I wrote this review shortly after our stay at the Saratoga Arms last August, during racing season and am sorry for the delay in submitting it.
The hotel has the feel of a large private home or upscale boarding house, which is what it was (although maybe not upscale) before it was renovated and turned into a hotel a few years ago. Lots of attention to detail and many nice touches (like the blue-bottled seltzer water). The bed was like heaven, and I slept soundly every night. Breakfast was served in an elegant dining room, where the walls were lined with President Grant memorabilia and tables were set with white cloth napkins and tablecloths. Selection was not large, but the food was delicious and more than adequate.
The race course is about a mile away, a pleasant walk through residential Saratoga Springs on a nice day. Broadway, with its many shops and great restaurants, is right outside the door.
I don’t know whether or not the fact that the room didn’t have food storage capacity (no refrigerator or microwave) is a negative. We did bring food in one evening from a grocery store after spending the day at the Saratoga Battlefield and Lake George and could have used both, but I’m from a generation that never expected half the conveniences hotels provide these days. We could hear the people above us walking across the floor and flushing the toilet, but I chalked that up to being a part of the “boarding house” experience; it was infrequent and didn’t disturb us.
There was one definite negative, though. We never knew whether we would get one of the hotel’s eight designated parking spots upon returning to the hotel. We usually ended up on the side street, which had no-time-limit public parking, but on a couple of occasions we had to park illegally in a reserved spot and then watch out our window for something to open up. I suppose during racing season parking is difficult everywhere in Saratoga Springs, but for what we paid we really did expect a place to park.
We had a pleasant stay, but this is a very pricey place during racing season, and when we go to Saratoga Springs again it would be a toss-up as to whether we’d stay at the Saratoga Arms or at one of the bed-and-breakfasts even closer to the race track.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover an award winning Saratoga Springs luxury hotel located in the heart of beautiful downtown steps to the Thoroughbred Races, shopping, restaurants, and museums. Our Saratoga Springs bed & breakfast features 31 individually appointed rooms with fireplaces & whirlpool tubs, combining historic elegance and modern amenities. A delicious full breakfast, Wi-Fi & concierge service is included at our romantic Saratoga Springs lodging. Experience why the Saratoga Arms stand apart from all other hotels in Saratoga Springs, NY! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saratoga Arms Hotel Saratoga Springs
- Saratoga Arms Springs
- Saratoga Arms Hotel Springs