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
Castle Hotel & Spa is located a short drive from the highway. The design of the exterior and interior is Scotland/European but the size of the rooms is the difference. Lots of space and very comfortable beds. The breakfast is delicious and at night the restaurant is very good as well. The only complaint is that the bartenders was not having their attention to the guests at all.
What a magical weekend getaway!
I have been wanting to try Blue Hill Stone Barns since we first drove by the barn 2 years ago. Back then, I didn't know it was a famous restaurant until I later tried to make a reservations online. When our 8th anniversary was approaching, I knew I had to pick a special place to celebrate (and luckily finally secured the table). Since the restaurant is about an hour drive from the city, I decided to look into places to spend the night so that we can truly enjoy our dinner. When I found Castle Hotel & Spa, I knew this would complete the night, and it did indeed.
The Castle is charming and the talking path around the premises is a nice mini hike. We definitely want to come back during the summer, so we can enjoy the outdoor pool and tennis court :)
I am a photographer from NJ and I am apart of a group who host events on a regular basis and we needed somewhere that match the theme and boy I tell you this place was 1,000,000% the best decision we made. The castle was beautiful, the rooms, the inner halls, the views and let’s not forget the staff WOW. You can’t ever go wrong choosing this location and if you don’t believe me, just take a trip and tour the Castle.
If there were more than five stars, the Castle would get them all!! We came here for our 19th anniversary celebration. We had reservations to stay in a hotel in the city and were a little disappointed so we found the castle. My king brought his queen to the castle for our anniversary. The rooms were absolutely magnificent so regal perfect greeted with the lovely anniversary card and a bottle of champagne. Great coffee in the kurieg in the room. Super comfortable beds, you can feel the love from the attendance as they make up the room with all the special attention they give; with the lavender sachet and the little chocolates. Really enjoyed the bathrobes and just the comfort of the whole room with the beautiful scenery around. A definite must have if you are in New York and want to feel absolutely special this is the place. The service is over the top.
My brother and I attended a Hennessy event last Saturday evening. The event was small but very pleasant. 4 tastings plus 2 glasses of wine and or beer. Very nice apps to accommodate the tasting including very nice chocolates. We stayed overnight in the Castle which is beautiful. They do not skimp on the heat. Was toasty warm. We were checked in by Kimberly and Pamela. Both extremely professional and helpful. Very nice little bar. The pregnant bartender is a sweetheart. The room is very comfortable with comfy beds. After a good sleep, we stayed for brunch which was excellent. So much delicious food. The entire staff including managers Danny and Damien, check out with Merlyn, the restaurant staff, chefs, housekeepers, all WONDERFUL and ALL went above and beyond. Cannot wait until my next stay! Thank you for a wonderful weekend!