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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I've stayed at the lodge two years in a row during the months of September and October. Both times were extremely pleasant experiences. The rooms are cozy and the common spaces are spacious and well-decorated. I am always blown away by the seasonal menu at The Prospect––the food is of the highest quality and never fails to satisfy. I was slightly disappointed by the annual Cider Fest, which was definitely not as exciting as I thought it was going to be.
We stayed here for one night in July en-route from Niagara to New York. We had a room with a balcony overlooking the front of the lodge and above the bar/restaurant. We had dinner and breakfast in the restaurant - the food was excellent however the service was truly shocking. We ordered drinks with dinner and they never arrived! We were asked if we wanted a high chair or booster seat for our little one and ended up getting it ourselves. Everything was just sooooo slow! The hotel/lodge itself was nicely decorated/designed albeit with basic rooms but I don't think we'd ever return if were passing again.
Scribner's is not what is advertised, it is not worth $500 a night, the service, atmosphere and amenities are that of a 1-star hotel.
Pool: Not enough seats, horrible loud music, pool shack serves boxed wine for $10 a glass and will not deliver your food to your seat, but will shout repeatedly for you to come get it.
Restaurant: Closed for lunch. Located in hotel across from front desk but front desk will not help you with a reservation as they cannot communicate with the restaurant. No room service or to go food.
Rooms: No fridge, shower handle broke off, maid left door unlocked after cleaning.
Staff: No one knows what they are doing. The simplest transactions resulted in issues. When asking the front desk when I needed to be out of my room, I was met with "uhh I don't know just keep coming back to check."
Front desk also speaks about guests in a negative manner in front of their guests.