Given its previous incarnations as first a synagogue and then a playhouse, it’s not surprising to find all sorts of dramatic details at the Skyler. Opened in May 2011, Hotel Skyler’s renovation wisely retained the august exterior and all the artful charms of a 1921 religious structure—arching windows, stained glass, curved molding—while riding the next wave of eco-technology.
As befitting a building with a theatrical background, each of the 58 guestrooms have its own dramatic flair: French garret windows, a ladder to a loft bedroom, soaring ceilings, original structural beams. Consistent throughout are exceptionally comfortable beds with carved headboards and a plethora of pillows, organic toiletries, and walk-in showers. Nifty and cutting-edge: A room key card that powers up outlets and lights when you enter and turns them off when you leave.
Eco-luxury that is eco-conscious
A portion of the revenue from the hotel’s “tree house” suites, where loft bedrooms are accessed by ladders, goes to nearby Golisano Children’s Hospital.
Stefon’s Marketplace saves busy guests time with an organic, locally sourced breakfast and lunch menu for dining in or take-out. It also features fair-trade organic espresso drinks and teas . In the evenings, try the Skyler Bar’s “environmentally sensitive” beverages.
Fresh and fun, the eclectic mix of mid-century and modern in the king room will remind you of your Aunt Rosie’s lake cottage, but kicked up one very big notch. With plenty of room on the streamlined parson’s desk for work or snacks, and miles of lush eco-conscious bedding on the king-size bed, you’ll fall asleep dreaming of simpler times and awake energized for all your 21st-century endeavors.
Room to move and space to groove. Traveling alone? There’s not only a peaceful bedroom with a king-size bed and flat-panel TV, there’s also a sensational sitting room, decorated with freewheeling panache (and another TV), plus a clean-lined parson’s desk with an Aeron chair. Family or friends along? The sitting room sofa pulls out into a cozy double bed. Either way, the spacious, captivating king suites let you stretch out, breathe in, and dream big.
The unique cut-out headboards on the two comfy queen-size beds signal a departure from ho-hum, and the rest of this spacious room follows suit. Taking its cues from nature, the queen room delights with vibrant punches of color, pattern, and texture. The contemporary bathroom, with its walk-in shower, provides a soothing, spa-like refuge. No two rooms are alike—try them all and then ask for your favorite when you visit next!
At the nearby Golisano Children’s Hospital, a two-story tree house with a gallery, solarium, performance space, and chapel comforts and inspires young patients and their families. In honor of this special place, a percentage of the revenues generated from the tree house suites will be donated to the hospital. Tree house suites feature a king-size bed in a loft sleeping area, a sitting room below with pull-out sofa and second flat-panel TV, and that uplifted feeling you get when you help someone who really needs it.