Community stakeholders toured The Wick, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel in Hudson, NY this past Thursday, ahead of the December 19 opening. Soon to be a key destination in Columbia County, The Wick is accepting reservations this holiday season, timed perfectly to host discerning travelers eager to experience the culture, community and culinary excellence of Hudson

The Wick guestroom

The Wick guestroom

Formerly a manufacturing plant, the adaptive re-use historic preservation project has preserved and transformed the historic property into a 55-room boutique hotel, with thoughtfully-designed guestrooms, including seven suites. The Wick Hotel draws upon the building’s heritage throughout the exterior and interior design with details that evoke the spirit of Hudson and honor its industrial candle-making history. The hotel will also feature an intimate and residential lobby bar and lounge, conference and meeting space, and a rooftop event space boasting breathtaking views of Hudson Valley.

Originally built in the 1860s, 41 Cross Street was known as South Bay Mill and functioned as a soap and candle manufacturing plant for Gale & Hover. In the late 1880s, Hover switched to textile manufacturing and the building was used for production and distribution. By the early 1900s, various businesses used different floors including Komfytite Spring & Bed and the Sirmount knitting mill. In the 1950s, the building was purchased by Max Katzman, who invented the electric vaporizer and started the Rural Manufacturing Company. Katzman added a concrete block section to the building used for manufacturing until 2000.

Tom Rossi, Principal at Redburn Development.  The project has created 11 new jobs under Albany-based Prestige Hospitality Group, who is managing The Wick under the Starwood Tribute Portfolio. To support this project, Empire State Development offered a $1.5 million capital grant through the Capital Region Economic Development Council. “We greatly appreciate the support from Empire State Development. Once open, this project will produce over $2 million dollars a year in economic impact to the area.” Said Tom Rossi, Principal at Redburn Development.

James C. Frenis, Prestige Hospitality Group CEO said, “The Wick leadership team is building strong relationships with our neighbors, the local Hudson and Columbia County communities. We are committed to contributing to the this culturally-robust New York State getaway destination.”

Redburn Development Companies, LLC is leading the next generation of real estate developers.  Redburn strives to undertake projects that are socially responsible and catalyst projects for the community.  Redburn has significant experience in historic preservation and green energy construction techniques. Previously, Redburn finished the Tilley Lofts, the first market rate LEED Platinum apartment building in NY State.  The project was also the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Outstanding Multifamily Project” for 2015. 

Prestige Hospitality Group (PHG) owns, develops and manages hotels and hospitality properties throughout the northeast. PHG is a full-service company providing hotel development and management services focused on people, product & performance provides operational, financial and strategic management services for a mixed portfolio of franchised and independent, full service and select service hotels.  Headquartered in Albany, New York, PHG currently manages hotels in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan and Illinois. Prestige Hospitality Group can be found on the web at

Starwood Hotels, Tribute Portfolio was launched in April 2015. The Tribute Portfolio is a family of independent boutique hotels around the globe, offering guests and owners an indie experience in great destinations, whether at boutique resorts or urban properties. While each Tribute Portfolio hotel has its own unique personality and point of view, each aims to create an emotional connection with its guests: savvy, spirited and sincere – one that evokes an indie spirit and reflects our understanding of the importance of human connection among today’s travelers. For more information on Tribute Portfolio, please visit

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