Located just 25 minutes north of New York City, Castle Hotel & Spa resides in historic Tarrytown, NY providing an experience like no other for its visitors. Designed in an era when luxury, tranquility and attention to detail were paramount, the Castle Hotel & Spa offers discerning travelers an alternative to the ordinary hotel. There is simply no finer choice for anyone traveling to the tri-state area. Modern amenities blend perfectly with the ambiance of America’s Gilded Age at the iconic property that sits majestically a top a hillside overlooking the Hudson River. The medieval-style structure boasts intricately carved stairways of dark burnished wood, glowing sconces, mammoth hand-hewn oak beams and leaded-glass windows.
It is hard for visitors to not get the feeling of being in a cherished family home with a great deal of history and a storied past after staying at Castle Hotel & Spa. The unique structure of the Castle makes it the perfect destination for a variety of important milestone celebrations. The location is known for hosting weddings, showers, anniversaries, galas and much more. The flexible meeting space also allows it to be the ideal location for both business and pleasure, offering the best of both worlds for visitors.
To many peoples’ surprise, long before Castle Hotel & Spa gained its sterling reputation as a world-class destination for relaxing and romantic getaways with superb cuisine, it held a prominent place in Westchester County and New York City society at the turn of the century. There is so much history that can be learned as a part of one’s stay at the hotel. The story of the Castle begins when General Howard Carroll, a well-respected newspaperman, playwright and businessman, purchased the land as a home for his growing family. “Carrollcliffe” was built in two stages between 1897 and 1910. Working with noted New York architect Henry Kilburn, Carroll actively assisted in planning the Castle in a style reminiscent of Norman fortification in Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The finished Castle boasted 45 rooms and the Great Hall, which consisted of a dining room, an adjacent pantry, a formal ballroom and additional servants’ quarters, a garage and stables.
Castle Hotel & Spa once hosted notables like J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, foreign dignitaries and ambassadors who viewed the great river regattas from the Castle’s terrace. The Castle has gone through many transformations and owners throughout the past 100 years, including once being a school, the headquarters for a predominant investing counseling firm, H.W. Axe & Company, and during World War II, the Tarrytown Civil Defense used the Castle to monitor air traffic in the area.
In 1981, the town of Tarrytown designated the Castle a historic landmark, thereby protecting the outside structure from any alterations in the future – allowing the Castle to maintain its mesmerizing fairytale appearance that visitors adore today. Between 1994 and 1996, the Castle was transformed into a luxury hotel with a gourmet restaurant and meeting and event facilities. The restoration of the Castle’s original suites, which offer spectacular views inside and out, and the creation of the 24-room addition named Carrollcliffe was a salute to its proud heritage. ''f the Castle’s original suites, which offer spectacular views inside and out, and the creation of the 24-room addition named Carrollcliffe was a salute to its proud heritage.
In early 2013, the Castle Hotel & Spa underwent a thorough renovation and refurbishment – adding a renewed aura of bygone elegance and refinement to the historic property. The renovation also included the introduction of the luxurious THANN Sanctuary Spa, known throughout Asia as an oasis of peace and tranquility, and it stays true in providing just that. It is obvious that the unique architectural elements of the main building of the Castle were carefully preserved to showcase the cherished collectibles gathered from around the globe.
Castle Hotel & Spa is currently owned and managed by Sankara Hospitality Group, known throughout the world for creating and managing contemporary luxury hotels that are defined by their warm and vibrant personality and inspired by the spirit of their location.
The luxurious hotel now features 31 traditionally appointed guest rooms and suites, 4,100 square feet of meeting and event space, a 24-hour health and fitness center, whirlpool, landscaped jogging paths and a spectacular outdoor seasonal swimming pool complete with a stone grotto. The graceful atmosphere of crystal chandeliers and artistic moldings encircle the entire Caramai Ballroom that is soaked in abundant natural light and features carefully selected colors and fabrics that bring new and modern color tones that accentuate the preserved moldings and other fine accents.
The renowned Equus restaurant located inside the Castle Hotel & Spa provides guests with innovative meals that are meticulously prepared and presented. The restaurant has received Four Diamonds from AAA and Five-Star Diamond Award from The Academy of Hospitality Sciences. It was named to Condé Nast’s “Gold List” and the elite Top Twenty US Small Hotels. Equus has been rated “Excellent” by The New York Times, is highly rated from Zagat for extraordinary food, service and décor and received the prestigious Award of Unique Distinction from Wine Enthusiast magazine.
Additional amenities and facilities include complimentary valet parking, Wi-Fi and minibar, access to THANN Sanctuary Spa, ability to dine at Castle Hotel & Spa’s award-winning Equus Restaurant, plush bathrobes, nightly turndown service, and wood-burning fireplaces and marble bathrooms (in most luxury suites).
During their stay, guests of the Castle can also enjoy a variety of recreational activities, including bocce and croquet courts, a life-sized chess set, golf can be arranged on any of Westchester County’s world-famous local courses and tours of local vineyards and popular breweries are within a short traveling distance. Guests can also explore the historic village of Tarrytown. There are numerous boutiques, galleries and fine restaurants situated near many Hudson Valley attractions, including Kykuit; the famed Rockefeller estate; Philipsburg Manor; Lyndhurst Castle; the Old Dutch Church and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery; as well as numerous other Hudson Valley attractions.
Castle Hotel & Spa truly serves as the finest destination in the Tri- State area providing a luxury experience enticed with tranquility and an abundance of history. Guests of the Hotel can be assured that they will enjoy personalized and attentive services throughout their stay while indulging in the unique historical architecture throughout the Castle.
For more information on Castle Hotel & Spa, please call 914-631-1980 or visit www.castlehotelandspa.com.