My wife, our 8 month old baby and I just finished a five-night stay at the Mohonk Mountain House, and we had a great time.
The “House” is in fact a row of interconnected, sprawling buildings which -- apart from the brand new spa -- were constructed between 1879 and 1910. Although the place has been modernized, of course, its décor remains largely faithful to its Victorian era origins. If you don’t like antiques, you’ll probably not enjoy the look of the public rooms. The style is more comfortable and homey than polished. In typical Victorian fashion, most public rooms have far too much furniture for modern tastes.
Our bedroom was good; the décor was basically Victorian as well. (I’ve never stayed in hotel room with working transoms before.) The bathroom was completely modern and the view on the mountainside was beautiful, but the too-thin walls meant we could hear our neighbors sometimes. The hotel supplied at no charge a crib and a small refrigerator.
There are many activities; chief amongst them is hiking. It is a particularly attractive feature of Mohonk that you can just walk out of the hotel and start your hike. No need to drive somewhere, find parking then hike. Just step out the door and you’re on a trail. There are many trails with different levels of difficulty. We used one of the hotels many jogging strollers to take the baby on easy hikes, but if you enjoy rock scrambling, there’s plenty of that, too. Another great feature of hiking at Monhonk are the 135 or so wooden shelters that are perched at scenic points on the property. (The hotel and surrounding nature trust hold 20,000 acres.) The shelters are simple rustic benches with a roof overhead, and they’re great for resting, reading, etc. We also enjoyed boating on Lake Mohonk. There are many other activities described on their website, but I won’t list them because I didn’t do them.
The new spa is first rate. The big swimming pool is terrific. (The baby loved her first time ever in the water.) And my wife reported that her facial and massage were amongst the best she’s ever had.
The food ranged from good to great. The weekend outdoor BBQ at the Granary should not be missed. Breakfast and lunch were buffets. For breakfast, you’ll want to try the omelet and waffle stations. Dinner is a four-course meal. You choose two appetizers, an entrée and a dessert. Dinners are hearty American fare, but lighter dishes of fish or vegetarian offerings could also be found. The soups were consistently amongst the best items on the menu. The wine list was adequate, but could stand a lot of improvement in the category of less expensive choices.
There are no TV’s in the rooms, but there are evening activities such as square dancing, marshmallow roasts, lectures, recently released movies, etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A hotel, built in the 1860's and filled with charm...ideal for families in summer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mohonk House
- Mohonk Mountain Hotel
- Mohonk New Paltz
- Mohawk Mountain House
- Mohonk Mountain House New Paltz Ny
- Mohonk Mountain New Paltz
- Mohonk Mountain House New Paltz New York
- New Paltz Mohonk Mountain House Resort
- Mohonk Hotel New York