My family and I spent Labor Day weekend at this resort and had a very memorable trip. We arrived shortly after 9pm and watched as the bar filled up with college age, twenty-something's, and bikers. Once we made it to the room we realized the huge mistake we made. The rooms were old, smelly and relatively unkept. When I finally got my kids to bed I noticed a flickering in th window. I peeked out side and found the residents below us enjoying a large Bon fire, an acoustic guitar jam session, fueled by suitcases of natural ice beer (I didn't realize this was still in production) and jack Daniels. The evening was capped of at 430 am when several rounds of fireworks were set off in the center of the resort and lasted about 30 minutes.
At 7am we took a tour of the resort and found the last motley crew standing hanging out around the pool with bottles of firewater and their guitars. As we continued the tour we found caged birds malnourished resting in their feces, a run down play ground from the 80s and a closed haunted house crawling with rodents.
When we made it to breakfast we were greeted by friendly staff and a clean facility. When the food made it out it was hot and tasty. That day we took a trip to Saratoga which was a long ride and not recommended. When we returned for dinner we again found pleasant staff and decent food. We were also able to enjoy the bar and festival taking place. Drinks were fairly cheap and the entertainment was great.
Overall I would not suggest bringing a family to this place. Although many families were there it's geared more towards a single crowd looking to have a good time on short money. Food and service were good given the location.
- 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