June 18, 2018

Renaissance Hotel Westchester NY Review

Renaissance Westchester Sign

I visited the Westchester Renaissance hotel in mid September as part of a business trip.  I previously stayed at the Westchester Marriott and wanted to try a different hotel.  Taking the Marriott Platinum Challenge required me to stay at a different hotel as well.

The Westchester Renaissance is located in a quiet wooden area outside the main section of Westchester New York.  The location provides a relaxing resort style environment.

Renaissance Wester Chester Hotel entrance
Main entrance into the Renaissance Westchester hotel.

Finding the Hotel

I arrived at the hotel in the evening.  The hotel offered a standard room upgrade at check-in.  I inquired about suite availability.  The agent checked into the system and found availability for a 4th floor suite.

So far during the Marriott Platinum Challenge, I’ve had some unexpected good luck receiving suite upgrades.  I’ve received suite upgrades at the Marriott Cleveland Ohio Key Center and the Renaissance Cleveland hotel.

The Westchester Renaissance hotel is actually located in West Harrison, New York.  New York City is just a 35 minute drive from the hotel.  The hotel offers 342 rooms, 6 suites, 27 meeting rooms, a concierge lounge (for gold and platinum members), a fitness center with an indoor pool, and the Hive Living Room restaurant and bar.

Renaissance Westchester Hotel Lobby
Main lobby area inside the hotel.
Renaissance Westchester Lobby seating by a window
Lobby seating overlooking the pool and outdoor courtyard.
Renaissance Westchester Lobby Hallway
The hotel felt more like a resort with the long wooden paneling combined with the scenic location.
Renaissance Westchester Lobby Seating
Large seating area around the main hotel lobby.

Asking for a Suite

See below for a video tour of the 4th floor Suite I stayed in at the Renaissance in Westchester New York.

The 4th floor suite offered a large open floor plan that combined a living room with the bedroom.  A small kitchenette / bar area sat in the right corner of the suite by the second entrance.  A separate bathroom was located in the back right corner  by the large double bed.

Renaissance Westchester Suite
Main entrance into the suite.
Renaissance Westchester TV
Living room TV inside the suite.
Renaissance Westchester Suite sofas
Sofas inside the suite.
Renaissance Westchester Suite Kitchenette
Small kitchenette inside the suite.
Renaissance Westchester Suite King Sized Bed
King sized bed inside the suite.
Renaissance Westchester Suite Bathroom Sink
Bathroom sink inside the suite.
Renaissance Westchester Bathroom Sink Mirror
Bathroom sink mirror inside the suite.
Renaissance Westchester Suite Shower
Standard shower inside the suite.
Renaissance Westchester Suite View of the bedroom
View of the bedroom from the bathroom entrance of the suite.

The suite offered a scenic view of the hotel courtyard and the glass enclosure surrounding the indoor pool.

Renaissance Westchester Courtyard and Pool
Pool and Courtyard lobby view from the suite.
Renaissance Westchester Pool
View of the pool with more sunlight in the morning.

Concierge Lounge

The lounge operates Monday to Thursday from 6am to 10pm, 6am to 1pm on Friday, and from 5pm to 10pm on Sunday.  Breakfast is served from 6am to 10am.  Hors d’oeuvres are offered from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and dessert is offered at 7:30pm.

Renaissance Westchester Concierge Lounge Hours
Concierge lounge hours.
Concierge Lounge Honor Bar
Concierge Lounge Honor Bar.
Renaissance Westchester Concierge Lounge Honor Bar prices
Honor Bar prices at the Concierge Lounge.
Renaissance Westchester Concierge Lounge Seating
Concierge Lounge seating.

Pool & Gym

The indoor pool is located on the ground floor in the middle of the hotel.  The pool is surrounded by a wall of windows with a nice view of the rustic scenery.

Renaissance Westchester pool seating
Seating by the pool.
Renaissance Westerchester Pool
During the day, natural light pours in from the glass windows surrounding the pool.

Restaurant

Free breakfast for elite members was available in the concierge lounge.  I was traveling for business so opted for breakfast in the main hotel restaurant.  The main hotel restaurant was located next to the hotel lobby.  The restaurant design included an open floor plan with a bar in the back corner.

Renaissance Westchester Restaurant Seating
Seating inside the hotel restaurant.
Renaissance Westchester Bar Area
Main bar area to the right side of the hotel restaurant.
Renaissance Westchester Restaurant Corner Seating
Seating at the back corner of the hotel restaurant.

Pros

  • Resort style property in a quiet scenic location.
  • Only 35 minutes away from New York City and 10 minutes away from the Westchester airport.
  • Hotel was very willing to provide a suite upgrade to an elite gold member.
  • Friendly staff and clean hotel.

Cons

  • The hotel is slightly outside of the main city center of Westchester New York.  You need to drive if you want to go anywhere outside of the hotel.

Final Thoughts

The Renaissance Westchester impressed me.  I don’t have platinum status yet, but the hotel was very willing to upgrade me into a really nice suite.  The suite itself was really nice, with plenty of room and good view of the scenery nearby the hotel.  The hotel’s location, which is slightly outside of the main part of town, offers a more relaxed feel than many of the larger hotels directly in the main city center.  I found the hotel to be a really good option when staying in the upstate New York area.

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Travel enthusiast that spent years flying in the back of planes and staying at cheaper hotels in order to save a little money. After learning how to leverage airline and hotel loyalty programs, I've developed an interest in luxury travel and write about my experiences with it.

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