The Best Hotels to Book in Hudson Valley, New York

Scribner’s Catskill Lodge is a beautiful year-round retreat
Scribner’s Catskill Lodge is a beautiful year-round retreat | © Scribner’s Catskill Lodge
Laura Hampson

A two-hour drive from New York City, the Hudson Valley is the winter weekend destination of choice for city dwellers. With vineyards, old-money mansions, and quaint cottages surrounded by autumnal foliage, it’s easy to see why. Former New Yorkers move to the area to embrace a slower pace of life, and after a weekend or two here, you’ll be tempted to join them. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in the region.

1. The Roundhouse

Hotel

A stylish lounge with seats by a fireplace at the Roundhouse hotel in Beacon, Upstate New York
© Pat Furey Photography
Set in a historic textile mill, this circular hotel is a minimalist haven. Rooms feature neutral tones and views of the Fishkill Creek rapids – best seen from the in-room deep soaking tubs. Food is pride of place here. Choose between the chandelier-dotted Smoke on the Water steakhouse, serving Maine lobster, Kumamoto oysters and Hudson Valley duck breast, and the Roundhouse Restaurant, specializing in American and international dishes.

2. Hotel Nyack

Budget Hotel

Hotel Nyack, a JdV by Hyatt Hotel outdoor pool with sofa, loungers and stools
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If you want to make the most of your time in the Hudson Valley, Hotel Nyack is neatly placed near the Governor Mario M Cuomo Bridge and Hook Mountain State Park. Within an old factory building, the loft-style rooms will suit creatives with their large windows, patterned wallpaper, clawfoot tubs and jewel-toned furnishings. For the warmer months, there’s a seasonal outdoor pool.

3. The Morgan State House

Inn, Hotel

Room at The Morgan State House with classy decor and pattern floor, plants and bedside lamps
Courtesy of The Morgan State House / Expedia

Behind its 19th-century brownstone facade, the Morgan State House is an Albany-based gem. Rooms are classic guesthouse style – think wood-burning fireplaces, four-poster beds and views across the adjacent Washington Park. The English garden out back with ivy-filled window boxes and vibrant blooms is a lovely spot to relax with a book on a warm day.

4. Tarrytown House Estate

Guesthouse

Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson Estate fourposter bed with wood floor and art on ceiling
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The Tarrytown House Estate exudes old-world elegance and comprises 10 Georgian suites and 212 guestrooms; some have balconies overlooking the Hudson River. Once settled, head down to the acclaimed Goosefeather restaurant – often touted as one of America’s best. It leans heavily on Hong Kong influences, with seasonal modern Chinese fare served by chef Dale Talde (of Top Chef fame).

5. The Thayer Hotel

Hotel

The Thayer Hotel lobby with traditional decor including pattern rug and wood panelling
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The Thayer Hotel sits on the grounds of the US Military Academy. Behind its imposing stone facade is a delightfully classic interior. Rooms are well-appointed, with bright white linens and dark mahogany headboards. MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant is a gothic gem known for its award-winning Sunday champagne brunch, best enjoyed on the Jefferson Patio during the summer months.

6. Saratoga Arms

Boutique Hotel

Saratoga Arms room with pattern blankets, matching curtains and art on walls
Courtesy of Saratoga Arms / Expedia

If a private members club had the charm of a family-run hotel, the Saratoga Arms would be the result. Step across the large front porch into this boutique hotel, built in 1870. Inside, the country-style interior creates a cozy base – upgrade to the king suite with a fireplace. In the morning, the farm-to-table breakfast is a must-try, with freshly squeezed fruit juice, lemon ricotta pancakes and applewood smoked bacon.

7. The Woodstock Inn on the Millstream

Inn

The Woodstock Inn on the Millstream lawns with seats and trees
Courtesy of The Woodstock Inn on the Millstream / Expedia

The Woodstock Inn on the Millstream sits in the heart of the Catskills. It has a home-like atmosphere, centered around 3 acres (1ha) of floral-filled gardens and an adjoining stream. A seasonal breakfast of locally sourced pastries, bagels, almond butter and fruit jams is available each morning.

8. Scribner’s Catskill Lodge

Lodge

Scribners Catskill Lodge interior with fireplace and wood panelling
© Scribner’s Catskill Lodge

Scribner’s brings a much-welcomed Scandinavian style to the Catskills’ Hunter Mountain. Think clean lines, dark wood floors, macramé wall hangings and crisp white walls and linen. Once you’ve checked in, head to the in-house restaurant, Prospect, for local cuisine with a creative spin. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular views of the mountainous landscape.

For more plush hotels in New York, check out our guide to the best hotels to book in the Catskills, New York, bookable with Culture Trip.

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