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
I recently took my staff away for our annual holiday party. On the advice of a client, I chose The Roxbury Motel...specifically 'The Archaeologist's Digs'. What a fabulous room! Truly phenomenal attention to detail and quality! We stayed in the room for the entire evening, as I had brought lots of appetizers and wine, plus hired a psychic-medium to come and do private readings for my whole team. We must have taken around 500 photos. Everyone had a really great time and we were honestly blown away by the entire cottage. We all agreed that it would be a great addition to the property if they were to open a cocktail lounge-type place, serving some small bites. Personal-chef services would also be a great plus, particularly with the addition of the new hotel down the road. Worth. every. single. penny. and. then. some. Run to this place! LOVED IT!
This place is amazing! The attention to detail on every last fixture is amazing. The entire place is also immaculate. I can wait for Stratton Falls to open! The new construction pictures are unbelievable. Next time we will take our teenagers.
This is not only the best hotel I ever stayed in but one of the highlights of the trip.
The rooms are unbelievable - themed and decorated to the last detail.
Breakfast is great and staff is very friendly.