The Hotel Dylan Opens for Business in Woodstock

David Gahr
Bob Dylan

There's The Hotel California and The Morrison Hotel, and now there's The Hotel Dylan, according to a report in No Depression.

The Woodstock, N.Y., lodging is the brainchild of Paul Covello, who bought the defunct restaurant The Black Bear on Route 28, just southwest of the famed town where Dylan and The Band recorded and not far from where the namesake festival took place in 1969, opening it for business on June 15.

The hotel is the centerpiece of a complex designed by noted New Yorkers Cortney and Robert Novogratz, who have already attracted music lovers and hikers looking to escape the Manhattan summers for the crisp air of a Catskill evening.

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The Hotel Dylan, whose marquee features a peace sign for the "o" in "Hotel," boasts two stories of rooms named for musicians associated with the area and the festival, including "The Jimi," "The Roadies," "The Van" and "The Hippie Chick." What, no "Like a Rolling Stone Lounge," where "everybody must get stoned"?

The largest room in the hotel is dubbed "The Band Suite." Every room has their own Crosley turntable, and there are records available at the desk to play on it.

The hotel's rooms are characterized by what Covello calls the Novogratz's patented "bohemian sophistication — a great vibe, clean and crisp." Elliott Landy's photo of The Band from the cover of Music From Big Pink is on the wall, folk-art rugs on the floor, and a pattern of arrows on the walls, capturing the area's history back to the days of the Native American tribes who prized the mountains as their spiritual home.

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Landy's celebrated Woodstock photographs and those of musicians who once lived and still live there, are available in the hotel's breakfast room, which currently doubles as the office. Muffins, fruit, and Platte Clove Naturals granola coexist comfortably with local art and books.

Covello says he is planning a gastropub in the former Black Bear's wooden downstairs bar, and he's busily looking for restaurateurs now. Upstairs, there will be a music venue for "intimate, unplugged concerts." The old yellow house on the hill above the hotel is being renovated to serve as the main office and a day spa.

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