Hudson Valley’s Maker Hotel opening during the COVID crisis was understandably met with great enthusiasm. For those of us who weren’t close enough to hightail it over to see this magnificent bohemian chic boutique hotel in person, it certainly gave us something to look forward to when travel returns to normal. Located a few hours outside of NYC in historic downtown Hudson, New York, this 11 room property is housed in three historical buildings: an 1800’s Carriage House, a Georgian mansion and a Greek Revival building. Co-founders of global beauty sensation Fresh, Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, and hospitality expert Damien Janowicz are the team behind this dream hospitality experience. Glazman lead the interior design and creative direction, Roytberg lead the design behind the branding, color palettes and custom patterns, and Janowicz curated the unique guest experience.
The old world bohemian glamour fuses nineteenth-century Industrial, La Belle Epoque, Art Deco and Mid-Century periods. Over 70% of the property’s decor is vintage, including one of a kind antiques, restored relics, extensive art from Lev’s personal collection and new pieces built from various salvaged elements. Local craftsmen did the work. Each guest’s experience is customized from the time of reservation throughout the entirety of the stay. Even the mini bars are gourmet with curated selections of offerings from local purveyors. Guests can order house-made snacks from the executive chef, like homemade salt and vinegar potato chips and fruit leathers.
The hotel offers a cafe, cocktail lounge, and a restaurant.
In the cafe you will find warm woods, luscious leathers, and cool marble. Also a serious breakfast, lunch and dessert menu full of choices that are as easy on the eyes as the tastebuds- contemporary American fare made with ingredients from locally sourced farms and purveyors by Chef Michael Poiarkoff.
Burger and beer in The Maker Lounge- an intimate hideaway, cocktail bar and patio located in the converted Carriage House. Seasonal cocktails, local beers, and an extensive wine list are served alongside bar snacks and large plates from Chef Michael. Design includes a 1878 Belgian Neoclassical fireplace with an ornately carved mantle and a floor to ceiling mirror that was restored from the 18th century.
The 11 distance rooms include the Maker Studios, Terrace Lofts, Two Bedroom Suite, Corner Studio and Bedrooms. Prices range from $350-$1,150 a night. The four Maker Studios are inspired and designed by the world of different makers: Architect, Artist, Gardener and Writer.
The Artist Studio is covered in eclectic artwork from Glazman private collection. The bohemian space is filled with inspiring details like a stained glass window, a plastic sculpture by Fredrick Weinberg, a fireplace made with restored antique furniture pieces, a vintage painting easel, among others.
The Writer Studio, inspired by the life of an author, features the building’s original oak fireplace and built-in bookshelves restored from the 1800s that are filled with collections of books (selected in partnership with the iconic Strand Book Store) and curiosities from around the world. Definitely a cozy retreat to stimulate inspiration.
The Architect studio imagines the world of an architect living in the 1940s and their vision of future design. The space has a custom carved, black granite fireplace, mid-century furniture (including a one-of-a-kind Edward Wormley for Dunbar sofa), herringbone fabric wallpaper, and a grand bathroom with an olive granite soaking tub.
The Maker Hotel takes beauty seriously. Given that the founders of the hotel were also the founders of Fresh Beauty, they stock the rooms with full size amenities of their incredible products, as a gift to take home for a less wasteful take on travel.
While we are on the topic of Fresh Beauty and best bath products ever, this provides a good segue. Founder Lev Glazman, who has created hundreds of perfumes throughout his career, has cleverly included a FRAGRANCE LIBRARY in the hotel- his personal collection of over 180 different scents to be shared with the guests to sample and experience during their stay.
There is also a gorgeous main library and salon featuring hundreds of books selected in partnership with the Strand Book Store, where guests can curl up with a great read, eat dinner by the fire, or have high tea.
The Gymnasium is designed to be an act of amusement- integrating the exercise traditions of the acrobat, the bodybuilder, and the modern exercise enthusiast. Fitted with vintage pommel horses, gymnastic rings, and boxing bags alongside state of the art gym equipment, the Gymnasium honors the legacy of gyms with modern twists that include pilates silks and personal trainers.
The details are so good that you will likely want to incorporate as many as possible into your home experience. The Maker Shop sells bedding, beds, gifts, decor, and tabletop items. See more about the hotel and shop the store at the maker.com . For reservations call 888-487-2007.
302 Warren Street