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
a small (12 rooms) quaint little place, great location right alongside the racetrack. Friendly staff, Rooms are small but clean with nice beds, The lobby offers check in, a small cool bar and coffee in the mornings with a nice firepit outside.
Came with friends and our dog for an overnight stay. The hotel is quaint but full of character. Check in is in the bar area and greeted by the manager. Our king room was small but all we needed for a single night stay. We loved the fact that the hotel was pet friendly and she loved her stay. The bed in the room was extremely comfortable. The bar area at night was pretty crowded and right next door to a bar/restaurant. The area is away from the main strip in town, but next door to the Raceway and down the road from the casino. Would definitely want to come back during warmer weather! Hospitality was above and beyond - it snowed at night and into the morning of check out and the manager on duty went around to every car cleaning it off. It was totally unnecessary and was a very generous touch. Great stay!
This place is great. It has a really cool vibe as soon as you walk in the lobby. The manager greeted us warmly and made the check in process extremely easy. The room itself is very nice and updated. The bathroom is so nice and clean and the bed is very comfortable. The drive into town is about 3 minutes and you are right across the street from the track. This place is really cool and intimate.
Went with my boyfriend over Presidents’ Day. It was the cutest hotel! Every detail thought about. Nicest people in the lobby day and night. Most comfortable beds ever! Close to town. Will definitely be back!
Super cute room and high quality everything - from pillows to body wash! Staff was helpful in giving recommendations for places to eat and stuff to do. Overall great vibes, we definetly want to be back soon!