Hudson has an abundance of historic architecture, spanning styles from Gothic to Federal—buildings that once housed the budding city’s founders and wealthy business men. Many of these grand, spacious, old homes and other historic buildings are finding new life as boutique inns and B&Bs. Here are seven of our top picks for where to stay when you spend a weekend in Hudson.
339 Allen Street, Hudson, NY 12534
Running weddings out of Meadow Ridge Farm in Coxsackie, Shannon Wu realized what a challenge it was for wedding guests and family members to find accommodations in nearby Hudson. Recognizing an opportunity, Wu bought the stately and spacious building on Allen Street that would become The Amelia Hotel. After a year of renovations and countless COVID delays, the 6,000-square-foot B&B is finally open with eight elegant suites, an in-ground pool, and lush ornamental gardens on the one-acre plot in downtown Hudson. Each room is meticulously styled with its own character and design. The two Grand Suites, located on the third floor, can host up to four people a piece, with separate bedrooms and large living areas that total nearly 1,000 square feet each. Garden View rooms boast gorgeous vistas of the property’s ornamental garden and pool and the surrounding Hudson cityscape. The Hudson View accommodations offer sights of historic Allen Street at the front of the house, with its handsome 19th-century homes and gardens. Read our profile on The Amelia.
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216 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534
From the owners of the Inn at Ca’Mea and its onsite ristorante comes the freshly renovated Howard Hotel on Warren Street in Hudson. The intimate nine-room hotel offers minimalist but luxurious lodging inside a gut-renovated historic building. Built in 1790, this architectural gem was the first brick home constructed on Warren Street, built for one of the city’s wealthy founders and businessmen. The building was at times a school for girls and a private residence, before becoming a hotel from 1894 on. With tiled bathrooms and crisp white linens, upholstered headboards, and leather accents, the style here is minimal and clean—a clean, refreshing basecamp for your Hudson adventures.
The Hudson Whaler
542 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534
Despite being 100 miles from the ocean, Hudson was one of the most important whaling towns in America until the 1840s. But beyond the small whale logo that marks every street sign in Hudson, there isn’t a lot of representation of that bygone industry. So Michael Glickman and Ben Rinzler decided to make the central focus for their new hospitality project: the Hudson Whaler Hotel, a gently nautically themed accommodation with 16 suites in the heart of town. The lobby, modeled after a ship captain’s quarters, features a wraparound handpainted mural of the Hudson River resembling an old parchment map. The hallways are deep nautical blue, and the suites are a soothing combination of cool colors—light blues, grays, and whites. Handcrafted ornate woodwork can be found throughout the interior—in the three-level staircase, windowsills, and fireplaces. Read our profile on the Whaler. Glickman and Rinzler also operate two other nautical-themed boutique hotels in Hudson: the Nautical Nest and the Hudson Mariner, both of which are located in freshly renovated historic buildings.
302 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534
Occupying an entire corner of Warren Street, the Maker is characterized by opulence, indulgence, a richness of texture and materials that feels utterly sumptuous and anachronistic. The Maker complex—with its cafe, restaurant, lounge, gym, and hotel rooms—is spread out across three historic buildings. The lounge has been open since summer 2018, serving up craft cocktails and elevated pub fare in a glamorous, high-ceilinged space that feels straight out of the Gilded Age. The hotel accommodations are in over two historic buildings. On the c.1897 Georgian mansion side, four expansive Maker studios embody peak luxury and design, each a romantic take on the life and habitat of a persona: the Gardener, the Architect, the Artist, and the Writer. In the other wing of the hotel, there are seven more rooms, which are less imposing while still equally beautiful. The aesthetic across the accommodations ranges from Hollywood glam to boudoir sultry to the earth tones and clean lines Mid-Mod Scandinavian design. Read our profile on the Maker Hotel.
731 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534
Though the black-and-white exterior of the building has a cool, understated Hollywood marquee vibe to it (it was a cinema for 30 years), inside Rivertown Lodge has a cozy feel. Lined with factory windows, the 27 suites’ are flooded with light and feature shelves stacked with books, records, vintage radios, and textiles that make you feel right at home as well as furniture and accents from local makers. Designed to encourage mingling between guests, Rivertown has an open-plan lobby where guests can work remotely, hang out, or eat a bite. In the winter, two wood burning stoves keep this living room area cozy. Or, in summer, opt to clock a few hours working on one of the screened-in porches. There is also a communal kitchen, designed by Hudson resident and expert woodworker Eowland Butler, decked out with everything you need to cook a gourmet meal. The in-house tavern is open Friday through Tuesday, 5-11pm, and blends Hudson Valley ingredients in a seasonally rotating menu that sometimes borrows flavors from North Africa and Morocco. There are also 24-hour pantries on each hall for a locally sourced midnight snack or bevvie.
WM Farmer & Sons
20 S Front Street, Hudson, NY 12534
Opened in 2015, under the deft management of restaurateurs Kirby Farmer and Kristan Keck, WM Farmer & Sons is one of Hudson’s earliest and most enduring boutique hotels. After giving a beautiful 1830s Mansard-style brick building a full top-to-bottom renovation, the couple opened the sparkling, reimagined WM Farmer & Sons with a seven-room inn upstairs and a restaurant and barroom downstairs. The guest rooms vary in size, layout, decor, and amenities, with corresponding price points. Whether or not the hotel has vacancy when you’re in town, you should head to the tavern for a drink and a bite. The bar program was designed by legendary craft cocktail pioneer Sasha Petraske shortly before his death in 2015, and continues to set the gold standard locally for pre-Prohibition-style, artisanal drink-making with small-batch spirits, hand-cut ice, and fresh juices.
41 Cross Street, Hudson, NY 12534
The Wick Hotel, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s Tribute Portfolio, offers something between boutique lodging and corporate accommodations in a refurbished c.1860s candle factory. Unlike the other options on this list which tend to cap out at about a dozen rooms, the Wick offers a whopping 48 guest rooms and seven suites, including versatile two-room suites, plus a 710-square-foot boardroom, a 1,000-square-foot rooftop terrace for events, a bar, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The lobby features elegant brass fixtures, refinished wood floors, and built-in seating. The guest rooms, with their high ceilings, offer an understated color palette with crisp whites and deep blues, perfect for the traveling professional looking to decompress after a long day.