Planning stages have commenced for the second hotel and conference center to open on the grounds of the $500 million Bellefield at Historic Hyde Park, New York, directly across from The Culinary Institute of America, announced Bellefield Development Partners, an affiliate of T-Rex Capital Group, LLC. Bellefield partnered with the Shaner Hotel Group and former Mariott International COO Bob McCarthy on the first hotel, and continues that partnership for the second boutique lifestyle hotel on the property.
The 340-acre community at Bellefield at Historic Hyde Park has been designed with a working farm as its core – with 58% of the site’s acres remaining wooded and undeveloped and 48 acres devoted to agriculture. Reflecting the Hudson Valley’s long-standing food and beverage traditions, the complex will also include culinary shops, farm-to-table restaurants, a special event barn and educational center. Phase I construction began in July 2018 activating the entire property’s infrastructure and building the first hotel, The Inn at Bellefield – a 133-room lifestyle Residence Inn – at an initial combined investment of $60 million.
“With the first hotel under construction, we’ve officially initiated the planning of Phase II – our Village Green, comprising mixed-use retail and residential, and high-end star quality lodging option,” said Tom Mulroy, chief executive officer, T-Rex Capital Group LLC. “Both are part of a total 2 million square feet of mixed-use development that visitors to our region will love and which will bring even more jobs, investment and interest to Hyde Park.”
The second hotel is envisioned as a high-end, 150-room property that will include a spa, conference center, indoor/outdoor pool and multi-discipline sports facility. Exclusive access memberships to these amenities will be made available to the 558 residences of Bellefield at Historic Hyde Park, to be constructed in the near future. The hotel also will include signature restaurants by celebrity chefs.
Phase II activity also includes the development of Bellefield’s Village Green, a public space encircled by tree canopies and wetland streams that will include mixed-use retail and residential space. A New York State Wine Center and a New York State Craft Brewers’ Beer Garden, as well as a coffee and teahouse will also be prominent features.
“The progress at the Bellefield property has the Town of Hyde Park very excited for the great things to come from what is sure to be a singularly spectacular destination,” said Town of Hyde Park Supervisor Aileen Rohr. “The promise of elegant lodging, along with carefully curated dining, retail and walkable green spaces will be an incredible enhancement to our tourism industry. We look forward to working closely with Bellefield to bring to life the next phase of this transformational project.”
The new hotel will stand immediately adjacent to the Residence Inn on the Bellefield property. It will rise five stories above the 200 feet of natural elevation looking down upon the Culinary Institute of America to provide guests with extraordinary views of the Hudson River and Hudson Valley to the north and south. Both hotels will help meet the demand for high-quality lodging in Dutchess County.
“It’s wonderful to see Bellefield at Historic Hyde Park well on its way to becoming what will no doubt be one of the most visited and talked-about destinations in our seven-county region,” said Mike Oates, President and CEO, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. “Its impact on tourism alone will be felt well beyond Dutchess. Bellefield will be a vital part of the Hudson Valley’s food and beverage industry landscape, a desired address and popular weekend destination.”