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 is for chef-in-action lunch buffet on Friday noon. Don’t understand why we were allocated with the last session when the restaurant is not even full. When we arrived, some of the main dishes are finishing/ finished with no re-fill! Even though is the last seating session, we are still paying full lunch buffet price. The chefs were not smiling or friendly. They made us feel like we were stopping them from finishing their shift.
Our 2nd stay and we love the grounds and freedom to roam around the house. Rooms are clean nothing special and I find they can be noisy... you hear everything. Food is plentiful and very good. We really enjoyed the 4 course option and. the BBQ outdoors to switch it up. Staff super friendly. Some say its very expensive but for what is included and the services they provide I feel its fair..We did not get spa treatments but purchased a day pass for use of facilities ...they ask that you don't use cell phone as not to disturb guest but dont ask the guest to honor a quiet zone that being said we were very disapointed that a large group go girls yacked for 2 hours no stop. I was looking for tranquility so left the mineral pool area to go find quiet in the couples solarium (so Beautiful) only to have to listen to more chitter chatter...Total rudeness and surprised a employee did not adress this. So if your looking for quiet this may not be the place for you save the $40 fee and find a gazebo to zone out. The Mountain bar was our favorite place to enjoy cocktails before dinner and strolling then lakeside was beyond beautiful with the gazebos lit up...Just beautiful. Cant wait to return. Helpful tips for getting a quieter location would be to ask to avoid hallways leading to dining rooms... A lot of foot traffic all day.
This afternoon, right after arriving at the Mohonk Mountain House, I had a horrible interaction with a gentlemen named John [-], who was wearing a security tag. I was there visiting with my partner and my 9lbs dog, who is also a service animal. As a GM of a hotel, I immediately picked up on his body language and demeanor, which clearly told me he knew nothing about hospitality. He refused to let the dog in after seeing her service animal card and used profanity towards my partner when he was trying to understand how a service animal could be refused entry. In 2019, I’m not sure how any establishment could have such an attitude towards animals- clear indication of being out of touch, not to mention refusal of a service animal is NOT LEGAL. I am not sure if he was having a bad day, but it is inexcusable to cuss at anyone anywhere let alone this is a hotel/resort!!! After he cussed, we immediately started backing away and turned around. As we walked away, he yelled behind us “hey come back here”. I will discourage anyone from staying at this place.
This resort is amazing. It is big and beautiful, and a fantastic place for a vacation no matter who you are with. The food is included in the price of the overnight stay, and the food is incredible. There is a daily activity schedule with activities all around the house, from tennis on the courts to hiking to tours of the property. It is a gorgeous place to travel, with great views from the sky top tower. The great thing about this resort is that even if you are with a large group of people, everyone can do what they want. There are peddle boats, canoes, rowboats, and kayaks for the lake, all included if you stay overnight. The lake also has a swimming area with a diving board and a small beach. There is also a complimentary kids club if you are travelling with children. Mohonk is a phenomenal place, and there is something there for everyone.
The setting is beautiful although I was surprised how unsafe many areas seemed, I know they are trying to keep it natural but when you have so many people on the premises some accommodations need to be made. The system to enter was awful, they had 3 lanes of cars backed up and only 2 attendants to check people in, over a20 minute wait for me. I took my sister for her birthday and I booked 2 beds but one of the beds was a twin which I was not told in advance. Also the bathroom sink cold water did not work at all (knob just spun) which we didn't discover until we went to bed the first night and didn't want a repair person in the room that late. That should have been reported earlier by the housekeeper I would think. The activities were a good selection although rotating staff seems to handle most of them as opposed to a naturalist, etc. which would have made the hikes, etc. more interesting. The food and staff were excellent, we ate in the main dining room and every meal was a wonderful buffet. Beautiful views and lots of rocking chairs, no TVs. I think it is overall overpriced for what is included but it was an experience. Maybe better to go for the day in future.