I enjoyed my stay at the Minnewaska Lodge and would stay there again, although I think some of its policies are little restrictive. For example, weekends (Friday and Saturday) require a two-night stay (I was there on a Sunday night) and if you cancel your reservation 30 days prior to arrival date, you receive a credit that must be used within six months. Therefore, I would not stay there in January or February when the weather is unpredictable--certainly not 30 days in advance. You are charged for the room when you make the reservation, so my bill was paid before I got there. Also note that the lodge accepts AAA.
The lodge is located in Gardiner, NY, and is approximately six miles from the town of New Paltz, which makes it convenient to New Paltz's many restaurants and shops and other activities in the area.
The lodge, which has 26 rooms, is set back from the road and located at the base of the Shawangunk Mountains. The rooms at the back of the lodge have small terraces and a view of the mountains. The rooms in the front, like mine, have a view of the parking lot (in my e-mail confirmation it was described as "forest view"). Note that there are a few parking spaces by the entrance to the lodge. Otherwise, you must park in the larger lot, which requires you to walk up and down a small hill. Even if you don't have a mountain view room, you can enjoy the view from the deck or seated in the Adirondacks chairs scattered across the lawn. A good view is also provided in the Great room, where breakfast is served.
My room was spacious, with a cathedral ceiling, and decorated with oak Mission-style furniture. There was a king-size bed and end tables on either side with lamps, a phone and clock radio. To the right was a desk with a lamp and a chair and an arm chair. An ottoman was at the foot of the bed. Across from the bed was a bureau with a flat screen television on top. The closet contained an extra pillow and blanket, iron, ironing board and luggage rack.
The bathroom was decent size, with ample counter space, and a heat lamp. A hair dryer and Kiss My Face toiletries are provided but no coffee maker (however, coffee, tea and hot chocolate are provided in the breakfast room 24/7). Noteworthy to me is that four sets of towels were provided.
Breakfast is served in the Great room off the lobby. It also has a cathedral ceiling and one windowed wall that looks out on the mountains, so you can enjoy the view while you're having breakfast. There is one large table with six chairs and small groupings of tables and chairs. There is a fireplace but it wasn't in use when I was there. In addition to coffee and tea, breakfast included granola, fresh fruit, English muffins and cakes. Later in the day, cookies are provided in the lobby.
The Hudson Valley area is particularly beautiful in the fall. Last summer I had stayed at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz and had wanted to return in the fall to see the view from the tower on the grounds when the leaves are changing. Because a one-night stay at the Minnewaska Lodge ($179) is much cheaper than that for the Mohonk Mountain House I chose to stay at the lodge and buy a day pass to the Mohonk Mountain House grounds ($25 weekends, $20 weekdays). I believe that the lodge provides free passes to the Mohonk Preserve but had run out of its allotment at the time of my stay. The Mohonk Preserve Web site states that the Preserve and the Mohonk Mountain House are two separate places.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled upon 17 acres at the base of the rugged Shawangunk Mountains lies the Minnewaska Lodge, a uniquely designed 26-room property in the quaint town of Gardiner, New York. Surrounded by 25,000 acres of State park preserve, with breathtaking views of the Gunk’s Ridge 1,200 feet above the lodge, this Hudson Valley hotel offers a tranquil boutique experience. Minnewaska Lodge is centrally located just 75 miles North of New York City in the historic Hudson Valley, making it an unparalleled destination among New Paltz hotels for romantic getaways, weddings, reunions, corporate retreats, meetings, parties or small events. Accommodations at the Minnewaska Lodge are comfortable, providing the amenities and services of a fine hotel, with the ambiance of a cozy bed and breakfast. Oak Mission-style furniture and arts and crafts decor create a charming mountain retreat-like setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Minnewaska Hotel Gardiner