Best Westerns sure have come a long way in New York… with a swimming pool & arcade games find out why the newly renovated Best Western Plus Kingston exceeds all expectations!
In our many years of travel, here at DIY Travel HQ this was our first time staying in a Best Western hotel.
We had always thought of the long-running chain as slightly drab roadside motels so our stay at Best Western Plus Kingston delivered much more than we were expecting.
Keep reading & you’ll soon see why we rate it as the best-value 4 star hotel for visiting Kingston, New York!
Location of Best Western Plus Kingston
Best Western Plus Kingston is an easy 2 hour drive from New York City, located just off the NY State Thruway.
There are many interesting things to do in Kingston divided between two areas.
Best Western Plus Kingston is conveniently located between the Historic Stockade District (5 min drive) & Downtown Kingston along the waterfront (10 min drive).
The main attractions around Kingston in Ulster County are also all within a 30 minute drive.
Checking-in to Best Western Plus Kingston
After dinner & cocktails at one of the best restaurants in Kingston, NY we checked-in late to Best Western Plus Kingston without any issues.
The long entrance hallway was lined with tables & chairs by the window and ambient lighting.
It opened out into the spacious hotel lobby. There were staff behind the desk, newspapers, magazines & brochures to read on the lounge.
Best Western Kingston has some 208 rooms, spread across 2 floors on a large property. The layout is a little confusing but after going back & forth to your room a couple of times, you won’t have any trouble making your way around.
Note that there are also no elevators so make a room request if you prefer to be on the ground floor or close to the entrance.
Room at Best Western Plus Kingston
Our Queen Room at Best Western Plus Kingston was large & roomy with 2 beds.
The décor was modern with rich brown & burgundy tones. Contemporary art hung on the pastel-colored walls.
The beds were very comfortable however we would’ve preferred 2 normal sized pillows to 4 smaller ones.
The flat screen tv had 50+ cable channels & the WiFi connection was fast.
Other features included:
- 2 large mirrors
- Writing desk
- Cushioned bench
- Side tables
- Coffee machine
The ensuite bathroom was huge. The sink counter lined the wall, stocked with toiletries, glasses & towels.
In fact, we were supplied with 3 sets of 3 different sized towels that were changed everyday by housekeeping. We try to be environmentally conscious so it would’ve been good to have the option to keep them.
The shower was fantastic but it would also have been great to have had a hook or a shower door with a handle to hang your towel on.
Our room at Best Western Plus Kingston really had everything you would ever need & more!
Buffet Breakfast at Best Western Plus Kingston
Breakfast is a highlight of staying at Best Western Kingston Plus & included in the room rate.
It’s served in the hotel restaurant, First Capitol Bistro.
The buffet features:
- Bread, English muffins, bagels, muffins, donuts, pastries
- Eggs, potatoes, sausages
- Oatmeal & cereal
- Yoghurts & milk
- Waffles, syrup, chocolate sauce & toppings
I have to mention the sausages as they’re not something I normally eat but these were delicious!
Breakfast runs from 6-10 am on weekdays & 7-11 am on weekends.
We recommend eating early as it got busy around 8:00 am on Saturday & Sunday with the wedding crowds – Best Western Kingston is a popular hotel for guests of weddings in the area.
However there is another breakfast spread laid out at the bar which also has lounge seating.
People were also eating in one of the conference rooms or taking plates back to their rooms.
Facilities at Best Western Plus Kingston
The cherry on top of Best Western Plus Kingston is its indoor heated swimming pool!
It’s a beautiful pool with skylights across the ceiling that let in a lot of light during the day.
Best of all it’s open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm so we were able to use it at night after a long day out.
With the sun lounges & umbrellas, you almost forget that you’re indoors!
Work out with a pool view in the state of the art fitness centre!
- Elliptical machines
- Exercise balls
We had a pretty tight schedule in Kingston so we didn’t have enough time to test it out… such a pity 🙂
Next to the pool there’s a large games area with:
- Arcade Games
- Pool tables
- Air hockey
You have to pay to play but it’s a good option to have for the kids & young at heart.
The whole space is carpeted so it’s also a great place for the little ones to play around.
First Capitol Bistro
First Capitol Bistro is the hotel restaurant at Best Western Plus Kingston.
It’s open for dinner with an extensive menu featuring:
We didn’t eat there but the weekday specials looked like great value for money.
Drinks are served at the bar or lounge during the day & well into the night.
Know Before You Go
Address: 503 Washington Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401
Prices: Rooms from $159.00
* We stayed at Best Western Plus Kingston as guests of Ulster County Tourism. We thank Fran, Debra & all the hotel staff for their wonderful hospitality.
Visited in September 2017