Mohonk Mountain House
What We Love
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and cookies, all non-alcoholic beverages at meals and recreational activities most are included in the rate
- Majority of rooms have private balconies with rocking chairs
- Checkout time is a late 1 p.m. (and the lunch buffet is included on your last day)
- Daily tea and cookies from 4 to 5 p.m. in the lake lounge overlooking Lake Mohonk
- The resort has a full roster of seasonal outdoor activities, from snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice skating, to hiking (85 miles of trails), horseback riding, golfing, swimming and boating
- Exceptional service and friendly staff
What To Know
- Most guestrooms don’t have TVs; a stay here is all about relaxing and getting back to nature
- Reservations are required for dinner, and it’s suggested that men wear jackets
- Alcoholic beverages cost extra (a 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all checks)
- The Mohonk Kids’ Club (free to overnight guests) runs year-round on weekend and seven days a week from mid-June through Labor Day
- Pets are not permitted
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Perched on a mountain overlooking the Hudson Valley’s rolling landscape just 90 miles north of New York City in small town New Paltz, N.Y., the time-honored, family-run Mohonk Mountain House is a Victorian castle resort that’s big on recreation and renewal. Albert Smiley founded this stately sleep in 1869, and 145 years later it’s still a stunner, with impeccably manicured grounds, numerous roaring fireplaces, period decor and a can’t-be-beat location on its own lake. History is preserved here: Black-and-white photos tell the story of Mohonk’s past, mementos from prominent guests (Mohonk Mountain House has played host to five presidents) adorn the walls, and the Smiley family china, book and doll collections are all on display.
Bed and Bath
The 259 guestrooms are spread out over seven floors, and 124 of them are equipped with working wood-burning fireplaces (and the rooms are prestocked with kindling). The decor varies from room to room, but expect some taupe and auburn wallpaper schemes and furnishings such as hazelnut-brown sofas, ruby-red armchairs and wood finishes on antique writing desks and dressers. Most of the rooms come with a private porch with two rocking chairs for taking in the dramatic views of the lake or mountains and valley. The white subway tile bathrooms have shower-tub combinations and signature Mohonk Mountain House toiletries in rosemary mint scent.
Mohonk Mountain House prides itself on being a resort focused on wellness and recreation, and the full roster of year-round outdoor pursuits delivers — and then some. Explore the property’s 85 miles of trails on foot, mountain bike or horseback. Up for a challenge? Summit Sky Top via the Lemon Squeeze (it’s a steep, taxing rock scramble through crevices) for unrivaled views of the lake and mountains below. In the warmer months, perfect your tennis game on one of the six courts, swing your clubs at the nine-hole golf course or row a boat on the lake (or go for a dip). Come wintertime, you can strap on snowshoes or cross-country skis (there are 35 miles of groomed trails), snow tube, or lace up and ice skate at the open-air pavilion, which is complete with an enormous wood-burning hearth. Meals are served in one of three dining rooms, with a buffet for breakfast and lunch; reservations are required for the traditional sit-down dinner (we loved the seared duck breast with morel mushroom risotto and English pea coulis). Enjoy daily afternoon tea and cookies in the Lake Lounge, or have them outside in a rocking chair on the lakefront portico. Also on offer: a 16-room spa, indoor pool, billiards room, fitness center, free yoga and meditation sessions and movie nights.
In the Area
Spend a morning strolling through the quaint college town of New Paltz, popping in and out of boutiques and coffee shops. Then learn more about the area and some of its renowned residents by following the Hudson Valley History Trail, which includes stops at Huguenot Street, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Mills Mansion and Vanderbilt Mansion. Oenophiles should hop on the Shawangunk Wine Trail for tastings at a few of the 11 family-owned wineries in the region, while foodies might want to make a reservation at one of the five award-winning public restaurants at the nearby Culinary Institute of America.
How to Get There
For a 3 star hotel, I’m really surprised at how snotty the staff is starting at the young girls at the front gate. They speak like it’s some exclusive place and it’s just a massive 3 star hotel which is the rating equivalent of a holiday inn . Plenty of higher end , more luxurious inns in the Catskills with fantastic service.
Excellent food and service
Jazz weekend was very well organized and had some great groups.
Met some great people over the weekend.
Will definitely come again.
Loved the pool area and extracurricular activities during the day.
Make sure you take a guided tour of the facility.
We stayed for 6 nights, Dec. 27-Jan 2 and this particular year there was no snow on the ground. I mention this because while many activities are offered in the all inclusive price, with no snow CC skiing and snowshoeing were not possible, leaving not much except hiking and the skating rink to do. Not an issue for us, but others may not see it that way and feel the cost was not worth it. They did counter this to some degree by a full blown New Years Eve party(though with a cash bar) and a Tom Chapin concert which was outstanding. Otherwise the rooms, the staff and the all inclusive food were done extremely well in the main dining room buffet with chef's stations and the restaurant. We ate a lot over those 6 days! Standing out the most to me was the extremely friendly and helpful staff and the guided hikes. This is a heck of an operation with a huge hotel and many guests yet the seem to pull it off with no visible glitches. Again, a unique location and vacation, just understand what activities each season of the year will offer and decide if the pricey cost is worth it for you.
On the way to NYC, I decided to try a stay at the Mohonk Mountain House. The weather was horrible, with blowing snow making the long curvaceous road up to the House a dangerous drive. As I approached this estate House I could see an occasional glow, like flashlights in the night, from room windows. I finally got to my room, hit the hay thinking this place looks like a scene from the scary movie 'The Shining' with Jack Nickolas.
I woke up in the morning to a very generous suite. Every window had a view, all furniture was antique and shining. A fireplace with a large overhanging flat screen TV faced the bed.The suite was framed in dark rich mahogany: window frames. doors, door frames, baseboards, all the millwork meticulously maintained.
Upon opening my suite door I was greeted by a continuous floor of wood to the dining room. More wood in the spectacular dining room, with a breakfast buffet that was as abundant as it was delicious. Servers were all tuxedoed up with white table clothes around their wrist and only too glad to take a custom order. Great service.
But it is only when you go outside that you appreciate the natural 360 degree view afforded by this property chucked with magnificent mountains and bluffs, a lake and acres of wooded areas. And then when you face the House, you're eye's pop at the view of this Victorian turreted castle layered into 7 stories with a linear expanse of about an eighth of a mile. The House is perched atop a bluff peering down at all the proximate nature scapes and these views give you the impression that you are enjoying the sights from a helicopter.
This is an outdoor buffs wonderland; jogging, trailing, you name it the geography supports it. There are many outdoor escapes and mini wooded paradises throughout the property making it ideal for yoga and meditative retreats.
The Mohonk Mountain House is a luxury House aux natural. It is an extremely gorgeous and comprehensive piece of real estate.....an estate and it takes time to fully 'take in' the majesty of the property. So even when the stars aren't aligned and the full moon is not out ............the Mohonk Shines.
My daughter was 18 months old the first time we went to Mohonk,. We have gone back every year since and she is now 23! We spent many wonderful weekends with my parents and young daughter going on the carriage rides, hiking the trails to the Summit, running through the maze and climbing the tree house. Mohonk has it all--fireplaces to warm you in the winter after cross country skiing or snowshoeing and beautiful gardens and trails to hike on in the summer. And when you need a break, there is always a gazebo you can stop at to enjoy the incredible view. They have recently updated their kitchens and dining room, so that the food is equal to the view! In the Fall, the trees are magnificent. Make sure you book early for day trips, so you can enjoy the generous brunch and a massage at the top rated Spa.