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Dec 26th, 2013, 04:44 PM
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Hotel near CIA Hyde Park, New York

My husband and I will be having lunch at the CIA in March and would like to make a 2 or 3 day trip of it and include visits to some of the historic homes in the area.

We're thinking of this as a romantic getaway and are not having much luck in finding a hotel/motel to overnight in. The ones I've found seem kind of old and in need of updating.

I'm wondering if any of you Fodorites have some suggestions for us.

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Dec 26th, 2013, 05:12 PM
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Have you looked for inns - much better choice for a romantic trip but I believe a higher price tag?

I know Rhinebeck Arms has a very good reputation but there are others in the area that may be more modestly priced.
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Dec 26th, 2013, 05:14 PM
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Sorry - Beekman Arms
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Dec 26th, 2013, 05:30 PM
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Thought the CIA was in Virginia ☺
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Dec 26th, 2013, 06:52 PM
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If you're just looking for clean, comfortable room, there are a couple of fine chain hotels just down the road in the Poughkeepsie area. The Hampton Inn is the newest - not more than 3-4 yrs old. There's also a Residence Inn, and a HI Express. They're all on Rt 9, not more than 10-15min drive from the CIA.

That stretch is mostly a commercial strip - could be anywhere USA. Poughkeepsie is a forgettable town. There are actually a few good restaurants in the rather bleak central part of town, but otherwise not worth even 5min visit. Lived there for many years, up until 2 yrs ago so I know the area well.

I do like the town of Rhinebeck. Never stayed at any of the hotels, but I do like the Terrapin restaurant (both the main dining room and the bar/cafe side).

If you are doing day trips further south then you could also consider a hotel in the Fishkill (= fish creek in Dutch) area, I-84 @ Rt 9/Exit 13. It's another 15min further from the CIA, but right on I-84 so easy access, and closer to sights further south and west. A bunch more chain hotels there. They Hyatt Place & Hilton Garden Inn are both comfortable.
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Dec 27th, 2013, 01:50 PM
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We'll be driving up from our home in NYC to have lunch at the CIA. Instead of just eating lunch and then driving right back home, we'd like to turn this into a little getaway and stay for 2 overnights in a nearby hotel/motel/inn/B&B (we're open to any of these types of accommodations).

Our preliminary idea is:
Day 1: drive from NYC to CIA in Hyde Park, have lunch and then check in to a nearby hotel.
Day 2: tour some of the historic homes in the area and then go back to the same hotel for a second night
Day 3: drive home to NYC

Ideally, the hotel would be in a pleasant, walkable town where we could take an evening stroll and have dinner in a nice restaurant (Rhinebeck would be perfect but we're open to other suggestions).

The Beekman Arms website shows that there are two inns: Beekman and Delamater. I wonder if any Fodorites have any personal experience staying in either of them and perhaps have suggestions or preferences that they could share.
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Dec 28th, 2013, 12:51 PM
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When we did a college trip to the USMA in West Point a few years ago, we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Ft. Montgomery. We found it a convenient location to tour the historic houses (Vanderbilt mansion and FDR's boyhood home) as well as for dinner at the CIA (which was excellent!) If you would like a historic hotel, you could try the The Thayer Hotel on the grounds of West Point. Both properties get excellent reviews on Trip Advisor.
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Dec 29th, 2013, 04:59 AM
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If you destination is the CIA and the mansions right in Hyde Park I would not consider a hotel in West Point or Ft. Montgomery, about an hour away, to be a convenient location. For a single day trip to HP maybe, but not to come and go for more than one night.

If it's a HI Express you want, there is one 10 min away from the CIA.
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Dec 30th, 2013, 12:20 PM
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Since you want to stay in a quaint village where you can stroll around, you might consider Cold Spring. It's about a 45 min drive south of the CIA, but convenient since you are coming from NYC.

The Pig Hill Inn B&B is right in the village and there are lots of restaurants within walking distance.
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