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Historical Traveler Reviews Minnewaska Lodge Gardiner
Love it more and more
We've stayed here 5 times so far - in both summer and winter. We've fallen in love with the lodge as much as we've fallen in love with the New Paltz area, and for similar reasons. The Lodge abutts beautiful mountains, it's comfortable/cozy with an outdoors feel in design and materials, and the people (other lodgers and the staff) are friendly. The staff is also helpful, and we love the bowls of apples and afternoon cookies, as well as the more than ample Continental breakfasts (it's midway between Continental and a full offering). Actually, it's too good. I find it hard to stop myself from overeating. I agree with the dissenting reviews that walls could be more sound-proof, but it has yet to be a problem. I also agree that the few (two?) rooms adjacent to the close-by small parking lot are initially a dissapointment, but even when we had one of these rooms, it's really not a problem - we're out during the day, and we sleep with the curtains closed to keep the light out. The common areas (one indoor, one out) are large and comfortable. We even like just hanging out there talking, reading, playing games, and meeting others. There's also an exercise room with equipment, but we've yet to use it... We've so enjoyed our stays at the Lodge we have sent 5 other couples here in just the year since we discovered it. They have all thanked us! PS: It's a short easy drive from New Paltz, and on the way to the Minnewaska State Park Preserve.
Minnewaska Lodge is clean and beautiful. This year we stayed in the suite and particularly liked it - we will request it next year.The staff was very helpful and pleasant - they let us check in early which was greatly appreciated after a long trip. Breakfast was yummy! We'll be back next year.
Solid in Many Ways
We've stayed at Minnewaska Lodge the last two years, meeting friends from NJ (New Paltz somewhat midway), and they've referred many happy customers, as well. It's a well maintained, very tastefully designed and decorated place, with attentive management and attention to detail. When I asked the owner about his biggest surprise about owning an inn (a relatively new career, after law), he said "having to fix everything right away." And it's clear that they do. The place looks both classic and brand new. Plus, the setting is gorgeous, just close enough to the Gunks and New Paltz, and just far enough away from civilization. I did notice the noise from another room, which was in the normal range (no party) and concur they don't have the most solid walls, but it's in no way for me something to knock down the rating from excellent. There has been nothing to dissuade anyone in our discerning group to reconsider that this will continue as our "same time, next year" first resort.
Loved Minnewaska Lodge
My husband and I stayed at Minnewaska Lodge for the last three summers. It's a wonderful retreat for us when we go to visit our son..
The people that work there are the best! The scenery is magnificent. We are looking forward to going there again.
I have been to Minnewaska Lodge several times since it opened - usually for a quick get away, but last time for a few days midweek. The rooms are tastefully furnished but not frilly - always very clean. Nice mission furniture. There is great hiking/biking and swimming at Minnewaska State Park and a lot of good places to eat nearby. Our last trip we went up to Rhinebeck which was only about a half hour and had a great dinner and enjoyed a movie and walking around town. The views of the cliff are wonderful - like another world. Midweek is great - less expensive and nothing was crowded. Great escape!
Overrated - problems
I have to disagree with the previous positive reviews. The positive -- The hotel is in a very scenic location -- but make sure you get a room facing the spectalular backdrop of the the Catskill mountain, rather than the parking lot.
The negative - the hotel is understaffed and unfriendly. Second, I must agree with the noise issue mentioned by a previous reviewer. I was up until about 2 a.m. due to the noise generated by a group staying in an adjacent room. I dont think they were particularly loud, so I think this hotel suffers from a flaw many hotels built in the last 10 years or so do, namely, thin and shoddy construction with no noise insulation. So, if you have any sensitivity to noise, hope that you luck out and have quiet visitors nearby or an empty room. I went to the Lodge to escape the noise and craziness of the city, not to be reminded of it - and the Lodge failed on that basis.
Minnewaska Lodge is great weekend retreat
I must disagree with the negative reviews I just read. My experience at M.L. was top notch. The staff was very helpful, the setting was specatular and the breakfast was just want we wanted. We did not hear any extraordinary loud noises from the hotel. We wanted a weekend getaway, didn't want to spend Mohonk prices and wanted to be close to all the action. The Lodge delivered. It's not cheap, but considering the area, I thought it was reasonable. I don't like B&B's. I don't want to feel like I am in someone's house. I want the relative anonimity of a hotel, but I don't want some corporate hole like Super 8. That is why the Lodge was ideal for our needs.
For my time and money, Minnewaska Lodge was everything my wife and I wanted for a great weekend. I will definetely go back there!
Works for Us
Minnewasaka Lodge is the perfect retreat for me and my husband. While I enjoy the magnificent view and reading on the deck for hours, my husband is still connected and plugs into the hi-speed internet access as soon as we arrive. Each time we stay at the Lodge (3, so far!) we walk in the woods by day and eat in fabulous restaurants at night --all just moments from what has become our own mountain retreat. No complaints here--we plan to return this summer!
I stayed at Minnewaska Lodge with my family several times since they oppend a couple of years ago and we have always had a wonderful time. The rooms are great, with comfortable king size beds, large TV's, fabulous views, cathedral ceiling and a deck. The lodge is a real gem for those who appreciate staying off the beaten track in a hotel with real character and charm.
Breakfast was also quite ample and wholesome - we loved the homemade granola and apple strudel! We also appreciated the free high speed internet access.
We have always found the staff to be very friendly and attentive. The nearby Minnewaska State Park is magnificent - we especially loved moutain biking to Lake Awosting for a swim in crystal clear water.
I disagree with complaints of the previous poster(s) (sounds like one person making two posts to me) - the lodge may not as quiet as a big hotel - because it is more like staying in a bed and breakfast or someone's home - generally other guests are considerate and we've never had a significant noise problem.
We especially loved the homemade cookies in the afternoon after a long day hiking. hmmm
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Minnewaska Lodge over a recent weekend for a quick (and hopefully quiet) getaway from Manhattan. We were, to say the least, highly dissapointed in the Lodge. While the surroundings were beautiful (including the nearby Catskill Mts), the Minnewaska Lodge left us feeling that we hadn't had the nice, quiet weekend we sought away from Manhattan. Two main complaints: (1) the Lodge is so poorly constructed that you can hear every footstep, every conversation, every sneeze, of any adjoining room in the Lodge (and we were in a corner room). (2) I booked a room facing the mountains with a King size bed and was instead given a room with two small beds facing the parking lot. When we complained, we received a small discount, an explanation that no other room was available all weekend and significant attitude from the hotel manager. This was inexcusable. The free breakfast was mediocre at best. While the nearby Mohonk Mt Lodge is overpriced and the food is sub-par, look for some alternative -- anything other than the Minnewaska Lodge -- unless you don't value privacy, quiet surroundings, and assurances that the room you booked is the room you will be checked into.
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We had a beautiful warm summer day to do a 50 mile cruise down a section of the Hudson River. The Catskill Mountains were in our western view most of the way. We took on about 120 gallons of Valvtech Diesel about halfway. While swimming in the refreshing pool we met a nice couple on the Rainbow Connection from Coxackie NY. They brought us fresh made brownies and pleasant conversation after dinner. ...
... You can easily spend the day. Saw huge Vanderbilt mansion driving on to Salem witch museum. Long 4 hour drive. Boston tomorrow! LJ
FDR's home and presidential library had numerous unique artifacts relating to the Roosevelt's life; that were well presented, and very extraordinary. I hope to return some day and see the rest of the interesting buildings on the Roosevelt estate. PJ
Hut 2... 3... 4... Visited West Point military academy for a look around. Probably not going there... But very cool looking around with the outstanding views and prestigious schedules. PJ
I really enjoyed the campus it is very compact and very peaceful by the Hudson River. Lots of stone buildings and signs saying go Army beat Navy. I need to work on my push-ups and cadence songs if I want to go there though. ...
... and said we could not get there before 12....their official check in time.......even tho the room is open now, - this is the first time a hotel has ever said that to us before.........if the room is open, they have always let us come earlier then the check in time. Depending his attitude tomorrow, we might just hike in and back out of town, not going to spend hard earned money at a place, if it is run by an uptight butt-head. Finally started hiking again, and ...
... got to share this experience with my wife, kids and parents. I hope the kids remember what they learned and what they saw on this journey as much as i will.
This was a trip of a lifetime and I am so grateful that we seized the opportunity and did it. Teddy was amazing from how he planned every detail in only a month's time to how he drove almost every mile to how he set up and broke down the camper ...