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Christman's Windham House
5742 Route 23, Windham, NY 12496   |  
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Colmar, Pennsylvania
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“So restful; we love it here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

My husband and I have been to Christman's Windham House more than once for golf school. The Ben Sutton Golf School, based in FL, has a branch at Christman's. It's great to go there when the weather is hot here in Philadelphia. The climate and scenery are unbeatable. The hotel is quite old, with ambience to match. We've stayed in two different rooms in the main hotel, and both have been large, well appointed (for a country place) with a balcony and a small fridge for cold drinks. Staying in the main hotel building means a short walk downstairs to the dining room for meals and just across the street for golf school. Or for getting your clubs to play a round. The staff is super friendly and accommodating. One of the best things about the hotel is the food. It's fabulous. Breakfast is breakfast, but lunch and dinner are delightful with a variety of choices. Of course there is also a full bar and a tavern across the street offering live music on Friday night. The last time we were there, they even had a circus set up on the 9th fairway for all the townfolk (and guests) to enjoy. If you want a spa vacation with a swimming pool and those amenities, go somewhere else. If you want friendly staff, comfortable accommodations, and great food, try Christman's in the Catskills. Very easy to get to from most parts of the northeast. Less than 30 miles off the Thruway and close to other interstate highways.

Room Tip: The rooms with a balcony are on the front next to the road. If you're a light sleeper, maybe an...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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DeRuyter, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

Mrs. Christman and her staff were the nicest service folks I've run into in a while. The lady herself checked me in, and knowing that I was traveling alone took it upon herself to place me in a room in the main building in case I was worried about security (there are several lodging buildings on the grounds, I believe). I get the sense from seeing the pics on their website that the rooms in the main building are more "inn" like in their furnishings and linens than the ones in the other building (I think they get a lot of golfers and skiers throughout the year). I found my room to be nicely appointed, clean, with a good sized TV, desk, small fridge, attractive linens, and a jacuzzi tub (YEA!). A full hot breakfast was included in my stay, and it was both full and hot! I ate breakfast there twice, and you get a small menu to select from, which is served on regular china by a server (LOADS better than a continental breakfast of stale bagel at any other franchise hotel). First day I had a bowl of canteloupe (best I've ever had), with thick french toast. Day two I had canteloupe, scrambled eggs, toast and home fries. All were made to order. And, bonus on day two - when I arrived at my assigned dining table, there was a freshly made blueberry muffin waiting for me!!!

I also had dinner there on my first evening. DELICIOUS is an understatement. The restaurant is open to the public, but luckily (for me anyway) it was lightly packed on a Tuesday night. The chef outdid himself with a salad of fresh greens, and a walnut encrusted chicken breast stuffed with carmelized onions and gorgonzola cheese. That was served over cooked greens, and with a side of what I learned was called "Tom's Potatoes." I would just call them "More" because they were so good I wanted another helping. I don't usually indulge in "fancy" meals when I'm out on business, but this was well worth the break with my norm.

The service: Each time Mrs. Christman saw me she acknowledged me, making me feel like a special customer of her establishment. I borrowed a book from the Inn library and she offered to let me take it home if I liked it. The staff I had contact with was very pleasant and friendly, and seemed pleased to be there and serve their customers.

I can't speak for the shape or service of the entire property, as I didn't have the time to explore, but the lodging in the main building (housing the restaurant and reservation desk) was quite nice, and the service and food in the restaurant was even better. I'll be sure to try and stay here again when I'm going through on business or pleasure, if for no other reason than the people there were so nice, and for the day/season it was a reasonable price.

Room Tip: Didn't see all the rooms in person, but I'll wager the rooms in the main building are best.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Okeechobee, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2011

You want a great golf vacation or just a fabulous golf day with the best kept secret dining experience. The staff cannot do enough to make your stay unforgettable with always a smile..

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn NY
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2011

We were recently married and we had our reception at Christman's 1805 tavern/barn and had a fabulous event!
I've golfed here many times and my wife and I have stayed and dined here quite a few times before we married. When we were looking for a place for our reception, we wanted a unique experience and we had a 'country chic' theme. We were looking for a place where the hall was something special, with good food and handy accommodations so our guests did not have to drive after the event.
Christman's came through on every level! Ruth and Brian Christman were involved and present during the preparations and at the event itself. Kristin Garaghan, their wedding planner, had great ideas and gave us confidence through her understanding of her vendors and suppliers that all would happen as planned.
Tim Cross, is a well traveled, experienced chef and one of the most inventive chefs I know put out the most wonderful food. We had a number of well healed and snobby NYers and foodies that agreed - "the chateaubriand was the best I've ever had!" - "the fiddlehead fern tempura was delicious!" and on and on. As a matter of fact, my wife and I had dined the week before at NYC’s Gramercy Tavern where we spend $300 on a so-so meal which paled in comparison to the great work coming out of Mr. Cross’s kitchen.
The staff at Christman's attended to our every need and did so in such a way as to calm a very stressed out couple. They provided great ideas and real options and worked with us to get us what we wanted and within the budget we needed to stay within.
Since we had a theme and we are both designers, we wanted to dress up their lovely 1805 barn with our lighting and decorations. They made every effort to allow us access at any time we needed it and the staff was just a delight to work with. They even completed some renovations in advance that made the space even more attractive and had electrical needs for the live band in place by the event date.
When we arrived from the ceremony, they allowed us as many golf carts as we needed to go up the big hill to take photographs on their mountain course which has spectacular views.
They never once made us nervous and at every turn gave us more than what we expected and did so in the friendliest way possible. We felt like we were part of their family and we had a great time.
When the bill came, there were absolutely no surprises! So we whole heartedly recommend Christman’s for your events, a great round of golf, great food and warm and friendly accommodations.

Room Tip: Stay in the Main Inn for an authentifc experience
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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haauppauge
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2011

For the money you are spending a night there has to be nicer newer places to stay. Stayed here 20 years ago and I don't think anything was updated since The people are very nice, but the inn is very tired, the breakfast was a complete joke we ended up eating at the local diner. We went during Presidents week and we were the only ones staying there.... a little spooky! Once you check in you can't leave early without full payment.....Could be a lovely destination if they would put some money into the place. What a disappointment.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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alattheinn, Manager at Christman's Windham House, responded to this review, July 22, 2011
Breakfast referred to is a free continental Breakfast served in Ski season only. Cold serial, Freihoffers pastries ( Albany NY) Bagels, Juice, Oatmeal, and various kinds of bread satisfy most people for a continental breakfast. In the summer season we serve a full breakfast in the restaurant, there is no continental breakfast in the summer.
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Hoboken
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2010

Basic, clean and comfortable rooms. Breakfast and dinner (included) were tasty. The hotel, bar and pro-shop staff were super accommodating and pleasant... really nice folks, and our group can be a handful. Very scenic golf course. Our carts were a little wheezy, though.

We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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South Deerfield, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2010

Eight of us couples have reunited each August for the past eight years to golf and just enjoy each other. After several years in Vermont, we discovered the Catskills with stay and play options. This year we enjoyed Christman's. It offered everything we needed: clean rooms with good showers, fun and interesting golf holes, breakfast and dinner included so we didn't have to travel. This isn't the Ritz, but the service with friendly and helpful. We already booked for next year's return.

Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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Address: 5742 Route 23, Windham, NY 12496
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Location: United States > New York > Catskill Region > Windham
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #5 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Windham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Windham NY mountain resort, hotel, getaway, restaurant, bar, golf, skiing, equestrian, jacuzzi, AC, summer Pool, wireless, cell, pvt bath, newly renovated rooms, suites, efficiencies, packages, families, groups. One mile from Windham ski mountain. Great value, immaculately clean rooms, fine dining, 300 acre resort grounds, 27 golf holes, championship 18 hole course. Largest golf practice and learning facility in NYS. Family owned and managed for 50 years. ... more   less 
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