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.
How to Get There
Here is a list of issues we had in a 2 night visit:
* Large German Shepherd, off leash, ran and barked at us aggressively when entering the lobby. The 3 people at the reception said it was their friend's dog. None of them cared at all or helped.
* Neighboring room had a dog and baby, and due to the very thin walls, could hear the crying and barking through the night
* Bathroom door didn't close
* Unable to find parking space due to lot being full
* Bathroom sink drained very slowly
* Awful service at restaurant for breakfast (took 15 minutes to get syrup for $14 pancakes)
* Had 2 bath towels for a room for 3 people
* Coffee service in lobby was either
burnt or empty
* Fan in loft broken
It's unfortunate, because the place has a lot of potential due to its location, the lovely grounds and views, and good sized rooms.
Nice mountain location but property is priced $$$ for what is offered, and I did experience some implementation issues with these limited services.
The manager of this property Kate was very confrontational and aggressive when I spoke on the phone with her about an incident behind the property on arrival.
She was hired by one of the two NYC owners of Scriber's Lodge.
The property itself is really nice, though the amenities do not warrant the $$$ price rates that they asking. I stayed here for Two Nights this August with my family.
- The town of Tannersville 3.5 miles up the road in the summer is mostly closed and what remains open is very substandard in quality. Including the pizza, ice cream and breakfast place. So I was surprised to discover 'The Prospect' Scribner's only restaurant is closed Monday & Tuesday after breakfast is served. Both the days I was there.
- The complementary breakfast at 'The Prospect' was decent but very limited in scope. When I asked for toast they called that a 'side' on the menu and needed to charge extra being it does not come with it being we had chosen a juice.
- They are 'suppose' (according to the girl checking us in) to have a nightly bonfire (outdoor fireplace) with music which sounded cool to me, but for the two nights I was there... no such bonfire, of which I can see from my balcony was just left unattended other then grass being mown.
- They have no elevator here so you need to walk up the two flights of stairs to your room with your entire luggage. They did have an obligatory legal handicapped ADA lift... but only people with a wheelchair actual use it, as it is an effort and awkward to even ask to use it. They really needed to step it up and invest in a small nice looking Otis elevator instead for all to use.
- If you like ICE here you need to ask the girl at the front desk and she herself has to leave the phones and walk up the flight of stairs to get in to your room. Scribner's was to convey an 'air' of 'Upscale Hotel Mountain Life' here in Hunter NY, but some ICE machines are needed, and not forcing the only person running the front desk to do manually the service which is unfair to everyone. They also told me on my second Ice request, to go to the bartender and he can give Ice to you from his bar reserve.
- I would suggest a time limit of (30-45 min) on the one Billiard's table, as one couple used the table for about two hours at a time.
So in the two full days here, it was being used at all times except when I was checking out of Property. This also goes for the S'mores at night; the fire stove (the fire-pit itself was not lit during my stay as mentioned) has room for only 3 people, not the 40-70 people in the hotel at night that may decide to use it.
- The air-conditioning in these units is not Central Air but a cheap AC unit, so when you walk out onto your BALCONY it has a loud and squealing sound and even pushes out some slight hot air.
So if you want a cool room in the summer (or heat from same unit in winter), yet a quiet balcony overlooking Hunter Mountain, YOU have to talk louder than the AC and avoid the hot exhaust that it emits. You simply cannot have the AC running while on the balcony.
The pool was impressive as was the sauna generally and I did try the tube in the pool.
- However... I set the Sauna to 194 degrees Fahrenheit, which was the max, yet it was programed and overridden to max out at only 115 f degrees.
So nah not a genuine Sauna heat experience. (Often Mini Sauna's like this in a hotel can reach 240f degrees for those able to handle it). The Sauna was the top reason I was lured into this place.
- Pool was nice but just would mention there is a serving area that seems to be for serving frozen drinks and snacks but was not open the entire time I was there. Turns out, they do open this Pool Shack but only 3 hours on Saturday and Sunday, meanwhile the pool area is open approximately 70 hours a week.
This is a peaceful forest setting space so only those that love it and people should be working in it and that one Manager does seem to be in the wrong hotel environment.
Almost nothing here even given the great intentions are executed well.
Personally unless you are invited to a wedding here.... I would seriously
consider looking another lodging opportunity and avoid this $325-$500 per night wannabe Four Star Inn. It is more of a fancy upscale Motel located in a beautiful area. You may want to seek a destination elsewhere in the Catskills Mountains or continue to the Adirondacks.
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.