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From the stunning landscapes of Niagara Falls and the Catskills to the wealth of recreational activities on offer, there’s something for everyone in Upstate New York.
And, with so many beautiful sights and things to do, it comes as no surprise that there are plenty of stunning hotels to give you easy access to all the region has to offer — let’s take a look at some of our favorites.
Price: From $235 per night
This pet-friendly boutique hotel offers a premium experience and contemporary Victorian elegance to guests. Located in the scenic city of Saratoga Springs, The Adelphi is within walking distance of many attractions. In the heart of the Broadway Historic District, guests will find themselves near farmer’s markets, mineral springs, casinos, elegant boutiques, and the city’s biggest draw, the Saratoga Race Course.
There’s a premium steakhouse on-site, in addition to a bistro and a sushi restaurant. Your every need will be tended to by the attentive staff in this 4-star hotel — an ideal situation for romantic getaways or any fan of Saratoga and fine living.
Price: From $111 per night
Located right next to the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, this comfortable hotel provides guests with a unique experience. Over morning coffee, guests can watch a parade of horses leaving the track after their routine exercising.
The Brentwood is more than its location. Beyond providing amazing views for the races, it has beautifully appointed and cozy rooms. The hotel is designed with a modern sensibility, a retro-chic look, and attention to detail.
In the evenings, the bar opens to offer classic delectable cocktails. Guests are invited to sit around the fire pit with s’mores and share their stories. Custom packages are also offered to help craft a fully personalized vacation.
With advance notice, staff members can prepare special experiences, such as a romantic date night with local wines, chocolates, and charcuterie, for example.
Price: From $208 per night
Located in a beautifully restored Dutch Colonial mansion dating back to the 18th century, Hasbrouck House is spread across 4 buildings and offers a luxurious getaway to all its guests.
The beautiful surroundings and the hotel’s high quality have helped it consistently win accolades as the most romantic option in the area. With a private lake and easy access to the lovely communities of Woodstock, Kingston, and Phoenicia, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Those in search of thrills and stunning vistas can hike into the nearby Catskills or the Mohonk Preserve.
The hotel features stylish rooms decorated with rich finishes that add to the high-end ambiance of your stay. It also boasts a farm-to-table restaurant, a casual burger spot, and an aprés-ski lounge called The Cauldron Bar.
Hot Tip: If you find yourself in Woodstock and you are game for a hike, pick Overlook Mountain and stop at the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, a Buddhist monastery that provides stunning vistas of the town below.
Price: From $149 per night
The bohemian sophistication of Hotel Dylan can be found on Route 28, next to the famous town of Woodstock. It’s a great location for anyone seeking easy access to the majestic sights of Catskill Park.
Hotel Dylan prides itself on its artistic flair and attention to detail. Guests are encouraged to unwind while on the property, with the help of features like 2 relaxing fire pits. In addition, there’s an on-site restaurant specializing in Mexican food, specialty cocktails, and craft beers. And when the weather cooperates, a heated saltwater pool is available for guests.
Price: From $195 per night
Located in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Hutton Brickyards offers a unique experience to travelers. the 73-acre property is located on Kingston’s Point Beach waterfront and features a luxurious spa and premium king and queen cabins for a secluded vacation. There’s also a 2-story cottage available that can accommodate up to 4 guests.
This sprawling property presents a modern take on a quaint wilderness retreat with urban-industrial-style buildings. The combination of the built and natural environments is sure to leave an impression on visitors.
Eating and drinking is serious business at Hutton Brickyards — breakfast is delivered to guest cabins or cottages in the morning, while delicious treats can be found at The Larder. For a premium dining experience, Chef Dan Silverman delights with local delicacies at The Winter Pavilion.
Price: From $175 per night
This is a boutique hotel network operating across the beautiful village of Aurora, which was founded in 1789. The inns include the Aurora Inn, the EB Morgan House, the Rowland House, Wallcourt Hall, and Zabriskie House.
All rooms across the 5 buildings feature high-quality finishes, Frette linens, flat-screen TVs, and spa-quality bathing products.
Located on the shore of the stunning Cayuga Lake, Inns of Aurora provide a luxury experience to all guests, and they collectively boast a high-end farm-to-table restaurant, a pub, a village market, and a wellness center.
The 1883 Kitchen and Bar offers a creative menu and stunning panoramic views in the summer, while the Fargo Bar and Grill claims to be home to the best burger in the Finger Lakes region.
Price: From $22,980
This 1,000-acre estate in Adirondack Park has long been favored by socialites and aristocrats. It is a very exclusive spot, and can only be booked in its entirety and with a 4-night minimum stay.
The Lake Kora resort is designed for privacy, with rooms spread across 6 different buildings. It can sleep up to 24 people in total and has a private 500-acre lake.
Meals and non-alcoholic drinks are included when booking the hotel from July 1 to October 31. Food is served to guests in the Great Hall, which offers spaces for sharing meals as well as more accommodations.
Each of the 6 buildings has plenty of charm and luxury to offer — if you can afford it, it’s a near-perfect place to reconnect with nature while benefitting from the property’s many comforts.
Price: From $350 per night
In the heart of Hudson’s historic downtown, The Maker Hotel is spread among 3 buildings with a beautifully restored red-brick building at its center. The Maker is helmed by a highly experienced team and designed to appeal to bohemian sensibilities.
Inspired by elements of art deco and 19th-century industrialism, this boutique is a gorgeous retreat, especially to those looking to escape from the confines of the city.
All-day dining options include a juice bar, a mid-century European-style cafe, The Restaurant (housed in a gorgeous greenhouse), and The Lounge (located in a 19th-century carriage house). Guests can sample exciting craft cocktails, dishes with ingredients sourced from surrounding farms, and contemporary American meals.
The curated rooms are a refined and comfortable glimpse into the past, featuring unique and unforgettable designs.
Price: From $399 per night
This beautiful lakefront hotel is located in lovely Lake Placid, famous for being home to 2 Winter Olympic Games. With stunning views of Mirror Lake and the Adirondack High Peaks from every room, this luxury hotel is right for any type of guest.
On the premises, lodgers will find a 60-foot indoor pool, as well as a heated outdoor pool for those looking to enjoy the sights while soaking. There’s also a spa and fitness center on the property.
Mirror Lake Inn offers an exclusive dining experience with 2 restaurants. The View is the only eatery with an AAA Four-Diamond rating in the area. It specializes in fine dining and features an impressive wine list. The Cottage, on the other hand, features comfort foods that are especially delightful during the winter months.
Price: From $2,050 per night
This high-profile Adirondacks estate on the beautiful shores of Saranac Lake was built during the Gilded Age to be used by the Rockefeller family. It has since evolved into the magnificent hotel it is today, with the focus placed entirely on luxury.
The Point is decorated only with the finest furnishings, from 19th-century oil paintings to the richest fabrics available. The massive fireplace in the sitting room is an inviting sight for guests, both the new arrivals and those wishing to mingle.
The stylish rooms at The Point boast lake views, wood-burning fireplaces, and hand-crafted beds of the highest quality.
Chef Loic Leperlier is the executive chef in charge of the fine-dining experience, but guests can also gather in the Great Hall for each meal. From breakfast to dinner, you will not soon forget the culinary delights The Point has to offer.
Price: From $150 per night
The Roxbury is a feast for the senses. Each room and suite is designed according to a unique theme — making guests feel like they’ve stepped right into some of their favorite movies when they enter their rooms. One room is inspired by the Indiana Jones movies and includes a 400-gallon saltwater aquarium and even a replica of Cleopatra’s sarcophagus!
Whichever room you choose, you can rest assured that it will be opulent, decadent, and a wholly unique experience. This property is ideal for anyone looking for an escape from reality that can’t be replicated anywhere else.
Elsewhere, guests can explore the vast grandeur of Catskill Park, or stay on the property and enjoy a relaxing spa treatment.
Price: From $410 per night
This boutique hotel is spread across 250 acres and includes 3 separate buildings. Initially conceived as a private family property in 1785, the estate has seen some of the best thinkers, artists, and writers pass through its doors over the centuries.
Troutbeck is located in the trendy and beautiful Hudson Valley in the town of Amenia. It offers tranquility, beauty, and luxurious comfort in all its buildings. All rooms include king-sized beds and premium Frette linens. Meals can be delivered to the rooms at any time.
Stunning landscaping makes Troutbeck’s gardens a perfect choice for long walks surrounded by beauty. Fine dining is available at The Dining Room under Chef Gabe McMackin, and the property boasts numerous other amenities, including a wellness center known as “The Barns.”
Upstate New York is a thrilling area full of gems to discover. The numerous historical towns including Saratoga Springs, Lake Placid, and Lewiston are the perfect backdrop for a trip that’s guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime. When you visit, make sure to visit one of these boutique hotels. From 19th century-inspired furnishings and gorgeous spa facilities to lake views and premium dining, there’s truly something for everyone in this beautiful region of the U.S.
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