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Habitas-on-Hudson is a luxury retreat in Dutchess County


Photos by Sabrina Sucato

Located just outside of Rhinebeck, the Habitas Retreat welcomes guests for farm-to-table dining and experiential stays.

If you’ve ever driven Route 9 from Poughkeepsie to Rhinebeck, chances are you’ve noticed the striking mansion perched on a hill. With its striking columns and the scenic view of the Hudson Valley beyond, this is the kind of abode that the valley’s residents and visitors to the region dream of calling their own.

And now it’s open for guests to experience it for themselves.

Photo by Sabrina Sucato

Named Habitas-on-Hudson, the property is the latest addition to the Habitas hotel brand, which features properties all over the world, from Mexico to Morocco to Saudi Arabia and beyond. Notably, this is the first location in the United States for Habitas, as well as an attractive location due to the hotel’s proximity to Rhinebeck and surrounding destinations in Dutchess County.

The hotel, which debuted in December 2022, has roots that predate the pandemic, when acclaimed hotelier Andre Balazs acquired the property, with plans to turn it into a getaway near New York City. Not long after, he met Oliver Ripley, the co-founder of Habitas, and the two agreed to collaborate on what is known today as Habitas-on-Hudson.

So what makes the unique Hudson Valley hotel so unique?


Photo by Sabrina Sucato

To begin with, there is the property itself. The Habitas mansion was originally built in 1761, although much of it burned down in a fire in 1899. However, some of the remaining stone from the original foundation survived, so it was used to help rebuild the house, which was built in 1901 had been fully restored. In terms of architectural style, the mansion is inspired by Georgian country houses, with neoclassical and neobaroque elements throughout. The property underwent an extensive interior transformation in 1990, incorporating Gilded Age elements with accents inspired by French country inns.