Basically, what you see is what you get...... The place is old; the walls are thin, the plumbing loud and the wallpaper knicked and a little torn. The rooms are relatively expensive.
BUT, the place reeks charm, was clean and actually smelled -- I dunno -- "fresh" I guess. In that genuine clothesline sort of way, not that disinfectant, cleaners and deodorizers sort of way. Odd thing to notice, I guess, but I did.
The room I stayed in was large with a nice walk-out balcony and the bedding clean, soft and comfortable. Was the bathroom dated, the ceiling fan wobbling threateningly above the bed and an ancient model, tube-tv I haven't seen in years sitting on the dresser? Yeah. But so what? Absolutely charming.
Breakfast was good with nice choices and served in the light and airy dining room with a view of the river.
The location is fabulous, at the foot of a charming river town (NYers sometimes forget how absolutely beautiful and appealing their towns actually are) with terrific views of the Highlands. The lower main street area is quiet and pleasant.
But the staff? Genuine, happy to help, and pleasant, Susan and Tracy were awesome both before and during my stay. It's increasingly rare to find people in hospitality so accommodating, honest and helpful. And staff is almost always the make or break factor in hospitality. They were terrific.
To be frank, because of some of the maintenance issues and the relatively high cost for what you get, I wavered between on an "average" rating on this one. But I'd definitely stay here again, and the staff put it over the top.
Stay there knowing that the place is what it is: In need of a little work and a little expensive, but ridiculously charming with a fantastic location and a terrific staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This old inn began doing business in 1832. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hudson House Hotel Cold Spring