A History of Hospitality
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.