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Vassar Alumnae House
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Vassar Alumnae House
Ranked #9 of 13 Hotels in Poughkeepsie
Reviewed 24 October 2015

We stayed the night here, as our son had a tour at Vassar the next morning. it is the best place to stay in town and walking distance to some good restaurants. It feels a bit like staying at your Grandmother's house. Cozy and historic.

  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 April 2015 via mobile

I have stayed here twice now and it does not disappoint. Well appointed rooms in a historic setting. Various libraries and parlors to relax and soak up the ambiance. Only regret is that on site restaurant and pub is not open. Would LOVE high quality dining on site.

Stayed: April 2015, travelled with family
4  Thank Vemoss
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Reviewed 2 April 2015

Stayed here while dd was on a campus overnight. Room was spacious, lovely and quiet. Private bath had the old style huge bathtub with curtain that encircles it - I haven't seen that kind in years!
Staff was friendly and helpful. Will be back -have already booked a return visit!
Like living in a castle!!!

Stayed: March 2015, travelled solo
Thank Sally F
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Reviewed 7 January 2015

Quite an experience overall. First, our reservation was confirmed by email but when we arrived there was no room reserved for us on that night. I should say that all the staff we met were very apologetic and wanted to help but it was still a bad situation for us. We were given the option of taking two semi-private rooms that were very small and were down the hall from full baths, which we took anyway, given that we were very tired and hungry from a long trip. In the end, the management did comp us the semi-private rooms but it was not fun. It was a long walk to the baths and toilets which were separate. The furnishings and decor in the wing containing our rooms left a lot to be desired, for any visitor and at any price. One cannot blame the staff as it was obvious they were understaffed and everyone there did whatever they could. The paint was peeling off the walls in our one room and the furniture was old, but not shabby chic, just shabby. The heat was also very dry and gave all of us a headache. We ended up turning it off as being cold was the better option. The staff office is not open that much and the doors are locked in the late evening every night. The amenities are limited compared to a bed and breakfast or even a budget motel. If you are expecting somewhere with basic hotel amenities, go elsewhere. We were in the full room the next night, which was 100% better, but some of the issues are just the nature of the beast. This is clearly a very old building that is just a struggle for the college to keep up. I would suggest that if they are going to charge what they do to stay there, they have to do better. Or, consider the Alumni house as an operating expense and offer it as a perk to visiting guests and parents without charge. As the situation is, I would not recommend it although I think the staff were definitely keepers.

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  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled with family
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Thank trout125
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Reviewed 5 November 2014

We stayed here recently in order to be able to walk to a Vassar event. We arrived after 4:30 pm on a Saturday night so we had to pick up our keys in Main Building at VC. Not a huge problem, but if you are taking the train/taxi to campus, you may need to plan on walking the 5-8 minute walk between the two places. The walk is fine in good weather, but less great when it is cold and windy. There were no staff present anywhere when we walked into the building and found our room; the very windy weather caused something to bang away loudly on the outside of the building all night long. Our sleep was constantly interrupted. Other guests experienced the same problem. Had this been a commercial hotel, I would have called someone for assistance, but there was no one to call...so we slept very poorly. On the positive side, our room was quite large it was fun to be in a somewhat quirky antique-filled spot, the walk to VC was very quick and the king bed was very comfortable. We enjoyed exploring the property with its library and large living areas. The view outside was pretty. While it is easier to make coffee in one's room, it was not too difficult to walk down the hall to the shared kitchen. The lack of onsite breakfast, however, was problematic. You are given coupons for $12 to use at a choice of two local restaurants; we chose Babycakes, which was down the hill and across the street. While the food at Babycakes was extremely good, they offer takeaway service and the staff there was very nice, their service was somewhat slow. If you are not rushed in the morning, this option is fine. If you have limited time for breakfast (e.g., cannot afford to spend 30+ minutes), this option is worthless. We simply did not have 30 minutes to go across the street for food on our second day so we had to skip breakfast. Had we stayed at a local chain, we could have grabbed something very quickly. A small detail, but it mattered.

Overall, I would stay here again if the weather was good and my schedule was more leisurely, but truth be told, I still missed staying in a commercial hotel where breakfast was within quick reach, coffee was in the room and I had someone to call if there were problems. Sometimes the lack of character is ok when modern convenience is needed.

  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Vassar Alumnae House

Address: 161 College Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Region: United States > New York > Poughkeepsie
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Ranked #9 of 13 Hotels in Poughkeepsie
Price Range: RM167 - RM512 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
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