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The Inn at Saratoga

History: 
    The Inn at Saratoga
 in Saratoga Springs

History

Built in 1843 by Issac Hall, The Inn at Saratoga is the oldest continuously-operating hotel in Saratoga Springs, New York. A New Hampshire-born carpenter, Issac Hall constructed The Inn, just 11 years after the railroad opened a spa, to encourage visits from guests who might have been hesitant to long stagecoach rides from Albany.

The original structure was a modest, large boarding house, and Hall sold it to Virginia Thomas Smith who operated it through an agent, Dr. Richard L. Allen. At the time, boarding houses served as accommodations for chronic patients and health seekers. The Inn operated as such, passing the ownership through several doctors until 1865 when it was sold to Benjamin V. Fraser, brother-in-law of Thomas Marvin, the proprietor of the landmark United States Hotel. Throughout the decade, Fraser used his wealth from the Civil War and added a large three-story wing to the rear, a brick veneer, and renamed the building the Everett House.

For several decades, various owners operated the hotel until 1882 when Primo M. Suarez began to market the Everett House to Cuban vacationers. For 35 years, Suarez successfully catered to guests and rebuilt the front of the hotel to feature its iconic High Victorian style.

After World War I, the growing automobile tourism industry led old clientele to seek countryside and camping vacations. Seeking weekend getaways, Jewish New Yorkers found the Everett House to be the ideal escape from the city during the summer months and the hotel gained popularity in a new market.

In 1919, Nathaniel Heller took over the Everett House, followed by Rabbi Charles Brenner and his family in 1924 when it was renamed Hotel Brenner. They continued to operate Hotel Brenner for almost 50 years until it was purchased by Dom Nardelli. A Saratoga Springs native, Nardelli updated the hotel and renamed it Coachman Motor Inn.

During its bicentennial year, Saratoga Springs and its citizens became passionate for historic preservation. When Nardelli placed the property on the market in 1987, four businessmen were inspired to restore the elegance of the Victorian hotel.

Today, The Inn at Saratoga is operated by Robert Israel, a historic preservation professional of Franklin Square Associates, who has kept up with the vision to maintain the historic aspects of the hotel, enhancing the experience of its guests.


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