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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The views and castle grounds, alone, took my breath away. However, what left the greatest impression on me was the staff’s attention to detail and service. Customer service did not stop at the doorway. One morning when it was drizzling, I ventured down the castle drive on a short walk to the spa, and the doorman promptly ran after me to catch up with an umbrella and to escort me down the drive to ensure I wouldn’t get wet and knew exactly where to go.
A second instance of the stellar service was when one of my bags was left behind. Alison, a staff member, took the initiative to train into the City to meet me to ensure I received my bag that very day.
The views, food, wine tasting, and service made it incredible Halloween with family and friends and I cannot wait to visit again.
The castle was amazing!!! Beautiful and the staff were so accommodating and wonderful!! So many things to do at the castle and around the town. It was definitely a great experience and recommend going! Can’t wait to go back!!
I was so excited to plan our anniversary trip to this castle. the valet parking was a hassle and felt obligated to tip everytime we went somewhere. We wished we could've parked our car ourselves. The castle itself is beautiful! The grounds are beautiful. Our room was a bit underwhelming. For such a beautiful and grand place we expected more of our room. We ordered room service and although pricey it was delicious. Would we go back..probably not. Not enough amenities for the money.