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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 hotel is truly gorgeous and set in a unique setting. It is very old, and as such, lacks some amenities you might expect from a hotel in this price range. I used a wheelchair to get around that was provided by the hotel. Just about everything was accessible, but I was struck by the lack of automatic door opening buttons. Fortunately, I had a companion to help me, but if you are on your own in a wheelchair here, expect a challenge. I think this might be reflective of a possible gap in the hotel's compliance with ADA regulations. They did have wheelchair lifts at several spots where necessary, as well as a lift for the pool.
The food was delicious and plentiful.
I enjoyed the spa immensely where Ron gave me a fabulous massage.
The whole experience was wonderful. The location in the Catskills is amazing. The resort was quiet despite having hundreds of families visiting. The food was very good - there is something for everyone. The swimming area is fabulous and refreshing and so clean, and the hiking, is great. Highly recommend.
I generally like the Mohonk Mountain House: I am writing this negative review to bring attention something I think is unacceptable.
After 8pm, guests who are arriving cannot, by telephone, reach the front desk or any other human in the hotel (a recording says "your call is very important to us," but will not give you a human no matter what you do). In our case, our efforts to call ahead and make sure a crib would be in our room for our sleeping daughter were in vain; if someone wanted to confirm a reservation or anything else they'd also be out of luck.
The front desk, as in most hotels, is well staffed at 830pm, but there is no possible way to reach them. If the management can provide an explanation for this, or change this, I will remove this review.