Ocean House Management, LLC, owner and operator of the famed Ocean House, the only Forbes Triple Five Star rated hotel on the Eastern Seaboard, has announced that it has been appointed by Gates Realty Holdings to oversee the final renovations, opening and on-going operations of the new Spicer Mansion in Mystic, Connecticut.
In keeping with the Ocean House Management model, the hotel’s philosophy will be focused on providing a high level of comfort in the eight guestrooms — which have been crafted to resemble elegant private residences — with ample living and workspace, plush furniture, modern amenities, Matouk linens, high-speed technology, and guest services. Spicer Mansion’s guestrooms will pay tribute to luxurious, Victorian-era architecture while providing every modern convenience. Master craftsmanship is evident at every turn of the gracious interiors, from the intricate parquet floors to the grand moldings, and each spacious room is richly appointed to reflect the feel of a sprawling estate.
Helmed by Chef Jennifer Backman, Spicer Mansion’s restaurant will offer a seasonal six-course tasting menu for dinner Wednesday through Sunday to hotel and invited guests only. Ingredients will be sourced locally and the artisanal meats, fresh seafood, and memorable tableside preparations will change daily. Harkening back to the traditional fine dining experience of yesteryear, guests will enjoy handcrafted cocktails and canapés in a grand salon while reviewing the menu, before being escorted into one of three dining rooms for their gourmet meal.
Located behind a bookcase and down a set of stairs, the hotel’s bar, Room No. 9 Speakeasy, (a playful nod to the hotel’s eight guest rooms), is also reserved for hotel and invited guests only. Featuring a premium cigar lounge, rare rye whiskeys, carefully composed cocktails, and a specialty menu of creative bar fare, Room No. 9 is designed as an inviting — yet exclusive — gathering place. Rich mahogany, leather and velvet furnishings, original 150-year-old handmade brick floors, copper ceilings, and the soft melodies of the vintage upright piano will illuminate the subterranean space and create an intimate stop for an aperitif or nightcap.
Guests will be cared for by an attentive mansion concierge, and will receive complimentary soft refreshments, laundry, and pressing service of up to five pieces per stay. High-speed Wi-Fi and destination-based programming ensure that guests are fully connected, but also immersed in Mystic’s rich cultural offerings. Special curated services include private after-hours tours of the Mystic Seaport and helicopter tours. They will also have access to all of the amenities afforded to Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn guests, including unrestricted access to resort dining, private beaches, and fitness and spa facilities, and will be able to enjoy recreational amenities such as boat charters; nature tours, fishing charters; bike and kayak rentals; sailboat instruction; in addition to food, beverage, and art programming.