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.
- 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.”
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Everyone was very friendly. Dinner and service was good in the restaurant and the bartender in the pub was cheery (even though we were getting 6-8 inches of snow over night)! We hope to get to stay again.
We have stayed at the Thayer multiple times and always come away somewhat disappointed. It is the most convenient hotels to West Point which is typically why we end up there.
The history makes the hotel unique and is displayed nicely throughout the hotel. The rooms are clean but are dark and sometimes smell musty. The reservation process is antiquated and cumbersome. The beds are ok but don’t sleep particularly well.
The valet is extremely slow regardless of how busy the hotel is at the time. The two lounges are fun and the service is adequate. The food in the restaurants is subpar.
That being said it is convenient for Academy events and will make it on the fact that there aren’t enough rooms close to post for the demand on football and other busy weekends.
Sandy was extremely pleasant and attentive to our needs. The selection of food was delicious as well as the selection of teas. It was great to see a vegan option provided as well but would’ve been nice to have a few more as we mentioned it when making the reservation. Overall, the experience was fantastic and Sandy made it very easy and enjoyable to dine at MacArthur’s Restaurant.
My husband and I stayed here for two nights. The hotel itself was beautiful. Our room was clean, quiet, and comfortable. We had breakfast in our room and it was delicious, especially the home fries. Hotel staff was friendly and attentive. The cafe off the lobby was very convenient. We had dinner in MacArthur’s restaurant and were very pleased with the food and the service. We’ll definitely be back!
My husband made a trip to West Point to visit my brother, a cadet, before his impending deployment (husband, not cadet). He had a reservation with another hotel on post which ended up being canceled due to some facility issues. I frantically tried to figure out a solution and thanks to another Army spouse was led to the Thayer. Carlys, the general manager, went out of her way to find my husband a gorgeous room at a great rate. Wonderful service! The hotel was convenient to everything on post, very comfortable and well appointed rooms and excellent dining options in the hotel, especially breakfast. The historic feel is particularly nice! It will definitely be our first choice in the future!