The Graham & Co.
What We Love
- The perfect escape from the city – a vintage-inspired retreat in the hip Catskills town of PhoeniciaThe complimentary bikes, to help you explore the area
- The Catskills, a brilliant setting for skiing in winter, hiking in summer and year-round antiquing
- The fun you can have on the property, by the pool or at events like organized bonfires
Boutique hotel, repurposed motel, a Brooklyn in the mountains – whatever you want to call it, The Graham & Co. has brought hipster style to the Catskills by updating the classic weekend getaway for 21st-century tastes. This escape has transformed a small-town stay into a chic, vintage-inspired retreat, with crisp white walls, kitschy-chic furnishings and funky details, including industrial lighting and wall antlers. It’s just like going to summer camp all over again, but a grown-up summer camp with a strong curatorial flair.
Winner of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, this property is a favorite among city dwellers on their days off. You’re within driving distance of antique shops, galleries and restaurants, and there’s lots of fun to be had at home, as well. With a pool that looks straight out of a mid-century hotel, complimentary bikes for charting the surroundings, nightly bonfires for cozy mingling and sometimes movie screenings in the yard, the retreat gives you no shortage of fun things to do. Or just settle into a chair and take in the views, because the rugged Catskills never looked so hip as from this neck of the woods.
These hipster-chic rooms have just the right balance of camp and higher-end rustic style. Between the wooden furnishings, crisp white walls, industrial lighting, vintage-inspired accessories and cozy blankets, fit for snuggling by the outside bonfire, no minimalist detail has gone unnoticed. Don’t be surprised to find antlers on the wall, an authentic fur rug on the ground or a picnic table. Regardless of whether your room features one of these, though, it will hold a Tivoli radio with an iPod dock and a private bath.Standard Single rooms, with one queen bed, are the coziest of the lot, while the Standard Doubles are very spacious and hold two queen beds. Deluxe Double rooms, also with two queen beds, are even bigger and occupy a prime location near the pool and fireside activities. In addition, you’ll have a kitchenette and full access to the pool and grounds.
In the heart of the Catskills, Phoenicia, near Woodstock, is the perfect place to weekend away from the city if you’re looking to relax, enjoy the New York countryside and take it easy in a small town with big outdoor adventure. With hiking, tubing and skiing, plus galleries, shops, restaurants and a dive bar, this fresh-air destination is just what the doctor ordered. And if you want to see the city, NYC is just a couple hours away by car (or the Trailways Bus).
How to Get There
A local beer was offered on arrival by a laid-back local, setting the mood for the weekend. The venue is in the Catskills, where nature and a pleasantly slow pace come together to form beautiful moments and vistas, much like the hotel. The gathering spaces are well appointed, without the appearance of trying too hard. The color palette includes a distinctly worn-wood brown, black and poolside blues, with little touches making the venue shine. Highlights include complimentary bikes, a beautiful breakfast buffet, proximity to the town, weekend campfires, a photo friendly teepee, badminton on the lawn, donut rings in the pool and hammocks made for afternoon lounging.
we had high hopes for our stay at the Graham & Co. -- it seems to always sell out for summer weekends so we booked an august weekend the previous december. But our stay fell way short of what we expected across all important areas...
The staff was un-helpful (we assumed the giant sign behind the front desk that says "don't bother me, I'm local" was meant to be ironic but it turned out to be sincere..). We were never even greeted -- there was a sign on the front door that said which room was ours and that was it. How about a bottle of water? Nope.
Really bad -- a renovated motel room but with a hipster aesthetic that is about 8 years past its prime (i.e. not cool anymore). There was carpet and it felt dirty. We had one of the private rooms. Some of our friends stayed in the "bunk house" which was even worse. Like a gross motel 6 hostel for well north of $200 / night.
The pool was decent but the rest was pretty disappointing. We were looking forward to the camp fire but the person at the front desk wouldn't set it up saying it was too damp even though the skies were clear before ultimately relenting and building the fire. They also price gouge for things like tooth brushes (I think they were charging $7 for something that's usually free in a hotel that costs this much..). The wifi was really spotty which was fairly annoying since there's no cell service.
Main takeaway - #1 it's not a hotel. It's a motel. #2, don't believe the hype or be fooled by nice instagram photos. Not worth $250 a night at all (is any motel?) -- the owners are laughing all the way to the bank. Next time I go to this area I plan to try the Emerson Resort which has the same amenities (nice campfire, pool) but looks way nicer and clean.
Very friendly, helpful staff. The room we reserved did not have AC, which my friend needed as she has asthma. They changed us to a bunk house room with AC. However, that room was tiny, with the bathroom down the hall. We were the only ones in the bunk house, so it was tolerable. Location is good, easy walk or bike (they are free) to town. Pool is nice, and we enjoyed the bonfire at night.. This is an older motel that was re-done by some artsy people, so if you prefer design over comfort, this may be enjoyable for you. They list free breakfast on the website, but they only serve it Sat/Sun. Not a great value.
The Graham & Co is a great place to stay in Phoenicia. Around a dozen rooms, smartly updated in 2013 from an old motor lodge so retains some rustic charm but has great toiletries, details and wifi. Reception area has coffee, fruit, nuts in the morning. There's a fire pit at the picnic tables and another with seating area beyond the swimming pool. Or you can rest in a hammock under the trees! Located near one end of Main Street, you can borrow a bike or walk to restaurants, shops, hiking trials or tubing. Highly recommended and will definitely make a return visit.
We booked a room eight months ago for a wedding. Our room was tiny and the rug was dirty. It reminded us of $20 motels we stayed in 50 years ago. No television and no refrigerator. There was internet service but it was sporadic. For $235 per night we expected much much better. My wife brought food back to the hotel from two meals. The reception person told her to leave it in the Den, a small shack around 60 feet from our room even though there was a refrigerator in the Reception building. The next day I noticed the Den refrigerator was empty. The reception person gave me a perfunctory “I am sorry”. Another person working there then said that a bear had entered the Den, broken into the Refrigerator and took the food. That person also gave a perfunctory “I am sorry”.
Was there a sign anywhere about bears? No.
Did the hotel orally warn us about bears being in the area? No.
So the bear broke into a presumably closed building just 60 feet from our room.
The breakfast was very nice as was the swimming pool area.
Worth $235 a night? No
Would we recommend this place? No. The other wedding guests concur.