Scribner’s Catskill Lodge
What We Love
- A mountain escape with gorgeous views and a history that dates back to the 19th centuryMingling around the fire pit, as the sun sets behind the Catskills
- Staying cozy and chic in the minimalist, lodge-style rooms, with terraces or balconies
- Dining on alpine cuisine over mountain views at Prospect
What To Know
- The friendly staff is great for hiking, apple picking and day trip suggestions
- Rooms are hip and eclectic with vintage touches
- Dogs are welcome but you will be charged a $50 per night non-refundable pet fee
- Free WiFi
High on a hill is a low-key lodge that brings together the free spirit of the 1960s and the sharp aesthetics and clean lines of the 2010s, for a whole new generation of adventurers. On the former grounds of the Hunter Mountain Prospect House, a grand retreat where hundreds of city dwellers would vacation in the late 19th century, and in the former Scribner Hollow Motor Lodge, Scribner’s Catskill Lodge is reopening as a quieter – but no less stylish – Empire State escape. The newly renovated rooms feature custom-built furniture on vintage rugs, all with a meticulous attention to rustic-chic detail and a minimalist approach to rural living. There’s also a terrace for taking in the views.
Beyond the property’s borders is the rugged landscape where you’ll be spending your action-packed days. Hunter is best known for its ski resort, which also features a zip line and hosts cultural festivals year-round, and heading into nearby towns and hamlets, you’ll happen upon the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary; other peaks, one of them (Slide) even bigger than Hunter; and the Hudson River. Of course, you don’t actually need to step off of Scribner’s 20 acres to get your doctor-ordered fix of fresh air and vigorous exercise. Stick around, and you’ll find a bocce court and, opening in 2017, a seasonal outdoor pool – plus a fire pit, where you can gather; sing; and finish off your days of good, old-fashioned adventure with some good, old-fashioned relaxation.
The minimalist rooms at Scribner’s Lodge look straight out of an editorial spread, with whitewashed walls, dark maple floors and vintage rugs. Mountain rooms are 250 square feet, with a mountain view and 75-square-foot terrace; they also include terra-cotta tiling and a Waterworks rain shower in the bathroom. Bungalow rooms measure 400 square feet and look onto the mountains, through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. They also boast a 25-square-foot balcony.
Alpine cuisine and Hudson Valley fare are what you can expect from Prospect, the hotel’s restaurant. Its large cedar deck is the perfect place to sip on cocktails from the circular bar, and its rustic, yet playful, approach to dining pairs perfectly with the views of the mountains that you’ll enjoy here or through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the indoor dining room.
A charming town in the heart of the Catskills, Hunter is the perfect place to weekend away from the city, if you’re looking to relax, enjoy the New York state countryside, and take it easy. Hiking, tubing, skiing and small-town shopping and dining can all be found here, endowing this small-town mountain retreat with lots of opportunities in the way of leisure and adventure. Of course, if you do want to drive into New York for a bit while vacationing, it’s only two and a half hours away.
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Everything about this place is chill. Loved the rooms, indoor and outdoor space, amazing food and pool area. The staff is accommodating and helpful. We booked on a Sunday and breakfast was included. Not to be missed! Stayed in June but would love to check out a winter weekend. Go, you won’t be disappointed!
The people who work here are nice, and the food is good, but that does not compensate for poorly planned rooms, poorly planned menus, and caginess. For example, I had to sit on the bed to put on my makeup because there wasn't an appropriate chair in the room and no desk to sit at besides, no dresser, and no light to see hanging clothes. My elderly father needed a chair to sit in to put on his pants and after three requests they gave up. If they want to charge NYC prices for the rooms they'd better start providing NYC level service and amenities.
Furthermore, we planned a large family dinner (20-25 people). Two thoughts: a) while the food was good, it was not in any way worth what they charged. b) they insisted there was no way to have a cocktail hour outside unless we rented a tent, hired a serving staff, etc. and then the day of we find that there's a deck right off the restaurant. They flat out lied to us about that during the whole planning process. Ostensibly to rope us unsuspectingly to pay even more for the evening?!
There is a major difference between the weekend and weekday facilities/service- we didn’t have any lunch OR dinner available the whole time we were there except one night (we were there Monday-Thursday). Also no yoga, movies etc- only available during the weekend. So in short- I have never seen such a lack of facilities for a $350 per night room. Breakfast was extra, expensive, and took half an hour to arrive. Pool was nice, room was fine and large enough too. You could hear the traffic on the road most of the time though. We loved the area though- katerskill falls area a must see, walk around the lakes.
The common area and spaces outside were pretty, but this is a glorified, no frills motel during the week but at not motel prices.
Room for improvement.