The Roxbury Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Daily continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Direct access to Catskills Park and its 700,000 acres of New York State forest preserve and hiking trails
- No two rooms are the same, and the eccentric decor is playful
- Friendly owners help arrange almost anything
- Sauna, hot tub and massages at the sleek Shimmer Spa
What To Know
- The Roxbury first opened in 2004, with a second wing in 2007, a $2 million third wing in November 2010 and the Archaeologist’s Digs cottage adventure in 2013
- Cell phones don’t get great reception in this part of the Catskills
- The restaurant and cocktail lounge next door closes the kitchen at 10 p.m. but often the bar stays open later; they are closed Tuesday nights
- If you're looking for other restaurant options, it's best to ask the front desk for suggestions before venturing out on your own
- Location is remote, and GPS is often unreliable here; see How to Get There below or refer to the Roxbury's directions
The Roxbury, a hip, funky boutique hotel in the historic town it’s named after, is a throwback to the area’s midcentury glory days. Originally a basic roadside motel, the Roxbury was lovingly renovated by its new owners, Gregory Henderson and Joseph Massa, in 2003. They revamped the 11 rooms and added two multimillion-dollar wings to bring the total to 28 rooms and suites, plus a spa. The pair’s history hints at what to expect: They have backgrounds in theater and set design. Rather than give the motel a uniform look, they gave each room its own persona, such as “Genie’s Bottle” and the “The Wizard’s Emerald.” The decor is what you’d expect from the names: mirrors, sequins and chrome, but the result is fantastically fun. Flat-screen TVs hang on the walls (next to the deerhead if you’re in the “Noir Boudoir”), and a well-curated selection of wine and champagne is available for sale at the office if you’re in the mood to imbibe. Come morning, breakfast is self-serve, from homemade coffee cakes and muffins to fruit, yogurt, granola and more. Start your morning off at the communal dining table or on the firepit patio, which has fantastic views of the Catskill Mountains and the stream that runs through the inn’s backyard, and then book a massage at the Shimmer Spa or relax in the sauna or whirlpool.
In the Area
While the setting is certainly relaxing, there’s plenty to do and see in the area, from skiing and snowboarding in cold weather, to hiking, biking and horseback riding in spring, summer and fall, to visiting the nearby historic towns of Woodstock or Cooperstown anytime. If you’re in the mood for a picnic, stroll over to Kirkside Park, just down the road. Next door to the property you’ll find Public Lounge, a great place modern cuisine and signature cocktail, but the front desk can arrange a tasting menu at Peekamoose Restaurant (a 25-minute drive away), which is owned by award-winning chef, Devin Mills. And for some scenic Catskill views, the nearby Delaware and Ulster Railroad offers rides; some cars are open-air, so bundle up.
How to Get There
This place was fantastic! We stayed at the Digs on June 23rd with our friends. The place was so spacious and inviting and the decor was beyond anything we could have imagined. There were so many wonderful surprises in the Digs from the Port Wine that greeted us to the back story of the Digs in a notebook on the dining table.
The owners thought of EVERYTHING! I personally loved the ziploc baggie with the note to take the soap. It was a bar of soap that smelled amazing and was made there is Roxbury. The grounds of the entire hotel were emmaculate. I took tons of pictures of beautiful flowers and the creek/river that flowed just beyond the Digs. Snacks were everywhere and the Breakfast had many options from delicious breads, trays of meat and cheese, cereal options and gorgeous fruit.
This was a quick stop for us on a whirlwind tour through Upstate New York and the Catskills. We have decided that Roxbury is now on the books for a future trip to come back and see the new accommodations that are being built at Stratton Falls.
Next time we will take our time to enjoy the Spa, The deck outside the office area, the creek/river and other areas around the property. Thank you for creating such a beautiful, creative place to just get away from it all!
Read great reviews and decided to book a midweek stay. Interestingly unique rooms; clean and updated. Great breakfast and location, but truly in the middle of nowhere. Very few options for dining and most local restaurants close early. Nothing to do in Roxbury. We would give it a “5” if it was Located in an area with more activities, etc. Overall a cool place , especially if you enjoy solitude.
This is our 5 trip to the enchanted Roxbury Lodge. There was a slight change to the itinerary this time around....instead of just my wife and myself we brought her parents/my parents in laws and our brand new bundle of joy-our 3 month old son. There are not many places that could accomodate this amount of people comfortably. When we called to book this suite...the staff were not only excited to see us again-but accomodate us with a pack and play in the room!!! How amazing. We arrived a little early and our room was ready for us. The room itself was stepping into a western fantasy room! Now we had seen the room on our first stay for our wedding anniversary trip....but I really had forgotten the amazing details in the room. You walk into a western saloon type living room with a wagon wheel with cowboy hats hanging from it and red draped theme. We chose the first room for our room with the cow prints. We chose it because our son was fascinated by the cow print bed spread and the cow prints on the ceiling. Everyone had a grea time!!! We had a family board game night from the games you can rent in the lobby-and a movie night as well. The room was amazing clean and kept-every morning the cleaning staff knocked and asked if we needed anything. The owners Joe Massa and Gregory Henderson, who are super busy building the next amazing addition to the Roxbury-the Roxbury at Stratton Falls-took time out of their busy schedules to say hi and chat for a while. This morning when Greg popped into the main office to say hi and meet our son, he spent time going over to guests having breakfast and introducing himself and seeing how thier stay was as well as giving them advice about what to do and see. It is soooo rare to meet anyone as GENUINE as these 2 gentlemen!!!
Everytime we visit, and we are already talking about returning hopefully over the holidays, we feel welcomed as part of the Roxbury family-not just a guest. I highly suggest taking your time and going to this amazing place. It is as if Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory became a charming and amazing lodge to stay in.. I cannot wait to return and to see the magic that Joe and Gregory bring to the new location.
It is like living a fantasy. Clean rooms - every room a different theme. Friendly staff and very well maintained rooms. Great family get away in the Mountains
We plan on visiting more often in the future
This hotel is the kind of place you have to see to believe. The room themes are so well executed that you will find little things in every corner. The prices are every good for the rooms you get. We stayed in the Noir Boudoir and were delighted with it. Its got a kinda Adams family vibe. There are animals heads on the wall and a full suit of Knights armor in the room. We also stayed in Miss Kitty's Saloon which is a wild west theme. The beds are all comfy and the area is quiet. The spa is very worth your time and very relaxing. The shower in the South spa is amazing with its smooth rock floor. Its like a foot massage while you shower. Parking is good and the staff are there for whatever you need.