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).
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I really liked this hotel - summer would be the ideal time for a stay so you can take advantage of their pool, outdoor space, bikes and firepit. We were here for a rainy, chilly weekend. The Den is a cool communal space which is kind of necessary because there isn't anywhere to sit in your room really, except the bed. The complimentary breakfast is great - fruit, yogurt, local baked goods and bread, hard boiled eggs. I will say a toaster would be nice for the bread, and the coffee could use a LOT of improvement (we were really surprised by how poor it was but loved the variety of different milks). The room itself was cute but bare bones and same goes for the bathroom, which had a mildew smell. Perhaps a candle could fix that? Overall we'd definitely come back but not for full price. It's a great place to stay with a bunch of friends.
We love this place to relax and disconnect from the city. The room is nice with wood elements and we love the den to chill and hang out next to the fireplace. Location is great too in lovely Phoenicia. Highly recommend.
The new owners (who took over in Fall 2018) are wonderful and seem determined to give guests a delightful experience. I would say they're succeeding. We've stayed twice--with our dog--and could not have been happier with the service, the room, or the lovely grounds. I can only imagine how great this place must be in the summer (our stays were in the late winter and early spring). The renovations and new decor have really transformed this place is all the best ways. The rooms do not have TVs, which wasn't an issue for us, and our kitchenette had all the amenities we required. The place has a wonderful, laid-back feel and I can easily imagine how nice it would be to roll into town, check in, and lounge around the fire pit after a long drive from the city. A great option for the Phoenicia area.
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.