HUDSON — The Barlow Hotel has new owners, a new name and will have a new look.
The boutique hotel, 542 Warren St, sold March 1 for $2.15 million after months on the market and will reopen as the Hudson Whaler.
The new owners, Michael Glickman and Benjamin Rinzler, plan to open the Hudson Whaler by Memorial Day weekend, Glickman said.
The building is undergoing a full cosmetic renovation, including new floors, carpeting, lights, paint and restored wood work. The hotel will have a nautical theme.
“We picked that name because we love the little known fact that Hudson is an old whaling town, so that’s kind of our guide, and we are gently decorating the place in that fashion without over-the-top nautical,” Glickman said Thursday.
Glickman, from New York City, splits his time living in the Big Apple and Hudson. He purchased the former Ca Mea Inn building and turned it into two boutique hotels: The Nest Hudson, 330 Union St. and the Nautical Nest Hudson, 12 City Hall Place.
Rinzler owns the former 26 Warren B&B, now Captain’s Quarters of Hudson, 26 Warren St., which Glickman manages and is listed on Airbnb.
Rinzler is the president of Madison Property Management, a small family-owned company in New York City, he said, adding he is a real estate developer with properties in New York City, the Hamptons and, recently, Hudson. He lives between New York City, East Hampton and Hudson.
Glickman bought a house in Hudson four years ago and the three hotels were renovated since he put down roots in the city. Glickman is also the founder of LIQS, a portable cocktail shot company.
“I love my new life up in Hudson,” Glickman said. “The people, the vibe, the nature and, of course, I feel super lucky to have this opportunity to really dig my heels in to Hudson deeper and kind of up the game of the hotel business in Hudson.”
The Barlow property was listed for $2.2 million when it was put on the market, according to Stone House Properties, LLC., a real estate company based in Chatham, New York; Stockbridge, Massachusetts; and Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The building, built in 1880, 16 bedrooms and 21 bathrooms.
The previous owners, Russell Gibson and Duncan Calhoun, bought the property from 542 Warren LLC on Oct. 4, 2012 for $579,000.
Gibson said in an August email the hotel was not closing and the building was for sale. He did not respond to a request for clarification.
“Please be advised The Barlow is not closing,” according to Gibson. “The building is for sale. Beyond that, we have no further comment.”
In July, Gibson posted a comment on the Hudson Area Community Board group on Facebook addressing criticism of elites on Warren Street.
“Some think we are rolling in money,” he wrote. “Today, we are struggling to keep our business open: high rents, high taxes (including the school tax we pay even though we have no kids in school) and — worst of all — no customers. Loans from the government helped but that have to be repaid. How?”
Gibson and Calhoun took out a $120,997.56 mortgage in February 2020 on The Barlow and a $150,000 mortgage in July. The loans came from the Bank of Greene County and are documented in Columbia County property records. Gibson and Calhoun were released of the July mortgage agreement in February.
Gibson and Calhoun also listed city properties at 4 Willard Place and 5 Willard Place for sale last summer. The single-family home at 4 Willard Place property was listed as their address on property records. It was put on the market at $1,325,000 and sold for $1,287,500 on Feb. 3, according to Stone House Properties. Gibson and Calhoun’s other business, The Croff House Bed and Breakfast, 5 Willard Place, remains on the market with an asking price of $1,350,000.