- The Conservatory houses the Maker Restaurant.
With the surge in Airbnbs, visitors have seemingly endless options for accommodations. But there’s still a distinct pleasure in staying at an exquisitely designed hotel, like Hudson’s forthcoming The Maker, where striking design meets historic architecture without sacrificing contemporary comfort.
The 14,000-square-foot property has 11 rooms split across three buildings—an 1800s Carriage House, a Greek Revival, and a Georgian mansion—that have been interconnected while maintaining individuality. The buildings required extensive renovation and construction; an arduous task that began three years ago. “It’s been challenging to interconnect them,” co-owner Lev Glazman explains. “We had to strip everything down and bring the building up to code while still preserving and restoring original details.”
The hotel’s name is a venerable nod to the region’s multitude of artisans, craftspeople, and creatives. In the Georgian mansion, you’ll find four "Maker Studios"—spacious guest rooms with living areas, fireplaces, and thoughtful design each inspired by what Glazman by the world of a distinct maker: the artist, architect, writer, and gardener.
“We describe our aesthetic as a bohemian sensibility,” Glazman says. “The rooms and spaces are a curation of different periods including 19th-century industrial, La Belle Époque, Art Deco, and Midcentury, building a home where eclectic design and comfort can exist harmoniously.”
The latter two are temporarily closed amid the pandemic, but the cafe recently reopened for curbside pickup, offering artisanal coffees, pastries from Bartlett House (don’t skip the croissant), sandwiches, and salads. “We created a special counter inspired by an old bank teller, which fits the environment and décor of The Maker while also maintaining a heightened sense of safety,” Glazman says. “Our guests feel that we kept our same spirit and design sensibility.”
But let’s get back to that lush design. Bold drapes and timeworn rugs with richly hued patterns complement dark wood floors and furniture. Some rooms feature period décor like a tufted bedroom bench or elaborately framed portraits that harken to early 1900s design. The tiled bathrooms glint with brass fixtures, featuring porcelain clawfoot tubs and corbeled arches, somehow seamlessly blending Moorish, Victorian, and industrial influences in a delightful globetrotting pastiche.
And it can be part of yours, as well. “We created our own furniture in some of our guest rooms, like beds and lighting fixtures, which will be available for sale,” he says. “We don’t just think of The Maker as a destination, but an artistic expression that people will want to take home with them.”