We are locals who take "backyard vacations" at Batcheller Mansion twice a year; once with friends from Boston and once alone. The fact that we have had this tradition going for 3 years is itself a recommendation. We've stayed at perhaps a dozen B&Bs from Virginia to Hawaii and Batcheller Mansion is at the top of our list. The property is architecturally unique having been built to order by George Batchellor in the 1870s. Dan, the innkeeper, and his team will gladly show you around and explain the history of the house and the Batchellor family. They all do seem to love their jobs and the house and that makes for a warm and comfortable visit.
Over several visits, we and our friends have stayed in most of the rooms. Each is fabulous from the smaller rooms to the Grant, which has a full sized pool table. You will find luxurious bedding, pillows, and lots of fluffy towels in all rooms. The common rooms are welcoming and far from a "hands off the antiques" attitude we have experienced at some B&Bs, here the house is meant to be enjoyed. There is even a piano with a sign on it inviting those with the skill to play. The entire house is spotlessly clean (thanks to Michael) and perfectly maintained with period details and modern conveniences. A minor issue reported at breakfast was being addressed before we even finished our meal.
Ah, breakfast! Scones are light, not too sweet, and subtly flavored based on season and presumably Dan's whim. Blueberries are a frequent addition to the scone batter but we enjoyed pineapple coconut on our last visit. Don't miss Dan's blueberry stuffed French Toast: the filling is creamy and the blueberry flavor comes through but the stuffing does not overwhelm. His hot mulled apple cider is a perfect accompaniment. My husband prefers an omelet with everything. Again, Dan hits the mark. All flavors are clear and present but nothing is over the top.
In fact, that is the best way to sum up Batcheller Mansion: subtle elegance that whispers perfection so that you notice nothing but the fabulous relaxing time you are having.
- 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