Best Hotels Along the Empire State Trail

Introduction

If you dream of a weekend adventure or just want to get away from the buzz of the city, plan a trip along the Empire State Trail. Our article will help you discover the best hotels along the Empire State Trail and help you plan your perfect trip. 

The longest multi-use trail in the United States, the Empire State Trail is great for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. It spans about 750 miles and offers a peek into New York State’s beauty, diverse history, people, and communities.

The Hudson Valley Greenway Trail trail connects New York City to Albany and will be the focus of our review today.

There are limited locations available for camping overnight, and most of them take you far off the trail. Your best bet is one of the huge variety of budget and luxury accommodations available along the trail.

In this article, we feature 33 top hotels along the Empire State Trail between New York City and Albany. They are all fascinating—some are quaint, some, spectacularly designed. They offer a range of facilities and are bound to impress. The hotels are listed by which section of the trail they are located along to help plan your journey. We highly recommend checking out our overview blog post in addition to make it even easier to plan your trip!

We will start from South to North, starting in New York City and ending in Albany. This is a perfect way to experience the trail for a multi-day trip, as you begin in the bustling city and gradually make your way to through New York’s rural communities before ending in the state capital.

Top Hotels Along the Empire State Trail between New York City and Albany

MANHATTAN GREENWAY TRAIL

1. Hyatt Centric Wall Street New York

75 Wall St, New York, 10005, NY, United States of America

Luxury hotel with restaurant, near New York Stock Exchange

From $224/night

The Hyatt Centric is a luxury 4.5-star hotel near the New York Stock Exchange. This area is bustling with life, with many retail, dining, and entertainment hubs to keep you excited throughout your stay.

If you want a relaxing staycation, the room is nothing short of amenities, from air conditioning to marble baths and fluffy robes and slippers. Their contemporary guest rooms will relax and refresh you.

The hotel has two in-house restaurants for you to choose from. It also has a 24-hour fitness center if you are in the mood for a workout. This is one of the best hotels along the Empire State Trail and a great place to spend the night before setting out on the trail. 

2. Hilton Garden Inn NYC Financial Center/Manhattan Downtown

6 Water St, New York, 10004, NY, United States of America

3-star hotel with restaurant, near Battery Park

From $135/night

Looking to start your trip off by staying as close as possible to the beginning of the Empire State Trail in Battery Park? Then why not stay in a hotel downtown for the night? The Hilton Garden Inn NYC Financial Center and Manhattan Downtown is a hotel with a grill restaurant, where you can enjoy a sumptuous dinner before taking off in the morning on your journey.

The rooms in the hotel are in a motif of warm and muted brown and white that will create a warm ambiance as you unwind and sleep. If you are not in the mood to go down, concierge and room service are available for your convenience.

South County Trailway

3. Ramada by Wyndham Yonkers

125 Tuckahoe Rd, Yonkers, 10710, NY, United States of America

Within easy reach of Westchester’s Ridge Hill

From $99/night

The Ramada by Wyndham Hotel in Yonkers is near the Royal Regency. This 2.5-star hotel is within easy reach of Westchester’s Ridge Hill. It’s perfect if you want to experience dining and shopping in Yonkers.

For your safety, the Ramada uses a mobile check-in method, and the hotel provides free parking, WiFi, and continental breakfast. An outdoor pool is open for guests, and a fitness center is available for your use.

The rooms are cozy and fully air-conditioned with an HDTV, a microwave, coffee and tea maker, and a mini-fridge.

4. Royal Regency Hotel

165 Tuckahoe Rd, Yonkers, 10710, NY, United States of America

Suburban hotel with restaurant, near Westchester’s Ridge Hill

From $105/night

The rooms in the Royal Regency Hotel will keep you feeling calm and relaxed throughout your stay with their color motif of muted purples and grays.

The 3.5-star hotel gives a free complimentary breakfast during your stay.

The hotel is within driving and walking distance of a strip mall with Dominos and Dunkin’ Donuts outlets, both great quick stops on your journey along the Empire State Trail. 

To cap off the night before diving into your soft bed, get a drink or two and bond with your loved ones, or get to know the community’s locals hanging out in the bar.

5. Hampton Inn & Suites Yonkers

160 Corporate Blvd, Yonkers, 10701, NY, United States of America

No-frills hotel in Yonkers

From $102/night

There are five hotels in Yonkers on this list, and the following three (#5-7) are accessible from the trail the same way—cross under the freeway going west to Odell and then ride north at Nepperhan until you reach Executive Boulevard.

The first hotel on Executive Boulevard is the Hampton Inn & Suites in Yonkers. This 2.5-star hotel provides complimentary breakfast, free WiFi, and pleasant rooms.

The inside of the guest rooms is pretty sweet with soft and comfortable bed and bedding and a clean and sanitized bathroom.

The hotel has a fitness center open 24/7 and an indoor pool you can dive to in the morning for your warm-up or to unwind after a day on the trail.

If you would like to take a break from the trail, spend the day in Legoland Yonkers, only a four-mile drive from this hotel.

6. Courtyard by Marriott Yonkers Westchester County

5 Executive Blvd, Yonkers, 10701, NY, United States of America

3-star hotel in Yonkers with restaurant and bar/lounge

From $99/night

If you are looking forward to a meal as soon as you check into your room, stay at the Courtyard by Marriott in Yonkers, Westchester County. A restaurant and a bar and lounge are available for you inside the hotel. As a guest, you have access to free parking and WiFi available on the premises. At night, you can enjoy a drink or two by the fire pit.

 The rooms are spacious with luxurious beds that will hug you as you sleep, and if you have a hard time sleeping, a fitness center and an indoor pool are open for you.

7. Residence Inn by Marriott Yonkers Westchester County

7 Executive Blvd, Yonkers, 10701, NY, United States of America

3-star Yonkers hotel with 24-hour fitness

From $110/night

The rooms are contemporary, with a touch of warmth that is evident from all the suites to the studios and guest rooms. A 24-hour fitness center is open for you to warm up before your cycling adventure. It is wheelchair accessible, and pet dogs are allowed here.

They offer free breakfast and laundry facilities. The rooms boast hypoallergenic bedding, a shower-tub combination, a separate sitting area, and flat-screen TVs with premium TV channels. They have a cozy fireplace in the lobby, a television in common areas, a picnic area, and a terrace.

8. Hilton Garden Inn Westchester Dobbs Ferry, NY

201 Ogden Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, 10522, NY, United States of America

Suburban hotel in Dobbs Ferry with indoor pool and restaurant

From $133/night

Hilton Garden Inn Westchester Dobbs Ferry has several restaurants, shops, and a movie theater close by, so you will not be short of entertainment and sights if you stay in this suburban hotel.

This 3-star hotel has relaxing bedrooms that welcome you with their luxe bedding and soft beds.  Your room also comes with a flat-screen television if you need a little entertainment.

An indoor pool and a fitness center are open to guests 24/7. From the trail, the hotel is visible, so simply crossover to Lawrence, and you will get there.

An in-house restaurant is available for dinners, but you also have a Chipotle and a Starbucks next door to choose from.

9. Ardsley Acres Hotel Westchester

560 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley, 10502, NY, United States of America

Suburban hotel in Ardsley

From $92/night

The Ardsley Acres Hotel Westchester is a 2-star suburban hotel in Ardley. It has comfy understated rooms, premium beds and bedding, and clean bathrooms. They offer WiFi and a TV with premium channels for all your nightly entertainment.

They offer free continental breakfast, daily housekeeping, and free parking.

Their garden is open to all hotel guests, and if you want to order take-out and have a picnic with your loved ones outdoors, they have a picnic area too!

North County Trailway

10. Westchester Marriott

670 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown, 10591, NY, United States of America

Suburban hotel with spa, near Tarrytown Music Hall

From $127/night

Unwind in the fantastic Westchester Marriott Hotel if you are near Tarrytown, New York. This 3.5-star hotel is a chic new age abode with all the modern and uncomplicated furniture that adds to its coziness.

The in-house restaurant uses fresh ingredients featuring the best of the local farms of Tarrytown and Westchester. They have a fitness center open 24/7 if you don’t want to miss your workout. And if your aching muscles need a massage later, the hotel has a spa too!

The rooms are a marvel, with excellent furniture and a comfortable bed that will surely delight you. The amenities and access to the spa make this one of the best hotels along the Empire State Trail, especially if you are doing a multi-day ride. 

11. Hampton Inn White Plains

200 West Main Street, Elmsford, 10523, NY, United States of America

No-frills Elmsford hotel with 24-hour fitness

From $111/night

Like the other two hotels in Elmsford before this, you will need to cross across W Main Street to continue on the trail, but you will see the two other hotels listed here if you choose to head west. The Hampton Inn White Plains features an outdoor pool for a light workout, but a fitness center is also accessible for all hotel guests 24/7.

This 2.5-star hotel offers free WiFi, complimentary breakfast, and comfortable rooms with all the necessary amenities and access to premium TV channels. Connecting or adjoining rooms are available too.

12. Motel 6 Elmsford, NY – White Plains

19 W Main St, Elmsford, NY, Elmsford, 10523, NY, United States of America

Elmsford motel in the suburbs

From $93/night

Motel 6 is a 2-star budget-friendly motel in the suburbs with the basics you need. The motel is WiFi accessible and pet-and-kid friendly if you are on a weekend trip with the whole family.

They have a snack bar/deli, 48 guest rooms, and multilingual staff to assist you. The rooms offer a private bathroom, separate sitting area, television, and blackout drapes.

The rooms are fully air conditioned with a sizable bed for you to roll around in before getting back to the trail. If you ever crave a snack during the night, they have vending machines too.

13. Days Inn by Wyndham Elmsford/White Plains

25 Valley Ave, Elmsford, 10523, NY, United States of America

No-frills Elmsford motel with 24-hour fitness

From $87/night

Days Inn by Wyndham is a no-frills 2-star hotel near the Empire Trail. It has 125 rooms arranged over two floors.

The Days Inn offers comfortable bedrooms with all the basics, like a cozy bed and a clean bathroom. They also have an in-house gym for your morning exercise. The hotel is pet-friendly and has free WiFi access. They offer free breakfast and free cribs/infant beds for families with kids.

The great thing about Days Inn is that everything is accessible for people using a wheelchair. They are happy to welcome service animals.

14. Comfort Inn & Suites

20 Saw Mill River Rd., Hawthorne, 10532, NY, United States of America

No-frills Hawthorne hotel with 24-hour fitness

From $107/night

If you are already in the Hawthorne area wanting a break from cycling or you want to start your trail here in this area, Comfort Inn and Suites is an ideal stopover. This is a great option if you’re just starting the hike. You can warm up at their 24-hour open fitness center.

The bedrooms in this hotel are comfortable and spacious and fully accessible with a wheelchair, as is everything in the hotel, including the pool. This 2.5-star hotel is on the other side of the freeway, so you will need to exit ESTR if you are traveling from South to North to get there.

Putnam Trailway

15. Budget Motor Inn – Mahopac

215 Route 6, Mahopac, 10541, NY, United States of America

Lakefront motel in Mahopac

From $79/night

The Budget Motor Inn in Mahopac, Brewster, is a 1.5 star motel near the Empire Trail. If you just need to take a break from cycling or hiking, this is the no-frills hotel for you.

It has everything you need—a solid bed, air conditioning, plus free parking and access to the internet. The front desk is also open for all your needs 24/7.

Each room has a private bathroom and a TV with premium channels for your evening entertainment. You are a 19-minute drive away from the gorgeous Lake Glencom.

16. Comfort Inn

7-11 Peach Lake Road, Brewster, 10509, NY, United States of America

No-frills hotel in Brewster

From $120/night

The City of Brewster is roughly three miles away from the Empire Trail. If you are looking to start your adventure here, the Comfort Inn is the best way to get a good night’s rest before setting off on the trail.

You get a complimentary hot breakfast with your stay, and there is also a fitness center to get started on your all-day cycling warm-up.

The rooms feature wooden furniture and warm blue-and-white sheets. You are certain to experience a relaxing stay and restful sleep at this 2.5-star hotel.

Maybrook Trailway

17. Station Inn Pawling

7 Memorial Avenue, Pawling, 12564, NY, United States of America

3-star guesthouse, convenient to John Kane House

From $179/night

This cozy boutique hotel located in the charming and quiet Pawling, New York, will truly delight you. You are sure to feel relaxed as soon as you walk into your hotel room. The Station Inn rooms feature plush bedding and soft beds, a smart TV, and access to free WiFi.

To keep everyone safe, this 3-star guesthouse utilizes a self-check-in process for its guests. Take an extra day to enjoy what this town can offer, and you can spend an hour or four discovering the museum at John Kane House, located near the hotel.

Dutchess Rail Trail

18. Quality Inn Poughkeepsie

536 Haight Ave, Building A, Poughkeepsie, 12603, NY, United States of America

Hotel with indoor pool, near Vassar College

From $94/night

If you are looking for a cozy spot to rest and freshen up at Poughkeepsie, the Quality Inn will bring in all the amenities for you at a value. WiFi is available all around the hotel, and the rooms are relaxing with a comfortable ambiance and furniture.

The indoor pool will help you unwind after your day of biking. They have a fitness center if you are in the spirit for a workout. When you pass by Vassar College, you will know you are near the Quality Inn.

Hudson Valley Rail Trail

19. Black Creek Bed and Breakfast

430 N Riverside Rd, Highland, 12528, NY, United States of America

3-star B&B in Highland

From $214/night

Black Creek is a bed and breakfast in Highland that prides itself on its high-quality service. They provide a gourmet breakfast and luxurious rooms.

The breakfast is not just your average granola and pancakes. The head chef prepares breakfast while their in-house pastry chef whips up the most mouthwatering desserts.

As for the amenities, there is a hot tub and a relaxing and peaceful deck patio available for guests with a stunning view of the backwoods and the nearby pond.

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

20. Rodeway Inn & Suites New Paltz – Hudson Valley

601 Main Street, New Paltz, 12561, NY, United States of America

City-center motel within easy reach of State University of New York-New Paltz

From $80/night

The New Paltz accommodation on our list is another one within easy reach of the State University of New York and the city center of New Paltz.

This 2-star motel is ideal for travelers with a budget who just want the basic amenities for a short stay. Aside from the comfortable and clean room, you will also have access to free WiFi and Cable TV.

The front desk is accessible 24 hours, with vending machines also available for your midnight grub.

21. Americas Best Value Inn New Paltz

7 Terwilliger Ln, New Paltz, 12561-1619, NY, United States of America

Convenient to State University of New York-New Paltz

From $115/night

The American Best Value Inn is another excellent hotel near the State University of New York in New Paltz. This 2-star hotel features spacious rooms with comfortable beds and adjoining bathrooms. A flat-screen TV is included in your room to cater to your entertainment needs.

As this is a young university neighborhood, pubs and bars are all around. So you can grab a drink or dine at some fantastic local restaurants while you’re here.

22. Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz

4 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, 12561, NY, United States of America

Hotel with indoor pool, near Historic Huguenot Street

From $140/night

The Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz is a lovely place to stay if you’re around the New York area of New Paltz. It is close to the historic Huguenot Street and within walking distance of the State University of New York, so the street is bustling with local hip bites, bars, and boutiques.

The rooms are minimal and highly luxurious with a muted brown motif. This 2.5-star hotel has a heated pool and a fully-equipped fitness center for a night or morning workout.

Kingston Point Rail Trail / Hudson River Brickyard

23. Super 8 by Wyndham Kingston

487 Washington Ave, Kingston, 12401, NY, United States of America

No-frills motel in Kingston

From $76/night

If you are looking to take a break from cycling and you are somewhere near Kingston, New York, spend a night at Super 8 by Wyndham Kingston. This is a no-frills hotel that has all the things you need for a comfortable stay. They offer you a full-sized bed, a bath with a hot shower, plus complimentary breakfast and free WiFi.

Another wonderful thing about this motel is that it is entirely accessible by wheelchair—from the lobby to the parking lot. What’s more, the 2.5-star motel is pet friendly if you’ve brought your pets along with you to enjoy the trail!

24. Hotel Kinsley

301 Wall St, Kingston, 12401, NY, United States of America

3.5-star hotel in Kingston with restaurant and bar/lounge

From $239/night

This exceptional hotel has been restored from a 19th-century bank building, the State Bank of New York. It is now is the Hotel Kinsley in Kingston, New York. It features a warm-colored and airy restaurant, a cozy lobby bar and lounge for late-night drinks, and private dining in the mezzanine for dinner with your loved ones.

The rooms in the Kinsley are colorful yet understated. It is the perfect place to rejuvenate with a relaxing massage. Yes, this property offers massage rooms and infrared saunas if you’re looking to pamper yourself.

25. Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston

800 Frank Sottile Boulevard, Kingston, 12401, NY, United States of America

3-star hotel in Kingston with an indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center

From $179/night

Another great stop along the Empire Trail is a 3-star hotel called Residence Inn in Kingston, New York. This 3-star hotel has the room interior to calm your mind—minimal, relaxing, and straightforward.

You also expect the best from the amenities in the Residence Inn. It has an indoor pool and a fitness center open to all guests all 24 hours. There is also a hot tub on the premises and also a convenience store for all your late-night cravings.

If you are gearing for an early morning ride, simply request the front desk for a wake-up call.

Albany Hudson Electric Trail (Hudson Area)

26. Hudson Whaler

542 Warren St, Hudson, 12534, NY, United States of America

Hudson city-center guest rooms with fireplaces

From $113/night

Why not stay in the Hudson Whaler on Warren Street for a weekend away? What makes the Hudson Whaler rooms special, aside from their calming blue and white nautical motif, is that every single one of them has a fireplace ready to use. This is a luxurious addition, especially if you are visiting during wintertime.

Enjoy the complimentary handmade chocolate made by a local Hudson chocolatier as soon as you check in. Aside from that, the gym, parking, and wifi connection are also complimentary for your stay in this 2.5-star boutique hotel.

27. The Wick, Hudson, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

41 Cross Street, Hudson, NY 12534

4-star hotel in Hudson with restaurant and bar/lounge

From $179/night

For a great stay, consider Hudson as part of the exploring the Empire State Trail. A chic boutique hotel named The Wick is the first hotel on our list. The exterior of this hotel is an imposing industrial-style building, but walking in, you will discover the warmth of the modern Brooklyn-Esque interior with the browns, blues, and black steel.

Their rooms are perfect to get that much-needed rest, with blackout drapes, a down comforter, a sofa bed, premium bedding, and a pillowtop mattress!

If you get hungry after your nap upon checking in, a restaurant, snack bar/deli, and a bar/lounge are available for you to dine with your loved ones. Their in-house restaurant, The Torch specializes in American cuisine. This hotel also features a convenience store, fitness center, and electric car plugs! This is by far one of the best hotels along the Empire State Trail in the great small city of Hudson, NY.

Albany Hudson Electric Trail (Albany Area)

28. Comfort Inn & Suites East Greenbush – Albany

99 Miller Rd, Castleton-on-Hudson, 12033, NY, United States of America

Castleton-on-Hudson hotel in the city center

From $98/night

The structure of the Comfort Inn and Suites in East Greenbush will have you smitten at first glance, but entering the hotel will make you entirely fall in love with the place.

This 2.5-star hotel is very close to the empire trail, so if you are looking for a less expensive but luxurious place to stay, this hotel is for you: complimentary breakfast, an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a comfortable bed. What more can you ask for?

29. Americas Best Value Inn Albany East Greenbush

576 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 12061, NY, United States of America

No-frills motel in East Greenbush

From $80/night

If you are simply looking for a stopover for a night close to the Empire Trail, choose this no-frill motel in East Greenbush. This 2-star motel is pretty straightforward with a comfortable bed, a shower with excellent water pressure, a personal room TV, and free Wi-Fi connection.

Parking is also available throughout your stay, and all the motel’s facilities are accessible to everyone with ramps. If you are trekking with a pet, this motel also allows pets. For a stay averaging $80, all the amenities and accessibility points are worth it.

30. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Albany Downtown

74 State Street, Albany, 12207, NY, United States of America

3-star hotel with 24-hour fitness, near Times Union Center

From $129/night

Another hotel in the heart of New York’s capital of downtown Albany is the Fairfield Inn & Suites. This 3-star hotel is also close to the Times Union Center and within walking distance of different attractions and dining experiences.

The room is spacious and comfortable, with a big bed ready for you to sleep in, complete with a bath for a soothing soak before tomorrow’s adventure. If you are in the mood for a late-night or early morning workout, the 24-hours-open hotel fitness center is fully equipped, and it includes a Peloton.

31. Holiday Inn Express Albany Downtown

300 Broadway, Albany, 12207, NY, United States of America

City-center hotel within walking distance of Times Union Center

From $101/night

Here is a trusty Holiday Inn Express hotel located in the heart of the city of Albany and within walking distance from the Times Union Center. This 2.5-star hotel offers a free full breakfast spread every day, so you can fuel up before your biking adventure.

They have 135 guestrooms, a snack bar/deli, a computer station, and ATM/banking services. There is also a fitness center accessible to hotel guests.

The rooms are complete with ironing boards, a 43-inch flat-screen TV, refrigerator, and microwave

The curtains have blackout drapes for a great night’s rest. You can enjoy walking around the city at night since it’s close to everything Albany has to offer.

32. Renaissance Albany Hotel

144 State Street, Albany, 12207, NY, United States of America

3.5-star hotel with restaurant, near The Egg

From $152/night

Here is a hotel with a restaurant for a date or family night—the Renaissance Hotel in Albany. This hotel is located in downtown Albany and is close to the bridge.

It boasts 203 smoke-free guest rooms, bar/lounge, a hair salon, and other facilities. The in-house restaurant specializes in contemporary American cuisine with ingredients sourced locally and sustainably.

All rooms have modern decor, sleek furniture, a shower, and a comfortable bed.

You can also quickly warm up before your biking adventure at the fitness center, fully equipped with modern exercise machines and mats.

33. The Morgan State House

393 State Street, Albany, 12210, NY, United States of America

Victorian B&B within easy reach of The Egg

From $142/night

The Morgan State House is the first on our list if you are staying in downtown Albany, where the Empire Trail starts. A little bit further from the bridge, this quaint 3.5 star B&B hotel will transport you to Europe. This historic hotel was built in 1888. Its elegant interior blends the traditional with the modern.

This hotel will provide you with a comfortable night’s sleep before your biking trip the next day. It has 16 guest rooms, a common tea room, a business center, and all the amenities you would expect. This hotel’s signature is its free continental breakfast and its very accommodating staff.

You can choose to stay in one of their guest or studio rooms, and either way, you will enjoy it. A 13-minute walk will take you to the Egg. It also offers easy access to several restaurants and parks.

Conclusion

You deserve a vacation, and whatever your budget may be, you deserve great accommodation to relax and unwind.

The Empire State is filled with breathtaking wonders—small charming towns brimming with life and music or serene areas where you can walk and reflect.

You don’t have to go out of state to experience the great outdoors and exquisite accommodation.

A change of scene from the usual, even just for the weekend, will keep you excited and renewed for what’s more to come.

See you on the trail!

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