Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by WPMa2013, Sep 19, 2009.
Can anyone tell me a list of hotels (any lodging) within walking privileges?
If you are looking for lodging within 20 miles of post book early as many, many, people will likely be here on the dates you may want to come. There is an Econo Lodge about two miles outside of Thayer Gate right before the exit onto 9W from 218/West Point Highway. There is another motel slightly closer to the gate that i can't remember the name of even though i drive past it every day. It's situated somewhere between the memorial park and the Rite Aid, besides that you're kind of out of luck. As i said, book early, real early. It would be ideal if you knew someone on Post, or your cadet's sponsor is willing to host you. The two lodgings above are probably all your going to find in Highland Falls, it's a pretty small town. There's also the Thayer Hotel but it can be expensive.
The Thayer Hotel - Just inside Thayer gate
Five Star Inn - Highland Falls - Special requirements to stay there
Pointer's Echo Motel - Highland Falls
West Point Motel - Highland Falls
Econo Lodge - Highland Falls
Holiday Inn Express - Ft. Montgomery
Ones I have stayed at:
Thayer- nicest, most convenient and most expensive
Holiday Inn Express - only a few minutes away - new - can be just as or
almost as expensive as Thayer on special dates
I've stayed at Econo Lodge...had a good experience all 3 times. Have had friends who have not, however. I get confused between Pointers Echo and West Point Hotel...one is the kind of place that appears to rent rooms um...by the hour...a total dump...but the other is like Econo Lodge. All the hotels will gouge you, so be prepared...you could stay someplace VERY nice in another town for what you'll pay inside walking privileges. However, we just paid it and dealt with it because we wanted the convenience of being close. Everything in town is "no frills" except the Holiday Inn and The Thayer. Seems like a business opportunity...
IMO - you can't get any better deal than the 5-Star Inn Army Lodging. Your cadet needs to go to the office (by the visitors center) and put their ID on file for you to reserve a room.
There are two facilities - one is by the Visitor's center in Highland Falls and the other is on post across from the Cemetery.
It can be difficult but no impossible to get a room in the fall. Reservations fall under priority guidelines with parents at the bottom (unless you are military or retired). You can reserve a room for two or a suite that sleeps 4-6. Prices run from $56 and up depending on the room and number of people. We slept 6 in a two bedroom for about $80.
Best thing - all rooms come with a kitchen and utensils so you can cook if you desire.
As an aside - All parents need to strongly encourage their cadet to put their ID on file for an emergency. Let's say your cadet is sick/injured and hospitalized - you can book at the 5 Star and be right near the hospital.
Camping - in season there is a great Campground at Round Pond. You can tent camp, rent a Cabin (about $50) or park your RV if you have one. Football season is a great time to camp and your cadet can come over for a cookout, campfire etc...
Just a Mom - You say that Cadets can come to Round Pond after football games. Is Round Pond considered within Walking Privileges?
Round Pond is within walking privileges. It's on Rte 293 out toward Camp Buckner.
They had to wear white over gray back and forth but could change into pt uniform when they got there.
Here is a map:
In 2 visits, we learned "within walking distance" means over-priced and dirty (we paid $159 in Highland Falls). Having stayed at state parks across the nation and always pleased, that was our choice for the second visit. It was worse than HF and on Sunday we found a swarm from NYC when we went out onto our deck of the "private lodge overlooking the lake". We spent the day listening to the multitudes individual choices of music, watched them sunbathe, break open the party supplies, bicker, make out, etc. We even had some circle the lodge and cut across the deck as they made tracks for their choice spot. Laugh, we did too!
On 3 other visits, we stayed in nearby towns and chose the names we know to be clean, new and wonderful (Hamptom, Marriott, Hilton). All were what we expected and reasonably priced - as low as $70/night. They are well worth the 15-20 minute drive!
Do not be suckered into "within walking distance"! If the weather is crap, you won't want to walk the 10 minutes anyway!
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