My husband bought the groupon for here for me for a night away for my birthday. I love castles (yes, this is a mansion but he thought it was cute) and we have a 9 month old that doesn't sleep well. So it was a little overnight getaway. We stayed on a Friday night - it didn't even cross my mind to think there would be a black-tie affair going on (yes, yes, this is a huge party venue but silly me didn't think).. and I had never been here so I guess I thought the hotel was more separate than the party venue. Anyway - we arrived around 6:30 pm and it was kind of creepy driving down the winding road toward the mansion and then we were confused when we arrived.. there is no self-park, it is really all valet. But then when we walked in, we were in jeans and sneakers but all these people in black-tie clothes were around! It felt weird checking in and carrying our clunky bag to the elevator when people were dressed so nicely. After we went up to the room we came back down but felt weird exploring the property since we were so under-dressed. My husband wanted to have a drink at the bar but I felt so uncomfortable I said no.. maybe if I had worn nicer clothes I would have felt better about it. Anyway, we stayed in a Whitney room and it was nice. Some of the furniture seems dated but I think that is the idea. One thing that wasn't dated was the bed - holy cushy comfort! They welcomed us with 2 bottles of complimentary Poland Spring, a bag of Terra chips, a bag of pretzels and a pack of Milano cookies. YUM! Nice little snack waiting!! There is free wi-fi and a good selection of TV channels. I didn't take advantage of the gorgeous, huge, claw foot tub, but if you bring a good book - you will love it. We each took a nice, long hot shower - the bathroom was nice. As for the party - we were in room 315 and you could hear the piano from cocktail hour by the door... and then the music from the party in the bathroom. Around 10-something we heard the crowd roar a bit but it wasn't terrible. We're not sure how long the party lasted but we were able to go to sleep without an issue. If you are a light sleeper and don't close the bathroom door, you may be annoyed by the music.
After a good night sleep, we relaxed until the complimentary continental breakfast opened at 8:30 am. At first we wandered into the ballroom where breakfast was set up with hot food until we found out that was for the event the night before and were told to go to the dining room - no hot food. Major bummer. This was probably my biggest gripe about the stay - breakfast. While there was an amazing selection of fruit (not just melon, also 4 different berries), and a good selection of Chobani yogart and Quaker chewy granola bars... the cereal selection was lacking. It was all sugar cereals for the most part. Cocoa Krispies, Frosted Flakes, Apple Jacks... etc. No Cheerios, no plainer cereals. They found a Raisin Bran Crunch for me that I was going to eat until I saw only 1 carafe of milk.. I asked what it was and they said whole because they ran out of all the others last night. Really?!?!?!?!!?!? EW. EW EW EW. I hate whole milk and only drink skim.. would drink 1 or percent if need be. But how can they offer such unhealthy choices? Anyway.. so we sufficed on fruit, yogurt, toast, mini bagels, and finally they brought out instant oatmeal. The pastry selection was nice... but it is a lot of bread products and if you are trying to watch your weight.. this is a bad place to do it! Also, I hate when the attendant hover and as soon as you finish with a bowl they swoop over and take it. We were asked no less than 6 times if we were done with a certain bowl or plate and we weren't... I understand wanting to clear the table for the patrons but it does get a little annoying.. especially since we were trying to relax. We felt rushed a little or pressured. You could have ordered some hot food but it was pricey so we didn't.
Anyway - part of the Groupon was the Castle Tour at 11 and it was very informative. I enjoyed it. We also received a $10 appetizer voucher but we didn't use it because we weren't hungry when we got to the hotel after a big dinner out and we didn't want to stay after the tour because we wanted to get home to the baby. But it expires April 30th so they said we could always use it if we come back for dinner.
All in all I enjoyed the hotel. I wish I stayed on a quieter day because they are very open about letting guests explore and have run of the place. And I wish breakfast was a little different - or they at least had better cereal or healthier milk. I felt like I didn't have enough to eat because I didn't have my cereal.
But if you get a chance to stay here, it's definitely nice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- OHEKA CASTLE is a majestic historic mansion located on Long Island's famed Gold Coast between New York City and The Hamptons. This French-style chateau is the second largest private residence in America and has undergone $30 million in restoration to transform this stately home back to its former 1920's grandeur. OHEKA is listed on the National Register for Historic Places and boasts 32 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites on the upper floors where guests can sleep like royalty. Guests can enjoy a leisurely stroll around the beautiful formal gardens designed by the Olmsted Brothers, take a mansion tour and learn about the rich history of OHEKA and Otto Kahn, or dine in the OHEKA Bar and Restaurant before retiring to your uniquely designed guestroom for an in-room massage. Breathtakingly beautiful, OHEKA CASTLE is admired around the world as a premier venue for exquisite weddings and gala celebrations and has been the backdrop to many prominent film and photo productions. The refined European atmosphere and the feeling of being transported back in time to the decadence of the Roaring Twenties consistently gives OHEKA the recognition as America's Grandest Castle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oheka Castle Huntington
- Oheka Castle Hotel Huntington