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 hotel is one of a kind. Our suite, Noir Boudoir, had a sort of vampire/haunted house theme. We couldn't believe the attention to detail in regards to the decor. Our suite was two levels with a bedroom and full bath on each floor - plenty of space for two couples or a family. The suite also contained a roomy living area with an additional television. Small touches that made the stay even more enjoyable - free Netflix streaming on all TVs, free bottles of water, tasty free continental breakfast, liquid hand soap in each bathroom (what is with bar soap???), local beer for purchase in the mini refrigerator, and detailed lists of local activities and restaurants. Not to mention the beautiful location in the middle if the Catskills.
Stop what you are doing right now and book this place. It is far from an ordinary motel. There are all sorts of themed rooms to choose from. We stayed in the Mary Ann's Coconut Cream Pie Room. I have to admit I was worried that this would be a cheap, cheesy motel....NO WAY! I was amazed at the detail in all the decorating. The owners put so much thought and class in everything. The common areas were great also. A full continental breakfast was included. And...I love the fact that coffee, tea and snacks were available all day at no charge. The owners did this place right! I thought this would be a once and done but we will definitely be back!.
This is a wonderfully quirky hotel with its fun and fantasy rooms. The fun and fantasy comes with comfortable beds, well-appointed bathrooms and a quality finish. Staff were friendly and helpful and we enjoyed a room upgrade. Roxbury is a quiet and charming little town too. We were directed to the golf club by hotel staff for dinner and found it a charming location with great food.
Our only disappointment was breakfast - not so much its content (although it was limited in scope) but its delivery: drinks in paper cups, food on paper plates and eating utensils all plastic. Paying over US$300 for one night this seemed pretty scrappy – china plates and proper tableware for this small hotel would only take 2 or 3 dishwasher loads to clean so why this ugly shortcut?
More concerning with this disposable breakfast service than the aesthetic, is the shear environmental carnage of breakfast consumed on paper with petrochemical utensils. There is some hypocrisy here too as the bathroom had what is now a common hotel sign expressing the hotel’s concern for the environment and encouraging guests to reuse their towels. I’d suggest that any guest with a genuine concern for the environment not worry about the towels and instead should bring their own plates and utensils for use a breakfast.
We have been wanting to visit the Roxbury for a couple of years. One word about the hotel: AWESOMESAUCE!
We loved our room, Wizard of Oz themed.
Everything is extremely clean, well thought out, fun & comfortable. I had a spa treatment which was fab & the spa area was so inviting and comfy-cozy. The owners Joe & Greg go out of their way to make sure you are 100% satisfied. They have thought of everything here. Cant wait to stay at their new place opening In 2019.
Not many businesses nearby.
Lots of driving but we’re ok with that.
My wife and I planned a long weekend to see our daughter play volleyball in MA and upstate NY. After research, our first stop was The Roxbury in the Emerald Room. We wish we could have stayed longer as it was relaxing and a beautiful haven nestled in the Catskill's. We took advantage of a bottle of Prosecco and enjoyed the breakfast they had from 8-11. The sun was shining brightly and it made for a great morning before leaving Roxbury. There are so many great rooms to choose from that I hope we are able to come back and experience them in the future.