With reservations in hand for a local restaurant, I decided it would be a nice idea to stay over in the area of Locust Valley. Since our Anniversary was Friday, the Dinner Saturday was to celebrate that event. Looking over my choices for the area under "Inns", There really wasn't anything listed, so I tried searching "Hotels". I didn't want to stay at a franchised Hotel, I wanted something a little more quaint or rustic. Up popped the Glen Cove Mansion as the first choice. However, Reviews for the Hotel either said "Great, We'll be back!" or "Dated", "Needs to be updated", or "You don't stay in the Mansion, but in the hotel attached". So What!?!
Since the hotel is only an hour from my house, I had the unusual opportunity to drive over and check it out for myself. And No, unlike my Brother-in-laws comment, I wouldn't have done this if it were located in Manhattan or White Plains!
Let me just say, as you drive onto the property, the first thing to catch your eye is the size of the Mansion. Very Impressive. What? You can't sleep "in" the Mansion? Who cares! But still, very impressive. Now, of course this was February in one of the worst winters we've ever had, so there was snow everywhere, but still, I'll say it a third time, very impressive. And to think, this was someone's dowry??
The Positives? Let's start with the Staff at the front Desk. I'll mention Jay, because he's tireless at making sure you have all you need. The room, A deluxe King facing the back of the Property, was a nice size, with a desk (Free Wi-Fi cable), Fold-out Couch, chair, and hideaway TV cupboard with a large flat screen and free cable/HBO. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was large enough to move around. I'm very jealous of the shower, I wish my home shower had this much pressure.
Are the rooms dated? Well, if your plan is to go and review the furniture, then yes, it's a little "dated" and "Run Down (a bit)". but then again, we're talking a Mansion from the early 1900's, so the rooms shouldn't be ultra modern, they should make you feel like you are staying in a room in the Mansion. Now, for the rest of us who go to a hotel to have a place to stay.... It was clean. There were NO smells. You couldn't hear the conversation in the next room, and, most importantly, we were very comfortable. In fact, if I had to list the problems with the room, they would be to say that the heat continuously turns on and off in a 90 second rotation. The door to the room needs a sweep at the bottom to block the light from the hallway at night (A towel works just as well) and I noticed (in the morning) that the window had a draft. But I didn't feel that unless my hand was right against it. And that was it.
We unfortunately did not venture upstairs to the pub, and didn't realize they served some pretty nice sounding deserts until the next morning, when I read about them in the Hotel info book in the room. We also didn't go for the $16.99 continental breakfast because we felt that was a little expensive and wound up travelling to Huntington to have Breakfast at "Toast & Company".
Check out was a breeze.
We really loved our stay. The price was fairly inexpensive and you got your moneys worth. We're already discussing the idea of returning in the warmer months to check out the 55 acres of grounds and maybe stroll down to the beach.
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