You’re invited to join us at Water’s Edge Resort & Spa to dine with the best water view in Connecticut. Take in the ambiance with our fine selection of restaurants that boast more than just the view, like Seaview Bistro, Sunset Bar & Grill and Dattilo Fine Italian, which is so good you’ll think your mother is calling you in for dinner. Sample our delicious cocktails, award-winning brunch, or one of our authentic Italian entrees, which are all paired with outstanding service. Dining at Water’s Edge Resort & Spa is all about choices.
Water's Edge Resort & Spa
Water’s Edge Resort & Spa:
Perfectly landscaped gardens, acres of grounds overlooking the water, a private white sand beach, restaurants, entertainment, a premium spa and so much more. For over 30 years, Water’s Edge Resort and Spa has kept its presence as a top New England beachfront resort for vacations and getaways. It’s where family memories are made, romantic escapes are treasured and it’s where Connecticut goes to find the shore. With spectacular views of Long Island Sound, Water’s Edge in Westbrook, CT is just a short drive from all that Southeastern Connecticut has to offer.
Historic, charming and contemporary, our oceanfront accommodations are perfectly balanced, offering luxury comforts with a variety of spaces to meet your needs–whether traveling with a group, on vacation with family, or looking for some quality you time. Our oceanfront resort boasts nearly 100 guest rooms and suites in the main hotel; 68 seaside suites, and private accommodations including a historic colonial residence and 2 beachfront cottages. Our newest additions—20 luxury 2-bedroom villas on the ocean—are elegantly finished, with high-end touches, gorgeous views and convenient beach access.
It seems like most of our best memories happened around water: swimming lessons in the pool, overnight camp at the lake, family vacations along the shore. At least in the Northeast, something seems to call us back to those times. Well, Water’s Edge Resort & Spa is on the water and hosts the best and most memorable weddings on the beach and in our ballrooms. Less than two hours from New York and Boston and under 45 minutes from Hartford, Water’s Edge has been welcoming brides, grooms and their families for decades.
Our wedding team is client focused and responsive to your questions, thoughts and ideas. Listening is an enormous priority because we know that attention to detail defines a perfectly executed wedding.
Traditional or unconventional, festive or understated, intimate or formal—your wedding will reflect your vision, your personality, all in front of a one-of-a-kind back drop along the Water’s Edge. Winner of the “Number One Wedding Destination in Connecticut” year after year, you’ll quickly understand why Weddings at Water’s Edge are seen in a Whole Different View. . .
Meeting & Social Events:
Water’s Edge Resort & Spa is the perfect choice for Connecticut meetings and events. We warmly welcome a variety of organizations—from Fortune 500 companies to New England Associations and military groups, education seminars, social groups and those in tour and travel—to visit our beachfront resort with endless possibilities.
Our hotel can accommodate up to 300 attendees with 12 spacious meeting rooms. Enjoy the most breathtaking views of beautiful landscaped grounds and Long Island Sound, when you host your event in our Royal Ballroom & Grand Ballroom. Or, enjoy the perfect location for larger meetings and trade shows in the Westbrook Ballroom. A 24-hour business center is available to add to your success.
Our experienced Sales and Conference Managers are here to help you plan the most successful New England meetings and events. From creating the perfect meal and refreshment break selections to taking care of your event’s technical requirements, our team will ensure the most successful, stress-free occasion.
Location, Location, Location…on the water by Connecticut’s Long Island Sound, Water’s Edge Resort & Spa is at Exit 65, off I-95 in Westbrook, Connecticut. Just two hours from NYC and Boston, 90 minutes from Providence, 45 minutes from Hartford and just 30 minutes from New Haven. The resort is accessible by all major forms of transportation, just 60 minutes from Bradley International Airport in Hartford, 90 minutes from TF Green Airport in Providence and by Shoreline East in Westbrook and Amtrak in Old Saybrook, CT.
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The History of Water’s Edge Resort & Spa:
In the early 1900s, much of the beachy small town we call Westbrook was still farmhouses and open pastures. The 14-acre parcel now known as Water’s Edge began as a summer beach cottage for Adolf and Jennie Knothe and their family from New York. The Knothe’s enjoyed this home and the town of Westbrook for nearly 20 years until the great depression took its toll and The Knothe Family had to sell their property in 1940.
Bill Hahn came on the scene with the hopes of finding the perfect location for a hotel much like the very popular fashionable resorts like the Catskills and Poconos. Bill and his sister, Ruth, worked on establishing the hotel for a full year before its grand opening on Memorial Day in 1941. Guest houses, a greenhouse and even a movie theatre were among the many additions he made in that short time. Up to 400 guests could be found at Bill Hahn’s on summer nights. Many musicians, Hollywood stars and comedians graced the hotel on entertainment nights, including Art Carney, Barbara Streisand, Woody Allen and Katherine Hepburn. Although an incredible showman, Bill Hahn was also known as a great humanitarian, holding donations and fundraisers since he first opened in 1941 until his death in 1979. Over the years, Hahn contributed more than $1 million dollars for the American Cancer Society. He was later honored as the state’s largest fundraiser – eventually giving just as much as he took in.
After Bill and his sister Ruth were no longer running the hotel, people’s tastes in travel seemed to change. The hotel closed and deteriorated. In 1982, Michael Dattilo, a real estate developer from Spring Valley, New York bought the vacant and crumbling inn. Over the next several months they increased the value and size of the hotel with a lot of money and even more hard work. They repaired and replaced several buildings and eventually Water’s Edge Resort and Spa was set to open. Since then, Water’s Edge has been providing services to guests from all around the world. Dedicated to service and hospitality, Water’s Edge Resort and Spa is a true reflection of the rich history it was seeded in.