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Grand Cascades Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hamburg
NY
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118 reviews
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“Golf Trip with the boys”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

Spent 2 nights at this fantastic resort while on a golf trip with friends. Check in was easy, I self parked the car in the garage and arrived in a room with 2 queen beds. Room was a good size for 2 guys and had all the standard amenities although it lacked a balcony. Ate in the Crystal Tavern for dinner and it was very good, also ate in the Ballyowin clubhouse for lunch which was also excellent.

Access to golf was excellent. You can walk to 2 of the courses and drive or take a shuttle to the rest. Wild Turkey was the favorite for its views and playability. Ballyowin was also a very interesting and fun course. The Crystal Springs course while amazing to look at was very difficult to play. The putting course next to the hotel was out of this world and should not be missed if you are a true golfer.

This resort is a great setup for a golf trip and we will definitely be back in the future.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank raincheck10
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Vincent S, Front Office Manager at Grand Cascades Lodge, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
Dear Raincheck10,

Thanks for visiting Grand Cascades and taking the time to post your review of our lodge and amenities. We appreciate that! Golf has been one of the cornerstones of Crystal Springs since the beginning, and we couldn't be more proud of the exceptional quality and variety of courses that are immediately available to our guests and visitors. Wild Turkey is always a fan favorite for stunning views and friendly playability without being "easy". In fact, the course was architected by Roger Rulewich, who also designed our premier course, Ballyowen, and our newest 9, Cascades.

The much more challenging Crystal Springs can be a lot of fun for the prepared golfer, and likewise offers some truly memorable views of our area. Also, whether a father and son tandem teaching and learning the game or a foursome of seasoned veterans competing for bragging rights, our 18 hole natural grass "mini" putting course, available to all overnight guests, is a great amenity we are happy to offer. For many who visit and have never played golf before, it is their first opportunity to step on a true golf green. We think that's cool!

We are happy that the premium room with 2 queens was the right fit for you and your friends, and if you visit us again without the guys, we recommend trying one of our suites. You won't be disappointed.

Thanks again for sharing, and we look forward to your next visit to Grand Cascades.
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Putting the 7 golf courses aside, the hotel and restaurants are spectacular. Rooms are full sized with complete kitchens, gas stove and full frig. The outdoor patio also had a gas fireplace! The spa kept the other one occupied while I enjoyed "Wild Turkey", the more forgiving course. The crystal tavern was perfect for a drink and dinner after a round. We will be back!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank MJP25
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Vincent S, Front Office Manager at Grand Cascades Lodge, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
Dear MJP25,

Thank you for choosing Grand Cascades for your recent getaway and for sharing your generous compliments with our future guests. We sincerely appreciate it! One of the great things about staying in our suites, as you pointed out, is that you can really make yourself at home, courtesy of the suite's many thoughtful appointments, especially in the kitchen. To be able to relax in your room as much as while at any of our golf courses, spas, or restaurants, is important to us, and we are happy that you found that to be the case in your fireplace balcony suite. For couples visiting our resort, Wild Turkey golf course and Reflections Spa provide a great option of one or the other or both--next time make it a two-some followed by a couples massage! We are also glad that you enjoyed your dining experiences during your stay.

We hope that you will stay with us again soon and look forward to your next visit to our lodge. Thank you again for writing!
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Succasunna, New Jersey
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

We stayed here last night after a wedding and our room and service was very good. This is a great location for a wedding. The ceremony was held outside in their garden that backed up to a babbling pond with tall grasses that framed the valley and high hills in the distance.

The cocktail reception was held in a covered outside deck that was large and could handle a large crowd. The cocktail hour food was very good.

The room for the actual dinner was very large and had great sound acoustics. The room is nicely furnished and the wedding planner did a great job with decorations and flowers.

My only suggestion would be for the hotel to have a coffee service in the main lobby in the morning. I had to walk about a 1/4 to the banquet area to get a cup of coffee.

This is also a very popular golf resort.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank fnct
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Vincent S, Front Office Manager at Grand Cascades Lodge, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
Dear fnct,

Thank you for staying at Grand Cascades Lodge and for sharing your comments with other travelers; we truly appreciate it! In fact, many of our guests who visit on the weekend this time of year are here to share in a special occassion, and we are proud to be the chosen venue for dozens of couples each year as they tie the knot and start their new lives together. Enhancing the celebration are our dedicated team of hotel and banquet staff, unique amenities, the natural beauty of our surrounding area and of course, the opportunity to celebrate overnight with family and friends. We are glad that you found your service and accommodations to be exceptional throughout your stay. Regarding your suggestion about coffee being more available in the lobby, we agree with you, and, this is something that we are currently planning as part of an upcoming rennovation to the hotel. Currently, we offer complimentary coffee right in the lobby on weekends between 6am and 8am.

Again we thank you for visiting and for your post, and we hope that you will be a guest at Grand Cascades Lodge again soon.
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Didn't really have time to enjoy the great looking amenities here, as we were in latish and had to be out early.

The staff that we did encounter were friendly and courteous - the room was very well equipped with all of the amenities you would expect. The sofa bed was exceptionally uncomfortable for an adult - a child's weight may not prove such a problem but for a full grown adult it was an inadequate support.

We ate in the Tavern, the more family friendly restaurant on property - Kobe Burger $19.00 - quite good but hard to justify $19.00. The kids menu unfortunately falls into the norm with the usual kids fare - macaroni cheese, hot dogs and cheese burger - our sons with everything burger came with nothing! The service in the Tavern was slow and the server seemed somewhat challenged to communicate clearly - all in all, over priced and of poor quality - we had a much better meal in the family diner on the way home the next day for half the price. Not sure that with expense comes quality - often, as in this case the price of the menu does not indicate the quality of the food. Resorts like this really need to invest in a healthy kid friendly menu, the smoothies on the menu we full of sugar and the chocolate and banana has to be a joke - where is healthy fruit based smoothie or fresh vegetables. the In hindsight - we should have eaten somewhere else. All a little pretentious.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Bernie G
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Vincent S, Front Office Manager at Grand Cascades Lodge, responded to this review, September 16, 2013
Dear Bernie,

Thank you for choosing Grand Cascades Lodge as the destination for your recent stay with your family, and for sharing your experience. We are very glad that your stay was pleasant and our staff made you feel welcomed. Hopefully, you will have more time to enjoy the wide variety of amenities and activities during your next visit, which include amazing pools, golf, kids activities, outdoor adventures, and exciting special events.

Thank you also for providing insights regarding the restaurant kids menu, service, quality, and pricing. I will share these with our restaurant managers and Food & Beverage Director, and I apologize that the lackluster service you received was not consistent with the outstanding service for which we are known. Our chef's utilize the freshest and most high quality ingredients when creating and preparing our restaurant menus, but this should most definitely include our young diners as well. You make a great suggestion in your post, which I will also share with our F&B management team.

We hope that you will choose Grand Cascades Lodge again soon, and we look forward to the opportunity to serve you and your family once again.

Thanks for visiting us and for your post!
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

We had the pleasure of my daughter getting married at Black Bear, this past week end. My husband and I stayed the week end at Grand Cascades, along with our daughter and numerous other guests. I cannot say enough about how wonderful you are treated by everyone at this resort. Nothing is a bother to them, they are there to help in any way.
The rooms are amazing, when I walked into our room I thought that we had the wrong room. I have never stayed in a more warm and beautiful suite. The Kitchen had everything you needed from a full size Refrigerator to a dishwasher.The cabinets were stocked with wine glasses as well as a corkscrew, plates, silverware. Coffee pot with coffee and creamers. The living room had a gas Fireplace, that started with a switch on the wall. Off of the living room was a beautiful deck with large table and 4 chairs. The bedroom had a door off of the bedroom to the huge bathroom. The tub was huge with jets and the shower was also a very good size.
The grounds are amazing, infinity pool as well as a pool with a slide, a tikki bar near the pool for drinks and food. The other pool was inside, beautiful as well and also another pool outside.
At night we had a glass of wine outside near one of the firepits and there is also a few fireplaces. There was a place near the firepits that you could lay down, it was a very large lounge chair. The sunset was unbelievable. It was a Perfect way to spend with family and friends for my daughter and son in laws Wedding. We hope to be back in the near future to this Magical place in New Jersey. We all felt like we were in a beautiful destination. You cannot help but relax at this beautiful Resort. Because my brother loved this place so much he is going away there this wk end for his 27th Wedding Anniversary, he told us he has been to many places and this by far has been the best by far. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for making this the best wedding we could ever ask for. Also the food was amazing!!!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Thank NewJerseyJeter
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Vincent S, Front Office Manager at Grand Cascades Lodge, responded to this review, September 16, 2013
Dear NewJerseyJeter,

A wedding is truly one of the most special occassions that a family can share at our resort, and we are honored and elated to have helped make this a memorable weekend for your daughter and your family! On behalf of our staff, thank you for your warm and generous compliments, which truly mean a great deal to us. We are passionately focused on providing a great guest experience, and we are very happy that your friends and family were treated to luxury but also had fun at the celebration and exploring our amenities.

It is our hope that your daughter's wedding weekend will be one of many wonderful trips to Grand Cascades Lodge, and we look forward to seeing you again.

Thank you for posting!
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Sussex, New Jersey
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

This place is great. Multiple locations to swim, dine, drink and just flat out chill. It can get a little costly but it's worth it. Te service staff is friendly drinks are good and food is pleasant. Great location on the foot of Mt. Creek for winter and summer activities. Great local wineries with in a close radius. Last but not least golf out the ying yang!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Thank Brian G
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Vincent S, Front Office Manager at Grand Cascades Lodge, responded to this review, September 15, 2013
Dear Brian,

Thank you for visiting Grand Cascades, and we are delighted to read that you had a great experience here enjoying our wide variety of amenities and golf. We pride ourselves on being able to provide couples, families, and corporate travelers a fun, warm and luxurious stay from beginning to end, and we are focused on exceptional service, dining and golf. Although your stay may have been brief, we are glad that you packed a lot into a short time.

Thanks much for sharing your post, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Saddle Brook, New Jersey, Usa
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

We heard great things from friends and family about Grand Cascades and took a birthday weekend and went the week after Labor Day-little did we know we were put smack in the middle of a wedding party who screamed and yelled until 1am-the tv pixilated so that was of no help-and we thought the restaurants were extremely limited. A family oriented destination should offer family oriented selections-it was very nouvo in the restaurant selection. We ended up going to dinner at Minerals Resort, and, in fact, are going to stay there in November. Wish we had stayed there to begin with. Personally, a lot of hype, not much substance. I will say however, the rooms are absolutely beautiful!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Lynn R
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Vincent S, Front Office Manager at Grand Cascades Lodge, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
Dear Lynn,

Thank you for staying and for sharing your comments. It is always unfortunate when the actions of one guest make it difficult for another guest truly to relax and enjoy a peaceful night's rest. We always encourage any guest who is experiencing any sort of issue no matter how small to contact our front desk right away for assistance. We are here to help! I am, however, very glad that we had a few moments to speak at checkout and that you are booked for a return stay at our sister property, Minerals Resort and Spa, in the near future. I am certain that you will have a wonderful, relaxing, enjoyable experience. We appreciate your patience and understanding and are looking forward to welcoming you back to Crystal Springs later in the Fall.

Thanks again for posting and see you soon!
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Property: Grand Cascades Lodge
Address: 3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ 07419-1531
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Hamburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hamburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Cascades Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 250
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience Grand Cascades Lodge, the NY metro area's newest and most luxurious resort hotel. Ideally situated in the scenic mountains of northwestern New Jersey and just 47 miles from Manhattan, this elegant retreat offers spacious designer guest rooms with gourmet kitchens, fireplaces and balconies. World-class amenities include a distinctive Biosphere Tropical Pool Complex, the luxurious Reflections Spa, six award-winning golf courses, an 18-hole grass putting course, 4-star Restaurant Latour, 3 indoor/outdoor heated pools, meeting and conference rooms, on-site pro shop, gift store and more. ... more   less 
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