The city of New Haven, CT is most famous for being the home of Yale University, and it is very obviously a college town. When parents of Yale students visit, many of them stay at the Study at Yale, a luxury boutique hotel located on Chapel Street, adjacent to the university. In fact, during our visit, we were told that many families book well in advance for visitor weekends, graduations, and year end visits. It’s not a huge hotel, and it fills up quickly.
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Location of the Study at Yale
Located right by Yale’s Arts Campus, the Study at Yale is a great central location for a Yale getaway. You can easily walk to many of the museums, restaurants, shops and other things to do in New Haven. Once we parked our car, we only needed it once during our weekend in New Haven. For my first trip to the Study at Yale, I arrived via Amtrak into New Haven’s Union Station from Boston, and took a cab to the hotel. It was just a quick ride down the road.
Amenities at the Study at Yale
As you walk into the Study at Yale, you’ll enter a large lobby (called, appropriately, the Living Room) featuring chairs, stocked bookshelves, tables, and artwork from Yale students. It’s reminiscent of a cozy living room, and guests fill the area throughout the day. Off the lobby is a small gallery that regularly showcases student art.
The check-in desk is small but welcoming, and a large jar of fresh cookies sits on the counter. There’s also a small coffee bar in the lobby offering light snacks, bottled drinks, and coffee beverages. The in-house restaurant, Heirloom, is off the main entrance.
The lobby truly adds to the cozy and warm ambience to the hotel. While the location is definitely a big draw, I love the atmosphere even more. I could spend so much time just in the hotel.
Complimentary coffee is offered in the lobby each morning. Although the hotel doesn’t have a separate business center, there is a workstation in the lobby available for use by guests needing a printer/computer.
On occasion, complimentary tickets to Yale sporting events and Yale Repertory theater shows are offered to hotel guests, based upon availability. There’s a small fitness center on property, but guests who are looking for more equipment can enjoy complimentary access to the nearby Payne Whitney Gym.
Valet parking is offered to guests. On my first visit, because I took Amtrak, I didn’t have a car. We did have a car on my second visit and found the valet parking to be convenient. We only needed our car once during our stay.
Rooms at the Study at Yale
As a boutique hotel, the Study at Yale isn’t too large. It features 124 rooms and suites. Several rooms types are offered, including deluxe rooms (with 1 king bed, 1 queen bed, or 2 double beds), premiere rooms (1 king bed), and suites (including study suites and the presidential suite).
Rooms at the Study at Yale are large and comfortable. I recommend getting a campus-view room, which offers large windows overlooking the Yale campus, although the view from the other rooms (Yale Art Campus and City view) are also nice. The rooms include a large work desk along the windows, complimentary WiFi, a 37 inch flat-screen television, seersucker robes, and two complimentary bottles of water that are replaced regularly.
But the greatest feature of the room is the unbelievably comfortable beds, complete with down comforter, 100% Egyptian cotton 300 thread count sheets, and numerous pillows. It’s the type of bed that you don’t want to get out of. The whole room, like the hotel lobby, is extremely comfortable. This is the type of room where I’d love to sit at the desk, facing the campus, and get some work done.
Overall, I absolutely loved my stay so much that I returned later in the same year with my family. I definitely recommend staying there.
To learn more about the Study at Yale, visit their website.