I had never stayed at a bed and breakfast until the Batcheller Mansion so any others I stay in will have a very high standard to meet! From the beautiful woodwork trim in the house itself to the furnishings and tapestries, this is a wonderfully gorgeous property! The chef prepared a magnificent breakfast including the infamous "eggs in the hole" (which he told me how to make and we've had them several times since our stay) and stuffed french toast. The history of the place is so intriguing and the artifacts that the Batcheller family collected in their world travels have been saved over the years and are on display in the mansion. The price was a little high, even for the "off season" of horse racing (totalling almost $240 for one night) but for a special occasion (and the wonderful breakfast), it was well worth it! I would definitely recommend this property for a special experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs on historic Congress Park, this magnificent inn represents old world sophisticated elegance with a new world attitude. One of America's great Victorian houses, the Batcheller Mansion Inn simply cannot compare to other Saratoga Inns. Built in 1873, this American architectural masterpiece is an elegant mixture of small hotel and living history museum with the intimate feel of a bed and breakfast. Intricately carved European woodwork, hand carved marble fireplaces, family relics on loan from museums, original 1800's Batcheller family furnishings, and spellbinding grandeur make this one of a kind Saratoga inn and living history museum a stately retreat. Throughout the past 137 years, some of Saratoga's grandest parties were staged here, hosting U.S. Presidents, European Royalty, Dignitaries and Hollywood Celebrities. Designed by Nicols and Halcott of Albany, NY in 1873, this High Victorian Gothic mansion exhibits influences from the French Renaissance, Italian, and Egyptian styles. The red and gray slate mansard roof is bifurcated by dormers, each accented by a huge clamshell arch. The ivory stucco facade is studded by a myriad of ornate bays and its conical tower, resembling a minaret, is right out of Arabian nights. That bit of exotica was the result of original owner George S. Batcheller. This Saratoga inn was selected as Inn of the Month in the April 1999 issue of Country Inns. The mansion has also been the subject of many architectural studies, and has been featured in many books and film throughout its history. The Batcheller Mansion was specifically cited as an inspiration by Kevin Cummings, Development Manager for Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Batcheller Mansion Hotel Saratoga Springs