Gideon Putnam Resort

A History of Hospitality

Aerial View of the Gideon Putnam Hotel The Gideon Putnam has welcomed millions of guests since opening its doors in 1935.

1 The state’s plan for the Saratoga Spa included a comfortable accommodation for those taking the waters.

2 When the Gideon Putnam Hotel opened it offered 87 guest rooms, but the Spa’s popularity led to the addition of a new West Wing in 1942.  

3 Among the guests who thronged to the hotel in its early years were celebrities interested in high-style relaxation, including Bob Hope, Fred Astaire, Cary Grant, and Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes.

4 During the 1960s, the advent of the nearby Saratoga Performing Arts Center brought new life to both the city and the hotel.  Throughout the Center’s busy summer months, a steady stream of notable musical performers graced the hotel, from Liza Minelli to the Allman Brothers to Yo Yo Ma.

5 Yet for every one of its famous guests, the Gideon Putnam welcomed many thousands of other distinguished and satisfied visitors who added their acclaim to the now famous destination.

An Eye for the Exceptional

Dorthy Draper Portrait 6 New York City interior designer Dorothy Draper was engaged to create the Gideon Putnam’s original interiors.

7 Draper was a bold and daring stylist, as these images from the hotel’s 1935 opening clearly demonstrate.

8 She selected exotic patterns for carpet and wallpaper, conceived furnishing ensembles that mixed modern and traditional styles, and commissioned original murals for the dining room from internationally famous artist James Reynolds.

Preserving a Classic Hotel

Back View of the Gideon Putnam 1935 The work of maintaining and caring for a National Landmark Hotel is never done.

9 Prominent Albany architect Marcus T. Reynolds designed the Gideon Putnam in the Georgian Revival style. 

10 Noted designer Dorothy Draper’s bright interiors and the unique dining room murals by artist James Reynolds further enhanced the stature of this eminent building.

11 The Gideon Putnam is an integral part of the Spa State Park National Historic Landmark district, designated by the National Park Service in 1987.

12 Even classic hotels must change with the times.  Over the decades the Gideon Putnam has added new wings, a new lounge area (where you are now standing), and a convention center.  The hotel’s stewards have spent many millions of dollars on renovations, systems upgrades, and repairs to keep the hotel in top form.
13 The Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa’s current operator, Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, will spend an additional $10 million on capital improvements by the year 2017. 

14 The property is in good hands, and its legacy as a National Historic Landmark is being well looked after.

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"It was a lovely and gracious resort and I wished that I had more time there. It was very convenient to the town of Saratoga Springs and the Victorian street festival was a bonus. I live in an area that has mostly national retailers and it was refreshing to be able to shop in so many unique local retailers."  ”

– Eileen