What We Love
- It’s historic location: the hotel sits next to the iconic 1860s Saratoga Race Course (where the horse Seabiscuit was discovered)
- Every night, the record player at the cocktail bar plays soul records as part of its “listening party happy hour”
- C.O. Bigelow bath products in each of the guest rooms
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Purchase s’mores supplies, available at reception, so you can make your version of the camping treat at the hotel’s fire pit
- There is no restaurant onsite, though the bar doles out complimentary tea and coffee
- The Deluxe Suite, with two full-size bunks and a queen-size double, is well-suited for families
- Dogs are permitted for an additional fee
When Brooklyn-based design firm Studio Tack decided to makeover a downtrodden motor lodge, they looked to its culturally-rich surroundings—an upstate New York town with an immaculately preserved Victorian and neoclassical buildings in addition to a storied racetrack—for aesthetic tips. It’s why the exteriors here resemble a stable, the courtyard is lined with crunchy gravel, and guests can actually see their neighboring chargers being shuttled to the track during race season. But don’t let Brentwood’s diminutive size fool you—this petite and stylish pre-race retreat punches far above its weight. Each of the dozen rooms here is kitted out with handsome flourishes, like Kilim rugs, brass metalwork, glossy plywood floors, and antique oil paintings acquired from Massachusetts flea markets. The superb selection of specialty martinis, Manhattans, and mules at the charming nugget of a bar (there are only six stools, and it turns into a breakfast nook in the a.m.) was curated by the mixologists from nearby Hamlet & Ghost; here, the Whitney, a deceptively smooth mix of vodka, pineapple juice, St. Germain, and lemon is most definitely the drink to bet on.
In the Area
Though crowds spike dramatically during Saratoga Spring’s race season (which typically stretches from mid-July to early September), Brentwood makes an ambitious case for visiting even during the off-peak months. Hop aboard one of the hotel’s Linus bikes and explore the nearby Beekman Street Arts District or take a dip in the Roosevelt Bath and Spa, which is fueled by the region’s healing waters. You’ll have to leave the hotel for meals, but it’s hardly an inconvenience—delicious options in the vicinity range from farm-to-table Creole dishes at The Mouzon House to all-American eats at the Horsheshoe Inn, which offers a delicious trackside breakfast on weekends.
How to Get There
This place was great! It was in the perfect location and the staff was exceptional. We especially loved riding the bikes all over. The room was very clean and nice. They have a nice bar and a restaurant across the street. I want to come back during the racing season!!
Some girls fiends and I stayed at Brentwood overnight to attend a bridal shower and to enjoy a night on the town. Our room was lovely and we spent some of the afternoon enjoying the picnic table with some snacks and after bridal shower cocktails. Would definitely stay at Brentwood again! Thank you
Proximity to the backstretch and morning workouts at Saratoga Downs — along with attractive (if compact) rooms and a cozy bar — make the Brentwood an oasis from life’s weary paces... Our visit preceded racing season and the place was fully booked so plan accordingly.
This hotel is clean, comfortable, and very well managed. It has many nice historical touches, down to fine details, making guests feel as if they're experiencing Saratoga Springs in its late 19th century glory. Management was extremely kind and accommodating. My husband and I usually do not care much for staying in any hotel for any reason, as we prefer the comforts of home, but his hotel goes above and beyond, and made our experience an enjoyable one. Highly recommended!
Perfectly located next to the race track, awesome facilities, great staff and a brilliant overall experience. The bikes were a very nice aspect of the hotel as well as the bar menu on offer! Every little detail had been thought of throughout the place.