Roll the dice at a grand casino resort, hone your downward dog at a luxury wellness retreat, or stay at an inn where George Washington once slept, thanks to new and renovated hotels across the state
NEW YORK –Across New York State, new resorts, hotels and inns are adding to the Empire State’s appeal for romantics, adventurers and families. Offering everything from wellness treatments to Las Vegas-style gaming, these new accommodations can put travelers in the heart of wherever they want to be, from culture-rich cities and quaint historic villages to pristine wilderness.
New York State Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, “Wherever you go, you’ll find endless ways to have fun and follow your passions. History buffs can find a room at the same inn that hosted George Washington, foodies can dine on cuisine by a renowned chef at a seaside hotel, and nature-lovers can unwind at a rustic inn or a modern hotel after exploring New York’s picturesque mountains and trails. Plan a visit and see for yourself why we like to say, ‘It’s all here and it’s only here, in New York State.”
With a calendar full of free outdoor events and warm-weather activities, from zip-lining to surfing, there’s no better time than this summer to check out—and check into—some of New York’s fast-growing, diverse array of welcoming accommodations. Here is a region-by-region sampling of new and recently renewed places to stay this summer:
- Washington Park Inn (Albany), set in a converted 1884 brick mansion, combines modern comfort with Victorian charm. Located directly across the street from Albany’s historic Washington Park, the inn is a short walk from downtown Albany, the Capitol Building and Empire State Plaza.
While there: Stroll beautiful Washington Park itself where there are events from the Tulip Festival to free lake side outdoor musical theater all summer long.
- Albany Marriott (Albany), located five minutes (via free shuttle) from the Albany International Airport, recently completed a $15 million renovation, upgrading all guest rooms and its 27,500 square feet of versatile meeting and event space. The hotel also offers indoor and outdoor pools, a full fitness center and two on-site restaurants.
While there: Go museum hopping in Albany or experience the action at the Saratoga Race Course, about 30 miles away.
· Resorts World Catskills (Monticello) brings Las Vegas-style gaming to the Catskills with a $1 billion-plus complex featuring 100,000 square feet of casino floor with more than 150 live game tables, 2,150 state-of-the-art slot machines, a poker room and private gaming salons. The 18-story, five-star hotel’s 332 all-suite luxury rooms include 12 penthouse suites, eight garden suites and seven two-tier villas. Off the gaming floor, guests can relax and be rejuvenated in the Crystal Life Spa and fitness center with two 10,000 square foot indoor pools, scheduled to open this summer.
While there: Dine at Cellaio, an Italian-infused steakhouse by celebrity chef Scott Conant.
· YO 1 Wellness Center (Monticello), the former Kutscher’s Resort, is owned by India-based Essel Group, which invested $90 million to create a luxury wellness destination focused on Eastern-inspired natural health and philosophy. Guests receive a personalized program that includes practices brought from India such as Naturopathy (or Nature Cure), Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation, Physical Therapy, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Diet and Nutrition.
While there: Take in the natural beauty of the resort’s 1,310 acres and two lovely large lakes.
· Red Rose Motel and Tavern (Roscoe), a restored motel-style inn and tavern, takes guests back in time to the mid-1900s. Located across from Beaverkill River, one of the world’s top fly-fishing spots, the seven-room inn has been fully restored by uncovering the original wood floors and removing drop ceilings. Items found on site and in local antique shops such as iconic beer cans, antique lamp shades, fly-fishing rods and hand-carved models of Native American canoes are on display. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces, along with a homey tavern, add to the appeal.
While there: Visit the Buck Brook Alpaca farm, tour local distilleries and breweries or visit the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in nearby Livingston Manor.
· Eastwind Hotel and Bar (Windham) opens in June and offers 16 glamping cabins decorated with contemporary wood furniture, Turkish rugs and luxurious bedding. The hotel also features a cocktail and coffee bar, deck, firepit, swimming pool and oversized hot tub.
While there: Enjoy hiking in the lush forests, tubing in Phoenicia, fly fishing on the Delaware River or see a concert at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
CENTRAL NEW YORK
· The Railroad Inn (Cooperstown), built in 1890, is located a block from town and across the street from a seasonal trolley. On the National Register of Historic Places, the inn was recently redone as a 22-room boutique hotel. Loft suites with a spiral staircase that leads to a space with bunk beds and a TV are perfect for children, while romantics will enjoy rooms that open to an outside porch.
While there: Walk to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Fenimore Art Museum, or take a short drive to catch a concert at the Glimmerglass Festival or a beer at Brewery Ommegang.
· DoubleTree by Hilton Utica (Utica), a historic, turn-of-the-century hotel, is conveniently located in the city center and near the New York State Thruway and Amtrak station. Kids will enjoy the warm chocolate chip cookie greeting while adults will appreciate the period decor. Event space includes a ballroom that can accommodate 225 people banquet style, and another that can host up to 128 guests.
While there: Check out Stanley Theatre, Children’s Museum and Utica Memorial Auditorium, all within walking distance.
· The Chautauqua Harbor Hotel (Celeron), slated to open this summer, will offer upscale lakeside lodgings in an area which is on the way to becoming the top destination for comedy in America. Located in the hometown of comedian Lucille Ball, the $33 million, 135-room hotel, will feature a lake-view ballroom with banquet space for up to 300 guests. After a day of kayaking on the lake, visitors can relax on the patio with views of Chautauqua Lake and then grab dinner at the hotel Lakeview Grille and Bar.
While there: “I Love Lucy” fans can see her statue at the Lucille Ball Memorial Park, just outside the hotel, visit the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum or the National Center for Comedy (slated to open in August), a few miles away.
· DoubleTree by Hilton (Jamestown), scheduled to open in October, is located in the heart of downtown Jamestown. The 147-room hotel will have 4,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space, a full-service restaurant and a gastropub. The property is within walking distance of the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and the new National Center for Comedy.
While there: Go for a hike at Allegany State Park, catch a concert at Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, or take the family to Midway State Park – one of the oldest continually operating amusement parks in the nation.
· Avon Inn (Avon), located 15 minutes from Rochester, was built around 1840. It earns its place on the National Register of Historic Places with its stately Greek Revival Architecture. In 1910, it was converted to an inn whose guests included Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Katharine Hepburn. It recently reopened with 14 boutique-style guest rooms and an elegant ballroom that holds more than 200 guests.
While there: Visit Letchworth State Park, 25 minutes away, or join locals for a murder mystery or team trivia evening in the inn’s tavern.
· Hyatt Place Niagara Falls (Niagara Falls), accepting reservations starting July 2, is just a short walk from Niagara Falls State Park. Families will love the indoor saltwater pool, 24/7 gym, free breakfast and pet-friendly policy. Wedding and event planners will welcome the 6,636 square feet of banquet space, including a rooftop patio with views of the park.
While there: Don’t miss a ride on the Maid of the Mist boat right to the base of the falls or take the Cave of the Winds to the famous hurricane deck where you can stand directly under the falls.
· Brinckerhoff Inn Bed and Breakfast (Fishkill), dates to 1718 and was home to generations of the Brinckerhoff family for nearly 300 years. George Washington slept here many times, and was at this house when he learned of Benedict Arnold’s betrayal. The family sold the house in 2014, and this year it reopened as a nine-room inn.
While there: Grab some snacks, always set out for guests in the pantry, and relax on the spacious back porch or shoot some pool in the game room or take a 15 minute drive to view art collections from the 1960s to the present at the Dia:Beacon museum.
· Hilton Garden Inn Westchester (Dobbs Ferry) is conveniently located just off the Saw Mill River Parkway and I-87. A 30-minute drive from the Bronx Zoo and about 40 minutes by express train or car to midtown Manhattan, it’s a great spot for families who can enjoy the hotel’s indoor salt water pool, 24-hour convenience shop and fitness center.
While there: Just next door, visit Rivertowns Square, an open-air shopping, dining and entertainment village or take the kids to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 15 minutes away.
THOUSAND ISLANDS SEAWAY:
· Capt. Thomson’s Resort (Alexandria Bay), located along the St. Lawrence River in the heart of Alexandria, has converted three of its rooms to King Jacuzzi suites as part of a total renovation. All 68 guest rooms have private balconies overlooking the river, and most have a view of Boldt Castle, which sits on a small island directly across from the hotel.
While there: Tour Boldt Castle and the Thousand Islands with Uncle Sam Boat Tours, located next door and owned and operated by the same family as the hotel.
About New York State
New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York’s attractions feature landmarks such as Niagara Falls, the largest park in the continental U.S. in the Adirondacks and treasures such as the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester. New York State offers diverse activities for all: outdoor fun- snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding, fishing, hiking and boating, year-round festivals and exploring the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies. Visitors also enjoy the fine cuisine, beverage trails and farm-to-table fresh foods.