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
- 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
Stayed here recently while my kid did an over night visit at Bard College. Prior to coming I read some reviews so I expected the strange check in and the train noise issues. We found the check in spot up the steps. Little confusing at first. Parking was out front in the assigned area by the trains. I would expect unloading could be troublesome in bad weather. The room was gorgeous, great view and private. Everything was very clean. Bed was comfy. Asked for foam pillows and they were there. There were a few issues and there is no one on site after a certain time. I think I had the same room as one of the last reviewers! The tub handle fell off in our hand, but my BF had a tool and fixed it. The candles did not work, but I had brought my own. Couldn’t figure out the TV, but wasn’t really interested in watching it anyway - wish I could have put the music back on though...was on when we got into room which was nice. It was so, so hot in the room. We woke up middle of the night to it so we opened a window and put the AC on. The bar area opened at 5, wish it was a little sooner. Bar food on the menu was very good. The bartender who also served as the chef and server, was fabulous and friendly. Breakfast was fast and tasty, server very friendly. Overall, we had a great stay and we loved the area. As far as the train, I found myself disappointed I didn’t hear the train more! Would go back if given the opportunity.
We arrived on a rainy Saturday afternoon. There was nobody working the front desk.There was nowhere to park. The bartender handed us a key. Nobody to help with anything. The room was large, and the bathroom was large. There was an electrical box with the door hanging open. One light in the bathroom didn't work. The Jacuzzi didn't work. The shelf in the shower was so slanted that things were falling off of it. The AC didn't work and it was 77 degrees in the room. Too hot to sleep. The train noise was insane. We were told that there was no maintenance person in the hotel, Ever. It just felt like nobody cared about anything and there was nobody to talk to about any of it. I finally talked to Monica and she offered me a great rate on a room in the future, but no discount on this stay. Won't be back.
Rustic should not be given as "rusty". A lack of maintenance is not the same as quaint. The room was 72 degrees when we arrived. There is a note above the thermostat with instructions that don't apply. We finally turned it off, and while the temperature outside went down to 30, it stayed at 74 all night long. There is a sheet describing how to turn the tv on, but that didn't apply either. The bathroom sink faucet handle popped off into our hands. The door to the room had cracks where we could see through to the hallway. The 3 flame-less candles in the bathroom either had no batteries or they were dead. There was a constant beeping, about every minute or so, from what may have been a dead battery in a smoke alarm in the hallway. The door to the balcony let a breeze blow through all night, but it stayed 74 degrees, so we had trouble sleeping anyway...all...night...long.
First impression was that it appeared drabby. After parking, we had to search for an entrance, lugging our suitcases around the opposite side of the building, looking for an indication where to check-in.
The view was ok, depending where we looked. The sound of the trains was nice. The bathroom was clean and the jacuzzi worked well. The cost was too dear for a hotel room that pretends to be a "trendy" lodging.
Great feeling in this building and its surroundings. Our room was missing a few things - ice bucket, but no big deal. We did, however, reserve a room with two beds and the second bed did not have any sheets or blankets so could not be used. We only had use of the one bed, which defeated the purpose of our reservation.
My wife and i had a one night stay at The Rhinecliff but we will definitely come back in the near future! The room was super clean and beautiful and had an amazing view of the Hudson River. Tom, who tends bar, is a great conversationalist and very personable and makes you feel right at home. Breakfast was also very tasty and the fruit salad was super fresh. A hidden gem!