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“Clean, Quaint and Reasonable” 5 of 5 stars
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9350 Route 22, Hillsdale, NY 12529   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Hillsdale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
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“Clean, Quaint and Reasonable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

If your in the area of Northwest Connecticut very close to the NY and MA line don't ignore considering a stay here. The owner, Steele, is charming. The rooms are operating room clean, and the decor is unique. My wife and I have spent weekends there when we attend the races at Lime Rock Park. A variety of restaurants to suit different palates are abundant. Check this gem out. Trust me.By the way on my ratings I indicated and excellent restaurant and fitness center. Silvanus has neither. They don't need them.

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely and overlook and expansive lawn and pool.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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NSteele, Owner at Silvanus Lodge, responded to this review, October 5, 2012
Well, this was a pleasant surprise. These guests have been here a few times. Once again I think our excellent remarks reflect more on the guest than the property. If I could rate the guests, they would be in the five-star category. First rate people that are a pleasure... always nice to have them return. Limerock seems to generate some of the best guests. Thanks again for thinking of the motel. Guests like yourselves make me want to work harder!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn, NY
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We decided to visit the Hudson Valley for the Labor Day weekend at the very last minute, and luckily Silvanus Lodge had a room to accommodate 3 of us (2 adults and 1 child) on Sat and Sun nights. The owner Steele was very helpful in giving us tips. (He does everything at the lodge btw!) The pool was awesome. The cat was cute. Our bill came out to be less than $300 for 2 nights on a summer holiday weekend, which was unbelievable. You can feel the owner's love in every detail at this lodge. Conveniently located on Rt 22 (our favorite country road), the lodge was perfect for us to go check out many towns and sights in the area. They even have a BBQ grill for guests to use. Next time we come back, we need to take advantage of that for sure.

Room Tip: Heard that Room 9 has kitchenette. It's also disconnected from the rest of the lodge, so you mig...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NSteele, Owner at Silvanus Lodge, responded to this review, September 7, 2012
Thank you... perfect children always welcome. Also adventurers. These are the kind of guests that would be happy almost anywhere, and we are glad you choose to be happy here! Please, please come again soon.
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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Beautiful grounds. Small but great room. Terrific & quiet AC which we eventually turned off & opened the window. Excellent TV directory. Friendly & very helpfiull owner/manager named Steele. Bed comfortable. Clean & lovely pool with fresh towels. Room very clean &and fully equipped bathroom (shampoo, moisterizer, etc,) even had an air freshener can . Coffee in the lobby in the morning. "Cute" notes &an reminders in various places throughout the room. Very good bang for the buck. Steele is a most friendly & unique individual who appreciates his guests...he's definitely not a "Norman Bates" or like the Jack Nicholson character in "The Shining." We re-registered our kid for a nearby sleepaway camp for 2013 & plan to return to the Silvanus Lodge again, & again.

Room Tip: Our room was closest to the lobby & front desk (#1). Never heard a sound and the place was full.
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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NSteele, Owner at Silvanus Lodge, responded to this review, August 25, 2012
Love the review... I can be Norman with the right guest. :) By the end of the summer, we are worn out! If a guest says nice things, this says a lot more about the kindness of the guest than the owner. This can be a very demanding business, but I can't complain about the people that stay here. They are truly wonderful. SO, if you want to visit a place with lots of nice guests... THIS is the place.
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We were picking up our son from summer camp in Great Barrington and needed a place to stay for one night. We were on a mission to NOT pay $500 for a weekend in a Comfort Suites in the Berkshires!! So, we found reviews of this little place, and a really cool website for Silvanus Lodge, about a 15 minute drive outside of Great Barrington in Hillsdale, NY. It looked quirky and kinda cool, and the price was NOT ridiculous, so we decided to give it a try. WOW!!! It was absolutely perfect for our needs: clean, quiet, a great owner/manager, well-maintained. No hype and no pretense. There's even shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, cotton balls and Q-Tips in the bathroom. I loved my little patio that looked over the sloping lawn to the pool, especially in the morning with dew on the ground. Steele works very hard to keep his little motel "real," and that is very refreshing!!! Next year, when we pick up our son from camp, my first call will be to Silvanus Lodge! Thanks Steele!!!!

Room Tip: Room 1 can pick up the wifi signal from the lobby, which was very convenient. We didn't need to...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NSteele, Owner at Silvanus Lodge, responded to this review, September 7, 2012
LOVE all the great people that say such nice things! I'm glad you will be returning; this is our favorite guest. Steele
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Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

I love the Berkshires and the Hudson Valley, and the Silvanus offers a beautiful, cozy little lodge reminiscent of the fifties and sixties! Set back from route 22 in the quiet village of Hillsdale, the lobby and rooms rest on a gorgeous expanse of land with a pristine pool open for round-the-clock swimming. The rooms are immaculate and decorated in a funky fifties style. You will never find character and charm like this in a chain motel. Steele, the innkeeper, offers a good cup of coffee and stimulating discussion in the lobby, classical music in the background. If you are a bibliophile, I recommend these places: the Book Barn (about seven minutes from the lodge); the Bookloft (in Great Barrington); The Spotty Dog and Hudson City Books (both in Hudson). If you like biking and running, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail in Copake Falls is awesome! Good work, Steele! We'll be back. I want to see the foliage and the Norman Rockwell Christmas festival.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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NSteele, Owner at Silvanus Lodge, responded to this review, August 16, 2012
It is interesting that he kindest, most interesting, positive people always have the kindest, most interesting and positive things to say! I agree however.. all recommendations are great. My favorite being the Book Barn in Hillsdale. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the kind words.
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Morristown, New Jersey
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

What a friendly place to stay. If you are looking for good value in the Berkshires you can't get better than the Silvanus Lodge. The rooms (and bathroom) are small but very clean, neat and have the things you need. There is enough room for two chairs and a lamp table in between where you can eat a take out breakfast. The owner, Steele, is so friendly, you want to stay and continue talking to him for a while. He is helpful too as he has been in the area for over 10 years. The pool is in a big open field and just invites you to take a dip. Then you can sit on the patio of your unit and relax. Although there is no breakfast served, there is coffee and there are two places close by to buy bagels or donuts and more coffee. A diner is not too far if you need more then a quick breakfast.

If you want luxury, large rooms and eat in breakfast, this is not the place for you. If you want value for your money, it is a very good deal.

Room Tip: The internet connection is weak in the rooms, but is available in the lobby which is really close to...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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NSteele, Owner at Silvanus Lodge, responded to this review, July 27, 2012
Thank you!!! A most perfect and honest review. No doubt, the region is the BEST part of the motel. It is great to be here... Thank you again.
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Westminster, Maryland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Why spend literally twice as much staying in Mass. Berkshire towns when this quiet retreat awaits 15 minutes from those pricey places? The innkeeper, Steele, offers small, clean rooms. He also makes a mean cup of coffee! It is mentioned in other reviews but Steele is exceptionally helpful and friendly. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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NSteele, Owner at Silvanus Lodge, responded to this review, July 24, 2012
Thank you for the kind words. We do take some pride in charging less than the average place; and try to offer a bit more. I'm glad I do okay w/ the coffee - as I'm not a coffee drinker, I don't know! :)
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Additional Information about Silvanus Lodge

Address: 9350 Route 22, Hillsdale, NY 12529
Location: United States > New York > Hillsdale
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Hillsdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Edgy - yet friendly lodging, imaginative, wonderful country experience - peaceful and great for the happy adventurer. ... more   less 
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