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Silvanus Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Hillsdale
Certificate of Excellence
Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Way Cool”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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1 Thank Lisa S
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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
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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Thank Mary C
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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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28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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Thank kcompoundsouth
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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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Worcester
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56 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

We love this tiny gem of a motel. It is so special that I am hesitant to share it! The rooms are on the small side, as are bathrooms and parking lot, but every room is lovingly decorated and cared for, with has a big comfy bed, a patio area, and a soothing view of the huge beautiful green lawn. The pool is top-notch. There are fabulous restaurants nearby. We always feel truly welcome and always look forward to our next stay.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lizziiii
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, Owner at Silvanus Lodge, responded to this review, June 29, 2012
Oh... you have no idea how grateful I am for your kind words. Honestly, it seems like happy people are the easiest to please. If I did anything right, and if you really enjoyed it as much as you say - I can only say how very happy I am and hope you come again.
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Gig Harbor, Washington
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20 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2012

We always enjoy our stay at the Silvanus. Steele is a most gracious host, and treats his guests as if they have just come home. Service is excellent. Rooms are cozy, clean and quiet. Our most recent stay was for five days while attending the bicycle Auction in Copake.
There are many dining options nearby. All just a short drive. The Brothers for Italian, The Inn in Copake Falls for excellent steak, salads, and barbecue, The Swiss Haut for the absolute best steaks, (try the artichoke if in season), Dads Diner in Copake has great breakfasts and lunches. I had the cucumber avacado soup. It is to die for.
Steele makes you feel as if you are one of the family.
If you like the charm of 50's/60's Motor Hotels, this is your place to stay in Hillsdale.
Clean, quiet, and affordable.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank happymike1947
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NSteele, Owner at Silvanus Lodge, responded to this review, May 1, 2012
Thank you! The bike certainly ads to the photos! NOW, you need to come back after all the green has grown back in, AND when the sun is out! Maybe next year the weather will be a bit more in our favor. And thanks for all the nice comments... and the pictures.
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Ossining, New York
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2012

Paintings by Sowa adorn the walls and creative touches add warmth to the rooms in this hotel reminiscent of the old motor lodges of the 50s and 60s.Very clean and cozy with a sprawling lawn and an outdoor pool out back.This was our second stay here and the owner "Steele" is very gracious and knowledgeable about the many attractions,shops and restaurants in the area.Highly recommend for a low key vacation getaway in the foothills of the Berkshires.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Paul M
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NSteele, Owner at Silvanus Lodge, responded to this review, April 1, 2012
Michael Sowa is my hero... a twisted mind with talent. If I had talent, I'd be just like him! I hope you come back soon. Recently announced that the rail trail will be extended soon! And thanks again for the kind review. Steele
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Kings Park, New York
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21 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2012

We have stayed here twice. Same weekend last year and this... it's so convenient and so welcoming. Rooms are wonderfully decorated as well as clean and cosy. Prices are ridiculously affordable and he gives the best recommendations for local activities and dining recommendations. So perfectly located to skiing we will be back next year again!

Room Tip: pick any room! they are all great
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank girlsquire
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NSteele, Owner at Silvanus Lodge, responded to this review, March 7, 2012
We really need to have a way to "rate" our guests. The guests make it fun, especially repeat guests. PLUS, it really is nice to have the kindof guests that enjoy the adventure and get out and see it all. GOOD JOB.
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Additional Information about Silvanus Lodge

Property: Silvanus Lodge
Address: 9350 State Route 22, Hillsdale, NY 12529-5009
Location: United States > New York > Hillsdale
Amenities:
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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Silvanus Motel Hillsdale

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