News: Hudson Valley gains a boutique hotel with a religious past

The Abbey Inn & Spa, the Gateway to the Hudson Highlands, will begin welcoming travellers to New York’s Hudson Valley this month.

Nestled high atop historic Fort Hill in Peekskill, New York, the new 42-room, full-service boutique hotel is set within a space as striking as its surroundings: The former convent of the Episcopal Sisters of Saint Mary’s, now beautifully repurposed with luxury accommodations and amenities including a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, a serene spa and fitness area, and stunning meeting, event, and gathering spaces both indoors and outdoors overlooking the Hudson River.

Managed by Hay Creek Hotels, The Abbey Inn has undergone a US$22 million renovation overseen by Martin Ginsburg, founder and principal of Ginsburg Development Companies(GDC). The resulting design is distinctly contemporary with a universal feel, preserving the aged granite and brick exteriors of the former convent, while reconfiguring interior spaces and transforming two chapels into meeting and event spaces that are nothing short of spectacular.

The Abbey Inn occupies former convent buildings once inhabited between 1872 and 1963 by the Community of St. Mary, said to be the oldest Episcopal religious community in the US. The hotel adjoins 65-wooded acres of Fort Hill Park, scene of a historic three-day Revolutionary War in the late 1700s. Today, the history can still be discovered on the many trails that lead to the Revolutionary War Redoubts that overlook the Hudson River, offering views to the north, south and west. Tucked away yet easily accessible, Main Street in Peekskill is less than a mile from the hotel, and the local Metro North station with round-trip service to New York City is just a complimentary shuttle ride away.

Guests arriving at The Abbey Inn & Spa are welcomed into a handsome lobby with arched window views of the Hudson River, and access to an enclosed wrap around porch decked out with rocking chairs to enjoy the breathtaking sights. Best accommodation are three, two-bedroom Luxury Suites.

The Abbey Inn & Spa’s signature dining concept, Apropos, combines chef-driven cuisine with breathtaking views of the Hudson River, offering the perfect seasonal respite for locals and visitors alike. Chef is John Paidas.

The hotel is owned by Martin Ginsberg and its GM is Gilbert Baeriswil,  www.theabbeyinn.com

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