Like so many towns up and down the Hudson, Tivoli is built around a sleepy square with a butcher, baker and candlestick maker. While a less than ideal small business economy has put the kibosh on many such establishments, the town’s Madalin Hotel is an 11-room mom-and-pop (or shall I say pop-and-pop) inn that’s weathering the storm.
Rebuilt with impeccable handiwork after a 1909 fire brought the original building to the ground, the hotel has seen the rise and fall of Tivoli as the now defunct Albany rail line deposited and then rerouted the population of the town. Spending some time under the cover of tarps and plywood, couple Joseph Cicileo and Domenic Scarpulla (along with Joe’s brother, Anthony) purchased and renovated the property, reopening its doors in 2006. Outfitted with the technological accessories of the 21st century, the property has retained its nostalgic ambiance thanks the stylings of the team behind the Chelsea Hotel redecoration.
Since the restoration, the inn has been hosting Valley residents and visitors to rave reviews. More than often decorated with the parents and color pulled in by neighbor Bard College, the hotel provides both a charming respite for a weekend out of New York City and the ideal spot for a Valley weekend staycation. Whether you’re coming to stay the night or just soak up some of their wildly popular Friday night happy hour, Joe and Domenic will be the first to greet you at the door.