Mohonk Mountain House
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mohonk Mountain House New Paltz
Mohonk Mountain House was recommended to my husband and I by many. I have to say we were seriously disappointment! The lunch buffet was outrageously overpriced at $45 per person which of course you had to pay otherwise you would not be allowed on the grounds. We wouldn't have minded paying if the meal was worth it but this was awful. Perhaps they changed the cook. I wouldn't have paid $12 for what we ate!
The weather however was really beautiful and we managed to make the most of the day by exploring the grounds and the beautiful scenery. I'm a photographer so atleast I was able to get some good pictures. Even so, we've been to more scenic places! We arrived at Mohonk at 1 pm and were itching to leave by 5. Getting a taxi from New Paltz bus station to the Mountain House was also a problem. I don't think we'd ever go back having seen it now and we most certainly wouldn't pay $350-500 for an overnight stay.
After seeing Mohonk on the Travel channel this past Summer, my husband surprised me with a wonderful one-year anniversary present, which was retreat to Mohonk Mountain House. We spend most of our days working in the city, so being outdoors, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing and horseback riding was a huge change for us--but an enjoyable one. We fully enjoyed both the casual and formal dining (breakfast especially), but found the atmosphere to be the most wonderful aspect of the adventure. While Mohonk caters to family-style fun, it can still be just as enjoyable for couples. So many trails to get lost on, and nature truly abounds. We have photos of deer to prove it. The Mohonk Mountain House can be likened to "Kellerman's" resort as depicted in the movie Dirty Dancing. Lots of activities, sports, and interesting people, and complete solitude from the digital era (even though the business center does have Internet access for the truly computer needy). Hiking trails are great, with levels from easy to very difficult/strenuous, and lounging on the lake porch in large rocking chairs is most relaxing. Bring the bug spray if you go during warmer months, and don't forget a basket of board games and books to enjoy during your visit. We'll return again, likely after our family has grown, since it is a fantastic family retreat and a great place to spend focused time with each other.
A Magical Trip Back in Time
My husband and I have been visiting Mohonk every year since 1990. It is our very favorite place to stay.
We always choose the Stone Building/lakeside, in a Victorian room with a fireplace and a balcony. Sometimes we're lucky enough to get a bathroom with a huge, deep claw-foot tub.
Mohonk looks like a beautiful castle on a mountaintop lake. I always feel like I'm in a postcard. Along the road from the gatehouse, the signs that read, 'slowly and quietly, please', set the tone for what is to come.
The common rooms are lovely, and you MAY sit on the antique furniture.
There are always interesting programs in the evening, from square dancing, to Indian legends, to classical music and much more.
The food is good, but not outstanding. It has improved over the years, and the dining room is very unusual and interesting.
Its comforting to go back year after year and find the place virtually unchanged. Our son and his bride chose Mohonk for their honeymoon, and now we have introduced it to our grandson.
If you enjoy wonderful scenery, relaxation and a sense of history, you owe it to yourself to visit the Mohonk Mountain House. It's a truly magical place.
Awesome Vacation Destination
I can't say enough good things about Mohonk Mtn House. Awesome setting, incredible food, wonderful staff. My husband surprised me with the vacation after he saw Mohonk on the Travel channel, and it was well worth the 5 hour flight east and the 90 minute drive from NY. So much to do you don't even miss having a TV. Mohonk is a true family environment (however, if you don't like children, this is not the place for you). We will definately be returning to Mohonk next year.
A Special Place
Such a unique experience for us South Florida flat-landers. The setting of the mountain house is spectacular. The "hotel" is old money rustic, with lots of nooks and crannies. Loved the public rooms. Enjoyed the food, especially the lunch option of dining outdoors at the Granary.
Initially, upon check-in my 12 year old was DEVASTATED that there wasn't a television available in our sparely decorated suite. Then a funny thing happened on the way to the vacation. He began to explore the grounds and the "hotel" and became more relaxed and charmed with the place. We found ourselves spending quiet time observing, and enjoyed old fashioned past times like lawn bowling, canoeing, putting on the green and putting a pole in the lake. Taking early morning hikes in the mist. If you want total relaxation and enjoy nature and gentle pursuits, this is an excellent choice. We saw many multigenerational families having a wonderful time. Even though it is pricey, it is much recommended.
No air conditioning and hard rock furniture
We stayed at Mohonk Mountain House for three days and were surrounded by day trippers who seemed to take over the facilities. We were dis- tressed to find there was no air conditioning in the room.
In the afternoon when tea was being served, the day trippers and hikers seemed to take over the serving area. On a rainy day, the day trippers and hikers had their back packs and gear spread out in the public rooms.
The location is beautiful, but the staff seems to have no control over how many day trippers and hikers occupy the grounds.
Wonderful place to relax
I recently spent 4 days at Mohonk Mountain House. It was the most relaxing vacation I have ever been on. It was so beautiful, peaceful and quiet. Nothing more I could ask for. The staff was extremely helpful. Food exceptional. I can't wait to go back. It is a place I will return over and over.
Exceptional and peaceful, but...
I love to spend time at Mohonk its among my favorite spots, but I go there mostly as a hiker, (day pass). I agree with the previous reviewer about the food. For the extraordinary prices they charge, the food was less than average and disappointing. That is the weakest part of the whole stay. But...it was my husband's birthday and they surprised him with a nice plant. Nice touch...
My best friend and I spent a weekend at Mohonk Mountain House in August 2002. We had the best time -- the location is fantastic, the food is awesome and the service was above par. With all of that said -- Mohonk is not for everyone. If you're addicted to the television set, guest rooms do not have them -- you can rent one from the front desk. If you don't enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, hiking, skiing, swimming, skating, horseback riding, campfires and nature -- well, Mohonk may not be the place for you. Mohonk is a step back in time. It's rustic, but always comfortable. It's relaxing, but somehow you feel like you have more energy. I would highly recommend it to anyone needing to escape the daily grind of 24/7/365!
Last Saturday October 12, my husband and I went to Mohawk Mountain House to celebrate our anniversary. The day was extremely rainy but since we were not permitted to change our reservation and it had already been paid for we went.
Our disappointment ofcourse started with the rainy weather which ofcourse is no ones fault.
However, the fact that we had paid $43 per person for what we expected to be an outstanding lunch met with serious disappointment. The buffet that was offered was on the level of those served at low cost buffets at perhaps $10 or $12 per person but certainly not at $43 per person. It was extremely disappointing and outrageously priced for what was offered.
I am sorry that our trip was such a disappointment since it took over one and one half hours to get there in a driving rain and then to have such a poor meal.
I think for the prices you charge, you should be offering someing of a higher quality. We cannot even go back to enjoy the grounds without paying once again $10 per person.
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