This was my second stay at Grand Cascades. Each time as part of a business conference. Unfortunately I did not get to experience all that the resort has to offer in my short visits but what I saw was fantastic.
First, the rooms are beautiful and immaculate. Some reviews mention the rooms being run down but I did not have that experience. The room décor is very rich, warm and inviting. I was in a "Spring Brook Vista Suite" this time with full kitchen, washer/dryer, living area with couch, armchair, fireplace, flatscreen TV and kitchen table. The balconies contain a big table and cushioned chairs. The bedroom contain another mounted TV, a huge king bed with very comfortable foam mattress and robes. There is an enormous bathroom with both standing stall shower and tub. Everything from the cups and glasses, fridge, pillows, carpeting, lamps, etc...were spotless and clean. I have also stayed at Minerals Spa and Resort and definitely feel that Grand Cascades rooms are far superior.
During my first stay I was given an over-sized suite on a higher floor. I was nervous walking to my room this time as it was below the lobby floor and thought I would not have the same view but I still had a gorgeous view of the mountains and sunset (room 118). The only differences I noticed between both sized rooms were obviously the general square footage and the fact that the larger suite contained a breakfast bar with chairs, loveseat instead of armchair, a TV and soaking Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom and fireplace on the balcony.
The property is a bit difficult to navigate but I think that is due to the geography/location of the resort. Perhaps things could be better labeled. They do give you a map. The wine cellar is huge and not to be missed. I was very impressed with their event mass produced food. The formal banquet dinner was absolutely delicious. Perfectly cooked filet paired with 2 giant shrimp, potatoes and veg.
The grounds are beautiful. They do an excellent job at providing lots of outside patio, deck and other lounge areas with comfy chairs, fire pits, etc...The spa looks relaxing, the infinity pool is beautiful as is their indoor pool area. Unfortunately I did not have time to enjoy the spa or golf. Free valet or self-park is available.
They should really put coffee in the lobby. There is coffee but you have to go pretty far in the opposite direction which is annoying if you want to grab a coffee when checking out.
Service at check in and at the bars/restaurants was courteous and prompt.
I strongly recommend this hotel as a weekend getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience Grand Cascades Lodge, the NY metro area’s newest and most luxurious resort hotel. Ideally situated in the scenic mountains of northwestern New Jersey and just 47 miles from Manhattan, this elegant retreat offers spacious designer guest rooms with fireplace and balconies. World-class amenities include a distinctive Biosphere tropical pool complex, the luxurious Reflections Spa, seven award-winning golf courses, an 18-hole grass putting course, and 4-star Restaurant Latour with its 54,000 bottle Wine Cellar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Cascades Hotel Hamburg
- Hotel Grand Cascades