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
A short getaway to the Hudson Valley to celebrate an anniversary seemed ideal and it was for the most part. We choose The Rhinecliff because if offered a view of the Hudson River which we were looking forward to along with a Restaurant and Pub on site. We held our breaths as we approached the building which appeared to be in need of refurbishing. So upon entering the hallway to our 2nd floor room the rugs were tattered, the paint was chipping and the blinds were dusty and haphazardly opened at random levels. Our room was amply large, but furniture was wanting.Really could have used a few nighttables. Our bathroom also quite large, but also in need of an update, especially grouting which had long ago turned black hopefully from age.
Yes, breakfast was provided(which we missed) which consisted of muffins, eggs and bacon. We learned that another couple was staying at The Rhinecliff, and dinner was not available and the bar did not open until 5pm. It seems the staff was preparing for a few weddings in the coming days. The banquet facilities looked fine, however the housekeeping and need for a complete update would be a discouraging factor.
The king-size bed was comfortable and the air-conditioning was adequate. Rhinebeck is just a few miles away and has a wealth of choices of Inns and hotels along with some outstanding restaurants.
Prompted to write this review by a recent family wedding at the Rhinecliff.
The good things first: the bartender is the hardest working (and often the only person working) at the Rhinecliff. He did his best and was very nice and capable.
We filled the hotel for the weekend, wedding for 90, brunch for 50. The wedding was prepaid, but no one used that money to hire sufficient staff to run it. There was, bizarrely, only a skeleton staff at this full hotel on a holiday weekend, hosting a wedding.
For example on the first morning, breakfast was advertised for 8-11 am. There was no cook at work by 8:30, and other staff decided to give it their level best. Results were predictably mixed, service was pretty terrible (no one busing tables, food orders mixed up, took forever) but we were fed. This was with maybe a dozen people in the restaurant.
Brunch the next day for 50 people, completely and unbelievably inadequate. Set for 10am, and no food out until closer to 11. Dirty tables sat for hours, while the staff of one banquet manager and two apparently untrained high school kids tried to serve breakfast for 50. The guests were literally setting tables and wiping rainwater off of chairs. We constantly lacked coffee, plates, and cups. We took forks from the bus station or we would have had no forks. It was actually as if they didn't know that we were coming.
There are no walkable food choices nearby so you are a captive and hungry audience at the Rhinecliff.
In the actual hotel, the rooms need a facelift and a deep clean. Stains on furniture and on walls, the outside porch needed cleaning, beds too soft and pillows insanely soft. No drawers to put anything, lighting is dim. A/C is very loud but not louder than the train whistle. They do provide earplugs. All this for almost $300 a night, unbelievable.
In spite of that we had a lovely wedding thanks to our great family, but honestly it was no thanks to the management of the Rhinecliff.
We had stayed at Rhinecliff Inn approximately 6 years ago. This was our second time and we enjoyed our midweek getaway. The room was large and comfortable. The staff were extremely welcoming and the breakfast was ample and well done. The river views are magnificent. CLose by to Rhinebeck, Bard, Hudson and Woodstock.