The inn and rooms were clean and comfortable and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Although the "official" check-in time is 2:00pm and check-out is 12:00pm, guests are welcome to arrive early and stay after check-out time to use the facilities. This is a bonus, as most places charge extra to do this.
As stated by others, the lake is approximately 1/4 mile from the main property...so the Inn "AT" Lake Joseph is a bit of a stretch.
There are rowboats and kayaks available, the use of which are free to guests. It was very relaxing being on the water; however, there are many areas of the lake that are very low and have tree stumps and rocks protruding, so care needs to be taken when navigating through it.
Although ample, the breakfast really wasn't very good. The omelettes were small and the hash browns were more like boiled potatoes...very bland and not "browned" at all. The plain pancakes were very "cakey", not light and fluffy as I prefer. The french toast, bacon and sausage were good. Best to stick with those or the fruit, bagels and yogurt. Lunch consisted of salads, lunch meats, etc. and was good enough for a quick bite. The brownies, offered daily, were VERY good!
The 10% per night surcharge for gratuities is quite steep, as this can add $30.00/night to your bill. Seems a bit high to me for having a sub-par breakfast served and your room straightened. Let's assume breakfast for 2 is $20.00...a 25% gratuity for breakfast would be $5.00. Let's further assume lunch for 2, that you make yourself, is $30.00...a 25% gratuity for that is $7.50. That leaves a gratuity of $17.50/day for straightening the room!
Unfortunately, as I found out, not ALL guests perform the required "cleaning up" after their dogs. This caused me to spend 20 minutes cleaning the grooves of my gym shoe!!
Overall, the Inn offers a nice, if over-priced, place to "unwind" and enjoy the lower Catskill Mountain region.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn, with working fireplaces, whirlpool baths and private sundecks, is located in Upstate New York on a 250-acre private lake. Like resort lodging, Inn at Lake Joseph provides a variety of summer and winter recreational facilities, including access to a health and fitness spa. But unlike larger hotels, with just 18 guestrooms, a luxurious, yet informal, casual country retreat that assures guests a relaxing, private, rustic mountain lake environment awaits. Very much like the Berkshires, White Mountains, Adirondacks and Poconos, the Catskills surrounding the Inn offer spectacular scenes of lakes and rivers, as well as hiking trails with views of majestic peaks and isolated waterfalls. However, unlike these other regions, The Inn is no more than 2 hours from New York City. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn At Lake Joseph Hotel Forestburgh