Historic Broadalbin Hotel invites overnight guests after renovations
The inn at the Historic Broadalbin Hotel features 12 rooms with sleeping accommodations ranging from singles and doubles to queens and kings, and also features a queen bridal suite with a jet tub.
“There are 12 rooms, available yearly and nightly,” said Brittani Thompson of the Broadalbin Hotel on Dec. 10. “Every single room is different. They’re painted different colors, they have different headboards, different antiques, and we named all of the rooms after historical things in the area.”
Co-owned by Dave and Zoe Thompson since 2006, the Broadalbin Hotel, located at 59 W. Main St., has undergone numerous renovations as the Thompsons work towards restoring the historic building to its original grandeur.
“We keep everything original,” Dave said. “Nothing has been torn out — the ceilings are original. Everything’s just been painted, papered or cleaned.”
“Everything has just sort of been refreshed,” Brittani added. “The idea has been to restore it to its original glory, not to change it or make it different. To keep the historical context but make it cleaner and more presentable.”
Constructed in 1854, the original brick structure initially served as a glove shop. In 1881, a wood addition was constructed, and the completed edifice underwent a series of transformations on its way to becoming the now historic hotel.
After many years as a glove shop, Brittani said the building was next repurposed as “a hospital for alcoholics,” wherein a man by the name of Dr. Finch offered a potion to his patients in order to cure them of their alcoholic disease — an arrangement which Brittani said made the undertaker of the area quite rich, as the potion turned out to be deadly.
The building later became known as the Osborne Hotel and later the Kennyetto Inn, before decades finally becoming what is now known as the Historic Broadalbin Hotel.
Since taking over ownership 13 years ago, the Thompsons have worked diligently to restore the establishment as a restaurant and tavern and now once again as an inn.
The initial renovation of the inn portion of the establishment was completed in December of 2018. But a flood from a burst pipe amid the frigid chill of a polar vortex this January caused extensive damage, forcing the Thompsons to start renovations anew for a second time.
“We had a devastating flood — 100,000 gallons over six hours,” Brittani said. “It came from the third floor and went all the way down to the first floor, so it affected all three floors. We lost five rooms, literally after opening brand new. So we had to rip out the ceilings and the walls on the second floor. And then they had to redo everything. The renovations didn’t get done again until July.”
Nevertheless, the Thompsons were again able to finish the renovations, and the rooms are now open for reservations to the public.
From the king and queen fitted Osborne Room, splashed in nautical blue and chock full of paintings and maritime antiques, to the Kenyetto Bridal Suite, replete with floral walls and a vintage loveseat — each room was decorated by Zoe to offer a unique experience to overnight guests at the inn.
“Zoe did all of the design herself,” Brittani said. “She does all the decor and the decorations, which most people get really excited about.
Brittani said that since opening, the inn has accommodated vacationers from all over the world, including visitors from France and New York City.
In addition to its inn, the Historic Broadalbin Hotel offers dining Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. They also serve breakfast on Sundays from 8 a.m. to noon, and host various events such as weddings, banquets and retreats in the dining hall. The Historic Broadalbin Hotel also occasionally hosts comedy shows and musical performances.
This December, the Thompsons hosted several Christmas Caroling events, and will ring in the new year by hosting a New Years celebration at the Historic Broadalbin Hotel.
For more information on the Historic Broadalbin Hotel visit www.historicbroadalbinhotel.com or at www.facebook.com/hotelbroadalbin.