Bedford Post Inn is a cute eight-room hotel owned by Richard Gere located over an hour from NYC. When we booked our dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, friends suggested we stay at Bedford Post Inn for a cute weekend away. What they didn’t tell us is that the property is still located 30 minutes+ from Stone Barns….and that Stone Barns is 45-60 min from NYC. My fault for not researching. Bedford Post Inn is a Relais & Chateaux property and prices are steep, so we had high expectations. Sadly they weren’t met.
When you are paying $600+ for a room, it’s hard not to expect something lovely and even though the property is cute, we weren’t blown away in any way. Our initial room was a large, largely white décored room with gas fireplace. The bath was large & inviting, with a claw foot tub and dual head, walk-in shower. Yet, the creaky stairs and upstairs hallway run the length of the room and make for a very noisy night whenever anyone walks about—further, the walls aren’t especially thick. Luckily they moved us to another room on the second floor (up the creaky stairs and at the end of the long hall!). Our second room was again cute, with a small automated fire, cosy balcony and smaller bathroom with tub and single shower, but not special like we’d enjoyed at The Washington School House Hotel in Park City, Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma or Chateau du Sureau, the Relais Chateaux where we stayed close to Yosemite.
For example, Bedford Post Inn has a lounge area for people to hang out with free snacks, nice. Well, nice-ish. Snacks include Sun Chips and cheap granola bars, as well as mediocre coffee from a Keurig machine. Little things like these can make a big difference… at Big Sur, California’s Post Ranch Inn, they stock your refrigerator with fresh cheese, butter, crackers, house made treats, and splits of local wine (all free!).
Also, when we were welcomed, the person didn’t introduce us to the property, what was included or not, breakfast times etc., and the print out in our room had different info (breakfast till 12:30 pm) than what was on our table at The Barn, their breakfast spot (till 10:30am). They also don’t offer a full menu for Inn guests at the Barn and what is included is a set of five different options. I asked if I could swap one of the dishes for something that was actually $5 less on the full menu and after a lot of back and forth they finally conceded. Cappuccinos etc were also not included but no one alerted us of that until we saw the bill. The restaurant manager admitted they had issues that need attention and was apologetic.
I also took a “yoga” class Saturday morning but should have stayed snuggly in bed as it was a wasted semi-stretching class at best. I’ve since heard it was substitute teacher that day and it is usually better; the parking lot (and presumably classes) certainly fills each morning with apparently eager locals from outside the property.
We also had the option to order our breakfast anywhere on property—nice idea. As we were hungover following our long Blue Hill at Stone Barns meal (and wine pairings), we took advantage of it, only to encounter a comedy of errors. Food didn’t show up for ages, then was wrong, and then was charged to the bill even though it was included etc.
Our dinner at Campagna, the Michael White restaurant on property, also didn’t impress (I had been warned by my friend Marc J.) despite the fact that the chef was on premises that night, which we were told was a privilege and rare occurrence. And I am not being mean; the couple next to me at dinner told me they didn’t see their waiter ever again from when they first put in their orders and said they wouldn’t return.
In sum: a cute inn, but we would much rather go to some spots around Rhinebeck and for the price we paid, it was definitely not worth it. Maybe if we’d paid $300/night we would feel differently about it.