What We Love
- Free WiFi and on-site parking for all guests
- All nine guestrooms come with a view of the Hudson River — be sure to catch the sunset if you can
- Less than two hours by train from NYC
What To Know
- Location above the Amtrak station means train noise throughout your stay
- The hotel is two miles outside Rhinebeck, so be prepared to drive or take a taxi into town if you’re looking for action away from the hotel grounds
- The Bar restaurant serves breakfast daily but only evening drinks on Tuesdays; weekend (Friday through Sunday) dinner service begins for the season on February 8, and nightly dinner service begins April 29
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Built in 1854, the Rhinecliff Hotel retains an Old World charm despite a full renovation in 2003. Much of its new façade utilizes materials reclaimed from the original construction, and the intimate size gives the impression of staying at a friend’s country home. Expect antique hardwood flooring, views of the Hudson River and modern art from local “green” artist David Bernstein (reclaimed tire parts and repurposed plastic water bottles) in the public spaces.
Bed & Bath
Eight of the nine guestrooms have luxe King beds (one has a Queen) that face flat-screen TVs and French doors that open up to the eastern bank of the Hudson. Bedside you’ll find an iPod docking station as well as free earplugs — a welcome amenity given the noise from round-the-clock trains chugging through Rhinecliff station. The bathrooms have dual sinks, oversize jetted soaking tubs and walk-in rain showers, but bather beware, the drainage system is not optimized for an open-shower experience.
The hotel’s intimate scale does not accommodate an on-site gym or spa, but the full restaurant makes up for any lacking elements. The owners’ British roots shine through in the space, which has an old-fashioned pub-type feel, with a wood-burning fireplace and the original bar from the hotel’s former incarnation. Daily breakfast — homemade buttermilk pancakes, fresh fruit and, of course, a full English breakfast — is served in the restaurant until 10 a.m. during the week and a cushy 3 p.m. on weekends, when you can substitute brunch for your included breakfast. Dine on the patio during warmer months and admire the Hudson during one of the Rhinecliff’s Sunday Jazz Brunches (held year-round). Weekend (Friday through Sunday) dinner service begins for the season on February 8, and nightly dinner service begins April 29, at which point you can expect more Brit staples such as fish and chips and Shepherd’s Pie.
How to Get There
The location is what it is all about! We sat on our balcony with amazing Hudson River views. Watching sailboats, kayaks and freighters never grows tiresome. Train is close - very close - but it is over in a moment and then all is quiet again. I feel the train adds to the experience. Breakfast was huge portion - eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, toast, delicious french pressed coffee - all made to order.
One item was unexpected and if I were traveling alone I would not have been happy - the staff LEAVE in the evening and don't come back until morning. We were there off season - so it was just US and one other person in the entire hotel. The gentleman told us the night before he was the only person in the building. The locks on all the outside entrances to hotel are old and are not key swipes. They need to improve their security. Would be very easy for someone to get into this building at night.
Not pretentious, not "basic", just good fun on the Hudson. No elevator!! Warning :-) Awesome views & right next to the train station! A fun little bar in the basement, great staff. A word to anyone traveling in the area - Rhinecliff and Rhinebeck are a few miles apart, and cab or Uber services are a bit of a challenge. There ain't much in Rhinecliff, so most of your social / food activities are going to be someplace else (likely Rhinebeck or across the river).
I recently designed a wedding at the Rhinecliff and it was a spectacular setting. The staff is gracious, the views are unforgettable and the amenities worked well for us. Any request we had was handled swiftly, the guest rooms were spacious. All in all, great choice!