Let me guess…you have “groupon” and you’re planning to use it soon? Mine came with accommodation, castle tour for two ($50 value), two complimentary cocktail drinks and continental breakfast.
The hotel is located about 45 minutes from Manhattan. There’s not much to do around there unless you’re a golf lover. I suggest a Horse Riding trail for $40 (per person/per hour) at Sweet Hill Stable. Its 5 minutes from the hotel.
There are too many fine prints. I understand that the rules are intended for the well being of the hotel guest, BUT…When you’re staying at a luxury hotel, you expect to be pampered and treated like royalty. You suppose to fell relax + happy going to that particular hotel. I didn’t feel this way at the beginning.
Reservation was made quickly and easily, but never got the confirmation letter as promised. Called the 2nd time to get the confirmation letter and we got it. Then we had some (concierge) questions and emailed twice and again no respond at all.
ENTRANCE/GARDEN: you have to go through some houses then you’ll see the hotel’s gate. As you approach the gate, you’ll enter this beautiful gravel driveway surround with evergreen trees on both sides (one way in, one way out). As of March 12, the reflecting pools are filled with water in the garden area. See pictures above.
VALET: Complimentary valet parking is included. They require all keys to be left at front desk in case of filming and photo shoots. Valet was fast and efficient.
FRONT DESK/CONCIERGE/BELL PERSON: the “Grand Stair” is the first thing you’ll see when you enter the castle. Front desk is located to the right of it. Check in was quick- its look like they already have all the room assigned and keys were made for all guests arriving that day. The front desk looks like a typical office, not a reception desk. I didn’t see where the concierge or the bell people were located.
ROOM: there are 32 rooms, 4 floors. The owner (Gary) lives in the castle so expect to see him around with Mia-she’s a cutie! The hotel is shaped like the letter “E”. We’re assigned to room #320, which face the back of the castle. Our view: golf course. King side bed, sofa, 2 televisions, complimentary snacks/waters, DVD player, VHS player, 2 robes ($145 added to your bill if you take it), large bathroom with soaking tub and standing shower with L'Occitane amenities. You can’t open the window. They should upgrade the iron; the current one doesn’t have a retractable cord! We didn’t hear our neighbors, but could hear the water running on both sides when they turn it on or use the toilet.
TOUR: it’s at 10am and it’s about an hour long. Bring your camera! You can take pictures “because we’re not a museum” as mentioned by the tour guide. If you read the fine prints, NO JEANS allowed. LOLs, you can tell some people did do their homework. Some people came with suit and tie while other wore jeans and sneakers. If I were you, dress casual- you definitely don’t need to wear a suit! We asked one of the valet attendants, he said there’s really no dress code. The tour guide gave us the history of the castle (you can read it yourself on the website), took us around the castle to the see the ballrooms, the reflecting garden, the bridal suite, the bar, the library, Charles Chaplin’s room. I like my room compared the bride suite (Room#401). The only thing I like about the bridal suite is the size, the view of the garden and the tub. I find Chaplin’s room interesting because there are so many antiques, collections and information of Oheka in the media. So I found out that Kevin JONAS, Anthony WEINER, Michael LOHAN all got married here (just to name a few). The Clintons stayed here, the show Royal Pains filmed here and the castle is used in a lot of commercials and photo shoots.
Here are some of the fine prints I mentioned earlier:
- Dress code: country club casual or evening attire in all area according to website/brochure and confirmation letter. We found out that this was not the case when we got there! People can wear jeans, sneaker and t-shirts in all area of the estate.
- 21 yrs old to book a room/18 yrs old to check in.
-No outside food or drink.
-Non-Smoking hotel, so no need to request a non-smoking room! Violator will be charge a recovery fee of $250 + taxes.
-check in is at 3pm + check out is at… I don’t know: 11am on website/brochure and 12 noon on confirmation letter.
-Late check out? Half night’s rate between 11am-2pm and full night’s rate after 2pm.
- Rate is for double occupancy so if you have extra guest the fee is $75, crib, microwave, frig is $ 25 per night + taxes. It’s $35 on the confirmation letter.
- Continental breakfast included up too guests from 8:30-10:30 a.m.; Non-registered guest is an additional $25 + taxes. Very friendly and attentive staff!!
- 24 hrs fitness center -we didn’t use.
- Non-Party Clause: they’ll charge you $1500 if they find out that partied in your room!
-Only dogs allowed with a cleaning fee of $200 per pet/per day!
-One Bride policy, which means that if you got married off property, you better take your gown off before going to the castle!
Overall the castle is beautiful, our stay was fine. It’s definitely a great opportunity for amateur photographer + a romantic place for love birds.
Managements might want to look at their policies over as you can see there are a lot of discrepancies and have someone follow up on emails.
Btw, the castle is still in the process of restoring so don’t be picky-you definitely see cracks here and there!
- 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, NY - Long Island
- Oheka Castle Hotel Huntington