When I travel I want everything to be as easy as possible because traveling can oftentimes be difficult and tiring as you know. This B&B is centrally located to everything Hyde Park, NY has to offer. This includes the Roosevelt sites, the Eveready Diner, the Culinary School and the Vanderbilt Mansion (right across the street)!
The house is very pretty on the outside and cozy on the inside. The breakfasts are more than adequate and the cookies throughout the day are scrumptious! Our room and bathroom were not overly large, but they were definitely adequate for our needs and the bed was VERY comfortable. We even got a cookbook as a little parting gift!
The two sisters who run the B&B are very helpful! If it hadn't been for them, we wouldn't have visited Top Cottage (one of the Roosevelt sites) and would have missed out on one of our favorite excursions. They also suggested booking very early in order to eat at the Culinary School - we were so glad we did, because many people who didn't know about the early booking requirement missed out.
Some things to keep in mind when visiting:
a) Breakfast is included in the room charge but everyone has to eat it at the same time at 8:30am. We enjoyed this as we got to talk to other guests and wanted an early start to the day. However there may be some folks who don't want to get up that early or don't really want to interact.
b) There are no TVs in the rooms. There is one TV downstairs and as everyone in the B&B has access to it, you may not be able to watch what you want to watch. When we were there, no one watched TV. They all read (great library by the way), did puzzles, or played games (provided). If you want to watch a special program or see the news, this may be a problem for you (depending on who is visiting at the time).
c) We stayed on the second floor. Our luggage had to be taken upstairs by hand - there didn't appear to be an elevator. If you need something handicap accessible, this could be a problem for you.
d) We had to pay half down when booking and half when we left. Again, this was no problem for us, but some people may have a problem with paying for something they haven't experienced yet.
I don't think you will be disappointed if you stay here. The food is good, the beds are comfortable, the owners are helpful, and all the sight-seeing is very close. We felt very happy to have found such a GREAT B&B!
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September 22, 2012
Wow, thank you for the time and thought you gave to your review, we truly are impressed! We are very happy that you seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed your time in Hyde Park. Top Cottage, FDR’s retreat is such a gem; we just wish it didn’t close for the season in November and not reopen till May. As you discovered, there is just too much to see and do in one visit, we hope you are thinking of returning to the Hudson Valley for another visit.
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We appreciate your concern about our breakfast service. As you know, we state it on our website and explain it to guests when they call to make a reservation( I know we are so old-fashioned, no online reservations) and lastly we also have it in our confirmation letter, but as we all know, some things can never be said too often! Thanks!
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