We left Charlottesville, Virginia and drove north to Connecticut on day 2 of our trip. The main purpose of this trip was not a vacation (but it certainly has appeared to be that; hasn’t it?! 🙂 ) No, really our trip was to move our son into his apartment in New Haven because he is starting law school at Yale this semester.
He had 3 requirements when choosing his apartment: walking distance to the campus, a budget price, (or at least as budget as you can get in that area) and a reputable landlord, and he managed to cover all of them when he rented it back in the winter for this coming year. So my chief requirement in choosing our hotel for the several days we would be there was location. It needed to be convenient to his apartment.
When he had traveled there last winter he stayed at the New Haven Hotel which is about 5 blocks from the apartment he chose. I asked if there was anything closer, and he replied, “Well yeah, The Study at Yale, but it is super nice so I don’t know if you really want to stay there.” I checked and the prices were not that much different, and it was only 2 blocks from our son’s place….a 3 minute walk. That sounded like the smartest thing for us to do, so I booked it. Oddly enough, when I was looking at their website, I wasn’t really that impressed with it being “that nice.” It just looked like a normal hotel room with 2 queen beds in it. When we checked in I happily realized…boy was I wrong.
You know that I love a well executed theme (and many of you do as well!) Top that with a geek-like love for a good logo, and I am smitten. The marketing people for The Study are geniuses. They have taken their scholarly location overlooking the Yale campus and built it into every detail of the place. You pull up to the front of the hotel with its smart spectacle sculpture (photo at the top of the post) for valet parking (not my favorite thing, but parking comes at a premium in that area.) You are greeted by their doormen in jeans and rugby shirts – shirts that coordinate with the rug in the lobby. 🙂
Once inside, you see their living room/lobby (as they call it), with its numerous chairs for reading, bookshelves filled with books for you to borrow, and periodicals for you to peruse. I quickly realized what my son meant by it is a super nice hotel.
Looking the other way you find a water dispenser for guests and a small market in the corner. (There’s complimentary Illy coffee out in the morning for guests as well. 🙂 )
That display case over by the market holds Yale items for sale. (I was tempted to purchase several of them but managed to hold myself back. 🙂 )
And there is academic related art hanging about in the lobby and in the hallways.
Previously there had been another hotel (The Colony) in this location, but it went through a multi-million dollar renovation and addition and opened as The Study at Yale with 124 rooms and 8 suites in 2008. I don’t know how I missed reading about all of its luxury details when I was looking at their website. All I noticed was two queen beds…
But once we were in our room, I really began to appreciate all the details of The Study at Yale… like the down comforters and the Vermont wool stripe blankets on the feather-topped beds. And how often do you have a leather chair with an ottoman and big reading lamp for your relaxation in your hotel room?
That very long work surface there by the window was perfect for blogging! And I loved their wooden pencils with the ever present hotel’s eyeglasses logo (and all their paper products with that same design. 🙂 )
The bathroom was also steeped in luxury with its tiled walk-in shower….
and marble floors. (Note the logo on the seersucker robe above. 🙂 )
There is also an on-site restaurant, Heirloom, that is supposed to be wonderful.
Here is just a sampling of their diverse menu.
Butterscotch pudding with a house made toasted marshmallow….
or how about a few warm caramel apple doughnuts?
They have even generously published the recipe for these wonders! Just click here.
I have been told that Heirloom has the best brunch in town, but we did not have the opportunity to enjoy it on this trip. (Hopefully next time! 🙂 ) We worked for 2 1/2 days on our son’s un-airconditioned apartment (during a heat wave) including a half day at New Haven’s Ikea and several hours as well at their Target. Returning to our hotel room at The Study was a well earned luxury each night. We slept quite well on those feather-topped beds!
We left our son’s apartment “furnished” but not “decorated,” and then we (all 3 of us) spent a few days exploring Maine and Vermont before returning to New Haven. While we were on that part of the trip, I managed to find a few decorative things for the apartment and come to the conclusion that we needed to purchase one more piece of furniture for it. So I am showing you the “before” (which is really very old and tiny) but the “after” (which is not really great) will be after I share our other parts of the trip. The apartment is very small -180 square feet and in a very old building. I think of it more like an old dorm room with its own shower and a kitchenette! But it is a less-than-10-minute walk to campus which is priceless.
So here are the befores. This is the view from the door.
Stand in front of the window, turn around, and this is what you see.
Obviously, we had our work cut out for us!
When we were returning to New Haven after touring Maine and Vermont, I booked a room at The Study for another night. We arrived back in town, made another run to Ikea, Target, and even Lowes, took all of our purchases back to the apartment, and worked on it some more. Then we checked into our hotel again around 10:00 that night…dead tired and hungry. (We had not stopped for dinner, and the air conditioner in the car died in Vermont, but the landlord found an air conditioner for the apartment the next day, and that helped tremendously!) Walking back into that hotel felt like coming home. I wanted to get in that hot shower first thing! We did not feel like going out at that hour, so we called room service…something we never do, but the menu looked great. (The Study’s room service menu from Heirloom is called Food for Thought. 🙂 ) Here’s a little peek at part of it:
The entire menu is here.
We ordered the “Four Mile River Farm Beef Burger” and fries. Even at that late hour, they did a wonderful job with both the burger and the crispy fries (ranked among the top 10 in New Haven!) and they had it split for us. It looked and tasted fabulous! (I just wish we had ordered one of the desserts as well. 🙂 ) I was too tired to even grab my camera, so I’m afraid I did not get a photo of it, but here is a shot of their fries.
Our home-away-from-home while helping our son get settled could not have been any better. It was the perfect convenient location full of so many fabulous details. I hope we will always be able to reserve a room at The Study at Yale for our New Haven visits (but I understand commencement weekends are already booked up years in advance. 🙁 ) I want to recommend it to everyone, but I don’t want them to take all the rooms!
I will have more of New Haven and the campus at Yale for you after we take a look at Vermont. The road trip continues at one of my most favorite places in Maine next time.
I hope you will be back here again. 🙂
Until next time…