Upstate New York, United States

Brentwood Hotel

Rates per night from$78.32

Price information

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Style

Hot-to-trot

Setting

Pre-race favourite

Track-side at the Saratoga Springs’ legendary racecourse, Brentwood Hotel is a remastered motel with a thoroughbred cocktail bar and impeccably groomed rooms. Midnight-blue is matched with brass metalwork and antique art, while Billykirk leathers and Sharktooth textiles add contemporary style. By night, signature drinks flow to the sound of Sixties soul, and the fire pit licks its lips in anticipation of the next marshmallow. Saratoga Springs may be famed for its summer racing season, but it’s not a one-trick-pony – the well-heeled spa town is a year-round destination peppered with upscale eateries, and it makes a handy basecamp for Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

12, including one suite.

Check–Out

11am; check-in, 4pm, but flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $78.32, excluding tax at 13 per cent.

More details

Rates do not usually include breakfast, but there is free tea and coffee at the bar.

Also

On arrival, buy ($5) a pack containing chocolate, marshmallows and crackers – the trinity required for making the American campfire classic, ‘s’mores’. – from reception Roast ‘em, squidge ‘em and scoff ‘em around the firepit, and don’t be afraid to ask for s’more.

At the hotel

Bar, fire pit, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Flatscreen TV, minibar with local snacks, Tivoli clock radio, C.O. Bigelow bath products, raceday canvas bag.

Our favourite rooms

Room 12 has added privacy because it’s on the end of the L-shaped building, and it’s also the handiest for a game of Horseshoes on the lawn. The Deluxe Suite is the family favourite, with a pair of full-size bunk-beds as well as a queen-size double.

Packing tips

A list of race tips from a reputable insider, or failing that, your lucky horseshoe.

Also

One of the Single Queen rooms is wheelchair-friendly, with a roll-in shower and grab bars in the bathroom.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs are very welcome and are spoiled with a selection of treats on arrival. They can stay in select rooms for $25 a night; ask for availability when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Upstate New York.

Children

All ages welcome. Baby cots (free) can be added to all rooms.

Eco‐friendly

Every room comes with a ‘green card’ – calm down Mr. President, it’s just a way to opt out of unnecessary linen washes. The light bulbs are energy efficient, and the cleaning products are kind to the environment too.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Take up position in the yard for your own personal paddock experience – the horses trot right past on their way from the stables to the track.

Dress Code

Be raceday-ready in summer hats and sundresses; collars and chinos for the chaps.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant, but you might be able to eke out your five-a-day from the bar’s fruit-laden cocktails.

Hotel bar

There’s an understated sophistication to the cut-glass tumblers and copper cocktail shakers at the shot-sized Brentwood drinks den. Pull up a stool at the marble-top bar and order from a list created by the mixology-masters at Hamlet & Ghost; the speciality is the Whitney, whisked up from vodka, pineapple and St Germain elderflower liqueur, with a twist of lemon. The record player spins upbeat soul and rock ‘n’ roll all day, with happy hour from 6pm until the last note of the B-side.

Last orders

The hotel bar is open all day long, from 8am to 11pm.

Room service

There’s no room service, but you’re never far from the bar.

Location

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Address
Brentwood Hotel
15 Gridley St
Saratoga Springs
12866
United States

Planes

The closest airport is Albany, which is a half-hour drive to the south from the hotel. Albany airport is an hour flight from New York City; there are direct routes from other major US cities, including Chicago and Atlanta, too.

Trains

Amtrak’s ‘Adirondack’ service links New York City to Montreal, stopping at Saratoga Springs on the way. The journey takes a little over four hours, and the station is a five-minute cab ride from the hotel.

Automobiles

The going is good. The stay is a three-hour journey due north from New York City, south from Montreal, or west from Boston. There’s car hire aplenty in all three, as well as at Albany Airport. Parking is free at the hotel, where cars fit neatly into the motel-style layout.

Other

Fist-bumps all round if you arrive on horseback.

Worth getting out of bed for

Gee up your stablemate for a day at the Saratoga Racecourse; from late July till early September there are races every day except Tuesday, with the showpiece event – The Travers Stakes – in late August. For a different kind of saddle, grab one of the Linus bikes from the hotel and ride into town. Fill your basket with bounty from Broadway’s upscale shops, or scour the artisans’ studios and galleries in Beekman Street Arts District. There are 21 mineral springs to keep you refreshed along the way, including several spouting naturally carbonated water. The Roosevelt Baths and Spa make a soothing spot for a soak, or you can swat up on horse racing history at the National Museum of Racing. Outdoorsy activities are just beyond the city limits, with hiking, snowshoeing, and apples for the picking nearby – ask the hotel for seasonal recommendations. Landscape lovers should drive half an hour north to scenic Lake George and beyond that, the Adirondack Mountains.

Local restaurants

The Creole kitchen at Mouzon House (1 York Street) serves up farm-to-table cuisine in a really-rather-lovely Victorian house and garden. Fine dine at 15 Church (15 Church Street), where lobster rigatoni vies with gorgonzola-slathered steaks for attention. In race season, the winners party hard to the sound of live bands at The Horseshoe Inn bar and grill; it’s at 9 Gridley Street, across the road from the hotel. 

Local cafés

The best cuppa in town is at the Saratoga Tea & Honey Company (348 Broadway); they also do tastings of more than 15 types of artisanal honey. When all you want is a slap-up brekkie, head to Compton’s (457 Broadway) for fried eggs and hash in an old-school diner. Uncommon Grounds (402 Broadway) roasts its own beans and bakes bagels every day.

Local bars

At speakeasy-styled Hamlet & Ghost (24 Caroline Street), the cocktail concoctions are made with bitters and tinctures handcrafted in-house. For beers and cheers, try Henry Street Tap Room (86 Henry Street), where the craft ales are matched with cheese tasting-boards. Live jazz comes with a choice of more than 250 martinis at moody saloon, 9 Maple (9 Maple Avenue). 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in upstate New York and unpacked their jodhpurs and jockey silks, a full account of their break at the races will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Brentwood Hotel in Saratoga Springs… 

Everyone gets a kick out of the Brentwood – and yes that includes you, even if your horse-racing pedigree only extends to a 50p sweepstake flutter on the Grand National 20 years ago, and you chose your horse solely because it had a witty name. Saratoga Springs is America’s home of horse racing, and here is a hotel quite literally across the road from the historic track, as well as being easily within earshot of all those hooves thundering across the hallowed dirt. Each race day, the runners and riders parade past on their way from the stables to the course, giving guests a private preview with their morning coffee. Come evening, you can toast successes or lament losses with bespoke cocktails at the bar – and in any case, everyone’s a winner when there are unlimited marshmallows for the fire pit. 

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