Spent 3 nights here over President's Day weekend. A very easy drive from NYC. Glenmere was just what we were looking for - a relaxing weekend, by the fire, outside of the city, with good food and wine.
Mansion and grounds - beautiful, really feels like a home with little touches throughout. They very kindly upgraded us to Room 8 - a superior king with a fireplace. Beautifully decorated and spacious enough for our needs for the weekend. Loved the games (chess, checkers, backgammon, scrabble, etc.) especially during the winter months indoors. Also enjoyed spending time in the Library.
Food - we had a dinner in the Supper Room, the champagne brunch on Sunday, and a few meals at the Tavern, as well as the complimentary breakfast each day. While all were very good, we preferred the more laid back vibe of the Tavern. The champagne brunch was also excellent! We did not need dinner that evening! Definitely take advantage of the breakfast in the mornings.
Service - wonderful, friendly, there when you needed them but not on top of you.
Spa - while the spa itself is amazing, this is the one area we were somewhat disappointed in. Friends and family had said it was the "best massage ever" and we found ours to just be average. Also would have liked to be able to enjoy steam room, sauna, etc. without it being part of a paid service.
All in all, would highly recommend Glenmere Mansion. Will definitely be back during the summer to enjoy the grounds, the pool, etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Glenmere Mansion is a Relais & Chatueax, 18-room luxury boutique hotel on 150 Hudson Valley acres overlooking Glenmere Lake. The Gilded Age mansion, circa 1911, underwent a 3 year renovation, opening Jan. 2010. Acres of beautiful gardens, heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis, bocce and croquet courts, and 2 restaurants on site. Spa opens summer 2011. Romantic getaway, (children over 16). Voted "Top Ten Small Boutique Hotel in the World" by Gayot Hotel Guide 2011. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glenmere Mansion Hotel Chester