Castle Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Easy escape from NYC — just 50 minutes by train from Grand Central Terminal
- The Thann Spa is the first of its kind in America
- Free valet parking
What To Know
- While children are permitted, the hotel is better suited to couples (especially in the formal restaurant)
- Dinner at Equus can be pricey
- Expect two on-site weddings a week during high season (May through October)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
On 11 lush acres of the Hudson River Valley, this 19th-century castle and former summerhouse of General Howard Carroll was transformed into a 45-room hotel in 1997. Recently reopened after a four-month revamp, the building retains many of the castle’s Norman-style features, from carved mahogany and gold-framed landscape paintings in the common areas to original tapestries hung beneath dramatic vaulted ceilings.
Bed and Bath
Though Luxury Suites occupy the building’s historic stone towers, most guestrooms are housed in Carroll Cliff, the hotel’s newer (and markedly less medieval) wing. All rooms have the essential mod cons, such as Keurig coffeemakers, WiFi, and minimal (but free) minibars. Junior Suites and Luxury Suites have an upgraded liquor selection (mini-bottles of Grey Goose and Bombay Sapphire), standalone showers, separate soaking tubs and, in some, working fireplaces. Bathrooms are outfitted with cushy robes emblazoned with the Castle on Hudson crest, and Thann toiletries, the same brand as the hotel’s new Thai spa.
The recent renovation brought with it a fresh paint job, new furnishings and, above all, a new spa. The first Thann spa in the United States, the space is home to a fitness center as well as eight treatment rooms helmed by Bangkok-trained masseuses. The spa is open to the public, but the Mediterranean-style outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and adjoining Grotto Bar (all of which open for the season over Memorial Day weekend) are reserved exclusively for Castle guests. The on-site restaurant, Equus, serves up French cuisine in a formal setting — think equestrian tapestry chairs, a stone mantle boar carving, and wrought iron candelabra chandeliers. The daily breakfast is sublime: Bread baskets, charcuterie plates, fruit, yogurt and house-made jams come for the table, alongside your choice of entrée.
In the Area
Many visitors choose Tarrytown for its proximity to Stone Barns and the cult farm-to-table tasting menu at its restaurant, Blue Hill, but don’t miss the town itself. The concierge will help arrange a $6 taxi to downtown, where you’ll find plenty of antiques shops and boutiques along Main Street. Be sure to check the schedule at the 125-year-old Tarrytown Music Hall, Westchester County’s oldest theater, for a full schedule of musical, cinematic and comedic performances. For a casual bite, sit alfresco at Lefteris, the local Greek restaurant, and head for an expertly crafted cocktail or seasonal draft beer at the Tapp.
How to Get There
I have to admit - the front desk staff were very friendly. THE BUCK STOPS THERE. The hallway leading to our room had plate and glassware from other guests everywhere. Super unattractive for such a pricey hotel. It was 2 pm. The carpet and paint/wallpaper needs serious cleaning. The furniture looks dirty and outdated. ( I don't mean Victorian- think 1970's grandparents style) We put out luggage in the room and decided to walk around the grounds- there is nothing to see which is super misleading from their website. Equus is a JOKE. We were sat at a table that faced the beautiful Hudson River Valley. Multiple flies were swarming around the table. We waited 20 minutes to be given menus- and not even greeted.(what the ?) 30 minutes after being sat we finally got the drinks and ordered our food. THIRTY minutes after we ordered I waived the waiter down to let him know we had to leave in 30 minutes because we had plans. He VERY rudely yelled "It's coming!" Five minutes later the starters arrived. (So far it's been roughly an hour and 20 minutes) After about 15 more minutes- I waived the waiter down. I explained to him we had to go. AGAIN he rudely yelled at me "It's coming!" I should also mention there were only THREE tables sat at this point. I finally flagged another waiter down- who thank goodness was kind-and told him we could no longer wait for the food and had to leave. He graciously took our valet ticket and had the car come round for us. We didn't have to pay for our starters (which were not very good) or drinks.If you think 2 hours is adequate time for dinner then you may be ok here. There was no rhyme or reason on when the food comes out. The table who sat awhile after us had their dinner served to them while we were still waiting for the starters. The staff all knew we were staying in the hotel and did not leave an apology note or a cookie or anything. Matter of fact- the room still had not been cleaned. Overpriced and some very rude staff. Someone needs to do something here and fast.
It started at check-in...We were given a list of things we can’t do, for liability purposes understandably, but not exactly how you want to start your “luxurious” evening at the castle. On to our room...Maybe we were the first gay couple celebrating their wedding anniversary, so I kind of chuckled at the note in our room that said “Happy Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Bowman” and made a joke to my husband about getting micro-aggressed in Westchester. On to the bar...The bartender was insisting we have one of his homemade margaritas and we think it’s because that’s the only drink he knew how to make since he had to call for backup when I ordered an old fashioned. On to an evening stroll around the beautiful grounds...nope. Not while there is a wedding on the premises! Dinner was good, but all the waiter could do well was put dishes down and pick them back up...and look at me blankly when I asked a question about the food or wine list. Now I probably sound like a spoiled New Yorker and I am, but when you pay $500 a night and the valet brings you the wrong car and doesn’t apologize, I’m sorry...this is just an overpriced castle with terrible service.
If you travel to Tarrytown New York, plan a stay at the Castle Hotel and Spa. The Castle, the grounds, the experience is just beautiful. The rooms are all impeccable done with the finest of bedding. The spa is a major plus.
My husband and I had dinner and stayed at the Castle Hotel & Spa for our 3rd wedding anniversary. The restaurant was superb and we watched a beautiful sunset over the Hudson Valley. If you are staying at the hotel, do not miss dinner here! The hotel is an "old school luxury hotel." The rooms are nice and everything you would expect in a upscale hotel. The beds are so comfortable. You basically melt into them. The grounds are lovely, as is the outdoor pool. It's a gem of a place in Westchester. Perfect for a special occasion.
we went there for the pool and it was closed and they did nothing but lie to us . it looks like it may be good for conventions but it is not a hotel or resort that caters to guests. we will never go back.