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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The room was very cozy, IF you get a fireplace and/or scenic view. The lobby lounge was super relaxing - fireplace, books, blankets, pool table, board games. The activities were fun - we had gingerbread cookie decorating, a retro ski party, smores making by the fire, and yoga + meditation classes. PS. THE YOGA TEACHER IS AMAZING!!! The kindest, sweetest woman ever and offers lots of yogi tidbits during the practice.
- The staff is not very attentive, helpful or kind. Granted a few of them were very nice, the majority of them were unhelpful. This goes for the restaurant/bar staff too.
- Children, something must be done about parents that allow their kids to run up and down the hallways and around the common areas. Being kid-friendly is one thing, but parents/staff need to control behavior and noise levels. Many people said something to the staff who didn’t do anything. We paid a lot of money for a quiet relaxing vacation and to have children running around disturbing the peace, especially during yoga class was a huge let-down.
- The walls are so thin that we could hear our neighbor snoring the entire night, had to keep fan on to cover him up the next night.
- Yoga area needs cleaning, a morning mop and/or sweep to the main floor would do wonders, as would some antiseptic on the mats. Also, since we took our shoes off for the yoga room we were barefoot leaving the room and our feet were black from dirt on floor in hallway outside of studio.
- Dinner menu could use some variation and substitutions were not allowed. A couple more gluten-free, vegetarian, fish options would have been nice.
- An extra table or dresser in the bedroom would be helpful - only small, wobbly nightstands were in our room and it would have been nice to have somewhere to put a glass or wine bottle down without worrying about it falling off.
I would totally stay here again, but the issues above need attention.
So disappointed in the lack of customer service in this place. This was my fifth visit to the lodge and hopefully my very last. These people obviously have no clue how to run a hotel. By having a place look good does not mean that people will come back.
This place is super cool. like almost too cool that it feels like you're still in soho or tribeca. haha. BUT, seriously it's awesome. Has everything us citi-ots want and need. Awesome design, beautiful and welcoming public spaces, spacious suites, comfy beds, we even had a fireplace in our living room ( lofted king upstairs ) and a balcony. Plenty of room for my wife and our 2 little dogs.
Service was great - before we arrived both Carly and Kate were so helpful with our reservation, as well as 100 more questions I asked about the hotel, the area, the food, etc. Kate and Carly were so nice, professional, and responsive. Zach we met when we checked and felt right at home. Zach was very professional and knowledgeable, while still being super friendly and genuine. Really can't say enough about this guy. I've worked in a hotel for 15 years and would love to have a Zach on my team.
Prospect is the restaurant and it is legit. Like it's as good as a good new american restaurant in Manhattan. We're spoiled, we eat well, Prospect is very good. It's like a Public ( the old one on elizabeth ) or even like The Dutch but better.
Scribner's is a sweet hotel and the decor is nice, but I think close to $1000 for 3 nights in a queen sized hotel room that overlooks a parking lot is a bit inflated, just because the bathroom has hand made terra cotta tiles. When I enquired as to whether there were any rooms on the other side we could swap with, I was advised by the girl on reception that I would be 'stealing' the other person's room if I swapped as they had requested a 'mountain view room - as stated on our website'. A simple 'I am so sorry we are all booked out' would have sufficed, she repeated again I would be 'stealing the room'. It does not stipulate on the website that the non-mountain view rooms look directly onto the parking lot. We were also out all day, and 2 out of the 3 days, the room was not cleaned properly, bins emptied etc.
What a great place to get snow bound. We walked around and saw people playing board games and kids crawling everywhere! Pure energy! Didn't eat or stay but had drinks and walked about the grounds! Loved it.