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
This is by far the most beautiful setting in the entire Mid Hudson Valley. As a matter of fact, when we brought our friend from Switzerland, he said “We have nothing to equal this at home!” We have been going there over the years, and it gets better every time. Please check their website.
I loved my stay here. Sure, the joint reminds you of the shining, with its victorian vibe, and rooms with fireplaces. careful not to load up w. too much wood tho - sets off alarms. the food, the spa! the land that surrounds it - a perfect perfect stay
We've been to MMH several times though our previous visit was over 5 years ago. In the interim it has seen a transformation. It was always a place to hike, swim, relax, commune(with nature!), ice skate, boat - you name it. And the service was always friendly and great. However the food was just adequate. Not any more. Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, the cuisine is now topnotch. Bountiful, farm-to-table, often locally sourced choices are a treat. Be prepared to put on weight even if you hike, swim etc. Just be careful on those mountain roads.
My husband and I have been coming to Mohonk for years. We have stayed in pretty much every room type and have visited during every season of the year. Over the past two years we had taken a hiatus after a couple of disappointing trips where we experienced so many service issues that we finally felt it was just no longer worth the price. However after the hotel underwent some extensive renovations, we decided to give it another try. After visiting this February, I'm happy to say that the Mohonk is now better than ever!
What we always loved most about Mohonk was the atmosphere - stunning grounds, beautiful views, the nostalgic Victorian architecture. It was rustic but high end - a perfect mix of outdoorsy and luxurious. We loved spending the days either hiking, participating in the seasonal activities, or visiting the spa. Then we'd get dressed up for a romantic three-course dinner in the dining room at night.
Mohonk is a privately owned business rather than a big corporate hotel chain, so a certain amount of eccentricity and bumpiness with service was always to be expected (will they EVER figure out how to deal with the checkout valet in a timely fashion?). But we got turned off a couple of years ago when that bumpiness turned into straight up turbulence. It was a lot of little things. We went snow tubing, and half the tubes had sprung leaks. We booked one of the most expensive suites and were given the wrong room. We spent an entire weekend calling for firewood and after three days were still waiting. We were charged a room service fee for having spare glasses delivered to our room. The list goes on. Moreover, the rustic charms around the hotel were starting to look less rustic and more ragged. The place needed a facelift!
The nail in the coffin was learning that while the kitchen was undergoing a massive renovation, the three course dinner would no longer be offered. Instead all guests would have to eat at the buffet - typically overrun with noisy families - which had good food by buffet standards, but was hardly on the level with what you experienced in the more formal and romantic three-course dinner. And they had the nerve not to reduce prices to compensate for this.
Anyway that was then, and this is now. I'm very happy to say that MANY improvements have been made. All over the property there is evidence of subtle but meaningful improvements - new light fixtures, fresh coats of paint, renovated bathrooms in the guest rooms. The staff seems way more organized and responsive. This time when we requested more firewood, not only was it restocked instantly, but they even offered to start the fire for us if we needed. The three course dinner is back, and after the kitchen renovation the quality of the food is even better than before; these were the best dinners we have ever had at Mohonk. Even the regular breakfast buffet has been reconfigured to give a more high end and personalized feel. I'm so happy that Mohonk is back on track. We are very excited to become regulars again!
The dinners in the restaurant were the best I have ever had anywhere in the world, and I have been everywhere. The only thing the rooms are lacking is air conditioning, but in the winter that is irrelevant.
Breakfast was also outstanding.