What We Love
- About a third of the rooms are dedicated to and decorated in honor of distinguished West Point graduates
- Five U.S. presidents have stayed at this historic hotel since it was founded in 1926
- The hotel is on United States Military Academy at West Point grounds, making it easy to attend school functions, but it’s within walking distance of town
What To Know
- A $11.99 per night resort fee will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- All visitors to the Academy must have identification
- Don’t be surprised to see large bridal parties, as the hotel is a popular wedding venue
- The rooftop bar is open April through November, with happy hour specials weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m.
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Military distinction and modern amenities meet at this historic 151-room property at the Academy. Stay in rooms dedicated to distinguished graduates — astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Heisman Trophy winner Pete Dawkins and West Point curriculum founder Sylvanus Thayer are all honorees — and note the unique decor in each. In Dawkins’s dedicated room (number 411), find a series of photos from his football and military past, a plaque announcing the dedication and a number of personal mementos. Bathrooms are spacious and spa-like, with white tiling and plush terrycloth robes. Stately furniture – four-poster beds (in some rooms), stand-alone full-length mirrors, brocade couches – emphasizes the hotel’s military charm, as does the gothic lobby, complete with exposed wooden beams, rustic chandeliers and candelabra on the walls. Retreat to the spacious Zulu Time rooftop bar for cocktails with Hudson views — the bar’s signature Double Tap drink special is a 16-ounce beer and a shot of tequila — or spend some time sampling New American classics at MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant. The dishes are all named after military notables, including Sherman’s Pan Seared Red Snapper, Custer’s Grilled Heritage Pork Chop and MacArthur’s Classic Caesar.
In the Area
The roster of United States Military Academy at West Point graduates reads like a history book: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant all graduated from the prestigious Academy (whose acceptance rate hovers at just nine percent). Its history dates back to the Revolutionary War, when George Washington set up strategic headquarters on this plateau overlooking the Hudson River; Thomas Jefferson signed legislation in 1802 to establish the United States Military Academy at West Point, making this the oldest continuously operated military post in the country. Start your campus exploration at the Visitors Center and Museum; you can check out full-scale cadet barracks, see a cadet uniform and learn about the Academy’s admissions process. The elegant West Point cemetery is a national landmark where a number of notable soldiers and West Point graduates are buried, including Daniel Butterfield, composer of “Taps”; Edward White II, the first American to walk in space; and Susan Warner, an original resident on the Academy’s land and writer of the Sunday school classic “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know.”
How to Get There
We had an incredible evening before my son’s wedding. The food was exceptional. Nicole had handled our event & she was so helpful & patient & her prompt response was so appreciated. I highly recommend having a special event at The Hotel Thayer.
We spent 2 nights at the Thayer Hotel, on the National Historic Hotel Register. It did not disappoint. Beautifully situated overlooking the Hudson River and you can walk from it onto West Point or walk to the West Point Museum and Visitor area. Even the town of highland is walking distance. Every room on our floor, and I assume other floors was named after a distinguished West Point grad with their history. It’s a good location for visiting the surrounding area, even venturing s little further to FDR’s House and Presidential Library and Museum. Service and food was good.
If you are going to visit West Point, The Thayer is the place to stay. It is a stately property that is clean, efficient and with modern facilities that is conveniently located on post. The food is very good, the rooms are spacious and well-appointed (the higher floors are slightly more desirable since they are farther away from the occasionally noisy night life on the first level) and the staff are excellent. This was our third stay here and we will keep coming back.