Sprinkled with mineral baths, Saratoga Springs has earned itself the nickname Spa City. For over two centuries, vacationers have been lured to this natural health retreat in New York State in pursuit of its curative waters. While some springs are housed within luxury spas, like the Lincoln and Roosevelt bath houses, others are free and public, inviting you to take a dip or a sip at a roadside spigot. When you’re done soaking, the Saratoga Race Course and Saratoga Performing Arts Center line up more entertainment. Ready to dive in? Here’s our selection of the best hotels in Saratoga Springs, New York, bookable with Culture Trip.
Want to stay inside Saratoga Spa State Park? This is your spot. A charming destination hotel, it pairs classic hospitality with upscale American dining at Putnam’s Restaurant – try the hand-cut NY striploin with blue cheese butter. The hotel is also home to one of the area’s oldest baths, the Roosevelt Baths and Spa, which opened in 1935 and offers revitalizing hydrotherapy spa journeys and natural healing treatments.
This family-run bed and breakfast revives turn-of-the-century Saratoga with boutique modern comforts – think ceiling fans and plantation style four posters combined with clawfoot jet tubs and walk-in showers. Accommodating staff and a location within walking distance of downtown are two more good reasons to stay. Lodging can also be found at the next door Springwater Inn, an historic, Victorian-era tavern, restaurant and lodging.
An all-in-one destination, this sprawling property includes a brick hotel that references the old-world charm of vintage Saratoga Springs. There is also a full-service casino, live entertainment, a pool, several food and drink options – including Morton’s The Steakhouse – and live horse racing onsite. With their jewel-toned design, many of the rooms and suites offer views of all the action at the racetrack.
Pretend you’re in Gatsby’s mansion at this grand ’20s-style hotel. Sitting in an ideal location on Broadway, this pet-friendly vintage gem is within walking distance of many of Saratoga Spring’s best shops and entertainment venues. With a sushi bar and farm-to-table steakhouse onsite, you’ll never go hungry. Like to people watch? The wine and beer garden stays open late and brings in a diverse mix of locals and tourists.
Did somebody say free snacks, house wine, beer and other drinks from 5.30pm to 7pm every night? Yes, this Saratoga Springs hotel hosts a complimentary happy hour for guests at sundown. After a night of drinking, the hot breakfast buffet will set you right with as much crisp bacon and as many fluffy waffles as you can shovel in. Throw in a praise-worthy location within walking distance of great bars and restaurants, plus spacious rooms and suites, and we call this a winner.
If a central location with all the amenities is what you’re after, this hotel delivers. On Broadway and within walking distance of shops, restaurants and the summer trolley, it’s also just 2mi (3km) from the race course and state park. Still not sold? The onsite Starbucks, indoor pool and tree-lined patio should seal the deal. When you’re hungry, 534 Bistro serves up American food influenced by the Saratoga region – pair your sirloin steak with a side of house-baked bread.
If you’re in Saratoga Springs to visit Skidmore or cheer on the Thoroughbreds, this is an ideal spot to stay – grab a burger or a flatbread pizza at the onsite bar and grill before the game and chill in the hotel’s indoor pool afterwards. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Casino and Saratoga Race Course are also just a mile away.
Built in 1843 as a boarding house, this is the oldest hotel in Saratoga Springs. The updated inn has retained much of its old-world charm, including a large front porch for watching life go by, working fireplaces, regional antiques and a parlor where guests gather in the evenings. If you want a taste of life in a bygone era, this is the place to stay.
Work, stay and play at this hotel, which has plenty of nooks for you to whip out your laptop while on the move. After you power down, slip into the indoor pool and hot tub or jump on the treadmill in the modern, fully-equipped gym. Ultra comfortable beds, free parking and an onsite bistro complete the package.
Stretch out and truly feel at home at Residence Inn, where the suites come with kitchens and separate bedrooms and living areas. Marble floors, wood paneling and an elegant fireplace make the shared space an alluring spot to spend a cold evening. On warmer nights, head to the large, outdoor brick patio with comfy couches, loungers, tables with umbrellas, a firepit and a barbecue grill.
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