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
just slightly off the beaten path, this adorable "converted stable" hotel contains only 12 rooms and has bed & breakfast appeal. there are unusual touches that give nod to the region's racing history and shared spaces that are homey and comfortable. complimentary bicycles provide easy and fast access to downtown which is close enough whether walking or driving. staff is welcoming & accommodating.
I can't say enough good things about the Brentwood. The rooms are wonderfully designed with very clean and incredibly comfortable bedding. The charming office/bar is a lovely space to have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and the customer service is quite refreshing! I can't speak to the noise that may exist during high racing season as I haven't been there at that time and it's been peaceful in a wonderful location.I just wish I had more opportunities to stay there :)
We had a great time at you hotel. The convenience of the property to the racetrack and with the horseshoe restaurant nextstore made it easy to just walk everywhere. Seeing the horses exercising each morning was also nice since that's why we were there. Also all the employees were very friendly. We plan on coming back next year. Thanks
Rooms are very well decorated, modern and sleek. Love the bar setup in the lobby. Directly across the street from the race track, would definitely stay here again next summer! We stayed here on a whim after extending our stay an extra night from one of the larger, older hotels. Will be staying here again!
If you really want the Saratoga racing experience, this is the place to stay. You can see the track from your door and the horses walk past in the morning on the way to the track to exercise. The folks in the office are helpful and attentive and the room was comfortable.