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“A Sweet Little Discovery” 5 of 5 stars
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4091 Route 28, Boiceville, NY 12412   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Boiceville
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“A Sweet Little Discovery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2011

We'd planned to spend the night in a wilderness campsite on Ashokan High Point, but rain changed our excursion into a day hike. Needing a place to lay our slightly damp bodies, we pulled into the Trail Motel. The landscaping was attractive, and the owner let us check the room before committing.

Early in the season, the midweek price was quite reasonable, but we were carrying very little cash. Since the motel doesn't accept credit cards, the owner directed us to the ATM at the grocery next door, and soon we were comfortable in a room with a queen bed, a refrigerator and coffee maker, TV and a bath equipped with shower. All were good quality, althought the water tasted like iron.

The decor was like the honeymoon suite I never got as a young bride, with wallpaper and carpet in carefully matched floral patterns. We were both so charmed by the rose-patterned teacups and saucers beside the Mr. Coffee, we used them instead of the travel mugs we'd brought inside.

Outside, the concrete walkway was shaded by an overhanging roof and by vine-covered lattice. This made a comfortable place to enjoy the supper we had intended to eat in camp, as well as our morning coffee.

In the morning sunlight, I spent time admiring a huge tree that shaded the grounds, the tallest weeping willow I've ever seen, with a gnarled trunk that had grown into shapes that reminded me of faces, animals, and even a ship's masthead. We didn't visit the art gallery, but I had to wonder if the tree had inspired the artist's creative imagination.

Meanwhile, my husband enjoyed a chat with the owner, who was very personable.

We left refreshed and ready to tackle another wilderness adventure.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2010

After contacting other lodging options to find they were all booked, we were referred to the Trail Motel. Checking out the website caused us to pause but we were assured it was a great lodging option for our ski weekend on Belleayre Mountain.

I do not usually book a stay in a motel but I have to say, this was a great, comfortable, incredibly clean lodging option. It had the feel of a B&B room but with the privacy of your own room and access. The grounds are impeccable and the owner(s) were very helpful. We are already talking about this as our option when we return. There is a grocery immediately next door and lovely Phoenicia, NY is nearby for some great dining options. There is a tasty diner maybe a block away for breakfast and lunch.

This is one of those choices you may pass by on the drive-by but it is a great option and great value. We missed seeing the gallery which we were disappointed to miss.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2008

If you're planning a trip to the Woodstock, NY area to attend a concert, browse the shops and art galleries, ski at Belleayre, or hike along the gorgeous Ashokan Reservoir, I highly recommend the Trail Motel in nearby Boiceville, a modest but very comfortable homey place (two-night minimum on weekends). Our room with kingsize bed was furnished with a cozy settee and lots of old fashioned floral and lace decor . There was a TV, small fridge and coffeemaker ...even a small recycling bin. The air conditioning was excellent and the shower had great water pressure...always a happy surprise. Bring your own hair dryer. The owner/operator has created beautifully landscaped grounds with lovely flowers everywhere and the most spectacular specimen weeping willow...also a gazebo and lots of nooks for outdoor reading or intimate conversation. A most unexpected treat however, was the presence of a serious art gallery right on the premises, featuring watercolors and oils, most of which were created by the owner's son, a much-recognized artist. Afternoon tea and cookies are served in the gallery, but for a great breakfast, be sure to try the Pineview Bakery just down the road.

  • Liked — gardens and art gallery
  • Disliked — no internet
  • Stayed August 2008
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4091 Route 28, Boiceville, NY 12412
Location: United States > New York > Boiceville
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Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Boiceville
Number of rooms: 31

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