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…featuring The Barlow!

June 11, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

In just the past week two articles were written featuring The Barlow!

Time Out New York article featuring The Barlow

Time Out New York article featuring The Barlow

The first appeared in Time Out New York in an article entitled “The 10 Best Weekend Getaways from NYC”.  Hudson came in at #8  In the article the writer states, “It’s hard to live in NYC these days without hearing about Hudson all the time, and it seems like every Brooklynite is defecting for greener pastures up the river.”  LOL!  That is actually very true, and so many people call Hudson “the new Brooklyn”, which begs the question, “Then what does Brooklyn become?”  The article also names some of the wonderful venues in town including The Barlow as the place to stay.  Their tip is a good one: Reservations fill up fast.  We second that!

Alisu included an article featuring The Barlow

Alisu included an article featuring The Barlow

The second article featuring The Barlow appeared on June 10 in an online magazine called Alisu entitled “Sleeping with Hudson”.  The writer talks a bit about Hudson and the transformation the city has gone through over the years and how it has become a destination for, “fashionable Manhattanites in search for a weekend respite in upstate”.  Equally important as the introduction to Hudson the article goes on to describe The Barlow as, “A small and intimate boutique property ideal for city dwellers on the hunt for an authentic upstate experience without the need to rough it.”  We couldn’t have put it better!

An upcoming event featuring The Barlow is the awards ceremony for the 2014 Best of Columbia County Winners, for which The Barlow was selected as the 2014 winner for Best Lodging.  We are very proud of this accomplishment considering all the outstanding properties located in Hudson and the surrounding area and are so pleased to be recognized with a group of exceptional businesses also selected as winners in their category.

We appreciate and thank Time Out New York, Alisu, and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce for featuring The Barlow.  As we enter our second year in business we look forward to continued opportunities to welcome more visitors to Hudson and guests to The Barlow.

Spring Soiree on May 10!

April 17, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

Oops is right!  Sometimes we get so enthusiastic about an event we rush to tell everyone about it.  That’s the case with TK Home and Garden’s Spring Soiree.  We had erroneously listed the event date as April 10.  We were one month off – it’s May 10.  The times are the same, so at least that was right.

This weekend TK Home and Garden hosts another Soiree on the 400 Block of Warren Street,

This weekend TK Home and Garden hosts another Soiree on the 400 Block of Warren Street,

In case you missed the original post, here is the information about the event:

TK Home and Garden is hosting another Soiree.  What is a soiree you may be asking yourself?  Well done up as TK does the Spring Soiree is an evening event that takes place up and down the 400 block of Warren Street in downtown Hudson.  Running from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. all the shops on the businesses on the 400 Block keep their doors open for shopper-types and strolling-types alike.  There’s tons of fun things to do and see including “offerings of international food, art galleries, nightlife and live entertainment, home-wares, fashion and antiques”.  This is a great collaborative effort on the part of the business owners to encourage visitors to take in all that Hudson has to offer.

Spring is springing

April 10, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

Spring is springing in Hudson and this weekend kicks it off with a couple of fantastic events hosted by several of The Barlow Privilege Partners: TK Home and Garden and J. Damiani Gallery.

This weekend TK Home and Garden hosts another Soiree on the 400 Block of Warren Street,

This weekend TK Home and Garden hosts another Soiree on the 400 Block of Warren Street,

First, TK Home and Garden is hosting another Soiree.  What is a soiree you may be asking yourself?  Well done up as TK does the Spring Soiree is an evening event that takes place up and down the 400 block of Warren Street in downtown Hudson.  Running from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. all the shops on the businesses on the 400 Block keep their doors open for shopper-types and strolling-types alike.  There’s tons of fun things to do and see including “offerings of international food, art galleries, nightlife and live entertainment, home-wares, fashion and antiques”.  This is a great collaborative effort on the part of the business owners to encourage visitors to take in all that Hudson has to offer.

App.eritivi @ J. Damiani GalleryThe second event of note is the opening of Anthony Masina’s Bronze Sculpture works in conjunction with the second week of the opening of App.eritivi, the Gallery’s new tapas and wine bar.  During the event, which takes place from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., guests have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious selection of Italian meats, cheeses and wines in the beautiful gallery space.  While there visitors can also feast their eyes on the stunning sculpture created by the talented Anthony Masina.  Fantastic food and exceptional art – what more could you ask for?  The J. Damiani Gallery is located on the 300 Block of Warren Street.

These two fun events are being held in the heart of Hudson’s main thoroughfare, and showcase the incredible variety of artistic, cultural and imaginative endeavors that have made Hudson one of the premiere destinations in the Hudson Valley.

Tasting room tour

April 3, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

If you’re coming to Hudson and looking for something to do we’ve got just the thing!  The Barlow has recently partnered with Farm To Glass tours to offer guests of the hotel a half-day tour to sample some of New York State’s finest locally produced wine, beer and spirits.

The Hudson-Chatham Winery offers a wonderful selection of locally produced wines

The Hudson-Chatham Winery offers a wonderful selection of locally produced wines

The tour leaves from the hotel at 10:30 a.m. and guests are first taken to the Hudson-Chatham Winery, one of The Barlow’s Privileges Partners.  After a short 15 minute drive leaving Hudson and passing into the Columbia County countryside guests arrive at the picturesque winery owned and operated by Carlo and Dominique DeVito.  During this visits guests will visit the winery’s tasting room and sample some outstanding selections of locally grown and produced wines – sparkling, white, red and dessert varietals.  Along with the wines you can also sample some delicious local cheeses paired specifically to the wine.

Chatham Brewing Company offers an amazing selection of locally brewed beers and ales.

Chatham Brewing Company offers an amazing selection of locally brewed beers and ales.

The guests’ next stop is Chatham Brewing Company located in downtown Chatham, a 15 minute journey through some of Columbia County’s most beautiful farmland.  Recently awarded the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce’s “Crystal Apple” Award, Chatham Brewing Company creates a wide range of beers to appeal to almost every taste.  In CBC’s Tasting Room visitors will sample many of the wonderful products currently available, including seasonal brews and limited production beers.  After the tasting enjoy a delicious picnic lunch before departing for the third and final stop.

A visit the Harvest Spirits tasting room provides insight into the wonderful libations created using local fruit.

A visit the Harvest Spirits tasting room provides insight into the wonderful libations created using local fruit.

Passing through the town of Valatie after a 20 minute drive through even more scenic countryside, guests arrive at the third and final stop – Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery.  Harvest is a craft distillery producing an amazing array of handcrafted spirits using locally grown fruits including apples, pears, raspberries and more.  The tasting room offers guests the opportunity to sample items they might never have before considered – like The Seersucker, recently featured in Maxim Magazine.

Each stop on the tour allows for ample “tasting” time as well as time to pick up a few things to take home.  Guests are then returned to The Barlow by approximately 3:30, enough time to take a walk down Warren Street or catch a quick nap.

So if you’re looking for something to do, The Barlow is so pleased to offer this great half-day excursion to our guests.  For more information, rates and reservations please email us.   CHEERS!

The Barlow is Going “Green”

March 18, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

Lather Bath Amenities

Lather’s Aromatherapy products utilize exclusive eco-pure technology in the packaging.

The Barlow goes “green” next month as we switch over from a conventional (and very expensive) energy sup

ree sources for green energy include wind, geothermal and solar.

The three sources for green energy include wind, geothermal and solar.

plier to an energy supplier using environmentally friendly resources.  In the Hotel’s mission statement we not only include a statement about our commitment to our guests but a statement about our commitment to the environment as well.  Currently The Barlow uses guest bathroom amenities that employ Lather’s “Eco-Pure” technology in the products’ packaging.  We installed energy efficient electric fireplaces in all guest rooms in place of less environmentally friendly gas fireplaces.  Our heating/air conditioning system utilizes state-of-the-art thermostats to better control energy efficiency and usage.

Traditional energy is generated using fossil fuels which include the burning of coal, natural gas, and oil at generating plants.  “Green Energy” utilizes the planet’s natural energy generation solutions such as wind, geothermal, and solar power.  These innovative resources are completely renewable and significantly better for the environment.

WHERE DOES GREEN ENERGY COME FROM? There are a variety of sources of electricity:

HYDRO/WIND: Water and wind are used in dams and windmills to power turbines that create heat and electricity.

GEOTHERMAL: This form of energy is generated in the Earth’s core which has temperatures hotter than the sun’s surface produced by the slow decay of radioactive particles, a process that occurs in all rocks.SOLAR: The sun’s rays are harnessed by photovoltaic panels that allow electrons to move freely among them, eventually meeting a circuit wire and converting into electricity.

The Barlow going “green” is just one more step we are taking to underscore our commitment to the environment, and we are pleased to announce this innovative change to our guests.

2014 Crystal Apple Award Finalist

February 21, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

The Barlow has the honor of being a 2014 Crystal Apple Award finalist.  The award is presented each year by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce to a Chamber member business, “to recognize an extraordinary contribution to economic progress, community improvement, and the quality of life in Columbia County over the previous year”.  Nominations for the award were made by business peers, further reassurance to us that our contributions have been recognized by the greater business community.

As we read through the criteria for nomination we took some time to evaluate our success in each area:

Cystal Apple Award criterion: Economic progress

The Barlow encourages to guests to buy local through the Privileges Partners Program.

“Economic progress”: The  much anticipated opening of The Barlow signaled not only additional lodging for Columbia County but for the opportunity to encourage visitors to stay and explore all that Hudson and the surrounding county has to offer.  Two of the most frequent questions asked prior to the Hotel opening was, “Do you have a restaurant?” and “Do you have a bar?”.  The answer to both is no.  Why?  We wanted The Barlow to benefit the entire city and county.  That’s was the motivation behind the creation of our Privileges Partners program: to “spread the wealth”.  We wanted to encourage guests to explore all there is to do, see and experience in Columbia County and to eat and shop locally.  Our hope is that the Hotel is, in fact, leading to what the Crystal Apple Award defines as economic progress.

Cystal Apple Award criterion: Community improvement

Formerly a vacant office building The Barlow glows brightly in the heart of Hudson.

“Community improvement”: The seven month intensive renovation of 542 Warren Street transformed a vacant 1920’s office building and transformed it into The Barlow.  Located in the heart of Hudson’s Historic Business District, the Hotel sits right in the middle of the city.  Years of partial use led to more years of the building being vacant, with no maintenance or upkeep of any sort.  While no apparent illicit activity was taking place there was certainly the potential for it.  Removing the opportunity for nefarious activity, with increased foot traffic, visibility and exterior lighting certainly improved the community.  The Crystal Apple Award looks to recognize community improvement, and having a fully operational business was certainly a welcome change for the neighborhood.

Crystal Apple Award: Quality of life

The opening of The Barlow improved the quality of life for many Columbia County residents

“Quality of life”: This criterion might be a little more difficult to nail down, depending on how “quality of life” is characterized in order to win the Crystal Apple Award, but give the two previous categories it would seem like The Barlow also meets this qualification.  By bringing more guests to Hudson, who will spend their money locally, businesses will benefit economically and will need to hire more staff and purchase more local goods and services thereby improving the quality of life of all involved in the economic upswing.  Improving the community by having a vibrant, successful business in the middle of the city The Barlow does improve the quality of life if nothing more than the building looks warm and inviting and adds a more welcoming “vibe” to Hudson.

On March 28 the winner of the Crystal Apple Award will be announced.  We’ll keep you posted!

Joan Damiani @ 10

February 16, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

J. Damiani Gallery celebrates 10 years in Hudson.

J. Damiani Gallery celebrates 10 years in Hudson.

We are so proud that the J. Damiani Gallery this year attained the phenomenal 10 Year milestone, at all times led by Joan Damiani, the gallery’s incredibly talented. warm and welcoming owner.

What we love about Joan is her commitment to showcasing the local community: her work reflects both Hudson and Columbia County.  Joan captures the beauty of the Hudson Valley and shows the wonderful surroundings we here enjoy every day.  From the simplest clapboard of a turn of the century home to the ornate landscaping of a farmer’s field she is able to share what is truly the bounty of Columbia County.

That’s not to say that Joan doesn’t celebrate the countryside, people and gorgeousness of her family’s native Italy, most recently at a culinary level.  J. Damiani recently introduced a wonderful afternoon antipasti to compliment the stunning artwork: For a nominal fee visitors are invited to enjoy various locally cured meats and cheeses as well as wines while at the same time enjoying the most recent installations at the gallery.

We at The Barlow are so pleased that the J.Damiani Gallery is one of our Privileges Partners and congratulate Joan and her entire staff on this milestone achievement.

Wayfair showcases The Barlow’s style

February 15, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

Wayfair.  What is Wayfair?  If you don’t know Wayfair is a wholesale/discount online retailer for furniture, lighting, accessories and more and our primary source for creating the decor that defines The Barlow.  Wayfair sells thousands upon thousands of items every day to various businesses and individual consumers in various industries throughout the public and private sector.

Most of the furniture and accessories found at The Barlow were purchased at Wayfair.

Most of the furniture and accessories found at The Barlow were purchased at Wayfair.

We put a lot of time and effort in to creating the design component of The Hotel focusing on both comfort and aesthetic.  Working with our Business Account Manager John, we put together almost the entire furniture, lighting and furnishings package, selecting colors, fabrics and textures that would be both attractive and durable.  The Barlow certainly isn’t one of Wayfair’s biggest accounts or largest customers: a 16-room hotel can’t really compete with an office building, university or large chain restaurant.

So it was a pleasant surprise when we received an email from the Creative Director for Wayfair’s Internet marketing department requesting photographs of The Barlow that feature items purchased through their website.  Ultimately they wanted to use the photos in the re-launch of the Wayfair Supply LinkedIn page.  Thanks to our great photographer, Christian Giannelli, we have an entire portfolio of pictures which we were happy to share.

Months passed and we didn’t hear more.  Once again knowing that The Barlow was a “little fish in a big pond” we weren’t expecting anything.  Then just the other day we received an email from John, our Business Account Manager, who was notified that The Barlow was selected to be one of the featured businesses on the Wayfair Supply LinkedIn banner.  You can see it here.

We’ve been told that in addition to the photograph (second in from the right) Wayfair will also be adding The Barlow’s logo.

We’re so proud and delighted that the way in which we used the Wayfair products was recognized by their creative team and highlighted in their online marketing efforts.

What’s doing in the Hudson Valley?

February 3, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

What’s doing in the Hudson Valley is question that is common this time of year.  If you’re not an “outdoors-y” type – no skis or snowboards on you – you may wonder what there is for you to do during the Winter months that doesn’t involve racing down a hill.  We’ve got a great activity that will keep you warm and maybe just teach you something.

Since 1923 Vasilows has produced the finest candies in upstate New York

Since 1923 Vasilows has produced the finest candies in upstate New York

The Barlow has teamed up with one of our favorite Privileges Partners, Vasilows Confectioners to offer our guests a unique opportunity to get some hands-on experience in learning how to make candy.   Founded in 1923 Vasilow’s was founded and to this day continues to pride themselves on producing the finest candies of the highest quality in upstate New York.  Today the shop is run by Jim Vasilow, grandson of one of the founders, and his wife Kate.  Both are looking forward to sharing their craft with you including how to make the perfect chocolate dipped strawberries.  What could be better than spending an afternoon enveloped in a world of you dreamed of as a kid?  Roll some truffles and cook up some caramels and learn the art that is candy making.  At the end of the day make sure to take home some of your own creations, too!

When you book your reservation at The Barlow, the newest boutique hotel in the Hudson Valley, simply mention that you would like to spend an afternoon at Vasilow’s.  Our friendly staff will find out what they have on the menu for that day and make all the arrangements to ensure you have a fun-filled time at one of the Hudson Valley’s oldest family run businesses.

Learn the art of making hand crafted chocolates like these

Learn the art of making hand crafted chocolates like these

So if you’re wondering “What’s doing in the Hudson Valley?” we have the perfect answer – chocolate!

Barlow Bathrooms and The New York Times

December 16, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

The Barlow bathroomWhat do The Barlow baths and The New York Times have in common?

This past Sunday The New York Times had an article on the front of the Travel section entitled “Inside The Evolving Hotel Bathroom” in which is detailed trends in hotel bathroom design.  Upon reading the article it was encouraging to see that many of the elements the article discusses with regard to these trends were included in the design of the bathrooms at The Barlow.  Multi-jet spa showers, good lighting, makeup mirrors, a full array of aromatherapy bath products and sliding doors are amenities mentioned it the article that are all found in The Barlow guest bathrooms.

Our philosophy is that the bathroom should not be an afterthought.  Instead the guest bathrooms should be part of the guess’ experience during a stay at the Hotel.  In addtion we’ve had so many guests comment about how wonderful they felt the bathrooms are, making us feel event more confident that making the investment in the bathrooms was a wise decision.

The PERFECT Gift for the person that “has everything”!

November 6, 2013 by Russ Gibson

We’ve got the perfect gift to give that “hard to shop for” person on your gift list.

How many times have you found yourself wandering around a department store, spending countless hours looking for something for that person that “has everything”?  Then you end up settling on something that you hope they’ll like when they unwrap the box.  A polite smile and an exclamation of, “Oh!  I love it – it’s just what I wanted!”, but you know they really want to say, “DId you keep the receipt?”  Well why go through all of that?Hudson in Architectural Digest

Why not treat them to a stay at The Barlow with a Barlow Gift Card?  Choose any dollar amount starting at $25 and up, or pick any amount you want to give.  It’s the gift that always fits!

Hudson continues to be recognized in national publications, most recently in the November edition of Architectural Digest, yet so many people are still unaware of the awesome destination Hudson has become.  Our phenomenal restaurants, eclectic galleries, and fantastic entertainment venues offer so much for visitors to Hudson to do that most can get it all done in one weekend. An added bonus is that Hudson is a stop for Amtrak, which runs trains regularly from Penn Station in New York.  So if they don’t havea car, no problem, everything is within walking distance of The Barlow.

Have hotel fireplacea skier on your list?  Catamount is just 20 minutes from Hudson and offers wonderful skiing and snowboarding all winter long.  What about that “foodie” who’s looking for to hop on the latest culinary trend?  The Crimson Sparrow, Fish and Game, Swoon kitchenbar, and DaBa are just a few of the amazing restaurants to satisfy even the foodie-est of foodies.  And if they’re the kind of person that wants to kick back and relax in their room, our cozy in-room fireplaces, spa showers and relaxing soaking tubs will help them forget their cares and unwind.

Visit The Barlow website for more information and to purchase a Barlow Gift Card and we’ll take care of the rest.  Just one more person you can check off your list!

The Barlow Gift Card – the perfect gift!

“This is Halloween, everybody jump and scream”

October 22, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

Halloween at the Barlow

Halloween at the Barlow

Decorations in our lobby

Decorations in our lobby

Anyone who knows Duncan, knows that he loves decorating for the holidays…any holiday!  And in the Hudson Valley, Halloween is a big one.  So, much like we’ve done at The Croff House, The Barlow has put on its best scary face for Halloween.  Our front door wreath was designed and created by one of the amazing artists at Etsy.com.  If you haven’t visited Etsy’s website, you really are missing out on beautifully created handcrafted items.  Inside, Department 56’s Halloween village pieces creates a perfectly frightening village for every ghoul and boy.  We still have some selected rooms available before and during Halloween, so scare up some friends and come visit us!

A quiet oasis is taking shape at The Barlow

October 18, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

For the first few months that The Barlow was open the back “area” looked pretty bad: some construction debris, boxes, and assorted other materials found their way there.  Try as we might to keep it presentable the fates were against us.  Well now all that is changing.

Looking toward the rear entrance; the back patio is taking shape.

Looking toward the rear entrance; the back patio is taking shape.

Last month our landscape contractor laid a beautiful blue stone patio in a random pattern after having graded the yard, which slopes fairly significantly away from the building.  Two weeks after the patio was laid the fountain was installed.  It’s a faux stone unit with in an oval bowl shape with a square base and copper accents (which will patina over time).

Rear patio with benches. The wrought iron fence is under the plastic tarp at the back.

Rear patio with benches. The wrought iron fence is under the plastic tarp at the back.

Yesterday the benches were assembled and placed on or about where they will find their final home.  Next week our ironmonger will pour the footings for the wrought iron fence and install the fence next weekend.

The installation is that of the rear awning, which will look identical to the awning at the front entrance, will then take place.  Finally arbovitae, tall evergreen shrubs, will be planted along the fence line to provide privacy to our guests using the space.  When finished it will create a lovely and peaceful oasis right in the heart of Hudson.

It was VERY chili in the Hudson Valley this weekend!

October 14, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

Hudson Valley Bounty Chili Contest

Hudson Valley Bounty Chili Contest

 

There’s always something going on in the Hudson Valley, and at the heart of it all was 2013 Hudson Valley Bounty Chili Contest.  This event encourages restaurants and residents to submit and entry, and for $5 you are issued a spoon and a bean (literally a white northern bean).  From there you sample all the offerings of each of the over 20 entrants, often having to return to re-sample just to be sure.  Then, using your bean, you vote for your favorite.

One of us chose the vegetarian chili offered by Hudson’s own Privilege Partner Red Dot, the other voted for a delicious lamb chili offered by Local 111 from Philmont.  Local 111 won first runner-up, but we’re not sure how Red Dot fared.

It was a beautiful day at the Henry Hudson Waterfront Park in Hudson.  Lots of sun, nice breeze, great music and delicious food.  Overall a great day and a lot of fun.  Mark your calendars for next year!

Digging into the past

September 25, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

The Barlow (at left) stood to the west of the Farmer's National Bank building as seen in this pre-1926 post card.

The Barlow (at left) stood to the west of the Farmer’s National Bank building as seen in this pre-1926 post card.

Part of our job in the development of The Barlow’s website is to provide our website designer with all the information they will need to construct/code the site.  (BTW – we got a sneak peek at the preliminary home page…AMAZING!).  Pictures and descriptions of the guest rooms, listing of our Privilege Partners, creating of the points of interest for Google Maps and more are all necessary to create a user-friendly and informative site.

An often overlooked category is “History”.  History?  Yes, because what we have found in our short time being open is that people – guests and non-guests alike – are very interested to know about the building itself.  So thanks to Carole Osterink, known locally as the guru behind The Gossips of Rivertown (a fantastic blog if you want to know what’s going on in Hudson), we were directed to start at the Office of Deeds at the Columbia County Clerk’s office.  And so started my research.

The Harder Building, as it was known then, after the fire at the Bank.

The Harder Building, as it was known then, after the fire at the Bank.

Nothing really exciting until 1926.  On November 24 a massive fire broke out at the Farmer’s National Bank at 544 Warren Street, right next door to The Barlow (at the time known as the Harder Building).  According to an article in the Albany NY Evening Journal the fire started around 3:00 and “gutted the building”.  The Harder Building sustained substantial damage as seen in the picture at right.

Continuing the research we’ll see what else we can find…

 

 

Summer cools down, the Hudson Valley heats up

September 4, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

Pomegranate

Some feel Labor Day marks the end of summer: kids go back to school, thoughts turn to raking leaves and picking pumpkins and the weather starts to cool off.  We couldn’t disagree more at The Barlow!

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce has published their monthly e-newsletter and there is SO much to do!  What’s your pleasure?  Indie music, art and dance?  Touring historic site throughout Columbia County including churches and homes?  Paddling on the Hudson River?  Apple picking at the Hudson Valley Apple Festival?

There’s something for everyone!  So when someone tells you that Summer is over all you need to say is “Not in the Hudson Valley!”

The New York Times agrees – the Hudson Valley is the place to go…and don’t miss Hudson!

July 26, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

Downgrade

The New York Times once again chose the Hudson Valley as a summer destination (see 36 Hours in the Hudson Valley, New York) and Hudson was featured prominently in the article, although they seem to have covered A LOT of the Hudson Valley in only 36 hours.  As members of HADA, the Hudson Antique Dealer’s Association, we are so pleased that the NYT gave the organization a nod and the over 40 businesses it represents.

Cafe Le Perche, one of Hudson’s best spots for the best fresh baked pastries (they also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner) and one of The Barlow’s Privilege Partners, was also mentioned in the article.  As more and more people discover Hudson we are proud to share with them everything we love about “the friendly city”.

Visitors to Hudson now have the opportunity to stay in the Hudson Valley’s newest boutique hotel, The Barlow.  As the Hudson Valley and Hudson attracts more guests The Barlow will ready to show them all that makes so many people say “I’m Thinkin’ Hudson”!

 

Learning as we go

July 25, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

Whenever a new business opens, whether it be a designer clothing store in Chicago, a celebrity chef restaurant in LA or a boutique hotel in the Hudson Valley (i.e. The Barlow!), some details are surely missed.  Hopefully not details that are critical to the running of the business, but simple ones that can easily be remedied.  Over the past six weeks since we have been opened our guests have offered suggestions of things we might consider going forward; some we’ve acted on and some we’ve taken a pass.

LED lighted makeup mirrors were newly added to all guest bathrooms

LED lighted makeup mirrors were newly added to all guest bathrooms

One suggestion was the addition of lighted makeup mirrors for the ladies.  Great idea!  While there is a lot of light in our bathrooms, our understanding is that to create that perfect look a makeup mirror would be a helpful tool.  While we don’t want the shelves in the bathrooms to get too cluttered, we also want the guest to have the amenities they need to enjoy their time at The Hotel.

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K Cup carousels were added to all guest bedrooms thanks to a guest’s suggestion.

Another suggestion was that there needed to be more Keurig K-cups in the rooms.  We suspected this might be an issue, but were once again concerned that the counter space by the coffeemaker wouldn’t allow for a carousel.  We were wrong, and so each guest room is now provided with plenty of coffee, decaf coffee, tea and hot chocolate K cups so they won’t run out.

Hmmmm.  Wonder what else we missed…

The walls! The walls!

December 21, 2012 by The Barlow Hotel

Framing walls for second floor guest rooms

Framing walls for Second Floor guest rooms – sorry, kinda dark!

In just a few short days even more progress has been made.  The framing walls, which will eventually be sound insulated, sheet rocked and painted have been built and the guest rooms are starting to take shape.  Now it is easy to see how large the rooms and bathrooms are going to be, and we can start visualizing the layout of the furniture and finishings such as the bath fixtures.

Work has also begun on the basement.  Not so sexy, true, but this is where all of the mechanicals for the hotel (hot water system, washers and dryers, electrical and gas monitoring systems, etc.) will reside.  Due to the low height of the ceiling we’ve had to dig out a few feet of the existing basement floor which will make it much more “user friendly”.  Once the windows are re-opened the space will feel much bigger as well.

Looking to front of the building; framing walls for guest rooms

Looking to front of the building; framing walls for guest rooms on the Third Floor

Finally we are finalizing contractors for the “big stuff”: electrical, pluming, HVAC and the elevator.  This means we can continue with the forward progress already made to date without interruption.

And we’ve booked yet another wedding party!

Progressing nicely

December 17, 2012 by The Barlow Hotel

So after a three week hiatus from the hotel restoration (physically only, mind you) we had a walk through with our contractors and architect.  We were both thrilled with the amount of work that has been completed.  The demolition is finished (for the most part) and the framing of the guest rooms has been completed 60% or more.  What does that mean/matter?

Having the framing of the guest rooms done you can now see how large the rooms are going to be and how they are going to laid out.  It’s one thing to see it on paper.  It’s something totally different to see it in person.  The rooms are all well proportioned and large.  The bathrooms are generously sized as well.  The suites are incredibly large and will be able to comfortably accommodate up to four guests.  It’s all very exciting.

Just as exciting is how quickly we are moving forward with some really important contracts, namely the plumbing/HVAC and electrical.  These represent the next two large phases of bringing the hotel to life.  While they are not sexy imagine a hotel with no plumbing, air conditioning/heat or electricity.  Wouldn’t attract a large crowd.

Since we are heading into the holidays (a notoriously slow time for work to get done) we had a frank discussion about how we are doing in terms of our timing.  According to everyone we are on schedule for our Memorial Day Grand Opening.  So all those folks who’ve booked the hotel for their wedding guests can sleep a little easier.

Food, glorious food!

November 25, 2012 by The Barlow Hotel

We’ve been asked whether or not there will be a restaurant at The Barlow.  In creating our business plan we never considered food service.  Why?  The burgeoning restaurant scene in Hudson is attracting top chefs to open new venues: Zac Palaccio (Fatty Crab, Fatty ‘Cue) will be opening Fish and Game in 2013. John McCarthy and Ben Freemole (formerly of WD50) opened The Crimson Sparrow this past summer to critical acclaim.  These two additions join a cadre of fabulous eateries that have been providing superior food in Hudson for years.

Individual Keurig coffee brewers will be available in all guest rooms. K-cups for coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be provided as well.

We will, however, be providing individual Keurig coffee brewers in all the guest rooms as well as K-cups for coffee, tea and hot chocolate.  Our hope is that after their first coffee in the morning guests will be ready to explore all that Hudson has to offer and get a nibble along the way.

It’s not Jericho, but the walls are coming down

November 16, 2012 by The Barlow Hotel

We mentioned in our previous post that the renovations to the building have begun.  In just one week the demolition has removed most of the walls from the second floor, which will eventually be home to 6 luxurious guest rooms.

In the pictures you will notice lathing on the ceiling from the original building. Prior to sheet rocking the ceilings we will be spraying soy based sound insulation between the joists to keep the guest rooms quiet.  You’ll also notice piles of the old tin ceiling.  We were hoping to be able to salvage them but it is not looking good, although we are going to be re-purposing almost all of the existing doors.

Today the demolition moved to the third floor and is expected to take about a week to complete.  The previous owner had begun putting apartments on this floor.  The good news is that we are moving the brand new hot water heater, kitchen counter tops and appliances to the Manager’s apartment in the basement.

Stay tuned.

 

 

And so it begins

November 16, 2012 by The Barlow Hotel

This Monday, November 12, saw the beginning of what we hope will be a smooth process – the demolition.  Work began on the second floor, the floor Reggie Young our general contractor deemed to be the “most messy”.  Well while it was certainly messy (what demolition isn’t) it certainly yielded some surprises.  Now, surprises on a project are rarely good, but these weren’t terrible at all.

The first surprise was that the removal of the existing sheet rock revealed a brick wall (see picture).  What our architect Bob Godwin determined that this was the rear wall of the original building from 1927.  Back then the building was only two rooms deep.  Later the building was extended even farther back.  Later still the building was extended to its current length.

Look what we found

The Barlow’s original rear wall from 1927

The other surprise was that the wall separating Room 201 (Family Suite) and Room 202 (King Suite) is actually a load bearing wall and therefore cannot be moved without significant expense.  Not a big deal since it was only going to move 5 or 6 inches any way.  Just a very strange find in the nature of the architecture of the building.

Today the third floor demo began, which should take about a week.  Wonder what they’ll find….

All About Us

October 30, 2012 by The Barlow Hotel

Duncan Calhoun spent his professional career on the operations side of magazine publishing. Russ Gibson spent the majority of his career in Human Resources and Training. The two bring cooperative skills to running a hospitality business, and both understand the importance of providing superior customer service and meeting the needs of today’s traveller.

Russ and Duncan launched The Croff House, a five room bed and breakfast in Hudson in the Spring of 2009. Three months after opening The Croff House was named the top Bed and Breakfast in Hudson on Trip Advisor and shortly after that was the #1 Bed and Breakfast in New York State. A hallmark of a stay at the Croff House is the attention to detail in every aspect of the guests’ visit while combining the luxury of a boutique hotel with the personalized service of a bed and breakfast.

In the years since The Croff House has been in operation Russ and Duncan have come to realize the need for a boutique hotel in Hudson. The Hotel needs to offer luxurious accommodations and modern amenities yet ensure guests get a sense of the rich history of the property and town. Guests expect a well-trained staff to be available and able to answer guests’ questions, make recommendations for activities and dining, resolve any problems, and simply provide excellent customer service. Guests expect a well-appointed room with a clean bathroom and luxury amenities and all the conveniences they are used to at home.

With The Barlow Russ and Duncan intend to expand the lodging options available to visitors to Hudson.

About The Barlow

October 30, 2012 by The Barlow Hotel

The number one question we get asked is “What is the hotel going to look like?” Without trying to sound overly artistic – the best description is modern art deco (as opposed to ultra modern, which is quite minimalist or art nouveau which is very “flowery”).

The building was built as the Barlow-Osborn Building in 1927, a few years after Art Deco was introduced at the 1925 Exposition Internationales des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. In general our intent is to retain as much of the original detail of the building as possible, re-purposing items if needed, while combining touches that reflect an elegant yet comfortable aesthetic.

The main hallways currently feature heavy recessed oak paneled wainscoting in a rich walnut stain, but the existing pendant fixtures will be replaced with more stylized ones. Photography from a local artist will be featured down each of the three floor hallways.

The lobby will feature tufted back sofas and high backed chairs. Two French Flea Market style chandeliers in the lobby will combine wrought iron, crystal elements and shaded lights. The focal point of the lobby will be an oversized inline fireplace with natural stone surround. The reception desk, an antique bar with similar panel treatment on the front as the wainscoting in the hallways, will greet guests. Three pendant fixtures combining bronze organza and black brass mesh will light the Front Desk area.

The Barlow will have 16 guest rooms. Each will feature either Queen or King beds, all with private baths. Each bed will have a leather-tufted headboard, luxury high thread count bed linens, fluffy down pillows, and ultra soft cotton bamboo blankets. Flat screen televisions with DirecTV included, USB compatible electrical outlets, individual refrigerators, and single brew Keurig Coffeemakers are included in all bedrooms. A majority of the rooms will also feature inline gas fireplaces. Each shower will feature glass mosaic tiling and an ultra-luxurious spa shower. In keeping with our Green efforts all toilets will be dual flush to conserve water. Bead board wainscoting will add an historical element to the bathroom décor.

Colors throughout the Hotel will be earth tones and neutrals.

Each guest will be provided a keycard to allow them to access the Hotel and their individual room. Security cameras will be placed throughout the property both inside and out for guests’ safety and comfort.

Parking on Warren Street can be challenge. Therefore each guest room is also provided one complimentary guest parking permit in the Municipal lot behind the Hotel for the duration of their stay.

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