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.”
How to Get There
Have always wanted to stay at this hotel given its location on the Hudson River, so while passing through the area yesterday decided to stop in without a reservation. Fortunately, despite several events taking place, we were able to snag a double room. Beds are comfortable, view was great and staff was very helpful. Plenty of places to sit, both inside and out, and soak it all in. This is a full service hotel with room service, valet parking, several dining locations, and a workout room (no pool). Overall, very nice.
Waited 45 minutes for an already late checkin of 4pm. Cleaning staff were standing in the way in the halls instead of cleaning. One was working, five were watching.
Cooling system needs updating throughout. Each day after noon it was borderline miserable throughout the building.
We were there two nights for our sons wedding, we had no a/c in the reception room, with 90+heat...many people left early because of the heat, it really was suppose to be the best day of their lives and it really stressed them out. We also had trouble with a/c in our room one, worked one did not. When I checked with my daughter she also said she had one a/c was not working in her room. Lovely hotel with poor cooling system.
I had a short but pleasant experience at the Thayer. I was there for a wedding. The beds were very comfy. The grounds are beautiful. The hotel staff was friendly. Our brunch there was excellent. Would definitely stay here again!
We splurged and stayed our last night in West Point at the Thayer Hotel.
The building itself is quite elegant. The hall and rooms are filled with military historical items - both distant and recent.
The service, from the front desk to the valet service was impeccable. First class and always attentive.
The room was neat, clean, and had a fabulous view of the Hudson and surrounding countryside.
The only "drawback" was a large and loud group celebrating a wedding. But, that was easily forgiven.
We enjoyed ourselves there and look forward to treating ourselves to the Thayer once again in the future.