I've stayed at this hotel about 10 times in the past 20 years, and I come back for the beautiful grounds, especially in the summer.
Good rates are often available through their website (pre-paid), and I've also gotten this hotel through priceline, though not in the past few years.
The main reason to stay here is the beautiful grounds. They have a WONDERFUL outdoor pool, and charming old buildings. It's fun to explore the grounds on foot, there are nice little seating areas tucked away around the campus. It's not unusual to see deer on the property, especially early in the morning or in the evening.
Note that this hotel is not a good choice if you have problems walking. The grounds are hilly, and the buildings were designed to follow the contours of the land. What this means is that even when you're walking on the same floor, there are stairs to go from one end of the hallway to the other. As an example, I'm staying on the 3rd floor of the Rockland wing. To get here from my car, I had to walk up a hill from the parking lot, down a hill to the Rockland entrance, up one flight to the 3rd floor, then down 2 short flights of stairs on the 3rd floor to get to my room. If you have heavy or bulky bags, considering having the bell hop bring them to your room.
The main part of the hotel is comprised of 4 wings/buildings which form a square around a center courtyard (which is just grass, nothing particularly charming). The hotel has one elevator (I think in the Putnam wing), but even with that, there's almost no way to get to a room without a long walk, and some stairs. I think that many guests would never even walk past the elevator -- don't expect that it will make it easier for you to get around the hotel. If you need arrangements without stairs, make sure you call ahead and make it very clear to them, as they don't have many rooms that don't require at least some stairs or hills to get to.
The biggest drawback is that it is a very event-driven hotel -- during the week, there are often groups of people here for business meetings, and during the weekend, it is a given that there will be at least one wedding going on (I'm staying at the hotel now, and I watched a wedding outside my room in the statue garden a couple of hours ago.) With the groups here, hanging out at the pool can be a crowded experience, and you sometimes feel like you're invading someone else's party.
If you're not here with a group, you can feel marginalized by the staff. My annoyance this weekend is that the parking lot closest to the hotel was closed down on Friday morning, so that the lot would be available for valet parking for the weekend's weddings. Seems to me like the paying guests should warrant more convenient parking than the valets, but the hotel seems not to agree with that.
Another problem that can go along with the weddings is that the hotel gets noisy around 1 AM, as the weddings wind down, and happy, loud guests return in groups to their rooms. The noise doesn't usually last long -- long enough to wake you up, but no so long that security can get there in time to quiet the people down. Management is usually apologetic, but I've never been offered any type of compensation for inconvenience of the noise (because I've usually stayed here through a pre-paid arrangement).
If you book on the website, don't expect that the hotel will note any special requests you make there. For my current stay, I requested a room overlooking the statue garden. I called ahead on the day I checked in, and the woman at the desk insisted that I hadn't made any special request. Fortunately, she did get me the room I wanted when I pushed the issue.
Note that if you use priceline or their prepaid rate, you will probably be assigned to the Putnam wing. This part of the hotel doesn't overlook the beautiful grounds you'll see on the website -- it overlooks a small wooded area and the hotel's exit road (though it could be a bit quieter, with no foot traffic outside your window). I think the desk clerk described the room they wanted to give me in Putnam as having "a view of the grounds" and "facing toward the river, but without a view of the river". If you want a room overlooking the parts of the hotel pictured on the website, request either the Rockland wing (overlooking the statue garden) or the Fairfield wing (near the pool). I've recently learned that if you request not to be in the Putnam wing, they will generally accomodate you.
One last note, the wireless internet has been pretty unreliable over the past 2 days here -- not sure why, but it keeps cutting out.
- Also Known As:
- Tarrytown House Estate On The Hudson Hotel
- Tarrytown House Estate On The Hudson Hotel Tarrytown
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- Tarrytown House
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- Dolce Tarrytown
- Tarrytown House Hotel
- Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center NY - Westchester County
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 25 miles from Midtown Manhattan this estate blends historical charm with modern conveniences. Residing on 26-acres overlooking the Lower Hudson River Valley, well-appointed lodging is found at Tarrytown House Estate, featuring impressive 19th-century mansions - King Mansion and Biddle Mansion - a Carriage House and The Cottage. A Perfect getaway for a weekend escape from the city or a destination wedding, Tarrytown House Estate offers luxurious Hudson Valley lodging and amenities. This landmark hotel in Westchester, NY features extensive leisure and recreational facilities such as a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, seasonal basketball, volleyball, bocce, horse-shoes and tennis courts. Historic Westchester County proves to enhance a visitor's Hudson Valley lodging experience with incredible opportunities for Hudson River Valley antiquing, boating, hiking and sightseeing. Enjoy any or all of these activities among the rich and historic atmosphere known as home to Westchester, New York's famous sites including the Washington Irving's Sunnyside, Philipsburg Manor and the spectacular Rockefeller estate, Kykuit. While staying at Tarrytown House Estate, guests can experience the many attractions that the Hudson Valley has to offer including the scenic Hudson Park, Neuberger Museum of Art, Grand Prix New York Racing, and the Cortlandt Heritage Museum. The hotel is also located only 5 miles away from Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture where guests can enjoy various dishes made from locally grown produce and ingredients at the center's restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns. The hotel is also near the United States Military Academy at West Point, offering convenient accommodations during graduation or family events at the academy. ... more less
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