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Hudson, New York is a good two-hour drive from the island of Manhattan, but it’s become a trendy getaway destination for New Yorkers in recent years. A sure sign that the area is on the up and up? A cool hotel has arrived.

The Rivertown Lodge, on Warren Street, has opened within an old 1920s building that was originally intended to be a movie theater but went through several reincarnations of hotels and “guest houses” until its new life as a 30-room boutique hotel.

Ray Pirkle, who recently worked as F&B director for Grand Life Hotels, and who has done stints with Morgans Hotel Group and Condesa Hotels (read more about him on A Hotel Life) is the hotelier behind the lodge who tasked the Workstead, the designers behind the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, to do the interiors.

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Here’s how the New York Times describes the “lodge”:

The hotel channels a cozy, updated version of early Americana, with wood plank floors, a library and a mix of vintage and refined custom-built furniture pieces that are almost Scandinavian in their restraint….”

Judging from the photos, we’re getting a very Ace-y vibe, no? Check out Travel + Leisure’s write-up for more on the in-room amenities. A restaurant and bar are expected to open later this month.

Rooms start at just $199 a night for a single double room, which is a quaint price to go along with the quaint experience. However, the hotel has a rather rigid cancellation policy. If you cancel more than 60 days before your reservation, you will be charged a $50 cancellation fee. If you cancel within 59 days, your 50 percent deposit will not be refunded.

This is understandable for a small hotel in a small town. But we just hope the Rivertown Lodge doesn’t go the way of the Union Street Guest House, also in Hudson, and which gained notoriety for charging guests $500 for bad online reviews. 

[Photo: @RivertownLodge/Instagram]


Juliana Shallcross
A self-confessed hotel addict, Juliana Shallcross has been reporting on hotels around the world for more than a decade. She was previously the managing editor A good portion of her job involves sleeping in new hotels, obsessing over technology and keeping tabs on the ever-changing hospitality landscape. She's based in Los Angeles.

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