Originally settled by whalers and merchants hailing from the Massachusetts and Rhode Island coastlines, Hudson, New York prospered during the 18th and 19th centuries as a key point for commerce thanks to its strategic location along the Hudson River. At one point in time, the city almost became New York state's capital, but tragically fell short by one vote.
After decades of shady business taking place and what seemed to be a city in disrepair, Hudson, New York, once again flourished thanks to a vibrant local community and fashionable Manhattanites in search for a weekend respite in upstate.
Right smack in the middle of this charming city's main strip stands The Barlow Hotel. A small and intimate boutique property ideal for city dwellers on the hunt for an authentic upstate experience without the need to rough it.
The Barlow offers 16 charming rooms featuring all modern amenities and comforts found in the standard boutique hotel, including flat screen TVs, WiFi, electric fireplaces and our favorite - spacious bathrooms with a killer multi-jet shower. The rooms themselves are decorated with modern furniture and dark tones accented by wooden details retained by the Art Deco building.
The Barlow is a small hotel featuring two public areas: a welcoming reception lounge - where the friendly and knowledgeable staff provides great tips on the local scene - and a rear fountain patio for the summer months. The building itself is decorated with an eclectic mix of styles that include featured artwork from local artists.
The Barlow is truly the perfect place from which to explore Hudson and its magical surroundings. Once one of the largest and most prosperous cities in the United States, Hudson is now a quaint small town offering some excellent restaurants, unique antique shops and some remarkable Americana photo opportunities. Many of these businesses offer a generous discount for guests of the hotel through a sharp "Barlow Privileges" program.
Within a few miles of the hotel, visitors can explore Olana - the eccentric home of artist Frederic Church, which retains most of the original furniture and paintings from the acclaimed Hudson River School artist. Olana rests perched on top of a hill overlooking the greater surrounding area, including the Catskill mountains and the nearby Kaaterskill Falls, the state's tallest - and most impressive - waterfalls.