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
We were at the Castle in January and had an amazing experience which is why we didn't hesitate in returning, but it was so different this time. I will say that our rooms were lovely and the beds provided an amazing nights sleep. The problem was with the majority of staff who seemed distracted and/ or uninterested. Upon arrival on Sunday afternoon, the bellman took our name but did not even say "welcome." There was no offer to help us with our luggage. The host at the front desk was aloof, almost irritated and certainly not welcoming. He took our name, did not extend any kind words or a greeting. Our request for an earlier checkin, because of early dinner reservations at Blue Hill, eventually resulted in 45 minutes early in one room, but 15 min late in the other. Several people said they would bring us the key to the second room which never happened. Finally someone with a master key let our guests into their room with 15 minutes to get ready for dinner. The elevator was not working for which there was no apology. There was an air of stress throughout. It wasn't until the next morning when we were leaving that we were greeted with a genuine smile by a bellman who retrieved our car and helped with our bags. Whatever was going on at the hotel seemed to affect much of the staff and made for a less than ideal experience for us.
The ceremony was special in part due to the beautiful outdoor setting, lucked out with great weather.
Excellent top notch professional staff.
Delicious plentiful hors d’oeuvres, lovely dinner in a beautiful room.
A delightful memorable event!
Overpriced, not really “luxury”, definitely not accommodating to kids. We came for our anniversary/my husband had a meeting in the area. The hotel is just not very special to be honest. It’s a beautiful exterior but inside it’s just kinda boring. Restaurant is fine-nothing unique and cocktails were bad. You would think being that it’s kinda of out away from fun things to do, there would be things to do at hotel. Pool is rundown and bar there is only sometimes open. Bar at restaurant was not open at all. Only one restaurant at hotel , so you have to spend a lot if you’re going to eat there at all. No trails on grounds at all. Oh and they charge $40 A DAY for a crib. Ludicrous. We stay in hotels a lot and not one has asked us to pay for a crib. I asked for bread for my 16 month old and they didn’t have any ready. Ok, then give me something! My husband went back and was able to get some. We ended up spending 1400 for three nights (which included a $277 dinner that was good but again, nothing special and definitely not worth that money). They advertise luxury but it’s unfortunately not.