4 Luxury Hotels along the Erie Canalway

Canal side garden at Del Monte Lodge

Escape into comfort at 4 luxury hotels along the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in Upstate New York.

Whether you boat, paddle, bike, hike, or drive, you’ll find accommodations for every taste and budget. Options abound: Not only houseboats, campsites, and RV parks. But also vacation rentals, boutique inns, and major hotel chains.

But even the hardiest outdoor enthusiast enjoys a good night’s sleep in a posh pillow-top bed.

So here are 4 leading luxury hotels from east to west along the waterway.


Luxury Erie Canalway Hotels: Eastern New York

Renaissance Albany Hotel

Discover history reclaimed and hospitality renewed in Capital City.

The Renaissance Albany Hotel rises in the prime location. At the intersection of past and present. Across from the mighty Capitol, completed 1899. Overlooking the monumental Empire State Plaza, built 1965 to 1976.

Firstly, enter the handsome lobby. The 1927 DeWitt Clinton Hotel underwent a $48.5 million restoration and renovation. Then the hotel re-opened in 2015 under Marriott’s luxury flag.

Then look up and around the beamed ceiling. 12 original murals depict the Erie Canal and other local milestones.

Dine stylishly at Wellington’s. Rich textures and dark woods set the scene. Linger over innovative libations and American cuisine. Save room for the Campfire Mason Jar dessert!

Finally, it’s time to dream sweetly. Artistic flair and Renaissance beds distinguish guest rooms and suites. Bathrooms feature bright lighting, walk-in showers, and quality amenities.

Proximity and walkability to businesses, arts, culture, and top attractions are unquestionably ideal.

Thanks to Discover Albany for our stay at this premier heritage property, Renaissance Albany Hotel; for best rates check HERE.


Luxury Erie Canalway Hotels: Central New York

Amsterdam Castle

Revel in a regal stay at the 19th-century Amsterdam Castle.

But not the canal-laced capital of the Netherlands. The Erie Canal community in the majestic Mohawk Valley.

In 1895, architect Isaac Gale Perry designed a massive armory above the Mohawk River. Perry also served as lead architect on the State Capitol in Albany.

In 1994, the decommissioned Armory was purchased for a family residence and inn. The renovations received the Preservation League of NY State’s 2012 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award.

In 2018, the Ghotbi family unveiled the Amsterdam Castle after extensive investment. They transformed the Castle into a boutique hotel and unique wedding / events venue.

Firstly, enter through doors guarded by gilded stone lions and a gleaming suit of armor.

Then, notice the local staff’s friendly approach. The service overall differs from typical hotels.

This reflects owner Nigel Ghotbi’s philosophy of hospitality. Treating visitors as “honored guests not customers” is the goal, Mr. Ghotbi told me.

Dine in the Great Hall. Armor, artwork, and heraldry imbue stately ambience. The teak ceiling towering overhead is original.

The American cuisine blends French and Mediterranean influences. When you book the hotel, make restaurant reservations to ensure it’s open.

Later, it’s time to relax. Comfortable beds and seating furnish the guest rooms and suites. Modern bathrooms are not only spacious but also well lit and equipped.

Strong WiFi and abundant electrical outlets are particularly commendable.

Thanks to Montgomery County Tourism for our stay as “honored guests” at the Amsterdam Castle; for best rates check HERE.


Luxury Erie Canalway Hotels: Central New York

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Utica

Iconic has an address in the Getaway Region’s urban heart.

Find the iconic Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Utica just off the NY State Thruway. Near the Erie Canal and Union Station. Walking distance to downtown attractions.

Since 1912, Hotel Utica has been the destination in Central New York. Presidents, First Ladies, show biz stars, sports teams, aviators, and industrialists stayed here.

Today, the hotel is again the place to be. It’s due to Hilton’s multi-million-dollar restoration and renovations completed in 2017.

Firstly, enter the grand lobby. Sparkling crystal chandeliers and soaring marble columns dazzle and delight.

Then, gaze up to the Mezzanine. Imagine Judy Garland singing here to adoring throngs below.

Work out in the Fitness Center. Or book one of 6 “Five Feet to Fitness” suites. The Gym Rax workout corner includes interactive monitor with TRX, Watt bike spin classes, yoga mats, equipment, and weights.

Dine at Iconic by Chesterfield. It’s a hot spot for locals and hotel guests alike. Sip craft cocktails at the lovely long bar. Savor New American cuisine in the swank dining room.

Meet, greet, and celebrate in 8,000+ square feet (743 m2) of meeting and event space. Natural light floods the ballroom and 6 meeting rooms.

Combine event spaces for max “wow factor.” For example, pair the Mezzanine for reception with the Crystal Ballroom for dinner.

Finally, sink into sweet dreams. Guest rooms have signature beds, contemporary décor, and expansive bathrooms. Master suites also have a living room, whirlpool tub, and walk-in shower.

Thanks to Oneida County Tourism for our wonderful stay at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Utica; for best rates check HERE.

Additionally, thanks to Hotel General Manager Lee Arthur for the in-depth site inspection.


Luxury Erie Canalway Hotels: Finger Lakes & Western New York

Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel & Spa

Find your bliss in the Erie Canal’s “sweet spot.”

The 19th-century charm of Pittsford is so close and yet so far from Rochester’s big-city bustle.

The 21st-century Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel & Spa nestles at the canal’s edge. Both name and décor evoke Northern California’s sublime Monterey coast.    

Firstly, enter the elegant lobby.

Then, notice the front desk’s undulating concrete waves. This certainly sets the tone throughout the property.

Embrace your “ahh” in the Spa at the Del Monte with a full treatment slate. (On another trip, we’ll experience and review the spa.)

Dine at award-winning Erie Grill. This airy restaurant dishes up casual chic, canal views, and American cuisine.

Later, it’s time to slumber sweetly. Guest rooms and suites provide Renaissance beds and thoughtful amenities. Bathrooms feature bright lighting and walk-in showers.

Thanks to Visit Rochester for our serene stay at the Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel & Spa; for best rates check HERE.

In conclusion, enjoy outdoor adventures by day, escape into comfort by night. Find the best of both worlds along the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

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