The Best Hotels and B&Bs to Book Near Saratoga Racetrack, New York

The jockey statues outside the Saratoga Race Course immerse you in racing history before you even enter
The jockey statues outside the Saratoga Race Course immerse you in racing history before you even enter | © Vespasian / Alamy Stock Photo
Nick Dauk

Fancy a flutter? These hand-picked hotels, within a furlong of the Saratoga Racetrack, New York, should get your heart racing. Best of all, they’re bookable now with Culture Trip.

Saratoga Racetrack is one of the oldest in the country – people have been racing to play the ponies here since the Battle of Gettysburg. And if you’ve seen films such as Seabiscuit (2003) and The Horse Whisperer (1998), you’ll already have an idea of its heritage – although its appearances on the silver screen don’t showcase half of what the wider town of Saratoga Springs has to offer. Scattered with natural mineral baths and museums, it makes for a sure bet of a weekend break. Here’s our pick of its best hotels and B&Bs, ready for you to book.

1. The Adelphi Hotel

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The Adelphi Hotel
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Let the Polaris Suite at the Adelphi Hotel be your guiding light for a relaxing, upscale weekend. You’ll spend just as much time outside as you will in, with the outdoor private terrace and heated jacuzzi protected from all weather under a retractable awning. If you do somehow end up muddy as a jockey, however, no sweat – you’ll have a blast scrubbing up in the suite’s oversized walk-in shower with wall-mounted jets and two rainfall showerheads.

2. The Inn at Saratoga

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The Inn at Saratoga
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The rich, handcrafted mahogany furniture and carefully curated antiques in each of the rooms at the Inn at Saratoga add a dash of vintage panache to the oldest hotel in Saratoga Springs. More cool old books, dramatic oil paintings, and fine antiques can be enjoyed in the Side Room, alongside pear ginger martinis and local cheeses. Spy more trinkets and treasures of yesteryear with a short walk through Congress Park to the Saratoga Springs History Museum.

4. The Springwater Bed & Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast

The Springwater Bed & Breakfast
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Dim the roar of the racetrack with a quiet stay at the Springwater Bed & Breakfast. Marble bathrooms and fireplaces adorn every light-filled guest room, the majority of which have either private porches or balconies. With flexible breakfast times, both early-risers and snooze button-slappers can have their seat at the table readied for whenever they’re ready to rise. Prepare for the weekend race by popping into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame just around the corner.

5. Saratoga Casino Hotel

Casino Hotel

Saratoga Casino Hotel
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If steaks, slots, and soaking in a whirlpool are all you need for a relaxing stay, the Saratoga Casino Hotel has got you covered. Dramatic chevron-patterned carpets, velvet chaise longues and oversized bathrooms with soaking tubs are just the warm-up act for the pleasant surprise (spoiler alert) that is an in-room Plum wine dispenser! The steaks at Morton’s are never rushed, nor should you be. Have your soak, play a couple of rounds of Keno, then settle in for a Mortini while your filet mignon rests.

6. The Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa

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The Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa
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Immerse yourself in the outdoors without giving up your favorite creature comforts at The Gideon. Planted in Saratoga Springs State Park, your suite keeps you connected with free WiFi and digital cable; that is, of course, if you can bear to disconnect from the Roosevelt Baths & Spa. Spice things up with a hot paprika facial before calming down with a cathartic aromatherapy bath. As the warm mud wrap treatment comes to an end, a quiet walk through the state park begins.

7. Courtyard by Marriott Saratoga Springs

Chain Hotel

Courtyard by Marriott Saratoga Springs
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The Executive Suite at Courtyard by Marriott is a cozy yet spacious place to call home, when the snow (or blossom) flurries are gently falling outside your window. The king Murphy bed, dining table set for eight, and comfortable couch will make it hard to justify getting out of your PJs. More of the get-up-and-go type? Opt for a simple guest room instead – with its own kitchenette, you can quickly prep a picnic to take on a hike around High Rock Park, next door.

8. The Queensbury Hotel

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The Queensbury lobby with tile floors and sofas
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A historic centerpiece of nearby Glens Falls, the Queensbury Hotel is a rare gem – a renovated residence that’s lost none of its original charm. The black and white checkerboard floor hopscotching its way from the front door through the Grand Lobby will lead you to a laid-back suite, where two-tone walls and hardwood flooring make you the filling in a stylish sandwich. After unpacking, step out of your suite and follow the smooth saxophone notes to the live jazz being performed beside the Grand Lobby’s fireplace.

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