Our Story

The owners of Hotel Kinsley are no strangers to the world of hospitality. Having led many well-known projects in NYC, Charles Blaichman is a design-led developer and Taavo Somer is the restaurateur behind Freeman’s in the Lower East Side. They also have a mutual passion for the Catskills and Hudson Valley region–Charles has owned a home in Woodstock for 30 years and Taavo has been a resident of the Hudson Valley for nearly a decade. Building on their shared love of warm hospitality, historical architecture, great design, and delicious food, Hotel Kinsley was born.

Brooklyn-based watercolor artist, Happy Menocal, is behind the vibrant illustrations that anchor the branding for Hotel Kinsley. Each of the four segments of the crest represent one of the four buildings that make up Hotel Kinsley. The common space carpeting in each building reflects its crest element–checkerboard carpet in 301 Wall, lightning bolt carpet in 41 Pearl, etc.


Hotel Kinsley’s central location makes it a great home base for exploring the region’s hiking trails, local farms, breweries and much more. But don’t miss exploring the city of Kingston. Rich with history, architecture and a thriving arts scene that is fueling a new wave of revitalization, Kingston has three distinct neighborhoods–the historic Uptown (Stockade) district where the hotel is located, the Midtown arts district and the Downtown (Rondout) waterfront area. We encourage you to visit them all!