Gilbert Baeriswil, General Manager at Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown announced the suspension of all property operations effective January 2 through May 1, 2013.
Baeriswil commented that closing the property for the next few months will “allow us to more effectively facilitate the $10M-renovation project that began with the construction of the luxurious THANN™ Sanctuary Spa in October.“ The entire renovation project will be completed in five months and the Castle Hotel & Spa will reopen in May 2013.
In addition to the introduction of the new spa, the property-wide renovation will include 4,100 square feet of meeting & banquet space, the 31 luxurious guest rooms and suites, public spaces, and the award-winning Equus restaurant and
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.
The vast collection of antiques and vintage items will be carefully preserved, along with cherished artwork and sculpture. A careful blend of modern pieces will be incorporated to maintain that feeling of being in a comfortable and graceful estate complete with mahogany books shelves, working wood fireplaces, intricately carved stairways, glowing sconces, and elaborate stained glass windows. Most of the design elements in the main building will be refreshed with soft goods and other furnishings that will add to the tasteful elegance and not detract from it. With a gentle transformation, The Lobby Lounge and the Tapestry Room will continue to glow an aura of gracious living that adds a rich and lush feeling, ideal for a casual wine tasting.
The 1,500 square-foot Great Hall, perhaps the most spectacular feature of the Castle, features 40-foot vaulted ceilings and original Gothic windows with heraldic motifs. This spacious yet intimate room is filled with fine architectural details and complemented by leather panels on the ceiling, meticulous carvings in the foyer, and a grand balcony overlooking the room. Six-foot tall, custom-designed torchiere wall sconces with hand-crafted bronze metal will be complemented by a warm maroon color palette and rich gold accents.
The Caramai Ballroom will maintain its graceful atmosphere by preserving the crystal chandeliers and artistic moldings encircling the entire 1,500 square-foot room that is soaked in natural light. Rich cream tones with gold accents, along with turquoise trim and moldings will play a dramatic role in the restoration of this space and will complement the lush new upholstery. Custom-designed wall sconces with detailed metal accents will continue to provide an ideal ambiance for social gatherings, romantic weddings, and special occasions.
Each of the seven suites will undergo a full renovation along with a refreshing update to the guest rooms. There are two suites themes: first theme presents an elegant feminine air with a romantic palette of cranberry, rich chocolate brown with gold accents. According to Gettys’ Krystle Louie, “the furniture plays on the idea of the soft curves of a woman's hat to the delicate lace of her gloves. Each room has antique collectibles from her travels.” The second theme offers deep green tones and gold accents, bold antique bronze metal trim and luxurious velvet upholstery.
Mr. Jiro Sato, President of Sankara Hospitality Group, commented; “it is our goal to continue to help this magnificent property evolve to an even more luxurious small hotel and to continue to serve our guests and exceed their expectations. Mr. Sato notes that a “small luxurious hotel” is defined by Sankara Hospitality Group by three exacting qualifications:
1. The stunning setting and masterful presentations of Executive Chef Takei’s Natural French Cuisine continues to receive the highest culinary praise and distinctions. “Exceptional cuisine and service to bring happiness and joy to every customer” said Mr. Sato.
2. “Supreme bliss of total relaxation” will be introduced with the creation of THANN™ Sanctuary Spa, known throughout Asia as an oasis of peace and tranquility. THANN will bring a wide variety of luxurious treatments based on the art of natural therapy, where all the senses are awakened by the unique holistic spa concept and ambience. The THANN™ Sanctuary Spa at Castle Hotel & Spa will be the first of its kind in the United States.
3. To continue to provide an unparalleled atmosphere of total guest satisfaction and comfort in every aspect of their experience including creating sumptuous and opulent atmosphere in their guest room or suite.