Thursday, 02 August 2018 19:23

The Downtowner Now Open

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — On July 30 Lark Hotels opened The Downtowner, formerly known as the Saratoga Downtowner located at 413 Broadway. The property was sold to Lark Hotels for $4.5 million in Nov. of 2017. Lark Hotels is a boutique hotel collection with 21 properties in New England and California; The Downtowner is their first hotel in New York. The Downtowner’s 42 newly renovated guest rooms pay homage to the hotel’s past as a retro motor lodge and the surrounding area’s thriving creative community of writers, performers, and visual artists. Located on what is known as the “50-yard line” of Broadway at the corner of Division Street, The Downtowner is a short walk away from the racetracks and Saratoga Springs’ many bars, restaurants, and shops.

Originally a motel in the 1960s, the building has long been home base to the many artists that have been drawn to Saratoga Springs for decades. The Downtowner celebrates these legends in literature, music, visual, and performing arts through its sleek, stripped-down design and curated artwork. Designed by California-based EDG Design, each guest room represents artists through a variety of pop, edge, and art styles. Minimalist rooms reflect sophistication through modern, loft-like spaces with polished concrete floors, white gallery walls, and accents of hot pink against a bright, white palate.

The building’s common space centers around an open, window-filled atrium with a retractable glass roof. The atrium’s focal point is a dramatic painted floor depicting the narrow pool that once existed on The Downtowner’s base level.

“Before and during our construction process with The Downtowner, we’ve felt so embraced by the Saratoga community,” said Rob Blood, CEO of Lark Hotels.

“We hope this renovation adds to the incredible culture of downtown Saratoga Springs, and more importantly, to celebrate the area’s existing art and music scene,” he added.

The Downtowner’s accommodations span from a 180-square-foot micro-queen to a spacious Lark Suite, along with standard king and queen rooms, double queens, and the friend zone, a larger, suite-like option for up to four people. Unlike other guestrooms, the property’s Lark Suite will feature a more colorful palate and a brightly colored, surprise staircase that leads to a secret rooftop garden. Pets are welcome in the friend zone and king dog-Friendly rooms, and The Downtowner features two ADA-accessible (Americans with Disabilities Act) kings that can be booked over the phone.

Room rates at The Downtowner range from $199 to $499 per night for double occupancy, depending on room type and time of stay. Hotel amenities include a daily, curated small plates breakfast spread, afternoon treats, Lather bath amenities, hospitality stations with coffee, tea and water, 24-hour front desk and concierge service, and room essentials like wine glasses, corkscrews, irons and hairdryers.

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