This trip was supposed to be a fun Girls Weekend. I had purchased a LivingSocial voucher that included two nights accommodation, two breakfasts, one dinner, welcome kit and a gourmet vegetarian cooking class for $369. It sounded great, but we were so appalled with this place that we left hours after arriving.
When we pulled into the driveway, there were several people on the porch, but by the time we parked and walked to what was apparently the main door, there was no one to be seen. We wandered in, calling hello, and were met by the innkeeper who was wearing a dirty pair of pants and a dirty t-shirt. He led us to the porch and rambled on a bit about the place, but at no time mentioned our welcome kit or the cooling class. He did ask if we wanted out complimentary dinner that night or the next, and we opted for the following night, which turned out to be a wise choice. During our conversation, another guest walked hurriedly by, and as soon as he had passed, our host made disparaging comments about another him!
We were then led through the main floor, which looked quite nice, filled with antiques and art. We followed the innkeeper up a narrow flight flight of stairs, carrying our own luggage to the 3rd floor. We were shown our room, which was tiny and under a dormer, so you could only stand up straight in the middle of the room. It had two twin beds that were saggy and squeaky when we later sat on them. The floors were 1960's linoleum, scuffed up and cracked, and the whole place smelled musty. It was 90+ degrees outdoors and at least that hot in our room, with no air conditioning, only one window that opened, and two fans to blow the hot air around. The innkeeper told us that the temperature would drop in the evening and the room would be much cooler. He also showed us a larger room on the same floor, which had a queen bed, and said "you can use this bed if you're feeling romantic", which was totally inappropriate. He then left, and we checked out the tiny, 1950's bathroom, which had one window taped over with dirty plastic and a non-working wall fan.
I'm not sure why we didn't just leave right then and there, but we decided to take a short walk around the village and have dinner at a local restaurant. We then headed back to the Catskills Bed and Breakfast, hoping that the room would be cooler now that it was 9:00pm and the sun was down, but the room was just as hot at it was when we arrived at 4:30pm. We both agreed that it would be impossible to sleep in that heat, so we decided to cut our losses and leave right away. The innkeeper had made us feel very uncomfortable and we did not want to encounter him again so we just left without saying a word to anyone.
This is just a taste of our experience and gut feel - we didn't sleep there and we didn't eat there. But our intuition told us that this place was weird at best and downright creepy at worst. After we got home, we found many negative reviews of Catksills B&B on another travel site, which confirmed our instincts. The good news is that when I called LivingSocial the next day they agreed to a full credit, and stated that they had also received negative comments about this place.
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