Westport Inn: “We’re Here To Stay”

Remember that 5-story, 200-unit housing complex that was going to replace the Westport Inn?

Not gonna happen.

And to prove that the hotel is here to stay, they’re throwing an open house for the town.

Westporters are invited to stop by on Tuesday, April 28 (5-7 p.m.). You can tour the property, enjoy food from Garelick & Herbs and Bistro B, maybe even win a raffle prize.

The Westport Inn is one of those places we often pass by, and seldom think about (unless we’re entertaining in-laws). Why not see for yourself what’s there?

And while you’re at it, think about what might have been.

(So the Inn can get a sense of numbers, please click here to RSVP.)

The Westport Inn began as The New Englander, in 1960. With BLT's purchase for $14.5 million, it will remain a hotel.

The Westport Inn began as The New Englander, in 1960. With BLT’s purchase for $14.5 million, it will remain a hotel.

9 responses to “Westport Inn: “We’re Here To Stay”

  1. Well, good for you. I remember the New Englander very well.
    I wish I could attend your event. What a great party-
    Jan Frost

  2. Charles Cole

    Dan We have got to tell you our Westport Inn story. We were staying there back in 2006, and after visiting friends and making our mandatory Stew Leonard’s stop, we’re going back to our room near midnight. I noticed a man walking behind us also headed for his room. Just then Sandie said “good evening Mr. Jones”, and his distinctive voice made it quite clear just which Jones he was — James Earl. He asked, “Did you go to the play tonight?” (He was doing the one man play “Thurgood” at the Westport Country Playhouse.) We replied, “No, did not make it as we were visiting friends.” He responded, “Good, it still needs work!” A year or so later we saw Laurence Fishburne doing “Thurgood” at the Kennedy Center and it clearly had hit its groove. It is not often that you hear an actor in a one man show criticize his own work, so even 9 years later we clearly recall our Westport Inn Jones encounter 😉 Charles Cole, Oakton, VA

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  3. David Schaffer

    My family stayed at the Westport Inn in 1970 (not called that back then, maybe “Westport Motel”?) when we first moved to town because our house wasn’t ready yet. We had to stay there for at least a week. It’s vastly different now but nice to hear it will be staying.

  4. I was obsessed with the New Englander for some unknown reason as a child. I wanted to live there. Why? Have no idea.

  5. Small world. My family, too, had to stay at the New Englander while waiting for our Sturges house to be finished (mid 1960’s). It was probably just a week or so, but felt like months for a second-grader!
    At least there was a pool… later used with a membership.

  6. Well, BJ, if you’re interested in a piece of New Englander nostalgia, here’s an item currently on sale on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Westport-New-Englander-Motor-Hotel-CT-Hotel-key-and-fob-room-52-/390842480635?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5b0006f7fb

  7. bruce Smirnoff

    Our family owned and operated the New Englander from 1966 till my dad’s passing in 1969. He loved that place, put his heart and soul into it and taught me a trick or two with how to deal with unruly guests (few).Had paid off his investors fully in 2 short years and was organizing another group to buy up all the cheap motels in the area, upgrade them a bit and start a monopoly. Sadly he worked himself to death on September 29th 1969. He loved his Fairfield customers for his Smirnoff super market as well as his celebrity Westport crowd who frequently brought the Broadway /Hollywood types to the motel in summer. Thank you all. My father was Nathan Bennett Smirnoff and his brother was Marvin J. Smirnoff, 2 very nice family men.