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Oheka Castle
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Huntington
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Yakima, Washington
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31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Wow! Fun experience if you approach it with the right attitude.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

We had great fun at Oheka. Yes, as other Trip Advisor reviewers had mentioned, there were some funky things about the room and the TV cabinet doors wouldn't stay open for us either, but when the expectations are set in the romantic historic roaring twenties spirit of the castle, the experience was great fun!

The bath room was very well done and the room, although a bit funky in spots and definitely decorated to fit the roaring twenties mantra, was very comfortable and enjoyable. It would have been nice to have a small end table for both sides of the bed, I used my suitcase instead.

We really really enjoyed our meal in the Charlie Chaplin room, the food was wonderful and the specialty drinks were professionally prepared and tasted great. Our service was top notch and it goes without saying that the setting and atmosphere was most interesting. The owner, who lives in the castle, came by and had a warm and friendly conversation with us.

We took the tour the next day and the guide was excellent, very informative and friendly. The grounds and building were open for us to stroll around (we really enjoyed the formal garden area) and we enjoyed seeing a wedding being set up for the coming night.

The only negative comment I would make it that there is a set a stairs in the grand entry that you have to carry your bags up. Normally I carry all my own bags and don't bother the bell staff, but for this one, you might want to accept their kind offers to take your bags to your room for you.

So is it up to top luxury hotel standards? Not yet, but he is still working on it. But if you come in with the right set of expectations it is a really fun and interesting place to stay!

Room Tip: The view out the top floor is obviously best, but the price is higher up there as well. Our view was...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

My wife and I went there for her birthday with a Groupon. It is an amazing place. Gorgeous. Quiet. Easy to get to from NYC. You really felt like royalty. The room was beautiful, clean, and the bed was like sleeping on a cloud. The food was expensive (but that is to be expected) was delicious - worth the price! And the staff was amazing. I have never encountered nicer people at a hotel before. They really made sure that you were enjoying yourself and taken care of... also not a blink of the eye at the fact we were a lesbian couple. I wish I could move in! Thanks Gary and Staff!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

The accomodations...rooms, public rooms, bar and dining is outstanding and the setting for the hotel is scenic. A great choice on Long Island.

Room Tip: This fantasic hotel has a wide choice of rooms which are all clean and attractively furnished. .
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Yonkers, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2012

My husband and I visited Oheka last year on a day trip and were delighted with the property......so, we went back last week for an overnight stay and came home delighted.......this is a castle, it is a home, it is grand, it is cozy, it is magnificent and it is warm.....everything about this hotel is special....it was rescued and reborn....it is home and it is shared with all.......Part of what makes your stay special is that the owners do live there and love to chat with their guests......all the rooms have photos that show what sad condition the building was in and the glory it is now.....the breakfast that comes with your stay is a continental one...but the food is superb....even the fruit was great.....I ordered from their breakfast menu, had french toast and was so pleased with it......This is a great getaway and makes a great gift! Our room was small but attractive......the only negative I had was that the jets in the bath tub did not work well at all and I could not use it.....also, my husband felt the lighting in our room could have been better......they even turn down the beds at night.....this was really nice....would have liked a piece of chocolate on my pillow...even a hershey kiss.....

Room Tip: Our room faced the golf course and we liked that....don't think the front rooms had as nice a vi...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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rural hinterland
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88 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2012

Hubby and I just returned from a one night stay at this magnificent castle, and I am still overwhelmed by its beauty and sheer miracle how it was saved!

I had bought a Groupon back in November, but waited until April to travel, as the weather would be much better, the trees and bushes would have leaves, and everything would be brighter.

I was right, the garden was a big part of this whole "package" and in November it might have been less attractive.

I have combined that Groupon purchase with Ebates (google that and take 3% off each Groupon deal!), and since I had joined Ebates just for this Oheka deal, I got $20 chopped off the already great price of $179.

Yes, I hardly dare to write it - we had a Whitney room ($495) plus 2 drinks at their bar plus breakfast plus 2-hour-tour (including refreshments like coffee and cookies) for only $159.

I should have bought more Groupons to get another trip out of this, but alas, I didn't know this property and didn't buy more, just one. Now I am hoping they will offer more deals, because I really want to go back and stay for another night, and another, and another, but we cannot afford the rack rates of these fine rooms.

We had a Whitney room (#321) overlooking the golf courses, and we were very happy with our accommodations. We had a flat screen TV, a King bed and a chair, plus a desk with another chair. The hallway was nice and long and offered enough space for setting up our suitcase, and the closet had 2 robes which we gladly used after the baths and showers we enjoyed.

The bathroom was nicely devided into 3 sections. You entered from the room's hallway and would stand in front of the sink, to the left would be the glass enclosed tiled shower stall. To the right from the sink was a separate room, here was the toilet with the bath tub. Now this tub was generously sized and ergonomically shaped, plus it had jets.

Unfortunately I couldn't figure out how to get them on to work. The next morning we asked about that (we thought we'd notify them of a malfunction) when we had to learn that the timer at the light switch was actually there to run the jets. Uhm, that was unexpected and new to us, and we wished there would have been a sign of information about this. This is one reason why I said it was rather 4.5 than 5 stars.

The other reason is that they only have free wireless Internet. I had called a day before our trip and asked about that. I explicitly asked whether "free wifi" means that the internet connection is for wireless (mobile) devices only or whether we can bring our (heavy!!) old laptop and plug that in to get online. I was told that there would be a cable to plug it in.

To be safe we brought our own network cable along, and while on the road I became aware that I had never asked whether that wired Internet was even free. Anyway, even if we had to pay, we would, because Hubby had an important project going on in his office and needed to get some emails from his co-workers to be updated.

Well, we got there and found out there was no way to connect with a cable. The internet access was only mobile, wifi. We had carried the heavy laptop invain, and Hubby didn't get his updates. This is the other reason why I am not 100% happy.

The bed was very comfortable, not too soft and not hard either, just right. Beautiful old fashioned Damast sheets and pillows, I loved that! Oh, and they gave us free snacks and free water in the room! We have that in Kimpton hotels also, because we are Kimption members, but here it was given to anyone without membership. Nice!!

I also liked the upscale toileteries from l'Occitane which were waiting in the bath room! Bathing cube, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and soap - wonderful!

We had a coupon for 2 drinks from their bar and we took advantage of that! I chose a great cocktail with Amaretto (Sunset Surprise, I believe, it was) whle Hubby took a Manhattan. We were both very satisfied with our choices. We only took one each, as we are not heavy drinkers and would have been affected by the alcohol, had we taken more than just those 2 cocktails. At the bar were fresh nuts to snack on plus some bowls with vegetable chips. I saw many wellknown brands of liquors in the bar shelves, many from Europe. Everything was top notch!

Next morning we went downstairs for the continental breakfast, and it was great! There would have been an option to get also hot dishes made to order, but I assume they would not have been included in our package, so we didn't take that. I am from Germany, we don't eat hot things anyway for breakfast (other than a boiled egg).

So we were enjoying the pastries, the fresh berries and melons and grapes etc, the joghurts and breads and cakes. Additionally there would have been packaged cereals and granolas, but we didn't take those. There were 4 choices of juice, I took from the Grapefruit juice and liked that well. Hubby had coffee.

During the breakfast the owner (Gary Melius) showed up and spoke to all the guests. I thanked him for his great work of restoring this great place and the fact that we were able to get a little piece of his wonderful property for one night. He is a very nice man and very down to earth.

After the breakfast we went upstairs to pack up our luggage, then checked out at 11 am, and then we joined the free tour. This tour costs normally $25 per person, but we got it as a part of our Groupon deal. We thought it would be like 45 minutes, but it really took almost 2 hours. This is not a complaint! We liked it that way!

We were led all over the place, the garden, the basement, the pantry, the construction sides, the ballroom, library, ladies' sitting room, Charlie Chaplin's room, the bar, the suites, the... you name it!

We saw the pool room, which is unfortunately declared unfit for the public, because of some modern sanitary laws. The pool was built in another era and has not the requirements of today's laws, so it can't be used by the public. That is sad, because the depth and shape of this pool looked very inviting to me. Pool room had ivy growing inside the room (yes!) and nice greek styled statues were overlooking the pool hall.

The public rest rooms were amazing! There were pads and tampons offered in the ladies' stalls, and there was not only l'Occitane soap offered, but also lotion of the same brand. I had never seen anything like that before in a public rest room! Beautiful frescos everywhere, also here, in the toilets (to put it quite mundanely).

After the tour ended around 2pm, we were led back to the dining room where we had our breakfast earlier that day. Now there were refreshments waiting for us, coffee and tea and fresh cookies made in the estates kitchen. And we were invited to stay in the gardens and estate after the tour! We were very happy to take that offer and made a lot more pictures.

We have stayed on a Tuesday night, and I liked it that way. No wedding party. This is of course the perfect place for a wedding party, but I think it is only fun if you are part of that. If not, it might be annoying. So we deliberately chose a midweek night, and that worked just right.

If there is ever another Groupon (or any other similar deal) offered, I will go back, even in the winter time! It is absolutely grand! And next time I'll know how to operate the jets in the tub, and who knows, maybe by then we'll have a tablet...

Room Tip: our Whitney room (#321) was big and had a King bed, a bath with jetted tub and glass shower stall
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Lee, New Jersey
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74 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2012

Spent my Best Birthday in this castle with my husband.
I am a photo geek, and fell in LOVE with this castle asa we arrived.

Many reviewers have already mentioned about the history background/ the details about the rooms etc, but I can tell you what I LOVED:

1) The Castle is so Photogenic inside out!
Just take a walk all over the castle and you'll see what I mean.

2) They use L'occitane products as amenities. Wow! so impressed.

3) The owner Gary. He is a Man!
So friendly, he approached us to greet while we were in the bar.
It was an honor to meet a person like him =)

4) The tour. (Thank Groupon for the Deal)
Even if you check the official website to study the history of the castle,
its worth to attend and you'll get something more =)

My husband and I really love this place.
Friendly Staffs, Clean Rooms, Beautiful Garden,
Free Wi-Fi, TV, DVD Player.
This was my best Birthday experience ever!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Falls Church, Virginia
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50 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2012

We had the good fortune of learning about this spectacular property, via Groupon. For an incredible price, we were able to stay at the OHEKA Castle, which takes one back to what was known as the Gilded Age, as reflected in "The Great Gatsby" by F.Scott Fitzgerald. In the 1980s, Gary, the owner took on the amazing task of restoring this castle. He could have demolished it to build McMansions or even gutted it to build condominiums. Instead, he took on what appeared to be the impossible and saved it. And we the public get to enjoy the experience, even if it is just by way of a tour or dining experience. It appeared that he stayed with the original architecture and thus had to work the 32 guestrooms and suites within the existing framework of window placement for instance. No problem! Remember he could have gone for modern perfection with an entirely new structure. The bathrooms were large and up to date with the luxury one might hope to experience in a high end property.We went off-season and still enjoyed riding along the water and going on lovely trail walks. Our room was large and the king size bed very comfortable. We had dinner within the castle both nights. It was a fine dining experience. Excellent! Every staff member was attentive, warm, and friendly, Even Gary was there each evening to meet his guests. Nothing stuffing. We would enjoy going back in season. The grounds were impeccably perfect! This would be a spectacular place for a wedding weekend or for some other eventful occasion. I would add photos, but can't get this to work. The grand photos I saw on the official site were true.

Room Tip: I imagine we would have been satisfied with any.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Oheka Castle
Address: 135 W Gate Dr, Huntington, NY 11743-6052
Location: United States > New York > Long Island > Huntington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Huntington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Oheka Castle 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
OHEKA CASTLE is a majestic historic mansion located on Long Island's famed Gold Coast between New York City and The Hamptons. This French-style chateau is the second largest private residence in America and has undergone $30 million in restoration to transform this stately home back to its former 1920's grandeur. OHEKA is listed on the National Register for Historic Places and boasts 32 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites on the upper floors where guests can sleep like royalty. Guests can enjoy a leisurely stroll around the beautiful formal gardens designed by the Olmsted Brothers, take a mansion tour and learn about the rich history of OHEKA and Otto Kahn, or dine in the OHEKA Bar and Restaurant before retiring to your uniquely designed guestroom for an in-room massage. Breathtakingly beautiful, OHEKA CASTLE is admired around the world as a premier venue for exquisite weddings and gala celebrations and has been the backdrop to many prominent film and photo productions. The refined European atmosphere and the feeling of being transported back in time to the decadence of the Roaring Twenties consistently gives OHEKA the recognition as America's Grandest Castle. ... more   less 
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