Ensconced within the grounds of the West Point campus, this landmark hotel is the best bet for anyone who always wanted to attend the military academy. A fine, large old hotel (constructed in 1926), built in a similar style to the Gothic campus and named for General Thayer, the "father of the academy," it has decent-size rooms with large, firm beds. Although one side looks over the beautiful campus and the other over the Hudson River, light sleepers should know that the train rumbles by right below on the river side, both late at night and early in the morning. You'll miss the river views, but the campus side is much quieter. The medieval-style restaurant in the basement is easily the best restaurant in the immediate area; Sunday brunch is especially popular. Don't even bother trying to get a room during West Point graduation week: The hotel is booked 4 years in advance.
- © Frommer's 2013