My theory on what makes a great hotel is 99 percent service and 1 percent product. I have stayed in hostels I've loved and luxury resorts I've hated. It's all about how you're treated. Hudson House Inn treated us incredibly well and we left there feeling great about the proprietor, Mina, and her staff and the hotel.
We found Hudson House when were on our way to meet friends for a ski weekend in MA. A snowstorm hit and we had no visibility whatsoever. We pulled off the highway and headed to Cold Spring, hoping for a place to stay. We called several places in Cold Spring and the owners of B&Bs did not want to open mid week for us. We called Hudson House Inn and the proprietor, Mina, answered the phone. She readily accepted us and even offered a generous discount on room rates. We were the only guests in the hotel, and our being there meant that Mina had to return to the hotel in the morning, in a snowstorm, to oversee her surprise guests. At no time did she complain or make us feel that we were putting her out.
And on top of that, we had a great dinner. The restaurant was nearly empty, due to the snowstorm, but the chef stayed to serve us an amazing meal. We ate at the bar near the fireplace, and relaxed while we were served our meal. In the morning, the breakfast (included with the room rate) consisted of several courses of fruit, freshly baked muffins and a yogurt parfait. Mina even wrapped up the remaining muffins for the road.
The rooms are very small, but this is an historic old inn! My best suggestion is to get a suite with a river view. The rooms are fine, they are not sleek and modern but the bedding is new and comfortable. If you are a family, or you want extra space, be sure to spring for the suites.
Cold Spring is an adorable town and we can't wait to return to Hudson house under less stressful circumstances. We can't say enough how we left here feeling grateful that we were so well taken care of and that we were treated so kindly. And great food to boot!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This old inn began doing business in 1832. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hudson House Hotel Cold Spring