"At Westport, there were my white knickers that startled the Connecticut hills...mad rides along the Post Road...the beach...and walks beside colonial walls under the freshness of lilacs."
-Zelda Fitzgerald. Summer 1920
Built in 1873 and transformed into a luxury hotel in 1993, The Inn at National Hall was selected for inclusion in The National Register of Historic places in 1994, just one year after its opening. The Inn is also a member of Relais & Chateaux and has earned the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Westport enjoys a colorful & celebrated maritime history. By the 1800's working sloops and majestic schooners docked along the waterfront and at the foot of National Hall loading onions and other local harvests bound for New York and beyond.
In the 1900's New York commuters swelled its ranks and summer visitors flocked to Westport's picturesque beaches. Now Westport is known as a mecca for "creatives" in the world of theater and the arts. Familiar residents have included Robert Redford, Bette Davis, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Martha Stewart who films her TV show, Martha Stewart Living, from her Westport studios.
Referred to by some as "Beverly Hills East," Westport offers visitors an abundance of stimulating cultural and recreational activities. A stroll away from National Hall is their charming Main Street with boutiques, antique shops and art galleries. Nearby are the famous Westport Country Playhouse and Compo Beach.
The India Room
A regal corner room with river views. Spectacular floor to ceiling hand-painted wall murals depict palm trees and an elephant caravan. Elaborately hand-painted 20 foot high coffered ceiling in coral tones. Plumed verdigris and crystal chandelier and wall sconces. King bed with elephant print canopy.
The Watermelon Room
Colorful, bright corner room with river views. Pastel green and crimson tones with silver blue stenciling. Sky blue clouds float in the coffered ceiling. Spacious sitting area with wall-sized melon oil painting. King bed with autumn-green plaid corolla.
The Gold Star Room
Handsome room in sage with copper stenciling. Gold leaf stars "rising" in peach tinted ceiling coffers. Spacious sitting area. Unique "library W.C." in large bathroom with hand-painted monkeys and double vanity. King canopy bed.
The Butterfly Room
Romantic riverside room in warm coral with gold and ochre stenciled vines. Hand-painted butterflies floating in bathroom. Gold leaf painted queen canopy bed.
The Acorn Room
Riverview room in rich brick tones with gold leaf squirrel and nut stenciling and a carved oak chandelier. Victorian antique chaise and burled walnut TV armoire in sitting area. Queen canopy bed with yellow duck print fabric.
The Lemon Tree Room
A cheerful riverside room in vanilla and yellow with gold tracery stenciling. Wrought iron lemon tree motif in bathroom. King canopy bed with sunflower-yellow print fabric.
The Raindrop Room
Peach and coral tones with hand-painted flowers and gold leaf raindrops. Carved oak Swedish furniture. Oak hand-painted four-poster king bed.
The Cameo Room
Iced-mint green with gold tracery stenciling. Beautiful gold antique armoire. Large alabaster cameo medallion adorns a beech wood four-poster king bed.
$295 Sun-Thursday and $320 Fri - Sat
The Seville Suite
The Seville Suite, a two bedroomed residential apartment, is the first addition to the award-winning hotel since it opened in 1993. The suite is decorated in the style of an Andalusian "cortijo" or country mansion with superb examples of hand-painted tiles, antique furniture and collectibles. The vibrant colors and textiles evoke the warmth and romance of Southern Spain. A full kitchen adds convenience and the antique-filled living and dining rooms are perfect for entertaining.
The Turkistan Suite
Opulent and elegant loft suite with river view. Entrance foyer leads to spacious living room with a magnificent two-story high bookcase. 12 foot high windows and Napoleon striped swag drapes. Wide carpeted staircase leads to spacious bedroom with curved balcony. King bed with Egyptian print canopy and painted valance.
The Saugatuck Suite
Large corner suite with expansive water views. Large Flemish oil portrait in formal entrance foyer with wet bar. Biedermier chairs and dining table. Two sets of French doors lead to bedroom with its own TV armoire. Whimsical trompe l'oeil monkeys at play in a large bathroom with double vanity. King bed with paisley corolla.
The Willow Suite
Stately loft suite with river views. Delicate pussy-willow stenciling in lemon and pastel green . 12 foot high windows with Regency-striped taffeta drapes. Wide carpeted staircase to loft bedroom with curved balcony and TV bookcase. King canopy bed with painted valance. Large bathroom with giant hand-painted gardenias, on lower level.
The Equestrian Suite
Residential suite with bedroom alcove. Mustard tones with gold leaf horse stenciling. Staired entrance foyer leads to spacious living room with remote-controlled gas fireplace. Fruitwood dining table and pine armoire-kitchenette. Large bathroom with Jacuzzi tub, mini TV and double vanity. King four-poster bed with hand embroidered corolla. Ideal for long-term stays.
The Southport Suite
A spacious suite with a large comfortable living room. Pastel violet and rose tones with gold leaf onion stenciling and damask drapes. Floral oil paintings and a carved oak bar-cabinet in entrance foyer. French pocket doors to bedroom with its own TV armoire. Gold leaf painted canopy bed.
The Bulldog Suite
A whimsical loft suite in sandalwood and sage tones with a two-story high coffered ceiling. Cast iron bulldogs line the wide staircase to the bedroom with a curved balcony and TV armoire. Hand-painted king bed can be converted to twin beds.
The Henny Penny Suite
Riverside loft suite with a "country" motif. Carved oak chandelier and lemon fabrics in living room. A wide carpeted staircase leads to the loft bedroom with a curved balcony and TV bookcase. Queen canopy bed with crimson fabric.
When I was arrested last year for driver under the influence, my criminal defense lawyer NYC managed to get my charges reduced and I got off with a simple disorderly conduct ticket.
The Inn At National Hall
Two Post Road West
Westport, CT 06880