My partner and I stayed here for three nights two weeks ago. All things considered, this is not a bad place to stay. The pros - cleanliness, location, wonderfully nice hosts. The cons - temperature control, acoustics, breakfast. Simply put, the location could not be better. As other reviewers have noted, it is directly across from the Vaderbilt National Historic Site, and only a few miles from the Culinary Institue, FDR National Historic Site, and Val-Kill. Our room and the common areas were spotlessly clean. The hosts are top notch. If you need assistance with planning your activities, they are absolutely great. I'm one of those, however, who never travels anywhere without having done advance research. We therefore already had our day excursions planned, and we also had all of our dinner reservations made (three nights at different restaurants at the Culinary Institute!) before we arrived in Hyde Park. We stayed in the Outback Room. We thought that would be a great choice as it had not only an ensuite bathroom, but a TV and small refrigerator as well. It is a first floor room. If we return, we would definitely pick a different room. Because the Outback Room is on the first floor, if there are other guests traveling together, as happened when we visited, and they are using the common areas in the evening or early morning, then you will hear every word of their conversation. The room was otherwise comfortable, although a bit too warm for us. There are no individual temperature controls in this room. We closed all of the vents, but the room was still too warm for us to comfortably sleep. As for the breakfasts, you have to realize that this is a B&B and not a restaurant. They make one breakfast each day, served at one time, and everybody eats the same thing. You won't know what's being served until it's actually served. The hosts alter the main breakfast entree with one day being savory, the next sweet. I alerted the hosts upfront to the fact that I am on a no-sugar-added diet. There was no accommodation offered to me on the "sweet" day, so my only option was to have cereal. Gratefully, they did provide an assortment of cereals and juices each day. Still, my experience at other B&Bs is that hosts are often a little more accommodating about special diets. Even having alerted our hosts to my diet, on our second day I was served a fruit course (already plated) with added honey and sweetened yogurt. I would have loved to have had only the beautiful fresh fruit, but I wasn't given that option, so I had to forgo the fruit course altogether. It left me a little disappointed, especially considering the price that we paid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are across from The Vanderbilt Mansion, a short drive to the Roosevelt Home & Library, Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-kill and The Culinary Institute of America. Kayak the Hudson River and explore our miles of walking and hiking trails. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Journey Inn Bed And Breakfast
- Journey Hotel Hyde Park