Ok, we didn't take the train, we drove up from NYC, but either way, we found The Rhinecliff to be perfect for a quick romantic getaway from the city. Our room was simple, but comfortable, with a very comfortable king size bed, excellent lighting and a great bathroom (w/ big bubble tub and the best shower I've ever had - really, like standing under a waterfall). It was cold and windy outside, so we didn't make use of the balcony, but in nicer weather it would be a great place to sip a drink. There was no dresser or other furniture in the room except for a tiny shelf-like desk (or a desk-like shelf?), but there was enough storage in the closet for our clothes. Dell flat screen TV was excellent.
We ate dinner and breakfast in the restaurant and enjoyed both, especially the breakfast (included with the room). Service was good, the staff we accommodating - we took glasses of champagne to our room and when I asked if they had any fruit to go with it, the bartender quickly presented a perfectly sliced pear (on the house).
Nearby Amtrak trains didn't bother us at all, but we like trains! Most of them stop at the Rhinecliff station, so they're going slowly and don't make much noise at all.
When we first arrived there was a large party in the function room on the main floor, just below our room, and the noise did come up through the floor, but it was winding down and very soon we didn't hear anything. Rugs on the floor might help. Also, there were a few small stains noticeable on one of the white arm chairs in our room, but that was about the only wear and tear we saw in our room.
All in all, we had a very nice stay and left totally relaxed and refreshed. Worth $259? Almost. Would be a better deal at $179, but I guess that's what the market will bear.
On the way home, we checked out FDR's birthplace and museum at in nearby Hyde Park - also very much recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Re-birthed after a painstaking five-year renovation, The Rhinecliff is a boutique country hotel, nestled on the banks of the mighty Hudson River and enjoys unparalleled river and mountain views. Featuring beautiful antique floors and woodwork, and world-class cuisine, The Rhinecliff (National Register of Historic Places) is two minutes drive from Rhinebeck. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Rhinecliff Hotel Rhinecliff
- The Hotel Rhinecliff