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
Thayer Hotel was a great place to stay. It is steeped in history. Has a wonderful view. Staff was extremely friendly! Clean rooms! Great options for food at hotel and in surrounding areas. It was worth every penny to stay here.
A wonderful 5 nights at West Point. We were there for a grade school graduation at the academy. The room was spotless and kept that way during our visit. We had a corner room on the fifth floor, overlooking the river, bright and comfortable. It could have used a floor lamp by the easy chair for reading at night. Bathroom was large with good counter space. There were three weddings when we were there, but not bothered by noise. Yes, there is a train under the academy, but it did not pose difficulties sleeping. Great main restaurant, a bistro, and casual bar and outside deck. Overall great experience.
This is a must-do! Whether traveling in or local, take a moment and appreciate this beautifully situated landmark over an exquisitely prepared tea. Relaxing and delicious, my daughters and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience made all the more fun by the wonderful staff at the Thayer!
My daughter got married on Saturday and the reception was held at the Thayer Hotel. We also stayed at the Thayer for the weekend. It was a wonderful experience. Every single person we came in contact with was polite, pleasant, kind and extremely helpful. The valets were awesome. They held the doors every time we entered and exited the building, got our cars quickly and were super pleasant. Carly, our event organizer was awesome. She covered all the bases for us. She kept us informed and organized. Ralph, the man in charge the day of the reception was also outstanding. He kept everything running smoothly. The servers during dinner were pleasant, polite and efficient. When the bus company that was supposed to take the bride and bridesmaids to the church didn’t show up, the Thayer personnel quickly got their van to take us to the church. Amazing!! The Thayer is beautiful and historic and was the perfect setting for my daughter’s wedding. The people who work there showed genuine caring for us. They did a fantastic job and should be commended. Thank you, Thayer Hotel!!
A truly beautiful location for a Sunday brunch. The food was delicious, plentiful and varied. The service was top notch! Mimosas and coffee kept coming! Highly recommended; I hope to go back again soon.