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“How much did this hotel cost me?” My husband chided as we neared the entrance to the property where we would rest our head for the night. “Not as much as you think,” I responded, as we drove our rental car through a short tunnel that led to a parking area located in an interior courtyard. A wall of windows along one side of the hotel offered a glimpse at the comfortable accommodations. I knew instantly that I would not be disappointed with my lodging selection.
Stepping inside the Best Western Inn and Suites at the Falls in Poughkeepsie, New York, it was hard to believe that this property fell under the umbrella of an inexpensive chain hotel. We arrived during the tail end of Happy Hour to find guests comfortably relaxing in the nicely decorated public areas, sipping from complimentary bottles of beer or glasses of wine.
The hotel, situated alongside a river, offered a terrace where I saw some guests lounging along the railing, I imagined they were listening to the relaxing sounds of the water as it gurgled past. I made a mental note to eat breakfast outdoors in the morning.
My husband and I made our way up the open staircase to the second floor and down the hall, opening a heavy door and stepping inside a large room that was tastefully decorated in hues of brown and green. Tired from our drive, we decided to skip Happy Hour. I relaxed in the large tub while my husband flipped through the channels on the TV and caught up on the news that he’d missed on our drive.
We’d stopped on the way and grabbed a bite to eat so we had no need to venture out of the room and spent the evening planning our stops for the next day. The free Wi-Fi was a little bit slow, but the weather was cloudy and overcast, not ideal when we checked in.
Our room had two queen-size beds and they were so comfortable that I don’t remember waking up during the night. Breakfast was pretty typical of the breakfasts we find at most hotel properties that we stay with- cold cereals, waffles, yogurt, a selection of breads and muffins, fruit, hard boiled eggs, coffee and juice. My husband was impressed that breakfast sandwiches were also available to heat in the microwave. Granola bars were also available so we grabbed a couple for a mid-morning snack as we headed out for the day.
It turns out this Best Western has a bit of interesting history. A catering hall named The Wagon Wheel used to be located on the property until it burnt to the ground. The owner of the property decided to start over by building a bed and breakfast, selling the property in the last 1990’s. The new owner neglected the property and faced foreclosure. A year later the property was purchased from the bank, underwent extensive renovations and opened as The Best Western in 2011. Today visitors can enjoy the boutique hotel by the stream. I know I enjoyed my stay.
I took a chance when I booked this hotel. This was the first Best Western that my husband and I have ever stayed at- but I loved the photos and the description I read online about the property. It lived up to my expectations and didn’t break our budget. Our stay in April was right around $100 (I can’t remember the exact amount and if I look up my receipt from our stay, I’ll never get this post written).
If you’re looking for a unique property near Hyde Park, this 3-star hotel situated off the beaten path may be just what you’re looking for.
Plan your Stay in the Hudson River Valley:
The Best Western in and Suites at the Falls
Address: 50 Red Oaks Mill Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Amenities: The property provides Free Wi-Fi, Breakfast and Parking. Rooms have refrigerators and microwaves. ADA and Pet-friendly rooms are available. Business Center. Fitness Center.