About the Elmsford Motel
The Elmsford Motel is a classic roadside inn with basic amenities and friendly service in Westchester County, just 20 miles from Downtown New York. You’ll find free Wi-Fi and parking, a 24-hour front desk, and microwaves and refrigerators in every room, but the primary advantage for guests is Elmsford's central location between White Plains and Tarrytown, and its access to the city via Metro-North on both the Hudson and Harlem lines and most major roadways, including I-287, the Sprain Brook Parkway, the Saw Mill River Parkway and I-87.
The motel is right on Route 119, and it is certainly worth the three-mile drive west to Tarrytown or east to White Plains, whether you catch a train to New York City or not. Tarrytown is a picturesque village right on the Hudson River, where the Tappan Zee Bridge connects Westchester with Rockland County. Its downtown and main thoroughfare (Main Street, naturally) comes right out of 1950s small-town America, with quaint shops and restaurants seemingly unchanged by the passage of time. The Tarrytown Music Hall, an 843-seat Queen Anne–style theater built in 1885 by the same architects who designed Macy's flagship store in Herald Square, is one of the oldest theaters in the U.S. still in operation. The Music Hall was constructed at the turn of the century when Tarrytown was known as "Millionaire's Colony," where robber barons like John D. Rockefeller and Jay Gould built grand mansions on expansive estates. Both Kykuit, the Rockefeller family estate, with its classical-revival mansion, immaculate gardens and incredible collection of artwork, and Lyndhurst, Gould's castle-like Gothic-revival home, are National Trust Historic Sites that can be toured and must be seen to be truly believed. Philipsburg Manor and Van Cortlandt Manor, dating back to the 18th century, are just a couple of the many other historic landmarks that make Tarrytown a living monument to America's past.
The city of White Plains also has a rich history dating back to colonial times – during the Revolutionary War George Washington fought British army commander General William Howe on what is now called Battle Hill – but it is better known as Westchester County's major business center as well as the seat of its government, with many federal and state offices and courthouses as well. Although the city's permanent resident population numbers 60,000, on weekdays that figure swells to about a quarter-million, many of whom work at the numerous retailers in the city as well as the corporations that call White Plains home, such as ITT, Alliance Bernstein, Heineken USA, Dannon and Starwood Hotels. Among the major draws are the City Center, a $325 million retail, entertainment and residential complex housing big-box retailers plus a 15-screen multiplex. White Plains' downtown area in and around Mamaroneck Avenue has spawned a nightlife featuring 70 restaurants and bars that can rival the busiest neighborhoods of Manhattan. More upscale shopping can be found in the Westchester Mall, which houses such tony retailers as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Tiffany & Co., Kate Spade, Salvatore Ferragamo and Armani Exchange.
Guests will also find a number of restaurants, shopping and entertainment options closer to the motel. Families especially will enjoy the activities right up Saw Mill River Road, all less than a mile from the motel: The Westchester Skating Academy ice rink offers public skating sessions daily. The Sportime USA indoor entertainment center has over 150 arcade games as well as batting cages, laser tag, a rock-climbing wall and rides like bumper cars and a roller coaster. The Westchester Broadway Theatre, a longtime dinner theater, features productions of musical-theater classics both old and new with casts and crews recruited from the Great White Way. For more grown-up entertainment, beer lovers can sample the local microbrews at the Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, which hosts a popular weekly trivia night. The brewery also offers tastings open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, as well as tours on Saturdays.
Did You Know?
A scene in the 1999 Nicolas Cage movie 8mm was shot outside the Elmsford Motel on Route 119.
Etymologists and historians have long disputed the origin of the term "cocktail": One theory holds that during the Revolutionary War, Betsy Flanagan, a barmaid at an Elmsford tavern called O'Brien's Chateau, having run out of wooden stirrers to mix patrons' drinks, starting using rooster plumes, and thus: cocktails.
Budget-minded travelers looking for basic amenities will appreciate the Elmsford Motel's inexpensive rates and convenient location near major highways as well as two major Westchester municipalities with train routes to New York.
Families with children will appreciate the local activities like the Westchester Skating Academy ice rink and Sportime USA indoor entertainment center.
Elmsford Motel Location Information:
19 E. Main St.
Elmsford, NY 10523
For breakfast, both the Eldorado, a 24-hour diner, and Dunkin' Donuts are within a half-mile of the hotel.
There are a number of restaurants and eateries also within a half-mile, including some that have been Zagat-rated and/or noted as the "Best of Westchester" by Westchester magazine: Pete's Saloon, a longtime community favorite; Italian restaurants such as Casaletto, Rini's, Alaroma and A' Mangiare; Ishi Riki, a sushi restaurant; Shiraz, a Persian restaurant; Peking, a Chinese Restaurant; Doc Ice, which serves hot dogs and shaved ices; and Malabar Hill, an Indian restaurant.
Also, just a mile away, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company has partnered with nearby restaurateurs like Village Dog from Tarrytown and the Cookery from Dobbs Ferry to serve innovative takes on classic pub fare along with their distinctive drafts brewed on-site.
- 24 hour front desk
- Internet Access - Free in room
- Internet Access - Free Public Access
- Parking - Self