by Jackie Perrin
If you’re headed to a concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), you won’t find closer lodging than the Gideon Putnam. Recently renovated and convenient to the famous (and still operating) Roosevelt Baths & Spa, the swanky 120-room resort has a rich history. Accommodation options include porch and parlor rooms and executive suites, all of which feature complimentary Wi-Fi. Bike rentals (including trailers for smaller children) are available for those wishing to explore the Spa State Park. A free shuttle offers downtown and Saratoga Race Track transportation.
Our Editor Loves
- Easy access to Saratoga Performing Arts Center
- Scenic location
- Complimentary admission to Victoria Pool
- Onsite Dining
This hotel has seen better days. It’s old and worn, but with some care, it might really shine. My primary problem was with the size of my room. The room I had was minuscule. There was very little room to move around, and I think I had the smallest bed ever made. It appeared to be a full size bed, yet with my head up against the headboard, my feet still hung over the end of the bed. And I’m not even 6 feet tall. The best part of the room: the heated toilet paper. Seriously, there was a heating vent, that could not be controlled, on the wall right under the toilet paper. So, the paper was always warm when used. Fortunately, I was at this hotel for a work function, at my employer’s expense. However, I would not return on my own dime.
Beautiful historical hotel nestled in the woods of Saratoga Springs. Charming rooms with vintage photographs throughout the hotel. Outdoor porch and patio for drink, light meals, and quiet reading.
The Spa on the property grounds was relaxing and accessible. I recommend a 40 minute mineral bath, which is incredibly healing and contemplative in original porcelain tubs. I prepared myself for the brown water (the minerals oxidize when they are exposed to the air) but there is also a gentle floating sensation. The quiet room and outdoor patio with lounge chairs are a nice reprieve.Would have loved a more strictly enforced quiet policy in the relaxing room, but many couples and friends come together, so it is understandable. So the outdoor patio gave the space for isolation after the treatment.
The easy walk among the springs was heavenly. I was able to sample the healing waters; they are not tasty but effervescent and sulfuric but organic! This is an ideal location for a girls or family weekend to connect with the past and with nature. And although the hotel and Spa are a little rough around the edges, it makes for an authentic historical, upstate experience. I would go back and plan to every year with my sisters!