Best Hotels & Spa’s in USA


Gilbert Baeriswil, General Manager at Castle Hotel & Spa (formerly the Castle on the Hudson) announced that U.S. News & World Report has named Castle Hotel & Spa among its 2013 Best Hotels in the USA. According to U.S. News & World Report, the rankings are based on an analysis of expert and user opinions. The magazine identifies the best hotels using an unbiased methodology centered on three components: reputation among professional travel experts, guest reviews, and hotel class ratings.

Editors at U.S. News rely on recommendations from various sources and analyze and scrutinize by carefully comparing reviews and ratings form nearly 2,000 luxury hotels throughout the United States.

In January, Castle Hotel & Spa announced the development of a new luxury THANN™ Sanctuary Spa along with a five-month, multi-million-dollar renovation of the 31 guest rooms, 4,100 square feet of meeting and event space, public areas and dining rooms. THANN™ Sanctuary Spas are known throughout Asia as an oasis of peace and tranquility offering a wide variety of luxurious spa treatments based on THANN’s art of natural therapy, where all the senses are awakened by the unique holistic spa concept and ambience.

Baeriswil notes that every attempt is being made to maintain the feeling of being in a graceful family home with a great deal of history and a storied past. The unique architectural elements of the main building of the Castle will be carefully preserved and will showcase the cherished collectibles gathered from around the globe. The Castle was originally built in 1897 as a private residence of General Howard Carroll and took more than 100 crafstmen several years to complete. Originally named “Carrol Cliff”, it was inspired by the famous Castle Lismore in County Waterford, Ireland which was built by King John of England.

Situated on sprawling hilltop acres overlooking the Hudson River, the main tower of Castle Hotel & Spa forms the highest point in Westchester County. Castle Hotel & Spa is a medieval-style structure and historic landmark that was meticulously transformed into a luxury hotel.

The medieval-style Castle boasts intricately carved stairways of dark burnished wood, glowing sconces, mammoth hand-hewn oak beams and leaded-glass windows. The Castle is a timeless landmark similar to Castle Lismore in Ireland and fortifications on the Scottish border. Perhaps the most spectacular feature of the property is the Great Hall, with its forty-foot vaulted ceiling and original Gothic windows with heraldic motifs. The Castle has the rich ambience of Old World style and elegance, yet with all contemporary amenities.

The Castle Hotel & Spa also features more than 3,300 square feet of meeting and event space in three unique settings. The acclaimed Equus restaurant is an award-winning elegant and intimate dining experience boasting outstanding reviews from Zagat and discerning guests.

A high-resolution image of Castle Hotel & Spa is attached.

Castle Hotel & Spa is perched majestically atop one of the highest points in the region overlooking the historic Hudson River in the lower Hudson Valley of Westchester County, NY. The award-winning estate is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Historic Hotels of America and sits on ten tranquil wooded acres that provide a respite of refinement and luxury with Old-World elegance.
Castle Hotel & Spa features 31 traditionally appointed guest rooms and suites, 4,100 square feet of meeting and event space, 24-hour health and fitness center, whirlpool, landscaped jogging paths, and a spectacular outdoor seasonal swimming pool. The renowned Equus restaurant has received Four Diamonds from AAA and Five-Star Diamond Award from The Academy of Hospitality Sciences. It was named to U.S> News 2013 Top Hotels in USA, Conde Nast’s “Gold List” and the elite Top Twenty US Small Hotels. Equus is highly rated from Zagat for extraordinary food, service and décor and received the prestigious Award of Unique Distinction from The Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Castle Hotel & Spa is owned and managed by Sankara Hospitality Group, known throughout the world for creating and managing contemporary luxury hotels that are defined by their warm and vibrant personality, and inspired by the spirit of their location. Sankara is passionate in their belief of offering a service that is effortless, personal and genuine, enabling its guests to do the things they value most. For additional information, visit the website at:

U.S. News 2013 Top Hotels in the USA
A Proud Member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Historic Hotels of America
Sankara Hospitality Group
Rated Best of the Decade by Westchester Magazine
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