Travel Review: the DoubleTree Syracuse

We recently enjoyed a stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse for a weekend getaway for our family and I’m so excited to share all the details about our stay!

We recently enjoyed a stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse for a weekend getaway for our family and I'm so excited to share all the details about our stay! This is an honest and unbiased review to help those looking for hotels near Syracuse, NY for a kid-friendly getaway.

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We were recently invited to spend a night at the DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse. Now for those of you that are new here, Syracuse, NY is a little more than an hour away from where we live (Rochester, NY). I’ve spent time in Syracuse previously, but it’s been a while and I’ve never actually checked out the hotels in Syracuse, NY. We’ve also never brought our kids there outside of a wedding when A was a teeny baby. So J and I figured it would a be a great opportunity to have a a fun weekend getaway for our family.

Less than a year ago, the hotel had a complete transformation and upgraded rooms, their Seasons Tavern restaurant and common areas. Located in the heart of Syracuse, this property is within short driving distance to a variety of family-friendly activities, which I’ll discuss more specifically in another post in the coming weeks. They also offer a shuttle service within a 10 mile radius of the hotel for your convenience.

The DoubleTree Lobby and common areas

When you enter the DoubleTree lobby, you’re immediately taken in by the modern decor of a spacious area with plenty of comfortable seating near a rather gorgeous and grand fireplace. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail with friends and family from their recently re-located bar. I found the bartenders to be extremely knowledgable- the gentleman who was tending bar the night we dined at Seasons Tavern recommended the most perfect Cabernet to go with my steak!

Check-in was a breeze and I was greeted by the very friendly front desk staff with one of their famous, hot-out-of-the-oven DoubleTree Cookies (highly recommend!).  In general, we found every single staff member to be eager to please. Throughout our stay each and every one of them went above and beyond to make our time memorable and more enjoyable.

The Bar at the DoubleTree Syracuse

The front desk at the DoubleTree in Syracuse, NY

Common area at DoubleTree Syracuse

The Deluxe King Suite

Our Deluxe King Suite consisted of a spacious room with a very comfortable king-size bed for J and I, as well as a pull-out sofa bed, which was already set for our girls to sleep in. The room was equipped with a mini refrigerator, microwave and plenty of seating space to enjoy.

From a parenting standpoint, I want to caution you that they do not have any rooms that provide a separate living area that can be closed off. This could potentially pose a problem if you don’t want to go to sleep as early as your kids do, since you’re all in the same room (I’m a total night owl!). It helped that they have small reading lights that are on either side of the bed, so we were able to let the majority of the room be dark. It also helped that the bed is situated behind the sofa bed.

We’re also pretty lucky that our girls are very good sleepers and after a minimal amount of time trying to chat with us, they went to sleep (I think they were fascinated that we were all sleeping in the same room as they’ve both been in their own rooms since they were a few weeks old). But I recognize that not all kids go to sleep as easily as mine and this could be a concern if you’re not looking to go to sleep at the same time as your kids. Just something to keep in mind when booking.

The weekend we were visiting was unseasonably hot, with temperatures getting into the high 90’s (!!). We were a bit disappointed that certain parts of the hotel seemed to be a lot hotter than others, specifically the hallways outside of our room and certain other corridors. With weather that hot, the inconsistent temperature was not exactly ideal. But it is not common for Western NY to see such high temperatures, so this may not actually be a concern for the vast majority of days of the year.

Bed at Syracuse hotels

Open sofa bed at the DoubleTree Syracuse

The hotel bathroom in Syracuse, NY

DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse Amenities

One thing that was a huge hit for us was the gorgeous outdoor pool area. There are plenty of lounge chairs if you want to work on your tan as well as a ton of beautiful patio space, much of which is shaded. Additionally, there is an indoor pool and hot tub and a fitness room for those who want to maintain their workout regimen. Our girls had a blast swimming and we also enjoyed being able to cool down after a hot day of sightseeing.

During our stay, we had the pleasure of dining twice at their new restaurant concept, Seasons Tavern. As with every other area in the hotel, the staff was super-friendly and went out of their way to give us the best possible service. They were especially patient with our daughters, which we really appreciated. Meal time with young children can be difficult, especially with a two and four year old who missed their naps and had been on-the-go all day long.

DoubleTree Syracuse indoor pool

DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse outdoor pool

Shaded patio at the DoubleTree

Outdoor area in Syracuse hotel

Dining at the DoubleTree Syracuse

Seasons Tavern boasts a robust menu with a variety of options, including some awesome regional specialties. J and I both opted for Ribeye Steaks, which both came out perfectly cooked along with salt potatoes and grilled vegetables. A went with the PB&J sandwich from the kids menu (hold the Jelly!) and their delicious homemade potato chips. We ordered one of their artisan cheese pizza’s for T and everyone really enjoyed that as well (it was definitely a good size for sharing!).

Although breakfast is not included with your room at this property, it is totally worth paying a bit extra to enjoy. I’m not talking about the minimal continental breakfasts that you typically find at other hotels. This was a fantastic breakfast buffet with made to order omelettes, fresh baked goods and an array of gorgeous fresh fruits. There was truly something for everyone.

I especially loved that they had a pot of fresh, hot coffee waiting at your table the moment you sat down (if you know me, you know that I live for that first cup of coffee each morning!). There were a ton of juice options to choose from and our server provided an excellent Bloody Mary for my husband- she told us it was made the way she makes them at home and it did not disappoint!

Alice Coloring at the DoubleTree Syracuse

Pizza at Seasons Tavern

Seasons Tavern seating

Omelette Station at Seasons Tavern

The breakfast buffet at Seasons Tavern

The fruit at Seasons Tavern

Our breakfast at the DoubleTree Syracuse

Overall, we had an excellent experience and truly enjoyed our time staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse. This is definitely a one of the premier Syracuse hotels. Between the excellent staff and contemporary and inviting atmosphere, it made for a memorable vacation for our family and we look forward to returning. I encourage you to consider this location if you’re looking for hotels near Syracuse, NY.

Alice and I on the patio at the DoubleTree Syracuse

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