Ashes Hotel has a long, unique story starting all the way back to 1836. Originally opening as the Baker House, resting on 260 acres of undeveloped land, it was owned and operated as a six room boarding house next to the original Warren County fairgrounds. In 1888, Henry Ashe and his father, James purchased the establishment. After making several improvements and additions eventually decided to call it the “Agricultural Hotel” in 1906. It has been rumored that Teddy Roosevelt and his staff stayed at the hotel in 1890! This particular location for the county fairgrounds hosted annual events until 1928, when the fairgrounds were moved a couple miles out of town on the bank of the Schroon River. Maurice Ashe then inherited the hotel from his father Henry and renamed it “Ashes Hotel.” The Ashe family owned the hotel for 84 years and even had a radiotelephone installed in 1922 so the townsfolk could listen to the world series that year! The hotel has had a variety of different owners since the late 1980’s, each adding their own touch and special charm to make the business what it is today. The hotel portion of the building (located on the 2nd and 3rd floors) is now home to several tenants, most renting rooms and small apartments by the week or month. It is believed to be the longest continually operating hotel establishment in New York State.
Under the current ownership of Ash Anand and his wife Jaime, the hotel has had the most significant upgrades. In just 3 short years of ownership they have paved the parking lot, fenced in and beautified the court yard, added QuickDraw lottery, installed new flooring and give the outside a fresh look. Anand’s biggest project was revamping the old dining room area and creating a new dining concept in town called “Ocho Cinco Cantina.” The Ocho side of the restaurant features a traditional yet affordable Mexican menu, but the bar side, Ashes, still has some pub type snacks additionally on the menu. After a kitchen fire in May of 2018, Ash installed a brand new kitchen adding a second walk in cooler and other practical cooking equipment. Anand is currently working on the “outside” bar and hopes to utilize that space more this summer. Ashes, as it is called by locals, is open 7 days a week and welcomes folks from all over, we hope to see you soon!