Situated in the historical town of Hudson, New York – a two-hour train ride from Manhattan – is the new Rivertown Lodge, a very good-looking and ultra-comfortable boutique hotel that makes itself home in a beautiful old 1920s building.
Hotelier Ray Pirkle enlisted Brooklyn-based design firm Workstead to design the interiors which are equally charming and contemporary; warm and inviting, pared-back and carefully designed – definitely calling up the ‘early American modern’ aesthetic.
Throughout the 27-room hotel there are wide oak floors and white walls, appealing to the clean and modern, elegantly balanced against the intimacy of areas clad with cedar panelled ceilings and richly painted walls. The reception is dominated by a beautifully realised piece of timber joinery.
Where there are wood burning stoves there is tidy woodwork and finely designed details – no lamp or finish has been left to its own accord, if the seating is comfy it is sophisticated, rich colours are paired with simple ones, materials perfectly complementing each other. Blending comfort with minimalism seems to be what they do especially well at the Rivertown.
In the bedrooms, warm brass lighting and unvarnished wooden doorknobs, cast iron accents and boiled wool blankets create space that are simple yet appealing, with clean lines and classic forms.
Just as no space is too large or too small at Rivertown Lodge, the hotel balances homeliness with style quite perfectly – surely making guests feel welcome at the same time special.