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Mercy Center at Madison
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Madison
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Mercy Center is a lovely place to take a class, go for a retreat or just visit the grounds. Highly recommended for a day trip or extended stay. If you need peace and quiet this is the place to go. They have great food as well if you go for classes or retreats.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled solo
2  Thank guitarlady6
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is not a hotel. It is a retreat and conference center where silence and serenity is practiced. Rooms do not have hotel amenities. Perfect place to escape from the noise of our everyday lives and unplug.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled solo
2  Thank Rosemary J
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Reviewed 25 January 2016 via mobile

Pretty hotel in great location. I stayed her with my husband and teenage daughter. The staff was very friendly. The only problem was the room offered two doubles. We found the room tastefully decorated, but the beds were too small for two people to share. They should offer two queen beds in the rooms instead.

Stayed: January 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 October 2015

My company came here for a retreat and, boy, was it a retreat in the strictest sense of the term. We were able to accomplish so much without the distractions of phones, computers, etc. This is not a luxury spa or elegant hotel. Its former role as a convent is very much in evidence.

Our meeting room was lovely, with a couch and comfy upholstered chairs. It wasn't too fancy, and kind of reminded me of a sparsely decorated living room. We were greeted with way too much food for breakfast, which included an assortment of breads, boiled eggs, yogurt, fruit, instant oatmeal, teas and coffee, and a big pitcher of orange juice. The facility was very quiet, and our picture window overlooked a yard and the Sound. Later in the afternoon, someone brought by a large bowl of popcorn for us.

Lunch was simple and somewhat Spartan, consisting of a salad bar and an assortment of tuna, egg, and pasta salad. There was also fresh bread and pea soup. All was delicious, and I am a pretty harsh judge of salads. There were cookies available for dessert. The dining room is shared by all people staying at the Center, and has large windows and lots of natural light. It was quiet despite several groups dining at the large tables.

The grounds are what makes the Mercy Center elegant. They're not overly maintained as in many resorts. It's a fairly natural landscape with big, old trees and a beach that was devoid of even a single piece of trash. It was hard to go back inside after a break to look at shells and listen to the waves crashing against the rocks.

As many reviewers have stated, the Mercy Center is not for everyone. I cannot imagine children or the average teen staying here, nor will visitors who happily treat their phones as extensions of their bodies be comfortable with the "no phones" rule. I highly recommend the Mercy Center for individuals or groups in need of disconnecting from technology and connecting to themselves and each other.

  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

I recently spent three days at a work retreat at Mercy Center. The location was amazing with a really nice staff. I stayed in the house, which had a wonderful kitchen, wraparound deck, and beautiful views. The property has numerous places inside and out that were wonderful to read or just relax. Unfortunately the weather was not great. This is a place I would revisit in the better weather

Room Tip: make sure you have a room facing the water
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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4  Thank marlotowers
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Reviewed 15 May 2013

Mercy Center is an oasis in our crazy busy lives. I've spent the day there many times but this was my first overnight stay. It was pure bliss....simple, quiet time for reflection, reading and writing. The food was simple and delicious. Keep in mind that this is not a hotel. It is a spiritual retreat center with a small dedicated staff. After two days, I felt like I'd spent a week on St. John (my favorite place) It is not for everyone. For the right person it is a piece of heaven.

Marji Shapiro

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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5  Thank MarjiShapiro
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Reviewed 15 May 2013

I recently spent 2 days at Mercy Center, in the beginning of the week, and got much more than I paid for. Mercy Center is a delightful respite, a great place to escape - clear your head and lift your soul. I found myself totally refreshed as Mercy Center allowed me to leave my cares behind. I did not mind at all that there was no TV or telephone. I fell asleep to the sound of the ocean waves hitting the shore because the ocean is that close!! Mercy Center takes advantage of their beautiful surroundings throughout the grounds. Yes, there were people there as part of a staff retreat but the grounds are so large that you barely knew they were there. I plan on going back in August and also visited the grounds for the day once a month throughout the summer. The accommodations were clean and private. The staff was very pleasant and could not do enough to make our stay the best. And it was. I strongly recommend Mercy Center.

Room Tip: The Tower Room, which is Mrs. Grant's former room, is the best room - 2 porches, a table, microw...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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4  Thank KathyChristianson
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Address: 167 Neck Road, Madison, CT 06443-2725
Region: United States > Connecticut > Madison
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Madison
Number of rooms: 20

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