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
The Brentwood was so sweet and so cute!! It felt very cozy and the girls in the lobby were so sweet and accommodating! The hotel overlooks the race track and is just 5 min from the Main Street of town with so much to do and eat! We will definitely be back!
Thanks for the opportunity to provide a review. We loved everything about the Brentwood—beds, bedding, design, landscape, bar, drinks, fire pit (especially!), shower, hospitality, setting, details, + attitude.
We arrived on Friday night to an outdoor firepit roaring, wine tasting from a local winery and fresh bicuits, chili and cookies from the local farm stand! what a wonderful kick off to a relaxing weekend.The staff are very friendly (even mailed us a baseball cap we left in the room), and the rooms were beautiful--if not a wee bit small.
The Brentwood would be categorized as a Boutique Motel, with a definite comfortable hipster vibe. The staff is super friendly, especially Michaela who was accommodating and lovely to talk to. I traveled with my husband and we like to try new hotels in Saratoga because we are there often. We would go to back to the Brentwood, although it may not be for everyone. Again, it used to be a motel, so the rooms are very small with bare minimum as far as amenities (there are no proper closets, for example). That said, the bed is very cozy, although I would have liked a top sheet instead of just the comforter. Another suggestion is that in the colder months, the air conditioners are covered because there is a draft that comes through the unit and the room could be warmer. The shower was wonderful; although the bathroom is small and could definitely use a heat lamp in the ceiling because it was quite cold in there in the morning. The best part of the Brentwood? The bar. Small, quaint, elegant but with a trendy vibe, with a great wine selection and delicious craft cocktails. It is the type of place you could imagine yourself spending a lazy weekend afternoon into evening in, tasting and conversing. There are just several comfy barstools and a couple of tables, and that's what makes it so perfect. I would go back to the bar even if I weren't staying in the hotel. But I hope to do both again.
Convenient to the track and in a nice, quiet part of Saratoga, close enough to downtown but with small town feel and sophisticated and simple small rooms. We were lucky to stay out of season, I imagine there are no rooms available for a year in advance when the track is open. The breakfast bar is in the main room and there is a nice outdoor seating area. A fun spot to stay if you are going to a SPAC show and want to spend the night. A few of us got rooms and it was a great spot to socialize with friends and we met other hotel guests who were all well traveled and we all appreciated the well-designed, boutique touches.