We just returned from three nights at the Olde Rhinebeck Inn and have nothing but good things to say about it.
It's in a wonderful country setting, with two ponds in view and old farm buildings dotting the fields nearby. It's very picturesque and quiet, yet only a few minutes from major highways and the village of Rhinebeck.
The Inn itself is a long, low affair, wonderfully furnished with antiques of many periods, giving you the feeling that the house has been continuously occupied since the 18th century by a single family, each generation's heirlooms taking their places beside the treasures of the previous generation.
Our suite had two bedrooms and a bath. Everything was clean, serene, and beautifully decorated. The beds were comfortable with beautiful linens, the bathroom spotless with thick, soft towels, and the air conditioners held their own against the hot humid weather this week. The satellite TV offered far too many channels, although it was tempting to try them all.
The innkeeper, Jonna, is one of a kind. She was very helpful in directing us to opportunities to have fun, fine food, and entertainment. She is a sparkling conversationalist, too. One evening, another couple and we sat chatting with her for more than an hour. On our last morning, we all sat at the breakfast table for two hours and talked and laughed. We never felt rushed, and there was plenty of spectacular food and coffee to go around.
We like this aspect of a B&B -- getting to know the innkeepers and the other guests. We have been to others where we saw no one (guest or staff) and spoke to no one after check-in. At one, we had to cajole the innkeepers to sit with us at breakfast and chat. Jonna knows how to make people feel at home, and we felt lucky that the other couple, although half our age, enjoyed that aspect of B&Bs, too. A third couple spent one night there, and we enjoyed talking to them about their experiences living in Belgium.
Some of the other reviews have mentioned the cost, as if it is kept secret and sprung on you at check-out. Of course, this is not true! I was willing to pay the price (which you could easily pay for a single room in a big city hotel -- without the breakfast) because of the high quality and feeling in a small way we were contributing to the ongoing preservation of this beautiful historic house.
Of course, you will want to see the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Sites and dine at the Culinary Institute of America, both in Hyde Park, just down the road. Not only did we have fine food at CIA, but we met and spoke with a number of young people studying food and hospitality, and they were delightful.
There's a lot to see and do in Rhinebeck, including wonderful small restaurants, antiques shops, boutiques and a movie theatre. You'll enjoy a stroll along the streets. This next suggestion may seem unusual -- stop into the post office to see a wonderful representation of the post offices built during FDR's New Deal era in the 1930s and 40s. It's stunning!
All in all, I'd say the trip to Rhinebeck and the stay at the Olde Rhinebeck Inn were among the most delightful experiences we have had in a long, long time. We recommend them to you, too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Authentic... Elegant... Rustic... Intimate. Walk the original wide plank floors, admire the patina of centuries old buttermilk finishes and lie beneath rugged hand hewn chestnut beams. Lovingly restored, delightfully appointed suites and fine amenities provide plush accommodations for the perfect getaway. Located just three miles outside of the charming village of Rhinebeck, NY, and ideally situated to enjoy the highlights of the Hudson River Valley. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Olde Rhinebeck Hotel Rhinebeck