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
My boyfriend, now fiancé, just proposed to me here at the Castle Hotel & Spa this past Valentines Day and he couldn’t have picked a more romantic and beautiful spot to do it! The property was spectacular with exceptional views of the Hudson Valley. The entire staff was so friendly and extremely helpful in making this day perfect. Upon arrival we were upgraded to a large luxury suite and I was greeted with a large bouquet of roses. The room was so clean, had a fireplace in the bedroom and the bed was so comfortable like sleeping on a cloud! We had both dinner & brunch here, the food was amazing and we were surrounded by scenic views of the castle which overlooked the river. We also got to participate in a personal wine & dessert pairing!
Again I cannot overstate how friendly and personable the staff was and give a very special thanks to Pearl and Allison for making this day so special and memorable. I truly felt like a princess! This place will forever hold a special place in our hearts and we will be definitely be back!
The hotel itself is fine enough - a grand building and lots of good history. The room is also fine, so why only three stars?
I found it unnecessarily pretentious. Beyond the bricks and mortar the hotel had little atmosphere, I found it quite sterile. The staff were courteous and mildly friendly, but in a Downton Abbey kind of way. Relax folks... The bar was priced according to a clientele it probably more frequently caters to - business guests on expenses. You cannot self park. But perhaps the most irksome of all was the spa, which boasts a hot tub, actually doesn't have a tub that is at all coed, instead they are situated within the male and female changing facilities respectively, an utter waste of time if traveling as a couple.
This hotel needs to get over itself
Everyone was so nice and friendly that we felt very comfortable. Upon arrival we were upgraded to a suite. What nice surprise!Though the windows were small we had an incredible view of the Hudson River with Manhattan in the distance. The amenities were generous, the staff helpful, the bed comfortable. What more could we ask! Next time we will make sure to stay longer and enjoy the restaurant which looked lovely.
My husband and I have dined at the Castle for breakfast, lunch and dinner on several occasions. All experiences were excellent and we will be going back for years to come. We’ve also stayed in the tower suites and have enjoyed every minute of our ‘Castle Experience’.
The food and menu are dynamic and change seasonally—and well, being in and around a historic Castle outside of NYC is very cool. We met the Chef and enjoyed his passion for his craft.
The hotel room was wonderful, very clean and room service was impeccable.
We had our wedding here in October and can not speak more highly of the staff. We hosted a continuous cocktail wedding with around 90 guests. From what we were told, the Castle had not ever done this style wedding before us and they were great to work with!
If you enjoy good service, unique environments/venues, history and awesome food, this place is worth a visit.
Visited the advertised Christmas brunch with two families, group of 7.
First available slot was at 5:30 - not a problem for us, but noone told at the time of making the reservation that brunch options were going to be limited (not full menu available and food in fact left overs from earlier (and cold) - price still the same.
Had drinks in the Bar, ordered cheese plates, never arrived until it was time to move.
We were seated in an empty hall - isolated from other guests (because we were europeans and foreigners ?), we learned later - tables around us were not cleaned from previous guests.
Terrible service - we were not greeted, plates were not taken away (had to ask several times), dessert table was being cleaned until we had finished the main courses, noone was there to tell us what was available.
During the stay, we complained 3 times - after last time the final bill as adjusted some (overpriced to start with, but expected nice pleasant surraundings, and the price to be worth it).
Was very sorry to see when we left, that in fact there was another serving setting, which looked nicer (and there were staff to show the food to customers, unlike where we were seated, where food was cold and we needs to look into boxes ourselves), and guests were seated in nicer surraundings (that did not seem to be full).
My friend (who is local) attempted to contact General manager afterwards, but no interest talking to us obviously, since calls have not been returned.
Very disappointing - place is advertising itself for special occasions (like our family gathering was) - cannot be recommended.