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The Gideon Putnam
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (Formerly Gideon Putnam Hotel and Conference Center)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 31 Hotels in Saratoga Springs
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New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A great get away!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Weekend stay highlighted by a lovely snow covering gorgeous grounds. Historic Hotel, well maintained with modern conveniences. Architecture is lovely. Hotel provides snowshoes and opportunity for sleigh rides. Had breakfast in the Putnam lounge - delicious omelette and amazing oj reasonably priced food. King room, smallish bathroom, but clean. Check out rate discounts on hotels.com before paying full price - we got an awesome deal as we were really last minute. Spent Friday evening in downtown Saratoga at a cute Irish pub with super entertainment. Saturday we snowshoed then went to the on grounds spa - another amazing offer hat you shouldn't pass up! Great staff and service at the Gideon. Well worth the trip!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DelawareNorthCos, General Manager at The Gideon Putnam, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the Gideon Putnam with a wider audience! You put into words exactly what we hope our guests experience... and the sentiment we hope they take away from their visit. You fully experienced the Gideon, the Saratoga Spa State Park and downtown Saratoga. Thank you for choosing the Gideon - we certainly hope you find your escape here again!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Rutland, Vermont
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Last week my husband and I decided to head to the casino. Along the way we encountered a 30 mile detour along back roads. We decided that traveling home in the dark on unfamiliar roads was not an option. I called from the road and made the reservation. After spending time at the casino we arrived around 9pm. Not having planned for this we were totally unprepared. The 2 men at the front desk were so kind, giving us all kinds of toiletries..toothbrushes, shaving cream, razor, makeup removal wipes, etc. Not long after going to our room, the phone rang and it was the front desk offering to open up the gift shop so that we could get something to munch on and drinks. When we went to pay for the water and soda, the gentleman would not take our money. He said that we had had enough of an adventure and to enjoy our drinks. This was not our first time staying here and will not be the last. Hopefully we will bring our own supplies!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DelawareNorthCos, General Manager at The Gideon Putnam, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Thank you for choosing the Gideon Putnam as your safe haven for the night! It was our pleasure to take care of you and your husband - we look forward to hosting you again.
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Trumbull, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

I have brought my wife and two young children here for the last several Columbus Day weekends. We enjoy biking on the grounds, and my children enjoy playing and flying kites on the fields. We eat breakfast in the Georgian dining room, and enjoy that setting. We hope that the Gideon Putnam stays the way it is - it is unique.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DelawareNorthCos, General Manager at The Gideon Putnam, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
Thank you for praising our unique and historic property! The Gideon Putnam is a great place to create family traditions; we are thrilled to hear you have created one of your own. Autumn is beautiful here, not only in Saratoga Spa State Park... but in Saratoga Springs... and in upstate New York. Thank you for choosing us, and if we are lucky, maybe we will see you and your family during one of the other beautiful seasons.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

As anyone who visits the Saratoga region during race season knows, hotels and, indeed, bedrooms of any kind, are at a premium in late July and throughout August. I have stayed at my pick of absolute dumps and paid handsomely for the priviledge of cold showers, spiders en masse, beds that hadn't had a mattess change since WW II - etc. During Race Season the greatest desire for those of us with limited funds is to be able to afford the Gideon Putnam... Serene beyond perfection...this hotel stands as a monument to civilized and unattainable living while the Ponies are running. Finally, after 25 years of gazing, I could afford to stay at this dowager hotel. It was Thanksgiving and we booked two nights. The good news first: The king sized bed was perfect. I could have taken the mattress home with me. The decor is nice, the lobby very much as it always is -- a promise of elegance. What I found over the Thanksgiving holiday was a hotel full of incredibly "low rent" individuals. We had one group banging on the door next to us, attempting to get the occupant upright and answering the door. A quick and un friendly stare from me stopped that noise. Then across the hall, a little (sounded like a tiny dog) yapping dog barked and whined and cried hysterically for more than an hour. After the first fifteen minutes,, I called the front desk and asked them to please have this situation resolved. Nothing happened and the dog continued to bark hysterically. So, after a half hour, I called the front desk again and had them listen to the noise (which they found astonishing) through the phone... I gave them three alternatives -- either move us, remove the dog or refund us. I found it hard to fathom their lack of movement on this matter. After an hour, the dog stopped the noise. Assuming the little thing didn't die of heart break, I can only presume the owners returned and the dog was quieted. The room (bedroom) itself was crowded with a bed, two chairs, desk and bureau that also contained a refrigerator (nice)... I was startled to find the room so small, since this was an end room with a screened porch attached. The bathroom was also tiny...but, nice. We enjoyed the Spa baths and spa services. We do love this place, but certainly the Gideon Putnam has lost its mystique in my eyes. The breakfast service was staggeringly slow. The first day, it wasn't an issue...however on the second day, after waiting for 1/2 hour for oatmeal... well, you know the drill. I would only recommend this hotel under specific cost points and otherwise, you might as well stay at any of the other places in the area...none are to be recommended due to over pricing in the summer.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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DelawareNorthCos, General Manager at The Gideon Putnam, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. Built in 1935, the Gideon Putnam is a Historic Landmark Hotel, and unfortunately, some of the rooms are small. We are glad to hear that overall you love the Gideon, that you were comfortable, you find the Saratoga Spa State Park to be serene beyond perfection and that you enjoyed your experience at the Roosevelt Baths & Spa. We are disappointed, however, to hear that your stay was interrupted by both a noisy neighbor and a barking dog. We are proud to offer select pet friendly rooms because we realize that pets are family too. But when our animal guests are anxious or carry on, we do attempt to reach the owners. I'm so sorry it took more than an hour for that dog's owners to return.

Please accept our sincerest apology for failing to meet the level of service that you deserve. We do hope that you will allow us another opportunity to better serve you - sometimes holiday celebration gets the better of people.
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Syracuse, NY
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60 reviews 60 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

From the outside and due to the area this Hotel would sound and look like a exclusive place to stay. The outside and the immediate entrance makes you think you are staying in luxury, then you get to your room. Though they have upgraded the TV sets and the bedding is nice and comfy, I couldn't use the toilet without moving the door a bit (not enough room in the bathroom). The bathroom itself was very under whelming with rust spots all over the hot water heater and the walls in the bathroom were looking like they may fall on me while showering. There is no pool or hot tub. I would drive down the road and stay at different hotel if you want a nicer room and more to do. My view was also pretty distored since i was directly over the kitchen.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DelawareNorthCos, General Manager at The Gideon Putnam, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Thank you for your honest feedback. We are a Historic Landmark Hotel, and unfortunately, some of our rooms are small. I am glad to hear, that at the very least, you found your room comfy. The Gideon Putnam is located within the Saratoga Spa State Park, and depending on what your interests are (and the season) there really is so much to do: we operate the Roosevelt Baths & Spa, for the outdoor enthusiast we rent bikes and snowshoes, there are plenty of trails for hiking and biking, you can tour the natural mineral springs, there is the Victoria Pool and the Peerless Pool, a world-class 18-hole golf course, as well as a 9-hole course, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Spa Little Threatre, The Saratoga Automobile Museum, The National Museum of Dance, and just a short, free shuttle ride to downtown Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Horse Track and Saratoga Casino and Raceway. If your future plans lead you back to Saratoga Springs, we do hope to see you again. Please ask for a room with a better view, if one is available, we'd be happy to accommodate you.
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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for New Years and had a great time. We brought our dog with us, for no extra charge. They are very pet-friendly. The building is old but had a great vibe. You feel like you're in the 1920's or something.. The bar is classy, and the best part of the whole place is the staff. They are so nice and accommodating. The room was good, with a few aesthetic flaws such as rust and cracking around the bathtub. The price was fair for what we got, and guests also have included access to the spa facilities.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DelawareNorthCos, General Manager at The Gideon Putnam, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review us. Great customer service is our promise, and I am thrilled to hear you experienced that through our staff. Hopefully we will see you and your husband again this year.

The Gideon Putnam realizes that pets are family too, and so we do offer pet-friendly rooms on our first floor. I don't know the circumstances surrounding your last visit, but we do charge a per pet, per night fee.

Thanks again!
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Millbrook, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Gideon Putnam (GP) over the Verteran's Day Weekend. Although it has a good golf course we do not play,however, the facilities for walking and jogging are great and the physical fitness equipment and facilities are better than most 4 or 5 star hotels. The staff is very profiicent and helpful. The hotel offers shuttle service to the local Casino. The spa services are first rate and the staff very pleasant. GP has an excellent bar and grill as well as a very nice dining room serving better than the average hotel food. You get great value for your money together with great Saratoga water. We cetainly will stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DelawareNorthCos, General Manager at The Gideon Putnam, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us, as well as your experience at the Roosevelt Baths & Spa. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and for choosing the Gideon Putnam. Creating special experiences one guest at a time.
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Address: 24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (Formerly Gideon Putnam Hotel and Conference Center)
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Location: United States > New York > Saratoga Springs
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Saratoga Springs
#4 Romantic Hotel in Saratoga Springs
#5 Family Hotel in Saratoga Springs
#7 Business Hotel in Saratoga Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Gideon Putnam 4*
Number of rooms: 124
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Some places are just different. You feel it. You sense it. And when you're there it welcomes you. It encourages you, and it leaves you in a better place than when you arrived. A place that is legendary for making people feel better. It's not just a hotel. It's the cure for what ails you. The Gideon Putnm is a classic boutique hotel located in resort-like setting of Saratoga Spa State Park, minutes from downtown Saratoga Springs and the Adirondack Park. ... more   less 
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