The only positive about this so called 'RESORT', was we did not have to stay in one of their rooms. We provided our own accomodations by bringing along our Travel Trailer. Which is always clean. They do have a campground on the property. However, the trainsient sites are very limited.
I cannot speak for the cleanliness of rooms, however, I can speak volumes about the facilities and amenities.The pool, forget about it. As described in other reviews, dirty and stained water. Their Tiki Bar did not have any mixes for any tropical or theme drinks. Go figure, it was only Memorial Weekend! We lost power twice and lost water three time in 4 days. And not only in the campground, the entire resort. There well ran dry and needed to be shut offfor 3 hours to replenish. Not so bad for me paying $60 a night but an inconvenience. Had I been paying $1,000 for the weekend, I would be mad! We stayed past Monday to avoid the Memorial Traffic. The majority of the campers left on Monday and dumoed there sewer tanks into the sewer inlet on their sites. The entire sewer system for the campground backed up because it could not handle the volume. I will not described what came of that!
For all of the beautiful property they have, they do not see fit to have any organized recreation for the kids. The playground is vintage at best, and rusting away. And did I mention the pool? This once was a thriving resort long ago. It has been some time since I was last there before this trip. And I was shocked at the state of the property and the lack of organization and logistics.
We only had one meal there and it was not bad. The bar area and nightlife is probably what saves this place. After the recent fire, the main building that was rebuilt is very nice. They also book very good Irish Bands. Which is why we go there.
It is a shame because I have been going to Blackthorne since I was a 4 years old and always had a great time. Again it has been a while since I have been there. It seems as if the owner has set his sites on other areas of the property, and letting things like updating infrastructure, recreation, and maintaining and upgrading the property fall apart.
If you plan to camp there, which I do not recommend, it is first come first serve. You cannot make a reservation. And there are only about 15 to 20 sites with water, electric and sewer. The majority of the campground is seasonal campers. So if you planning a weekend camping trip there, get there early on Friday or even Thursday. If it is a holiday weekend, than Thursday.
I truly do not like writing negative reviews. However, I do not have anything positive to say about this place unfortunately. I hope the ownership uses these reviews, which are all basically the same, constructively. And they make the necessary changes to make this place great again. It truly was a shame to see what the Blackthorne has become.
Our date of stay was Memorial Weekend 2012
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether you are just here to relax or out for fun. Blackthorne has all there is to offer. Enjoy everything from Lodging, Dining, Dancing, Top Notch Entertainment to Indoor and Outdoor Recreation. We have it all!Nestled amidst the breathtaking beautyof the Northern Catskills Mountains, The Blackthorne Resort offers all the comfort and luxury you desire.Terrace views to the majestic mountains, air conditioning, heat, television, and privatebaths. Ultra Deluxe rooms with queen sizebeds, refrigerator, and Jacuzzis. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blackthorne Hotel East Durham