Habitas-on-Hudson, a new luxury, adults-only hotel just outside Rhinebeck, is the 10th global location and first in the U.S. for Habitas, a hospitality management group primarily known for high-end glamping experiences in balmy destinations like Tulum and the Agafay Desert, near Marrakesh.

So how did an international luxury hotel brand end up building in a Hudson Valley hamlet?

“The Habitas brand doesn’t define itself through a particular location or climate, but rather by curating unique experiences,” Habitas CEO Oliver Ripley, who owns a home in New York City, wrote in an email. “We thought our next step was to spread our mission and ethos to a place one wouldn’t expect.”

In a departure from other Habitas properties, the hotel, which opened on Dec. 1 in the hamlet of Staatsburg, is located within a home — the former Pawling House, originally built in 1761 by an Army major who fought in the French and Indian War. The structure burned to the ground in 1899 and was rebuilt in 1901 as a Georgian manor with neoclassical and neo-baroque elements. It was extensively renovated in the 1990s when it was rebranded as Belvedere Mansion, an inn and wedding venue.


published 2023-01-01 00:08:37