Upon opening, The Maker changed the Hudson Valley hotel scene forever. Often imitated, never duplicated, it’s one of those unparalleled retreats that gets it right on every level, from the decor and cuisine to the alluring scent wafting throughout the hallways that makes you want to linger longer.
The scent is the thread that ties the entire operation together and it’s no wonder, given the owners are none other than Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, co-founders of the global beauty brand Fresh.
From the moment you walk into the foyer, through the cafe, past the library, and up the stairs to the studios, The Maker’s scent is just as intoxicating as its beautiful spaces, so the natural move was to bottle it. Six Eau de Parfums in their tucked-away Fragrance Library on the 2nd floor are available for your sampling curiosity, ranging from Stag, Paradiso, and Libertine, to Wild, Fire, and Naked.
As for the studios, there are four highly-requested Maker Studios, in addition to The Terrace Lofts, Corner Studio, Bedrooms, and The Apartment, the largest of their accommodations fit for families and long-term stays.
To say they are the dreamiest of rooms would be an understatement. They even sell their signature “cloud beds” in The Maker Shop because they are the most sumptuous, sink in, and never want to leave mattresses.
Each studio pays homage to a different creative and given your personal aesthetic, selecting one is a bit of a chose-your-own adventure. Lev tells me, “‘The Architect’ was inspired by this maker that lives in the ‘40s, imagines their space how it will look in the future, and has an amazing collection of midcentury furniture, lighting, and a custom-made fireplace.”
“‘The Artist’ is covered in art, has a late 18th-century easel, and a variety of eclectic furnishings. ‘The Writer’ is probably our most bohemian room,’” he adds. As one would expect, there’s quite a collection of books, curated in partnership with New York City’s Strand Book Store.
“The Gardener” — my personal favorite — evokes inside-outside spaces that seamlessly merge together. Florals abound, but it’s the cast-iron screen from the exterior of the Singer building that’s the true star of the room. Behind the grilles of this Beaux-Arts piece stands a clawfoot tub and heated floors that set the scene for a self-care sojourn.
Another unique aspect of the hotel is The Gymnasium, which was added to The Maker compound last year. This state-of-the-art wellness center took inspiration from Moulin Rouge and integrates avant-garde forms of equipment ranging from VersaClimbers and a Rogue Rhino Squat Machine, to some very fancy treadmills.
As for their dining options, these are just as varied and well-appointed as the rooms. The Cafe is ideal for grabbing a barista-brewed coffee and fresh-baked pastries for breakfast, or heirloom grain bowls and melty Reubens for lunch. Then there’s The Lounge — a brooding, moody space awash in velvet tones with fringed lamps and a menu of quaffable libations inspired by The Maker’s fragrance fantasies. Pro tip: Order “The Wild.”
For dinner, head to The Restaurant in a conservatory enveloped by glass and greenery. The cuisine is new American and ingredients are sourced from nearby farms and purveyors.
Location: Hudson, NY
The Vibe: A meticulously designed haven for creatives in the heart of downtown Hudson.
Our Favorite Thing About the hotel? The Fragrance Library. A nightly ritual involves popping in to refresh your scent on the way down to dinner.
Food + Drink: In addition to an all-day cafe and bakery which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The Maker Restaurant is open for dinner and brunch on weekends and The Lounge is a social space for cocktails, conversation, and creative bites.
Any Neighborhood Recs? Vintage Black Label for vintage finds, Flowerkraut for artisanal bouquets, and Poured Candle Bar for custom candles and wine. As for must-try restaurants in town, there’s Grazin,’ Cafe Mutton, BackBar, Swoon, Le Perche, Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, Kitty’s Restaurant & Market, and the restaurant at Wm. Farmer and Sons.
Amenities: Rooms with fireplaces, Wi-Fi, and TVs with streaming services, an outdoor pool, fragrance library, and Maker Shop, plus a state-of-the-art Maker Gymnasium.
What’s Nearby? Hudson Valley’s plethora of farms, galleries, breweries, and shops, plus hiking trails, and nature preserves.
Rooms: There are 11 rooms in total, but four signature studios include The Writer, The Artist, The Gardener, and The Architect.
Pricing: Rates start at $300 – $1,200 a night.
Closest Airport: Westchester Country Airport, LaGuardia Airport, or Albany International Airport. The Maker is also a 2.5-hour drive from NYC.
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