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
I booked this room on a friend's recommendation when taking a last minute weekend trip without looking up reviews first, which I realize is my bad, and now I'm left with major regrets, an empty wallet, and a lot of questions for my “friend.”
Sure, this place as a whole is mildly cute and cozy-ish, but they are absolutely milking the crap out of the millennials looking for a weekend in the woods, and it honestly feels like they're taking advantage of people with these outrageous rates.
I stayed in one of their bunk houses, which for some unknown reason cost $155 per night, $170 with tax. I was there during a holiday weekend, but it looks like the room’s regular rate is around $125. There is no en suite bathroom, which I don’t really care about, but didn't realize that in advance and was pretty flabbergasted when I showed up (again, some of this is my bad, but at that rate you should be able to make some base assumptions about what to expect).
Bathroom sharing alone means this room should start under $100 a night. Take off another $20 for the bare-bones decor and lack of in-room conveniences. Take off another $10 for the sad view of the parking lot through the one sad window that’s using a sad piece of fabric as a sad curtain, which does nothing to block out the lights they keep on outside at night nor the early morning sunlight. And take off another $10 cause I’m mad. This room is worth $60. Nah, it’s worth $50.
I feel swindled and deeply regret staying the second night, and wish I had asked for a refund and just slept in the car.
The pool is cute I suppose, and there’s a nice little field which is good for a fire, and there’s a modest breakfast, but those things shouldn’t raise the rate of the room that much. I wasn’t even able to use the pool, because when I was there a loud contingent had taken it over and was blasting music.
I tried to go in to the field to stargaze in the middle of the night, but the bright lights they have up all around prevented that, and also lit up my room to the point I could read in bed without trouble.
Maybe the regular, non-bunk rooms that have en-suites are much better, but I looked at those rates, too, and I can’t imagine they’re worth the price either.
Tbh I should have just gone camping.
The minute I left Graham & Co., I was already planning my next trip, even though I live at the beach in SoCal. It's only two hours away from NYC so you spend more time enjoying your time away from the city and less time in the car. The Catskills scenery is gorgeous and Graham & Co. is located near many amazing hiking trails and a breathtaking waterfall. (I plan to spend an afternoon at the waterfall with a picnic lunch next time I visit.) So you can stay active or just chill—or both, of course! G&Co. has more than a dozen bikes for guests to use. I loved sitting at the pool surrounded by nature. I was prepared to deal with mosquitoes and maybe ticks but there weren't any! The wifi is strong and covers the entire property, even the large fire pit far away from the pool. No TVs but that's on purpose. The rooms are stylish and unique and many have kitchenettes with full-size fridges, which is great for families. Just opened and ready for booking: a stunning house with bedroom, bathroom, bunk room, kitchen, dining room, and living area. There's also a yummy and healthy free breakfast available from 8-11am. The owners genuinely care about their guests' experience and the staff is friendly and have been working there for a long time. If you're looking for a place to escape the city that's soul-nourishing, there's no better place to visit than Graham & Co.
The Graham & Co is the best boutique hotel that I've ever been to. It's so incredibly designed and in such beautiful part of the world. Each of the rooms are impeccably designed.
Also, the owners (Martin & Joe) are extremely accommodating and welcoming. I just adopted a newborn pet who could not be left alone and they let me bring her. They also made the best breakfasts and made sure to greet everyone there.
Last but not, the WIFI is amazing! It goes all the way from entry to the back fire pits. For a town that has zero WIFI, they are crushing that.