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Best Hotels in Derby, CT and Fun Things to Do

iStock-623352628.jpgAs the smallest city in the state of Connecticut, Derby covers an area of 5.3 square miles and is rich in history and recreation.  The quaint town, located in southwest Connecticut near the Naugatuck and Housatonic Rivers, has approximately 12,600 residents. First inhabitants of this area were Native American tribes, before the establishment of a trading post by John Wakeman at Derby Docks in 1642. In 1651, soon after the first houses were built, Derby was recognized by New Haven Colony as a town. However, following a protest by the residents of nearby Milford, the decision was rescinded. It was in 1675 that Derby finally became a township, followed by its recognition as a city in 1893.
Bordered by New Haven to the east, Waterbury to the north, and Bridgeport just south, Derby is positioned within one of the sizable metropolitan areas in the state of Connecticut. Drive to New York in just over an hour and reach Boston by car in about two hours.

Although there are no hotels within the city limits, here are the best hotels near Derby 


Omni New Haven Hotel

Although there are many hotels in Derby, CT, not many are great crossovers for family and business, but this serves both types of travelers. The upscale Omni Hotel, just steps from Yale offers 22,000 square footage of meeting room space, a business center, limo/town car service, laundry/valet dry-cleaning, and a fitness center.  Dine in John Davenport’s at the Top of the Park restaurant on the 19th floor and enjoy a scenic view of New Haven. If there on a Sunday, enjoy the scrumptious brunch.
Omni’s Bar 19 regional comfort food is made fresh using products from Hudson Valley to Prince Edward Island. Order pasta, burgers, or sliders and enjoy a comfortable setting with a specialty cocktail, beer, or wine.  The hotel also offers Morsel’s where you can snag a good cup of Joe in the morning and sip wine at night while noshing on pastries, snacks, or sandwiches. Or, if you prefer, pick up a fitness kit from the concierge containing a floor mat, hand weights, bands, towels, and water, then settle into your spacious quarters and order from the 24-hour room service menu.
Bring your children; they will enjoy staying free of charge with existing bedding. However, extra rollaway beds for children attract a $30 fee per stay. You will appreciate the complimentary infant cribs if you have young children. Hotels near Derby, CT can be a little high priced, and this is one of them. Pets up to 25 lbs are also welcome for a $50 fee.
You will find plenty of things to by walking 1 to 4 blocks from the hotel.  Walk through Yale University and stop at the visitor’s center, browse through the Yale Center for British Art or Yale University Art Gallery, or take in the Knights of Columbus Museum.  Consider seeing a show at the Shubert Performing Arts Centeror Bow Tie Cinema.

Homewood Suites, Stratford

Convenient to the corridor of the Shelton Business district, the property nestled on a scenic hilltop is adjacent to Merritt Parkway (Route 15), I-91, I-95 and the Route 8 area. Homewood Suites is one of the best local hotels to stay, whether on a business trip or a family outing. Like many bigstock-Historical-Building-And-Yale-U-145228361.jpgother hotels near Derby, they have a business center, meeting rooms, and conference facilities; requirements are thoughtfully addressed.
Suites here include studios, one and two bedrooms, and offer a sofa sleeper and fully equipped kitchen.  Of course, you can relax at the pool or fitness center. If you are coming with your family, you will receive complimentary infant beds. However, no rollaway beds are available.  Homewood amenities include laundry facilities, a 24-hour on-site convenience store, complimentary hot breakfast, and evening social Monday through Thursday. Complimentary grocery shopping service is also available.
If you have pets, don’t leave them behind as you will only pay a $25 non-refundable fee  The maximum weight is $75. This hotel is one that charges a moderate fee, so you don’t have to break the bank. If you are looking for seasonal fun things to do near Derby, you have many options. In warm months, go golfing or mountain hiking, and when it snows, try snowshoeing or downhill skiing.

Hampton Inn & Suites New Haven

Here is another hotel near Derby recommended for business travelers or families. Find functional meeting rooms and a business center with fax and copy service here, however, no conference facilities are on-site. You will be glad to plunge your tired body into the pool or work out at the fitness center.
As a family-friendly hotel, Hampton Inn’s pool is sure to delight and offer fun with your loved ones. Plus, you have access to complimentary infant beds and hiStock-626891596.jpgigh chairs, an in-room microwave and mini fridge, and coin laundry facilities for $1.50 a load. Settle into ‘family night’ by watching premium TV channels and movies or play video games, which is an uncommon feature in most hotels. This hotel is quite accommodating with a snack shop and complimentary breakfast for a moderately priced affair.
Ensure you come prepared for all the things to do around this hotel. Go shopping in the Broadway district or take a stroll down Chapel Street in New Haven and try out a café. If you love biking, rent a bike, mount it, and follow a trail. If you don’t have enough strength for cycling, rent a scooter.  Your family will thank you for the trip.


Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway

As one of the top hotels near Derby, the Trumbull Marriott Merritt is a must-go for a business trip. Not only will you find free parking but a business center, free internet, meeting rooms, and conference facilities. There is also a fitness center, on-site laundry, valet dry cleaning, news stand, drugstore, local restaurant delivery, and onsite is the Parallel Post Restaurant and Lounge. In warmer seasons, On the Rox, an outdoor eatery next to the pool offers bar and grill fare.
What also makes this one of area's best family-friendly hotels near Derby are the broad range of amenities. Enjoy complimentary cribs, free rollaway beds, Wi-Fi and a snack bar. Swim in the indoor pool year-round or outdoor pool in summer, use the hot tub, or take a drive to Short Beach just 10 miles away. Mini golf is 5 miles away as are biking trails, and a bowling alley is just 10 miles from the hotel. Being a smoke-free zone, this is a children-friendly hotel. Compared to other hotels near Derby, this is a moderately priced affair.

Pet-friendly hotels near Derby include:

bigstock-Waking-Up-Peacefully-55838942.jpgHampton Inn Shelton - Your pet must be under 25 pounds and pay a $25 fee per stay
Days Inn & Conference Center  - Pay $20 for each pet you bring with you
Hamden Clarion Hotel & Suites - A non-refundable fee of $150 is assessed during check-in
La Quinta Inn New Haven  - Pets are welcome; restrictions may apply
New Haven Village Suites - Owners of small and medium dogs, pay a $75 non-refundable fee
Quality Inn East Haven - Pet accommodations are $10 per night with a maximum of 20 pounds. No pets are welcome in non-smoking rooms. Larger pets may be accommodated at the discretion of the manager, and an additional fee may be required.

Are you looking for fun things to do in Derby? 


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South of Derby's business sector, take a walk, perhaps a run, or a leisurely bike ride through the Derby Greenway.  Positioned on Sullivan's Island in Derby where both the Housatonic and Naugatuck rivers join, this area once provided an instruction ground for the Valley Fire Training School.  In the 1980's, rusted contaminated drums found in the southern part of the island caused the Environmental Protection Agency to step in. Once 900 55-gallon drums were removed, the EPA excavated much of the land, brought in clean soil, planted trees and grass, and opened to the public in 2009.
Today, there are paved trails, benches, a fountain and a plaza with engraved bricks sponsored by residents.  Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the Greenway.

Osbornedale State Park and Osborne Homestead Museum

The life and legacy of the talented business woman and conservationist Frances Osborne Kellogg is commemorated at the Osborne Homestead Museum. In the early 1900's after the sudden death of her father, Frances took over his business in an era where women primarily worked in the home. She became president of the Union Fabric Company and served as a VP, treasurer and founding partner at three additional companies. Throughout her life, challenges were present including an accident that left her blind in one eye and the death of two husbands.  Her perseverance and kindness continue to show through the 350-acre deeded estate she gave to Connecticut to become Osbornedale State Park.
Enjoy a hike, fish in the pond, or enjoy a stroll through the Naugatuck Valley Hills. This beautiful park offers free parking, handicapped accessibility, numerous picnicking areas including shelters and tables, and and the Kellogg Environmental Center. The facility focuses teachings on our natural environment and caters to students, teachers and the general public. Offering exhibits, nature activities, lectures and workshops, this facility provides a wealth of information. 

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Bad Sons Beer Company

Stop by Derby's Bad Sons Beer Company at 251 Roosevelt Drive and enjoy a glass or two of a locally crafted brew.  Inside, the taproom boasts a large bar with fresh beers on tap, and there is additional space outside providing a fire pit.  Typically, local food trucks are invited and sell small bites and great eats to the brewery's customers.  Pick up a cool t-shirt as a memento of your visit and carry out a 64-oz Growler or 32-oz Crowler to enjoy some beer later.  Cans are often available as well.


Waterski Connecticut

Owner Garret C. Maynard took his first waterski adventure in 1975 on Lake Housatonic with his cousin and quickly became hooked on the fun water activity.  A few years later, he purchased his boat and began teaching people how to learn this sport and established Waterski Connecticut.
Learn two-ski instruction, wake-boarding, slalom skiing, and barefooting.  Plus, this gentleman offers water tubing.  Groups of two up to 10 people can make a booking anytime between June and September.  Group costs are a flat rate of $150 per hour and a half.

Release forms are required, and minors under 18 must have an adult present. Call 203-296-3368 and make plans for a fun outing.iStock-655590538.jpg


E Street Gallery

Check out the E Street Gallery located at 35 Elizabeth Street in Derby.  Park on a side street with metered parking or utilize the parking garage across the street.
The cooperative gallery features a handful of local artists and highlights paintings, drawing, prints, photography, sculpture, mixed medium pieces, and gifts. Staffed by volunteers, E Street is open Tuesday through Sunday.
Are you ready to book your trip to Derby?  See what this hidden gem in Connecticut has to offer!




Topics: Connecticut