When the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester invited me for a stay in January I knew I wanted to plan it around my 30th birthday. I decided to spend the night before my birthday at the Ritz-Carlton in Westchester as a solo-staycation – and I’m so glad I did! I spent the evening and night before my birthday being pampered and I couldn’t have planned a better way to leave my 20’s behind and enter my 30’s.

The Location:

Located 30 minutes from both Greenwich and Manhattan the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester is the perfect luxury property to base yourself if you want to explore either or both cities. Or, in my case – it’s the perfect 45-minute getaway from Long Island for a stay-cation! The White Plains location makes it easy to explore both White Plains itself as well as the Hudson River Valley.

Or you can plan to not leave the property at all and just celebrate your birthday in the beautiful tub?!

The Property:

The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester property exudes the luxury and sophistication that the Ritz-Carlton name is known for. With modern, yet timeless design from the lobby to the common areas to the rooms.

The warm and inviting hotel lobby.

Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner or simply drinks and a quick bite – the Lobby Lounge is a cozy yet refined space and a great place to sit back and relax. A warm fireplace in the center of the lounge creates an intimate ambiance. If you’re looking for more of a formal dining experience you can opt to dine at BLT Steak, an on-site restaurant serving dinner.

Isn’t the ambiance in the Lobby Lounge dreamy?!

The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester is also home to the largest destination spa in Westchester. I had the pleasure of indulging in a relaxing massage before my solo-stay and it was the perfect way to spend my last few hours in my 20’s. Michelle, my masseuse, was very attentive to my shoulders and lower back – two problem areas for me and she checked in on me a few times during my treatment to ensure that the pressure wasn’t too much.

Count me in! The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton was just appealing to the eye as their treatments are to the body.

The fully stocked spa-bathroom. Equipped with any and everything you may need pre or post-treatment.

After your spa treatment (or before!) you can check out the top floor pool at the Ritz-Carlton. I love indoor pools as they give you the opportunity to go for a dip – even if it’s only 12 degrees outside (as it was during my visit!).

Care for a dip?! The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester pool is a perfect place to enjoy some down-time at the property.

The Rooms:

The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester is home to five different types of overnight accommodations -three of which are suites and all of which are spacious and are all classic, stylish and comfortable.  I had the extreme pleasure of enjoying a one-bedroom suite and I truly enjoyed every minute of it.

The staff at the Ritz-Carlton welcomed me to the huge bedroom in my suite with 3-0 balloons!

(left) The desk/work-station area (also equipped with balloons!) and (right) the sitting area (with more balloons!) in my one bedroom suite.

After my massage, I had plans to go out for dinner but I was so comfortable and relaxed that I opted to order room service and relax instead. It was, after all, a few hours before my birthday and I had every excuse in the world to indulge. And indulge, I did.

(left) The most delicious truffle fries, ever, and a shrimp pasta (that didn’t last long enough for a photo) in the background and (right) heirloom tomatoes with fresh burrata.

Three desserts are reasonable a few hours before your birthday, right? I indulged in a deconstructed strawberry shortcake, a chocolate cake with crème and a plate of chocolate indulgences with “Happy Birthday” written on them!

I had one of the best nights sleep that night and woke up on my birthday feeling refreshed, excited and ready for the next decade of my life. But first, I needed coffee. I decided to indulge, once more and ordered myself room service breakfast fit for a queen (equipped with balloons, of course).


My birthday breakfast spread! Salmon eggs benedict, a Belgian waffle with strawberries, bananas and crème and some leftover cake and cookies – with a side of a cappuccino and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.


The eggs benedict were cooked to absolute perfection topped on some of the most delicious smoked salmon.

My birthday breakfast wouldn’t have been complete without a bunch of balloons, for sure!

My stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester was one of the most relaxing 24 hours I’ve had in a while. I can’t imagine having rung in my 30’s in any other way!

Whether you’re traveling to Manhattan, Greenwich, White Plains or simply looking for a great, luxurious getaway – the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester is the perfect place to relax, unwind and recharge.

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Disclaimer: My friends at the Ritz-Carlton invited me to stay at their property as a guest. My opinions, as always, remain my own.