The Roundhouse: A Former Textile Factory Turned Posh Hotel in Beacon, NY
2 East Main St | Beacon, NY
For some time now, Beacon has been among upstate New York’s most rapidly growing cities — and understandably so. Its desirability lies in a number of dichotomies: proximity to New York City and the Catskills; a destination that’s all-inclusive, at once urban, rural and rustic, held in check by towering mountains at every turn; and a rich history that’s palpable throughout the city, even in newer, well thought-out businesses. All of this could also be said of The Roundhouse, a masterfully restored hotel, restaurant, and event space that is quite literally at the center of everything.
Today, the 69-room hotel is a highly sought-after venue for weddings and special occasions, attracting guests who are eager to take advantage of the countryscape in a most luxurious setting. Aptly named for its circular shape which enabled proper ventilation throughout the 19th and early-20th centuries, The Roundhouse was once a cluster of textile factories, in fact one of the first manufacturing businesses in Beacon. Looming over the dramatic falls and rapid waters flowing from Fishkill Creek and Beacon Falls, the hotel’s streamside views are integral to its charm and, in a way, its very existence, as it served as a vital source of wind-turbine power for the factories that once called the building home.
After being left unattended and boarded up for several years, a local Beacon family purchased the property in 2010 with plans to create a vibrant hospitality business. “We knew that we wanted to embrace the history of the buildings and Beacon’s history as a city of industry,” says Katie Guerra, general manager of the hotel. “The buildings all had such great raw character — the brick, the beams, the concrete — why change or cover that up? And how could we play that up and enhance those features?”
To answer those and other questions, Katie’s family worked with the Manhattan-based Rockwell Group and local interior designer Liz Strianese on an ambitious, complex renovation that began in 2010. Materials found on the premises and used as part of the original construction were repurposed, with reclaimed wood serving as a design element throughout the restaurant, hotel, hallways, and bathrooms. The result was, and remains, a sweeping property that’s faithful to its past but also gives a modern nod to the area — and even more importantly, enjoyed by locals, daytrippers, and far-flung travelers alike.
- Location: Beacon, NY
2 Penthouse Suites with Soaking Tubs
Wet Bar and Lounge
Short Walk to Shops and Restaurants
Serving seasonal and local American fare, the Roundhouse restaurant is a huge draw in its own right, with over 90 percent of products and ingredients coming from the Hudson Valley. The interior dining space, featuring a bite-stopping centerpiece pendant from local manufacturer Niche Modern, is warm and cozily raw, with a teaser view of Fishkill Creek through floor-to-ceiling windows.
In addition to the regular menu, there is a patio-grill menu that complements the more casual outdoor atmosphere, which includes lighter fare, special desserts, and cocktails.
The menu offers a plethora of dock-to-table seafood options with a similar emphasis on freshness, quality, proximity and, of course, seasonality.
During renovations, it was important to preserve as much of the building as possible, such as the gorgeous wood beams in the Mill Building. Exquisitely appointed guest rooms offer a step back in time that simultaneously feels industrial-contemporary, thanks to seemingly ubiquitous wood and brick, paired with occasional metal in various forms and textures.
The Roundhouse boasts two luxurious Penthouse Suites, each featuring an open concept room with bedroom area, living room, large bathroom and private deck overlooking Beacon Falls and Fishkill Creek. Guests bask in a sweeping loft-like space with custom-made tile by Beacon’s own ModCraft, not to mention a round soaker tub at the foot of the bed.
Integral to the ambiance of the Roundhouse were the bevy of local artisans Katie and her family worked with on the hotel’s decor. Atlas Industries made the desks and beds in the vast majority of guest rooms, while Jessica Wickham, of Wickham Solid Wood Studio, created the live-edge bed frames for the suites and used reclaimed wood to create the tables in the main dining room.
The bar and lounge area is the perfect spot to sit by the fire, grab a bite, and sip on signature cocktails before making plans for the evening.
Breakfast can be enjoyed in the room, or downstairs in the restaurant where a buffet of eggs, chicken sausage, oatmeal and pastries await.
The fact that Beacon is an 80-minute train ride from Grand Central is part of what makes it arguably the best day-trip destination in all of the Hudson Valley (and, yes, for an increasing amount of city folk, a relocation reality). But closeness is far from Beacon’s lone appeal: Dia:Beacon is already, and justifiably, a very popular starting point, since Metro-North is just steps away. Over on Main Street, near the Roundhouse, it’s virtually impossible to go wrong with any smallish dining establishment in which you set foot: Ella’s Bellas for gluttonous gluten-freedom; Stock Up for delicious eat-in and takeaway; and Kitchen Sink for seasonal dishes made with ingredients from the chef’s family farm. Katie urges visitors to explore Beacon destinations that have been popular since long before its revitalization and even heyday as an industrial mecca: the grand Mount Beacon, on foot, or the Hudson River, by kayak. No rush, though; they’re here to stay.
Kitchen Sink, Ella’s Bellas, Stock Up
Reservoir, reMADE, Vintage: Beacon
Dia:Beacon, Hudson Beach Glass, Mount Beacon