Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Roosevelt Inn Hyde Park, New York

Located in Hyde Park, NY, the Roosevelt Inn has an abundance of charm and comfort to offer. On the exterior, it looks like a typical motel but there is nothing typical about the rustic rooms. They are a blast from the past and reminiscent of the heydays of the motel in the 1940s and 50s.

When it comes to rooms, you have choices. You can stay in one of the rustic rooms or you can choose a deluxe room or suite. If you want a king-sized bed or two double beds, you will need to choose one of the deluxe rooms. These rooms have modern furniture and more space. Check the website for more details about what the different rooms provide. 

We opted to stay in one of the rustic rooms, choosing charm over space. Our room had twin beds with very comfortable mattresses. The other option for the historic rooms is a double bed. The beds were covered with bedspreads from Bates of Maine which will remind you of your childhood at grandma’s house. The walls are tongue in groove paneling giving it a real cabin feel. I found it quite enchanting.

The room has a closet, a desk and chair and a flat screen TV. Wi-Fi is offered in all rooms. The bathroom has a shower and is tiled. Everything was super clean. I fell in love at first sight. I found the closet door quite charming, solid wood with a great shine just like the ones in my mother’s house. 

The closet has your ironing board and extra bedding.  The room is small but you have absolutely everything you need.

Beyond that, however, The Coffee Shop provides a cup of tea or ice if you need it in the evening. Popcorn and a microwave are also available. In the morning, use your room key to get breakfast for yourself. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and orange juice is offered. Make yourself a bowl of cereal or oatmeal. Grab a bagel or donut from Dunkin’ Donuts or make a toast or English muffin. Fresh bananas were also offered. Gluten-free oatmeal was also available.

I absolutely loved this motel and the owner could not have been more friendly or accommodating. She was making up some holiday wreaths in the coffee shop and I popped in to get some ice and stayed and enjoyed a cup of coffee and conversation.And since most of you know me, it was an extended conversation that got into travel and genealogy and DNA.

If you are visiting Hyde Park to tour the FDR Historic Site and the Vanderbilt Mansion, the Roosevelt Inn  has the perfect location. Several restaurants are located less than a mile away. Margaret will give you suggestions if you ask. They do have brochures in the office so that you can see what the menus look like.

I know that personally, I will never stay anywhere else when I am visiting the area and I highly recommend that you give it a try. They will be closed for the months of January and February and they are extremely popular at other times so make your reservations early.

Some of the rooms are designated child-free so that you can enjoy a romantic getaway, however, families with children are very welcome here.  The deluxe suite has two rooms and can accommodate a larger family comfortably.

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