Emerson Resort & Spa
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A bit pricey for what you get
My only issue with the Emerson is the price. Given the other options for lodging in the Catskills, this definitely stands out above the rest, but for the money I expected more.
We reserved a Luxury room in the lodge (the Main House is still under renovation after a fire). I found that title to be a stretch. The room had very low ceilings which gave it a mildly cramped feeling. It was well appointed, but again, there was nothing to make it stand out. For comparison, I stayed at the Hilton in the San Francisco Financial District the following week, and the room was much nicer for $70 less per night (and they had a full service Spa too).
Not as nice as my bathroom at home. The water temp was hard to maintain. The toilet was finicky about flushing. Again, at this price I expected more.
This is my main issue. My wife and I booked this getaway weekend as a last hurrah before baby #2 arrives in June. We chose the Emerson because it was close to home and the Spa was well rated. While the Spa was lovely, the feel of the whole hotel was slightly down market. The rooms are literally a stones throw from the "highway" that runs through Catskill Park. For a little more money, you can get a room that faces Esopus creek. That would be nice, if you didn't have to look at the collection of 70's Mobil homes on the opposite bank. The original structure burned down a couple of years ago, and they are in the process of rebuilding the main building to open Spring '07. As we walked by and looked up at the Huge windows overlooking the rundown shacks on the other side of the creek, I began to wonder what the price of that view will be.
I feel like a bit of a snob for not liking this hotel, but I have spent this kind of money for rooms in many places from the White Mountains to Key West, and all of them far exceeded the Emerson. We were looking for an escape from the everyday. What we got was the everyday, with a nice spa across the street.
In the end, we cut our 3 day weekend down to 2, and enjoyed our last night at home wondering why we ever left.
Girls spa weekend at the Lodge at Emerson Place
2 girlfriends and I stayed in a Junior Suite at the Lodge at Emerson Place for 2 nights on October 13, 2006. We loved the place! Our suite was clean, comfortable and surprisingly large. Upstairs, a large bedroom with 2 queen beds and a bathroom with oversized shower and separate jet tub. An abundance of closet, dresser and storage space. Cable tv. Off the upstairs bedroom, a balcony that faces the Esopus Creek in the distance. Downstairs, a living room with leather recliner, pull out queen sofa bed, table and 3 chairs, coffee table, end tables, plenty of overhead and table lighting, a second cable television and again more closet and drawer space for storage. Around the corner from the staircase, a wet bar with coffee maker and mini bar/fridge. Great towels, bathrobes, slippers, bath products, fruit/wine basket - so many extras.
We dined at the Catamount for Friday night dinner and everything was fabulous. We were pleased with the menu selections and everything we ordered was to our liking.
Continental breakfast buffet (included in the nightly rate) was also at the Catamount Restaurant. We feasted on gourmet granola, cold cereals, yogurt, fresh cut fruit, bagels, muffins, scones and assorted pastries. Coffee, tea, juice and milk were also included. All of the baked goods were moist, fresh and flavorful - so much better than typical continental breakfast fare.
On Saturday morning, we enjoyed treatments at the spa. Again, everything was to our liking. The spa includes separate mens and womens locker rooms with sauna and steam rooms, spa quality bath and vanity products, and a small resting room that features water with lemon slices, tea, fresh fruit and even pastries. There is a small resistance pool and a whirlpool, some exercise equipment and a small exercise/yoga studio.
Overall, we look forward to coming back to Emerson Resort and Spa once the new inn, restaurant and spa are completed in late 2006. Our suite was large enough for 3 of us to share, and a good value at $295 per night, including continental breakfast. Parking is also included in the rate and is right outside the door.
We stayed with our two children in a two-bedroom suite, which was really lovely. The spa is very nice, too. The location is beautiful - right on the stream, and the landscaping is beautiful. The morning buffet was also really nice (cold buffet is free, but you can pay extra for the full hot menu). The main drawback of the place was the proximity to the highway - not much you can do about that. The serenity was constantly interrupted by a super loud truck or group of motorcycles. By the way a new building is under construction - more suites and a conference center. Looks like it is almost done and will be very nice. But his brings me to the biggest complaint. No indoor pool! There are almost no hotels in the area with an indoor pool (closest is Hanah resort in Margaretville). This place would be such a great weekend getaway with the family for fall/winter/spring if only they were including a nice, heated indoor pool in their expansion plans. Inexplicable. We would definitely include this place on our list of great last-minute weekend getaways if they had an indoor pool.
We stayed here last weekend for my brothers wedding. The rooms were very large and very clean. The setting was breathtaking. I even brought my puppy and the staff all loved her and even offered to walk her for me. I highly, highly recommend this place!!! I will stay here again without a doubt!
New in 2006, we have opened a gorgeous Wedding Garden that can accomodate parties of up to 350. Perfectly manicured lawns and stunning landscaping have already made our new Wedding Garden a much-sought-after venue. And best of all, the wedding garden has its own, private spa! A bride can reserve the entire Garden Spa just for her bridal party, creating an intimate, memorable time as she prepares for her big day.
More information and photos of our wedding facilities can be found on our web site.
Perfect Rustic Elegance & Pet-friendly too !
The Woolrich meets Chanel, cashmere meets wool: the understated, tasteful luxury of the Lodge at Emerson Place(Catskill Corners) impressed us so much the first time we stayed that we have returned many times. Our golden retrievers are always thrilled with the river walk as well as the lavish attention they receive from the housekeeping staff. However, now that the lodge is officially associated with Emerson Place, it is less likely to be nice and offer a special rate which means we go less often than we'd like. The general store sells Diptique candles and penny candy;Woodstock is nearby with its slew of dining options and the Lodge offers three choices for eating varying from the kid-friendly Spotted Dog to afternoon tea across the road at Emerson. This is such an inviting place!
The answer: yes, of course!
The fact is that the Lodge has ALWAYS been a part of the Emerson complex. When the name changed from Catskill Corners, nothing changed at the Lodge. We still maintain an impeccable level of service and offer amenities that are unmatched in the region. And things are just getting better!
In 2006, we will open the new Emerson Inn & Spa. The Lodge will be joined by the new Inn, which will feature 26 luxury guest suites, and a new spa, with 10 treatment rooms, a cafe and a 1,500 square-foot fitness center. A new restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily to both Lodge and Innn guests, and the resort will have more than 5,000 square feet of new event/meeting space.
Throughout each operation, the Emerson's outstanding service and gracious staff will create a guest experience that is unparalleled in the Northeast.
What a wonderful lodge. My husband and I stayed at The Lodge for just one night but wished we could have stayed a week. We stayed in their "deluxe" room at the end of lodge and absolutely loved it. The amenities were awesome. I can't begin to describe all the special touches they had. The atmosphere (inside and out) made us feel relaxed, comfey and not wanting for anything. Some of the amenities included: remote control air conditioner/fan; specialty bath & body products; his & hers robes; fruit basket & wine in room; assortment of gourmet coffee & teas; king bed w/down comforter; excellent service at the front desk, etc. We don't however recommend going to the "Kaleidostore" next door to see the world biggest Kaleidoscope movie -- What a rip off -- for $15.00 you get a 15 minute movie that doesn't even look like a kaleidoscope and you'll be completely bored after 2 minutes. All I can say is my husband and I had a wonderful time and we are definitely going back first chance we get.
Children under 12 FREE
And, if you are an overnight guest at the Emerson Resort & Spa, you have complimentary entry to the Kaleidoscope.
Hope to see you again soon.
My family enjoyed a wonderful little 3-day holiday last summer at the Lodge, sampling the delicious food of both great restaurants on the site as well as the tubing, hiking at North South Park and strolling around nearby Woodstock. We stayed in the "Tower Suite" which included a huge lower room with an even huger bath with jacuzzi, and an upstairs room with a little terrace, minibar, pull-out sofa & its own TV -- a great retreat for our 15-year-old to hang! We are already planning a winter getaway for some skiing later this year and are definitely thinking of staying at the Lodge again. By the way, their complimentary breakfast is fabulous, too!
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