New hotel hopes to court Hudson Valley ‘makers’

HUDSON — The Maker Hotel was meant to open here in late March or early April.

HUDSON — The Maker Hotel was meant to open here in late March or early April. The coronavirus pandemic, of course, prevented that from happening.

But as the hotel prepares for its grand opening next week after about five years of development, its owners hope it can serve as a safe and healthy place for artists, writers and other creative minds to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The opening of the hotel marks the latest hip addition to the city of Hudson. Lev Glazman, one of the hotel’s co-founders, said Hudson’s diversity and eccentricity made it an irresistible draw for the project.

“There’s a very cool and amazing atmosphere and energy in Hudson,” Glazman said. “It’s very, very diverse. There’s a lot of creative energy here — the whole Hudson Valley area.  There’s something electric, and the people who live here feel very connected to the city and the area.”

The 14,000-square-foot property at 302 Warren Street will be comprised of three buildings; an 1800’s Carriage House, a Georgian mansion and a Greek Revival building. Extensive construction has taken place to connect the buildings and build additions like a court yard and pool. Still, original architectural elements like ornate fireplaces, wood flooring, decorative stained glass, foyer mosaic tiles and hand-painted ceilings have been preserved.

Glazman said he wants the hotel to emulate the type of artistic and creative energy that flourished in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s, and urges anybody who wants to re-experience a small part of that energy to hop on a train.

“There was a certain energy — a certain creative energy —  in New York City, and there still is,” he said. “But I think that (in Hudson), there’s still a thing going on in terms of the artists who live here, the writers who live here and all walks of life who live here.”

Co-owners along with Glazman include Alina Roytberg, who founded the skin-care and beauty-supply company Fresh with Glazman, as well as hospitality expert Damien Janowicz. Glazman is in charge of the interior design of the property, Roytberg handles the color palettes, patterns and branding while Janowicz is the curator of the guest experience.

Along with 11 guest rooms, the property will also include a cafe, cocktail lounge and restaurant. About 80 percent of the hotel’s furniture is reclaimed, Glazman said, and he worked with furniture-restoration experts to enhance the bohemian and old-school look of the hotel. There are between 80 and 100 pieces of art, both in rooms and public spaces, many coming from Glazman’s own personal collection, which he had been keeping for decades.

Glazman said he anticipates also working with local artists, rotating their work in and out of the hotel.

“We’re celebrating all the makers of the world. We’re collaborating with makers of all walks of life, whether it’s an artist, a writer, a designer — we celebrate all makers.”

The “makers” theme resonates throughout each of the hotel’s 11 guest rooms, with names like The Artist studio, The Architect studio, The Writer studio and The Gardener studio. The Writer studio includes a restored, 19th-century book case with titles curated by Strand Book Store. The Gardener studio includes plants arranged throughout the space, while The Artist studio comes with a vintage painting easel.

Those makers will need some money. Rates start at $350 per night for one of the 220-square-foot bedrooms, up to $1,150 per night for a three-room, 825-square-foot apartment suite, meant for small groups.

The Maker Hotel opens Aug. 6, initially for solely three-night stays. Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be blacked out so the hotel can be cleaned.

Michael.Williams@timesunion.com

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