Saratoga Springs

Water main break shuts Gideon Putnam hotel

'We aren’t sure when it can reopen and we are alerting guests booked this week to the situation'
A scene from a January 2017 event at Gideon Putnam hotel in Saratoga Springs.
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A scene from a January 2017 event at Gideon Putnam hotel in Saratoga Springs.

Categories: News, Schenectady County

The Gideon Putnam hotel in Saratoga Spa State Park was temporarily closed Monday after a water main break flooded the basement, requiring evacuation of about 60 guests.

Delaware North of Buffalo, the hospitality company that operates the hotel resort for the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said that staff on Monday morning discovered “a major water main break at the historic hotel that resulted in major flooding in the basement.”

Because of the flooding, electrical and gas service for the hotel was shut down, and 60 guests were evacuated from the building.

With utilities down, the hotel remained closed Monday night, according to Delaware North spokesman Glen A. White.

“We aren’t sure when it can reopen and we are alerting guests booked this week to the situation,” White said in a statement. “We are referring guests to the Saratoga Casino Hotel as appropriate.”

Delaware North said it has notified the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and work is underway “to find and repair the broken water line,” according to a statement. “After that is accomplished, we will begin to assess the damage and next steps.”

The Gideon Putnam has a storied history. It opened in 1935 as an exclusive place to stay for those using the state-owned mineral baths in the park. It currently has 132 guest rooms. It is listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s historic hotels, and the surrounding state park is on the list of National Historic Landmarks. The hotel is named for one of Saratoga Springs’ founders.

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