island Sound at this Greenwich “power-dining scene” and “fabulous summer spot” ensconced in “a wonderful boutique hotel”; “hedge-fund honchos and their diamond-clad trophy wives” favor the “excellent” French Provencal cuisine, but others find it “overpriced” and “overhyped”…”  ZAGAT 2008

WHILE YOU ARE THERE:
The Elemis Spa and Relaxation Room is right on the second floor and offers a full range of treatments including facials, massage and beauty. Rates are a little steep, but hey you’re on vacation. There is also a fully equipped fitness room, also on the second floor. The hotel has kayak rentals ($45/half day), offers free bicycles and can arrange fishing trips and nearby golf, including to Burning Tree.

Locally, Bruce Park is a short walk from the hotel and has tennis courts, jogging and biking trails and is home to the Bruce Museum with its 15,000 objects in fine and decorative art, natural history and anthropology.

Greenwich Avenue, sometimes called the “Rodeo Drive of the East” is a shopper’s paradise with nearly 600 upscale and very trendy shops and boutiques along with some wonderful cafes and restaurants.

Among other attractions there is Audubon Greenwich, the Greenwich Polo Club plays in June, July and September on Sundays, local theatre, the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra and outdoor concerts in the summer.

DRIVING DISTANCE:
Boston: 3 hours 18 minutes
Hartford: 1 hour 38 minutes
NYC: 52 minutes
Central NJ: 1 hour 54 minutes
Philadelphia: 2 hours 29 minutes

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