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
My girlfriend and I stayed for one night on our way from New York to Burlington. We got off to a late start and arrived close to 11pm. The small team who run the hotel were easy to reach and let us know they would leave the reservation desk open for us to check-in. Upon arrival, we were instantly charmed by the location and aesthetic of the hotel. A once small, L-shape, side-of-the-road motel was turned into a beautiful boutique hotel right next to the race track. We didn't spend too much time in the bar but every detail was thought through: the branded coasters, the horse wallpaper in the bathroom, everything was beautiful! We got a King Size room and it was perfect for the night. The bed and sheets were amazing, definitely one of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept on. The bathroom was stocked with C.O. Bigelow products and the shower was hot with good water pressure. The next morning, we woke up and headed to the bar/reservation room for coffee and great conversation with Rob, one of the managers of the hotel. He had great recommendations for our short stay in Saratoga Springs. Overall, I highly recommend this place for a short stay. It's beautiful, comfortable, warm and cozy. I hope I get the chance to stay here again!
We have the most perfect wedding weekend at the Brentwood. Everyone love the rooms and vibe of the place, including the bar which hopefully we didn't cause too much trouble at. I would recommend it to everyone. Thank you so much!
My husband enjoyed our 1 night stay at the Brentwood. It was very stylish and the bed was very comfortable. We left our Amazon Fire Stick remote behind and they reached out to ask about it and kindly mailed it to us, which was very appreciated. Cons: The walls are very thin and you can hear your neighbors, which is something the hotel might want to make other guests aware of when they check in, so they can be mindful (and maybe on the website in the same section they mention music at the bar across the street).
This place is awesome. A total roadside gem. It is quaint and comfortable with a classic, old-timey feel to it, and yet it is thoroughly modern. Staff was pleasant and helpful. The place is also pet-friendly, and our dog was calm and comfortable there. Highly recommended!
Brentwood provides the visitor a taste of the grace, comfort and friendliness of hostelries with personality. Without being lavish, it incorporates aesthetics, old-fashioned style and modern convenience, and meticulously, not a detail is overlooked.