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“A very disappointing experience”
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The Carriage House
Ranked #5 of 5 Barryville B&B and Inns
Buffalo, New York
1 review
“A very disappointing experience”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Having made reservations for 2 rooms. We arrived to check in and went to look at the room on the lower level of the motel. No handrail and stairs in poor condition. Upon entering the room it was truly disgusting and no one in their right mind would occupy it. The bed was half made, the rug worn out and the covering on the windows appeared to be pieces of an old bedspread. We then proceeded across to the cottages, the roadway is in terrible condition and you could definitely damage your car extensively. We made it to the top of the hill and went into the cottage and it was musty and left something to be desired.To turn on the airconditioning it was necessary to climb up on a chair. THe bathroom had toilet paper stuffed into the holes in the tile. The advertisement indicated wide screen tv's this tv was probably 30 years old. Upon going back to the restaurant we thought luck was with us as there was a cancellation and we were able to get a 2nd room in a cottage. This room was tired, the bedding and pillows were terrible and the air conditioning provided only minimal cooling. The water kept running in sink and tub. It is an experience not to be repeated.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Morristown, New Jersey
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

To enjoy this place, you need to have a certain set of expectations. Hope this helps in a decision, since the website is not that descriptive. They do have a good property map and pictures that you will want to study before choosing. Also, I am not sure which rooms have been renovated vs. not, so if you live near there, may want to stop and take a peek before you stay.

The Good: We stayed up on the Ridge, Room #8, newly renovated - just this year. The room is actually quite lovely with some modern conveniences. It is a nice, large room with a new bathroom, nice hardwood floors, a good sized closet and dresser, two big comfortable beds and a gorgeous view (they do need to trim some tops of trees to improve the river view a bit). It has modern AC (something we really needed last week), a flat screen TV (mediocre cable reception), a microwave, a coffee maker (horrible packaged coffee, bring your own coffee and medium sized filters) and a newer little fridge with a freezer, but with some parts missing already, which minimized its usefulness. The pool is nice, with a new fence and kept pretty clean. There is an ice maker (bring a cooler and keep it on the deck), an area to barbecue and small campfire areas around the property. The Carriage House restaurant at the bottom of the hill has a good bar with decent food and WiFi. Didn't eat at the more formal part. Discounts at the rafting company in the parking lot of the restaurant if you stay here – one warning, you will end the trip in some mud that doesn't smell that great, but do-able for the price. Good fishing in the area, some nice places to eat and nice views everywhere. Warning: the town of Barryville and surrounding areas seem to be open Thurs - Sun until about 9 PM. Outside of those hours, things may not be open.

The Not So Great: I am not sure if it is a need to keep it rustic or lack of budget, but some things are missing - screens in the windows (hence the need to use AC and keep out the bugs) this may be a hotel type requirement not to have them though, not really sure if the cleaning staff cleans rooms daily or not, but they do drop off new towels and don’t expect a blow dryer or nice sample shampoos. They could have changed the outside garbages more often, the one in front of our room was unbearable with the cover off. You check in with the bartender down the hill, they don’t seem to know that much about the rooms. There are no phones in the rooms and, depending upon your wireless/data carrier, you may not have any service at all (we had to send emails via WiFi at the bar and were a little nervous about not being able to call 911, if needed, from the ridge). I did notice that the bartender was very nice to one lady who asked to use the phone there. The roads up to and around the ridge properties need some tending to - some big holes you would not want your tires to go into. I don't know that I would want to stay in a room other than #8 or #7 (same basic set up, but with a fireplace). My parents stayed in Room #10, which was cute and a better value but not as modern or as big. If you book only one room, it will be pot luck as to who your neighbors are. Many people tend to load up the rooms with 8 people or so (not sure how they do it). I think the website shows a convertible couch, our room had more of a modern futon. There aren’t really any rules around what people can/can’t do on the property. Which is good, except when people abuse the situation. Some neighbors will be great, some will be a bit loud and sloppy. If you aren’t a fan of young children who are up early in the AM and splash in the pool or folks who party later at night, make sure you bring your own neighbors or go elsewhere.

Overall we had a great time. I just needed to forget about any 5 star hotels I have stayed in, enjoy the rustic nature of the location and be happy I wasn’t one of those people camping in the 90 degree weather without any modern conveniences – to each his own. I reminded myself I was there to enjoy the outdoors and the July 4th festivities and it worked. Awesome.

Room Tip: Recommend Rooms 7 & 8 on the Ridge.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Durham, NH
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

Their motel rooms are in two parts: up a small hill, and down at road level close to the river, to the restaurant (no breakfast), and to a small but good diner across the street (breakfast and lunch) which also has ice cream. (There are some other food/snack places within walking distance.) I stayed twice recently in the lower level of the road level rooms (rooms 26-30). Those rooms could use some exterior cosmetic work, but inside the rooms are fine with a 50's feel. 2012 my stay for several nights was fine; good king bed with a nice thick comforter (useful on the river even in June), friendly service, and quiet. In 2013 I had the end room (#30) which also had good bed/bedding but got very low water pressure when someone else in the row was using the shower. Maid service only appeared the afternoon of my 4th full day, at which point it didn't matter since I was leaving the next day. But my departure morning there was no hot water. (I was the only customer in the row at that point, and they might have forgotten I was there and turned of the hot water to save energy - just guessing.) Location is perfect, but not sure I will go back.

Room Tip: Try the rooms on the hill, or room #26.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Breezy Point, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2012

Just spent 3 nights here in Unit 14, paid about $120 a night for a cottage, it's basically one cottage split in two with a shared porch, so if you go with another couple request being in same unit. Rooms are nice size, queen bed was good, room and bathroom both clean, it also had a small fridge and a flat screen TV. It's definitely not fancy ( our toilet seat literally was split in two ) but it was comfortable, they have a very nice built in pool, ice machine and a great restaurant / bar which is owned by the same family and is a five minute walk down a short but steep hill. There is a diner, ice cream parlor and a lame antique place at the bottom of the hill as well and nothing else within walking distance. We spent one day kayaking down the Delaware which we loved, went hiking one day and fished another. All in all a very nice trip.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

At no point during the booking process did the advertising copy of this so-called "resort" mention that reception would be unavailable at certain times of day, or indeed, that there was no reception at all. Arriving for a wedding at 1am after a 10 hour drive my partner and 4 year old son were confronted with Bates-motel ambience, deafening silence, an unanswered telephone (called from the nearest place with cell reception, 5 miles north towards Eldred), rickety death-trap plywood balconies and, most importantly, no way of accessing our pre-booked, paid-for, and wildly overpriced room, except possibly via broken windows with shards of glass askew. We slept in the car, only to find the next morning via some helpful locals that the restaurant/desk would not open before midday. What a joke!

Room Tip: Our experience with house-rentals in the area was much more positive.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Property: The Carriage House
Address: 3351 State Route 97, Barryville, NY 12719-5912
Region: United States > New York > Catskill Region > Barryville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Barryville
Number of rooms: 101

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