After reading a lot of press on Glenmere Mansion, we decided to visit for one night in March for a birthday celebration. We typically stay at 5 star hotels, so our expectations are high. Glenmere not only exceeded our expectations, it set a new bar for all future hotel stays.
Our reception was very warm, friendly and professional. As we relaxed in our suite, we admired the fine attention to detail and quality of materials throughout the room. We were impressed by the gas fireplaces in the living and bath areas, the large soaking tub, heated bathroom floor, steam shower, fine Italian bedding, full marble baths, art work and luxe furnishings. The bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that the accommodations were first class in every respect. The owners must have agonized over every single detail to make sure their guests feel like royalty. It is evident that this was a labor of love.
Even though the furnishings are incredible, the hotel does not feel at all stuffy. Thoughtful accents are evident in every room of the “mansion.” Complimentary cookies, snacks and beverages are available throughout. Magazines, books and game tables are scattered around comfy seating areas to encourage curling up and relaxing. You feel like you are in your own home, only better!
Dinner and breakfast in The Supper Room was delicious. The dining room is over the top romantic. The food and service were on par with any 5 star restaurant in the New York Metro area.
We did not partake in the spa, but we were given a tour. It is absolutely stunning. We cannot wait to visit again to take advantage of the facilities.
The grounds and gardens in the spring, summer and fall must be spectacular. We were there at probably the worst time of year (lots and lots of brown trees), and it was still beautiful.
One last note about the staff. Each and every one was very welcoming and well trained. It is evident that they enjoy their jobs and are proud of where they work.
I wish I had the words to do Glenmere justice. I would be hard pressed to come up with even one criticism, but if I had to it would be that I am afraid that we will never find another hotel to live up to the standards set by Glenmere. Kudos to the owner and the entire staff. By all means, if you have the opportunity, go and experience all that Glenmere has to offer. You will never want to leave!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Glenmere Mansion is a Relais & Chatueax, 18-room luxury boutique hotel on 150 Hudson Valley acres overlooking Glenmere Lake. The Gilded Age mansion, circa 1911, underwent a 3 year renovation, opening Jan. 2010. Acres of beautiful gardens, heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis, bocce and croquet courts, and 2 restaurants on site. Spa opens summer 2011. Romantic getaway, (children over 16). Voted "Top Ten Small Boutique Hotel in the World" by Gayot Hotel Guide 2011. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Glenmere Mansion Hotel Chester