This Quaint Hudson Hotel Is Our Virtual Travel for the Day

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When an influential style icon flees New York City with his family for the Hudson Valley in search of more space to create and roam — and promptly opens a hotel there, you know it's going to be good.

The result is Taavo Somer's 43-room Hotel Kinsley, within a 19th century former bank building along Wall Street in downtown Kingston. The hotel opened last year. Somer is known for turning Freemans (a Colonial-tavern style eatery in Manhattan) into a lifestyle. Freemans now includes a barbershop and men's apparel line (both sporting and custom-made suits), so popular it spawned a location in Tokyo.

Robert McKinley, a former visual merchandiser for fashion brands that include Donna Karan and Giorgio Armani, was tasked with transforming a former bank into a hotel. "I wanted to move away from typical Upstate 'whistle-call' aesthetic — no antlers, no plaid-on-plaid and reclaimed wood," says McKinley.

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Lobby

"One of my favorite details is the reception desk," says McKinley. "It's fun and quirky. You have to walk through the old vault itself."

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Guest Room

Little details in each guest room strive to make the space feel like a design corner but also a cozy nook, like the ivory Smeg mini refrigerator and red-checker covered desk chair.

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Guest Room

This guest room feels timeless thanks to a simple but thoughtful combo: a milk-glass globe light fixture, a whimsical chinoiserie-inspired headboard, plus a Persian area rug. Bed linens are by Frette.

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Guest Suite

The hotel's suite includes a sitting area full of rich orange and red hues.

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Bath

The all-white bath also incorporates timeless components like a wood-frame mirror and an industrial vanity.

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Restaurant Kinsley

No, this is not your father's favorite '70s bar — with bare light fixtures, low ceilings, tons of woodwork, and covered bar stools, this is a modern take on the decade.


Based in Wisconsin, Kristine Hansen covers art, architecture, travel and food/drink, and lives in a 1920s bungalow.

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