The Adelphi Hotel is a Win, Place, and Show.
By Steve Fowler
At a little past 3 p.m. on May 1, 1878, John Morrissey — Irish immigrant, Troy resident, bareknuckle boxer of fearsome repute, proponent-turned-opponent of Tammany Hall, congressman, and co-founder of the Saratoga Race Course — was delivered a newspaper in his room at The Adelphi Hotel.
Four hours later, he passed away, and although he was pronounced dead in his room, legend has it the tour-de-force keeled over at the bar, drink in hand.
No wonder the folks at Richbell Capital named The Adelphi’s renovated tavern “Morrissey’s Lounge.”
The dark wood tavern is just part of a four-year, $24 million renovation (completed in 2017) of Saratoga’s last remaining Victorian-era hotel. As all of its contemporaries either burned or closed down in the ensuing 142 years, The Adelphi continued to stand over Broadway as horse and buggies turned to Model Ts, as pickups turned to hybrids.
Over the decades, the hotel slimmed down from its original 150 rooms to its current 32 rooms and 12 suites, which allow guests to spread out in a lounge area, a bedroom, and a bathroom.
Outfitted with a sleek royal blue and white color scheme, the design blends Victorian aesthetics with modern amenities, including suites equipped with smart speakers, high-back leather chairs, rainfall showers, and heated towel racks and toilet seats.
A substantial part of the renovation plans was the hotel’s trifecta of dining options: Morrissey’s Lounge, serving pub fare and sushi; Salt & Char, an upscale steakhouse serving prime cuts; and The Blue Hen, a fine dining restaurant located in a sun-bathed conservatory. Now under the stewardship of Culinary Director David Burke, these restaurants — open to the public — offer some of the best dining in town.
In warmer months, guests can enjoy the wine and beer garden on the lawn, as well as the terrace overlooking the chatter below.
Per usual, it’s the little things that make the life of luxury so alluring: turndown service with complimentary goodies, shoeshine and dry cleaning available upon request, and the newspaper of your choice hanging on the door in the morning. But relax — your paper won’t be accompanied by the same fate that befell Morrissey.
Rates vary by season.
By Jeffrey Seitz
This Queen Anne Victorian is in the heart of Saratoga’s historic district, just blocks from the Race Course. Built in 1901, it has 16 guest rooms, a pond cottage, carriage house and one suite on the main property. The Alexander House, its sister property located across the Avenue from Union Gables Inn has two suites and three rooms. It is eco- and pet-friendly.
55 Union Ave
This award-winning hotel situated in the center of town is acclaimed for its elegance and style. It has 30 guest rooms and suites, and a conference room.
After the 2018 flood, and months’ worth of renovations, the Gideon Putnam stands stalwart within Saratoga Spa State Park. All 124 rooms have been refurbished and some are pet-friendly. Shuttle services are available to the casino or raceways.
24 Gideon Putnam Rd
Saratoga’s only certified green B&B (above) sits on 10 acres, has eight unique themed guest rooms, and serves breakfast prepared with many homegrown and locally sourced ingredients.
41 Locust Grove Rd
Outwardly, this looks like a stereotypical motel — a perception that dissolves as you step inside. A product of the minimalist luxury philosophy and refurbished from the bones of a 1960s vintage motel, the Downtowner promises a stay to remember.
Offering luxury branded suites, a concierge service, a salon and spa, a bistro, and a restaurant, your stay at the Pavilion (below) is guaranteed to be exceptional. And it’s just steps away from Broadway, voted one of the Top 10 Main Streets by USA Today.
30 Lake Ave
If you are coming for the races, The Inn at Five Points — just a five-minute walk from the race course — is the perfect host. This “Modern Nuvo Victorian” has seven eco-friendly and distinctive rooms, and offers a locally sourced breakfast.
102 Lincoln Ave
Situated on a knoll overlooking the Adirondacks, this boutique hotel is perfect for those seeking a romantic country setting close to the city (it’s only a 7-minute drive to downtown). The former early-20th-century dairy farm also hosts small and large special occasions, and has an event-planning team.
500 Union Ave
Saratoga Casino Hotel has it all under one roof. This $40 million, 123,000 sq ft hotel has 117 guest rooms (including 13 luxury suites), a pool with spa whirlpool, Morton’s The Steakhouse, a casino floor with 1,700 slots, and live music. It’s home to the historic Saratoga Harness Track; plus, it’s located one mile from the Race Course and downtown Saratoga Springs.
342 Jefferson St, Saratoga Springs