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Oheka Castle
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Huntington
Certificate of Excellence
Augusta, GA
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1,250 reviews
209 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 474 helpful votes
“Never knew this place existed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

We had seen this place listed in one of our books about historic homels







































We had seen this hotel listed in one of our historic hotels of America books and decided to stay there for one night with our daughter on our way to the Hamptons from NYC. We were late getting there for our dinner reservation since we were in terrible traffic leaving New York. The hotel staff were very nice and understanding and said they would talk to the chef and let him know we would be late. We checked in and immediately went to our rooms to change for dinner and didn't get much of a chance to look around. Dinner was excellent, and Gary Melius, the owner of the property, stopped by our table, introduced himself and talked to other guests before sitting down with them. After dinner, my daughter and I went to the bar and had a martini. The hotel was not crowded, but there was an Indian wedding going on there that was heavily attended. We learned that the Castle is the number one wedding venue in the U.S. I can see why. The grounds are lush and green and well kept. The rooms are very well appointed, and the ballroom is very large yet cozy. The menu is diverse and the food is fun and well prepared. If desired, the entire Castle can be rented out, and all of the guests feel right at home. There were many complimentary snacks in our room and first class bath and grooming products. Breakfast was continental but very filling and tasty. We had a view of the back while eating, and after breakfast took a tour of the entire property with our guide, Laura, who was very knowledgeable and fun. Loved this place and will return eventually. Gary has put a lot of money into the Castle renovating it, and it is a first class destination.

Room Tip: We stayed in rooms 318 and 319, and 318 had a complete view of the back golf course.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kay M
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Bayport, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

This review is for the Bar/Restaurant - went here for Mother's day dinner and was not impressed with the service nor the food. Had a reservation at 6:15 and when we got there, nobody was paying attention to us. Hubby was at the bar waiting for a maitre d but none. Finally after 10mins, one of the server asked him if there's anything she could do, hubby told her we have a reservation at 6:15 and she goes ok, that's all. After another 10 mins, another server passed by i told her again about our reservation and she said another server is already preparing our table. I mean what kind of service is this?! Then on the way out, the valet parking guy was giving us a different car, i mean really?!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Miami, Florida
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39 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014

The grounds are beautiful/breathtaking. The staff is great. We were at the Castle for a wedding and really enjoyed the outdoor ceremony and indoor reception. The food, which I presume was cooked by the hotel chef was good. It is an extremely unique setting. The library was a real treat. I would highly recommend a visit.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2014

The grounds are just breathtaking. If you are looking for an amazing venue this has it all. The executive chef has designed a great menu and it is executed so well. We stayed during a critical part of home renovation, was a smart move. We enjoyed our time there very much. I've been to both corporate and wedding events here and I was very impressed.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, MA
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226 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

One thing I've noticed is that the last few times I've stayed here, the discount travel site people have found out the secret of this great hotel. This last time there were 5 or 6 couples staying here who were in their 20s or early 30s and had used groupon or some of the other discount sites to book a room. (I was a bit dissapointed to find out that one of them paid almost half off what I did for the same room AND they were given food/drink vouchers) I guess I will have to brush up on my discount travel social media dealmaking in the future!

Despite the somewhat louder than I am used to guests/families roaming around taking photos of the castle for facebook, I had another very enjoyable stay here. The family that owns the castle is very gracious and treat you like a guest in their home vs. an annoyance. I was shocked to hear about the owner's recent health problem and wish him a speedy recovery!

Oheka is one of the last Golden Age mansions that guests can stay in. While it is not as ornate and gilded as some of the Newport mansions, it is still a fantastic example of pre-income tax wealth and oppulance. The rooms are well appointed and furnished nicely. The bathrooms are really something else with large antique style soaking tubs and jetted showers. Most luxurious hotels fall short when it comes to a small, dated bathroom ... but Oheka has some of the nicest bathrooms/showers out of any hotel I've ever stayed in.

The hotel is pretty much open for wandering around at any time. At night, some of the younger staff needs to learn how to keep the 4 letter words being SHOUTED out to a minimum as castle walls do echo ... however, it is still quite unique to be wandering around inside a castle.

The restaurant is quite good and the bar offers more variety of whiskey and scotch than just about any other bar I've been to. What a treat for a whiskey lover! I usually treat myself to a very top shelf whiskey each time I am here and based on the number of scotch botles, etc. I will not run out of new ones to try anytime soon! They have over 6 varieties of Johnny Walker alone! In the morning, they lay out a fabulous breakfast buffet of fresh fruit, yogurt, bagels, etc. If you prefer hot entrees you can order them off a menu. I love the eggs benedict here!

Oheka is certainly somewhere you must try a stay at! When I am on business on Long Island, I try to book a night here especially when I am staying at typical ho hum Marriott properties. It really is a little treat of luxury that breaks up a typical business stay nicely. The price isn't always so budget friendly, but that is to be expected because this is one of the most unique hotels in the United States as far as I am concerned. And this is a luxury property for sure (love a hotel with turndown service!) Apparently they run deals on groupon and other discount sites, which would be good for those who couldn't afford the regular rate ... but bad for those of us who don't love being around a younger travel crowd.

So glad Gary and his family open their Oheka Castle to guests. It is an oasis of a better time!

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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North Salem, New York
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18 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014

We went in December after purchasing a special with Groupon. The pools and grounds were in winter state, but still quite beautiful in their own right. The staff was helpful and courteous. The check in area was small and unassuming. It did not feel as though you were walking into a hotel.
The tour was nice. I would have enjoyed a little more history on the place but it was presented well and I had a great time. The bar was very small but adequate for the number of people who were there. The restaurant option was limited and expensive. We chose to visit one of the many restaurants in the area instead. The room we stayed in was absolutely stunning. The bathroom was comfortable and the tub was luxurious. The provided bath amenities were really quite nice. The bed was absolutely the softest bed I've ever slept in and the pillows and comforter quality really topped it all off. I would go back if another deal came along but I wouldn't be likely to return at their regular rates. I would recommend others going if they want a quiet, romantic atmosphere and a lovely stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Thank A K
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Northport, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2014

Lovely quite evening with my husband for dinner. We did not stay at the hotel, just went for dinner The meal was fabulous as well as the service. Look forward to going again in the spring/summer timeframe to walk the grounds

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Thank valleygirl1954
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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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