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“Fantastic Wedding Experience”
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The Rhinecliff
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rhinecliff
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 3, 2009

We recently had our wedding reception at the Rhinecliff. We found the owner (James) and the event coordinator (Jeffrey) to be wonderful in helping to plan and execute our reception. The level of attention and service that James and Jeffrey provided was above and beyond the call of duty and our reception was fantastic. Our guests raved about the venue, the quality food, and the overall experience. James and Jeffrey helped making our wedding experience to be truly memorable and I would highly recommend the Rhinecliff to anyone.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank BrianBr13
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Reviewed August 19, 2009

i have read the reviews and can say that staying at the rhinecliff can be the most wonderful experience and the most exasperating. i have stayed at the rhinecliff several times over the past year either with my daughter and her fiance or wih a friend.

july 2008, while searching the hudson valley for a wedding site, we drove to rhinecliff to eat in the china rose and of course to bask in the amazing view of the river, the mountains and the railroad tracks and bridge all at once. my daughter and her fiance were so pleased to see that the old rhinecliff hotel was restored and appeared open for business. the three of us walked in, met the owner james chapman, and the search for a site for their wedding was over.

the year of planning was filled with excitement but lots of frustration as well. just weeks before the event my daughter even considered changing the venue when she felt that the owner and manager were not meeting her needs nor responding to her requests.

suddenly however we realized that it would all come together and so on july 17th, 2009, the weekend of celebration began with a welcome barbecue and ended on july 19th, 2009 with a beautiful farewell brunch. July 18th, 2009, at 7pm in the evening under a majestic sky in the most breathtaking setting one can imagine, my daughter and her husband were married. the rhinecliff hotel and all the staff not only met all our expectations, but exceeded them by a mile. the maintenance staff painted the walls in the banquet room, they hung flags outside to represent the countries of origin of the bride and groom, they hung our paintings etc etc. the food was superb with a selection that impressed most our guests. the wines were fine and plentiful. the service was fantastic. the guests at the hotel enjoyed their rooms and hospitality.

yes i know the trains can be loud, especially the freight trains in the middle of the night that last for ever. i know the service in the restaurant can sometimes leave something to be desired. and yes i know that the hotel phone is not always answered and goes to voice mail. but i must say that i have always LOVED staying at the rhinecliff hotel and would highly recommend it for a quick hudson valley getaway. and they certainly know how to put on a PARTY.

  • Stayed: July 2009
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Thank jackie1249
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Reviewed July 20, 2009

Had a small company retreat here on a Mon night. Took 6 of the rms. it was great. good breakfast and lunch. Ate dinner in Rhinebeck proper. Terrific to be able to come by train and most of us loved the sound and sight of the trains--even one around 5:30am. Two minors complaints--agree that screens would be a big improvement and the beer list was in process of change so most of those listed were unavailable. Liked the orig list better than what they have now--had lunch there last Sat july 18.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled on business
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Thank 954vivian
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Reviewed July 14, 2009

My wife and I waited in anticipation for the opening of the Rhinecliff and our first trip there exceeded our expectations. The restoration was impeccably executed and the setting on the Hudson harkens back to what it must have felt like 100 years ago during its heyday. Loved the fixtures and elegance of the guest rooms. Coupled with a contemporary and lively Saturday dinner crowd with ample room for outdoor drinks and conversation, we think Rhinecliff is world-class gem we wish we could tell more people about!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank GramercyDinnerParty
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Reviewed July 14, 2009

I took my girlfriend here last Easter for a romantic getaway, my first trip ever up the valley. Wasn't sure exactly what to expect, although the photos of the hotel were gorgeous. When I called up they were all out of the standard rooms, but they gave us a free upgrade to the honeymoon suite. The room was unbelievable, with two-storey arched ceilings and exposed wooden beams, a gigantic jacuzzi tub, and a granite spa shower. Not at all what I expected for what I thought would be more of a b&b. The current owner is English, and this was reflected in the formal take-care-of-you service we got when we were downstairs. The food in the hotel was outstanding, again exceeding my expectations for a small-town establishment. I highly recommend both the burger and (surprisingly) the chicken. They also have a full selection of top shelf liquor and great wines. (Their "well" liquor consisted of Gordon's, Tito's, and Bacardi, and only went up from there.) If you are a snobby city boy like me who likes the best quality places everywhere you go, I highly recommend this place. Oh yeah, the view is killer too.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank brooklyncowboy
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Reviewed July 14, 2009

The Rhinecliff Hotel, after extensive upgrading, is surely the #1 hotel in the area. It nicely exploits its location on the Hudson, offering lovely views from the restaurant and from many rooms. We found the staff sweet and quick -- very quick -- to accomodate us whenever we had a problem.

The restaurant serves very good, even creative, food -- having dined there for 2 bountiful breakfasts (it's included in the room price), a lunch and a dinner. The food, setting and service now clearly rival that of Terrapin anhd Beekman Arms, the other 2 top restaurants in the area. Service was good (though somewhat amatuerish -- but this is, after all, Rhinecliff, not Manhattan), the portions huge and the menu creative.

Rooms were large (ours was a premium room), baths were very modern and beds were very comfortable. The hotel indeed is on it's way to becoming top-notch, if it corrects a few flaws. These, though minor, are not really accdeptable in a hotel charging the high prices that the Rhinecliff asks for a room.

The flaws:
1) There was not a single drawer in the entire room -- not one. No place to put a wallet, or watch, or earings or anything. We were told that drawers were kept out because of aesthetic concerns. Well, this is one time (not the first) when aesthetics undermines comfort. There is plenty of space in the room to place a small chest of drawers. The hotel should do it.

2) There is very little surface space upon which to place anything -- books, papers, wallets, eyeglasses and so forth. There are two small nightstands and one small surface that serves as a writing desk (no drawers, however). There is no coffee table, though there is plenty of space for one.

3) The Rhinecliff area offers sweet, cool air at night. Yet we had to sleep with the windows closed and the air-conditionuing going full force -- because the hotel advised us that if we opened windows insects would fly in since there are no screens on the windows. That's a puzzling policy for the hotel. After all, air conditioners surely add enormously to the hotel's electricity costs. Our strong suggestion: Put screens on the window. Let guests enjoy the Rhinecliff fresh air. Save on power costs.

4) The closet is so tiny that it could not even hold the clothes we brought for just 2 days. Half of the closet is devoted to shelves. If a chest of drawers were placed in the room, the shelves could be removed from the closet, thus doubling the hanging-space.

These are all minor flaws, easily corrected. They distracted a bit from our enjoyment of the hotel, but not enough to erode the great pleasure of 2 nights at the Rhinecliff Hotel. When we return to the Rhinebeck/Rhinecliff area, we will return to this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ChuckNYC
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Reviewed July 6, 2009

nice views of the hudson except for the railway walkover. Nice looking pub style bar and patio. poor service. to start an assistant wait staff served us a bag of cocktail nuts and kettle made chips only to realize a short time later that it was meant for the next table. We howver thought it was a compliment to our drink orders and began eating from each. The waitress then removed the snacks from our table only to put it on the table it was meant for after we had OUR HANDS IN IT. WORSE OF ALL - the patrons next to us never said anyhing --they must not have noticed where it was prior to them. The waitress was not helpful in helping us decide on dinner entrees as the menu changes each week and the preparations of the dishes were unusual. Also did not seem to pair well with the apps. we had bread and butter with no knife to spread it with, we had soup with no spoons, and i finally asked for knives to have with our dinner. Best of all_- i received my martini in a SNIFFER! you just cant drink a martini from a Sniffer. I guess they ran out of glasses. our waitress only appeared back at our table at the end of our courses. She was nice. not a big hustler though.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: 4 Grinnell Street, PO Box 292, Rhinecliff, NY 12574
Location: United States > New York > Rhinecliff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rhinecliff
Price Range: $179 - $379 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Re-birthed after a painstaking five-year renovation, The Rhinecliff is a boutique country hotel, nestled on the banks of the mighty Hudson River and enjoys unparalleled river and mountain views. Featuring beautiful antique floors and woodwork, and world-class cuisine, The Rhinecliff (National Register of Historic Places) is two minutes drive from Rhinebeck. ... more   less 
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