I remember as a little girl my Mom pulling up at a street a few miles from home and telling me that there was a castle down the road, as a little girl, that was just the coolest thing EVER! In August, as an adult, I finally got to see that castle – OHEKA Castle in Huntington, LI.
In the next few weeks I will post about the OHEKA Castle tour with the history of the estate. But the short story is that in 1984 (about when my Mom would have told me about its existence) a family bought this old dilapidated castle and refurbished it to be a wedding location and hotel. Last year I bought a Groupon for a one night in the hotel, I paid less then $200 for a $500 a night room.
|Sitting area and fireplace|
The bathroom had a traditional tub, but with jacuzzi jets, a fun way to relax after the stressful day I had had at work. The toiletries were by L’Occitane and there were complimentary waters and snacks in the rooms. What? I got free wifi, and snacks, crazy!
The main floor of the castle has a foyer, ballroom, large party room, several small rooms for parties, a bar and restaurant. There is also lovely grounds to walk around outside. But here is one of my biggest problems with the place, it was very stuffy. There are beautiful grounds, but no one said, feel free to take a walk outside. Every door was closed and none marked, I felt like I was sneaking around the place trying to find my way outside. I of course got outside and walked around but I felt a little funny.
|View from the back of the castle|
The following morning I went to breakfast in the ballroom, it was a nice continental breakfast spread – muffins, donuts, bagles, fruit, yogurt, and oatmeal. As an average person it was a little akward, there were staff there to clear the tables and get you anything you needed. Although they didn’t hover, they were often standing around doing nothing. I’m not used to that kind of attention.
I checked out just before the 11AM checkout time and while waiting for my tour of the castle I met Gary, the owner of OHEKA Castle. It was totally unexpected and a nice touch that made the castle feel more welcoming. In case you are wondering, Gary does have his own suite on the 3rd floor of the hotel.
Would I stay here again? Well since I live 10 minutes away, probably not. Maybe for a special occasion, but at $400 a night minimum it better be a VERY special occasion. If you’re visiting Long Island and looking for a special treat, this is a very unique spot and would make a memorable experience.