I read the prior reviews on this bed and breakfast, which I stayed at a weekend in May 2006 with my girlfriend. The prior reviewers headline their reviews as follows "The Ritz-Carlton of the Catskills," "An Excellent B&B," a "Relaxing Hideaway." I can only say that these reviewers must have very limited travel experience.
Unfortunately, the B&B's website at Catskillsbb and the "candid" photos supposedly put in by a user to this site are deceiving. The photos imply that the house is romantically isolated in the countryside--it is not. It is by the side of the highway (actually a junction between two major routes) and immediately adjacent to other properties. You just don't see them in the photos. Further, the pictures of the rooms of the house does not show that the furniture is old, not antiquey old, just old and cheap.
My problem with the Clark House Bed and Breakfast in Palenville, started the moment I entered the room. I stayed in Room 5 (the American Room). It was small. The bathroom was disgusting (sink dirty, tiles dirty), a toilet that was very small placed awkwardly in the bathroom with limited leg room. Sound carries in the house. The room had no amenities. This means:
No television, and
NO Air Conditioning (OR Fan).
I opened the window to try to get some air in the night, but because it had no screen, a moth flew in.
In the morning, there was breakfast, which was fine. Just beware that the breakfast is served a single table for all the Bed and Breakfast guests. I don't mind that at all, but it's not for everyone.
The main areas of the house -- dining room, etc. are okay, but have nothing of the quaint beauty that the pictures on the B&B's website or this site, imply.
In other words, I can assure you that the highlight of your stay will NOT be this bed and breakfast. Incidentally, there is a jacuzzi out on the deck, which was a lure to me, but I never used it so I cannot comment on whether it is any good.
Finally, the proprietors are great. I had good conversations with both of them. They were very sincere, helpful people; however, there genuine friendliness is simply not enough for me to recommend this place.
I paid about $150 per night for the stay at this bed and breakfast. Possibly, it was worth half that amount--but the fact is that when one goes away (with a girlfriend) you hope to stay at a place that is memorable and as good, if not better, than your own home. This place utterly fails at that.
This is NOT the Ritz-Carlton of the Catskills. I have stayed at the Ritz-Carlton, the Breakers and a host of great B&B's that I've reported on for Trip Advisor. You will be sorely disappointed in this B&B if you want anything more than a place to stay (with hospitable proprietors). -- if you have no other place to stay in the Catskills, I would reconsider your trip for different dates or make sure that you do not have ANY expectations about your stay.
Finally, a word about the area. My guest and I had otherwise a great weekend trip to this area of the Hudson Valley in New York State. One day we drove to Hudson, New York to tour the town, then down to Hyde Park to tour the Vanderbilt Manson (great place to go!) and finally to a drive-in movie in Hyde Park (must do, a lot of fun). The second day, we visited Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz as day guests, ate lunch there and hiked the grounds. Overall, this area of the Hudson gets my highest recommendation--just try to stay at a better B&B.
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