Our large group occupied most of the rooms for a week to view fall color and to visit West Point and the nearby culinary institute. We also used it as a base to take excursions into NYC using the Metro North Railroad to Grand Central ($6.00 each way for seniors, non-peak). This is a great location on a quiet street up on a hill with a (small) view of the Hudson River.
Breakfast was different every day and included everything that we could want. Tom, who in the innkeeper and cook, lives next door and was always available to answer questions or make recommendations for activities.
So what's not to like? We didn't see the Bridal Chamber because it was always occupied by others, nor did we occupy the Yellow Room (very small). All rooms have their own baths, but two of them are across the upstairs hall (Turret Room and Rose Room) from their rooms. Not all rooms have fireplaces or Jacuzzi-style tubs, so be sure to read the online descriptions carefully. We stayed just before the heating season, but heat control is shared between groups of rooms, so someone else may have control of the thermostat. Also not used by our group were the window-style air conditioning units.
There was evidence of lapses in maintenance, both in the guest rooms and in common areas. Our overhead light switch required multiple tries before the light would come on and a light bulb was not working. This was reported early in our stay, but never fixed. Another overhead fixture was VERY dim. Our toilet seat was cracked--how much do toilet seats cost anyway?--and a small area of mildew outside our tiny shower could have been easily addressed with the right bathroom cleaner. But the innkeeper was not lavishing the maintenance on himself either; I noticed a very loose (falling off loose) drawer front in the kitchen. Our room had a chest with mostly unusable drawers because the drawer fronts were only barely attached to the drawers.
Perhaps the most humorus items was one of the two folding luggage holders in our closet. This garage sale "prize" was completely non-functional because the straps were too long.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1889 Victorian House with 8 guest rooms. 5 rooms have working wood-burning fireplaces, 2 have two person whirlpool tubs. We serve a full breakfast, and accommodate people with special dietary needs. We've been in business over 20 years and are very knowledgeable about the area. Accessible by car or train, 15 minutes to Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown, 30 minutes to West Point. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alexander Hamilton House Hotel Croton On Hudson