My 8 year old and I went to NY to visit family and friends, and for this I decided to not stay in traditional hotels. I'd never heard of Oheka, and found it on the internet.
My son was amazed by the place. And so was I. This is more than merely a place to stay overnight. It is a project and you get to see it happening right in front of you.
1. No, this is not the Ritz Carlton. Too bad for Ritz Carlton because the building is one of a kind. The Ritz treats you like you are better than them, and we were not looking for that at Oheka. If you have that upper class look to you, no doubt the Oheka staff knows how to treat you like the Queen--I felt they all knew how to turn on the charm when called for. But my son and I were not looking for that.. There are no snooty employees at Oheka. Everyone working at Oheka is very friendly and personable.
2. The place is the equal of castles and mansions, and you get to stay there overnight. Obviously the place is intended for weddings and other events. It being the middle of the week, my son and I were the only guests. You can not imagine what it is like to have the entire place to yourself, and all the staff looking after you.
3. The breakfast, which comes with your stay, is very elaborate. Fresh fruit, danish, coffee, cereal, etc. The finest 'continental' breakfast I have ever experienced.
4. The 'crew' continues to rehab the premises because the 'castle' is still being repaired from decades of abuse. You get to see what work is being done if you take the tour. Other than the constant upkeep, we were neither disturbed nor inconvenienced by the crew, and the rehabbing does not intrude on your experience. The progress to date is an amazing achievement.
5. The gardens are as beautiful as I've seen anywhere, including in Europe. The furnishings and the art--being no expert, I am guessing that what you see is not museum quality--beautiful and high end nonetheless. It is an impressive achievement to see what has been brought onto the premises to make the experience very real. Even the new portion, a large party room, has been done tastefully.
6. Our room was fine, nothing extraordinary because we took the least expensive room ($295/nite). The bathroom is much larger than a regular hotel bathroom. Our room had a door to a balcony, but the door is set so as not to open. Too bad. Bathtub is a jacuzzi, and as opposed to other places to which we've been, Oheka actually gives you a bottle of bubble bath for free. No hesitation to provide lots of towels. Also, they give you a small basket of goodies to eat for no additional charge. All very nice touches. We saw the more expensive rooms while on the tour....holy moly...all I can say is, if you've no issue spending $400-$600 a night, you will have a once in a lifetime experience. Our furniture was very nice. TV is merely a regular picture tube tv, but we were fine with it.
7. I panicked when I saw the room had no coffee pot. Well, we are very early risers, and the staff persons were more than happy to bring us to get coffee and oj in the castle. While we didn't ask for much, even our small requests like this were received with enthusiasm.
8. If you go, you will have to make the 10 minute drive into the Town of Huntington for quality dining. The castle provides breakfast, but no other meals (except for events). There are plans for a restaurant, with room service. No room service yet.
9. Special requests: My son got ill the last night (unrelated to the castle), and I asked if the staff could bring us ice and club soda. "Yes." A staff person brought it to our room. The young lady who earlier in the visit gave us the tour told me that, if my son did not feel better, and if we needed anything, to merely ask. It was a very kind gesture, and I'm happy to report my son felt 100% in the morning.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND OHEKA. You can stay at a regular hotel for this price, but why?
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Oheka Castle Huntington
- Oheka Castle Hotel Huntington