OHEKA’s grounds are so opulent, they were featured in the opening shot of Citizen Kane.
Restoring OHEKA to its former glory has been the “life’s work” of Gary Melius.
ROOM: Each richly textured suite is fit for a lord and lady of the manor, with 12-foot ceilings trimmed with crown moldings; claw-foot tubs in large, marble-floored, deeply hued bathrooms; complimentary unlimited snacks; flatscreen TV; and period antiques.
BOARD: A new destination restaurant overlooking reflecting pools, parkland gardens, and grounds is slated to open soon. Until then, begin your evening with a cocktail in the former billiards room, and, if possible, arrange for dinner in the Chaplin Room—festooned with posters and memorabilia of Kahn’s good friend Charlie.
ONLY HERE: Make sure you leave your car keys with the front office. OHEKA is a popular backdrop for movies, TV shows, and commercials, and staff may have to move your wheels so productions can film there.
WHILE HERE: Spend some time at the Vanderbilt Museum, once William Vanderbilt’s home and now a wonderfully rendered, compact, mini museum of natural history.
JUST THE FACTS: Room and suite rates from $395 to $1,095 per night.