We recently came back from a 2 night stay in this hotel for leisure and continued on to the Hamptons. Overall we had a very good experience with a few downsides that I have outlined below.
On the plus side: (i) the rooms have been completely renovated with modern nice bathrooms, (ii) the owner has obviously put a lot of time, effort and money into the property and continues to do so, (iii) the staff is exceptionally personable and friendly, (iv) the restaurant is quite good (we had both lunch and dinner there) with attentive staff, (v) the breakfast buffet is set up in one of the smaller ballrooms each morning and has a selection of coffee, juice, breads, pastries, fruit, cereals (though no hot food), (vi) the castle itself is gorgeous with glorious manicured gardens that remind you of a grand French chateau.
On the downside, for the rates charged at this hotel there is little to do other than sleep, eat and take a walk around the grounds. There is no pool (the indoor one at the property dates from the 1920's and is closed to the public until renovated sometime in the future), no tennis (the court is unkempt) and no spa (this is being added and they were working on this when we were there). I must add, however, that there is a very nice golf course next door if one is a golfer, and there is a workout facility located in a small building off of the main front courtyard but we did not try it. Additionally, there is a puzzling lack of outdoor seating at the hotel - one would think that as a hotel guest you could sit outside comfortably somewhere on the property, relax and take in the gorgeous views, but this does not exist. The restaurant has some outdoor lounge seating but it is in a small courtyard enclosed by walls. Also, this hotel is a very popular wedding and party venue and personally I would recommend only staying there Monday through Thursday unless one was there as a party guest. We were pleased with the quiet noise levels at the hotel until Friday morning when we heard all kinds of banging upstairs and in the hallway as well as people in the room next door. We realized then that the interior room walls are very thin.
- 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