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Starlite Motel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Big Indian
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 July 2012

If you are looking for a place to stay in the Catskills, this is the place to go! Michelle will do anything in her power to make sure your stay is nothing less than perfect. The room was clean and very spacious, as well. Not to mention, the breakfast basket was the cherry on top! The grounds are well kept, dotted with picnic tables for you to take in the natural beauty of the mountains. In the backyard, there are closed in areas to eat as well. Family friendly, but great for a couple as well. Definitely give this place a shot! =)

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Christina L
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modato2, Owner at Starlite Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2012

Thank you so much! We are still working toward prfection. But it warms my heart to be appreciated for the little things and to know that you felt the love in what we do. Please come again and bring friends too, lots and lots of friends.

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Reviewed 7 July 2012

I was very pleased with my stay at the Starlite. I found the motel on line. The price was great and the room was very clean and it had a family feel to it. The kitchen was great, even better with the basket of breakfast goodies. I felt more comfortable here than at many of other motels I have stayed at. But to me the backyard was a very special tough, with it's enclosed summer rooms and grills and tables. Michelle even had citronella candles to keep away the bugs. She thought of everything. I will be staying there again. Also telling all my friends and family about the Starlite.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Dave B
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Management response:Responded 9 July 2012

Thank you so much. We look foward to your return with your friends. We really enjoy seeing guests utilizing our outdoor spaces. Whether grilling, picnicing, playing badminton, playing cards or board games in the screened rooms or just having a quiet breakfast in the gazebo, we do what we can to encourage the Catskill outdoor experience. Thanks again and see you soon!

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Reviewed 18 June 2012

Starlite is amazing. Michelle is more than helpful with everything. Its a family environment. We stayed in a room with a queen and a double bed, and there were 3 adults a 3 year old and a 7 month old, and we were comfortable. Michelle stocked milk in our fridge to go with the bountiful basket of cereal, muffins, coffee, and other baked goods that she brought to us.
The full kitchen was great, as was the Webber grill each patio has. The fire pit out back kept us busy in the evenings. The closed in patios kept the bugs off of us. The many animals we saw kept us in awe with nature. There was a porcupine in the tree outside our room one morning! AMAZING for our 3 year old!
Id say its more like a Bed and Breakfast than a Motel, the way you are treated there. Even all the other guests were great, with hellos to full conversations.
If you could fill all 8 rooms with family or friends, you would have the time of your lives!
Stay here for a great experience and to support great people!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Frank Y
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Management response:Responded 9 July 2012

You are very kind. And wow, a porcupine? That is a very special Catskill experience. We look foward to your return with your friends and relatives. We may not be able to recreate that experience but we'll do all we can to make them feel right at home.

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Reviewed 3 June 2012

I found this motel online!!! It was a toss between this one and another one!! We decided on the Starlite because it had a kitchen. We were so happy to walk in and see an emaculate room and kitchen!! A basket of cereals,granola bars,coffee and bagels in a basket and fresh milk in the refrigerator. What an amazing surprise!! We arrived late so our key was in the door. Michelle is so sweet and so nice. It definately is "Home away from Home"! We already have another resevation made for next month! We can't wait!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Management response:Responded 23 June 2012

Thank you so much. Your return is the biggest compliment we could ever ask for. We look foward to being your "home away from home" in the Catskills

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Reviewed 24 April 2012

We stayed at the Starlite 3 years ago for Memorial Day weekend (we visit the Catskills every year at that time). This is before the new website and the renovations...and we liked so much we tried to come back the following year. Unfortunately, the entire motel was booked for a wedding party (smart people!!) so we had to stay elsewhere. The "elsewhere" was ok, but we wanted to get back to the Starlite. This year we will have the opportunity, and we can't wait! The ability to book the motel through the website was much appreciated (the previous method of "phone tag" didn't work all that well), and we can't wait to see the "new and improved" Starlite. It was great before (the breakfast basket is a charming and much-appreciated touch we've never experienced anyplace else), but if the photos are ANY indication of the improvements, we'll be back year after year.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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modato2, Owner at Starlite Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2012

Eureka! This is what we strive for; to make the Starlite "a home away from home in the Catskills", a place where the whole family wants to return year after year, a tradition that everyone looks foward to.
-Adding some of the hi-tech amenities is something we realized we just had to do, like flat screem TV, DVD players and free WIFI. We are finally pleased that our Wifi signal is strong in all our rooms, even in the backyard.
- Being almost a one-man-show, made it impossible to avoid phone tag in some cases. I have to agree that Online-booking is one of the best things we have ever done for our guests and ourselves. Following up with an email gives guests the opportunity to ask questions about their accomodations and nearby attractions. It has enhanced our communication with guests in a way that is convenient to everyone.
- We have completed renovations in 3 of our 8 rooms. These have been well received. We will continue our renovations in this manner til all our rooms reflect an Updated-Catskill-Charm.
We look foward to your family making a home here at the Starlite Motel.
Thank you.

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Reviewed 9 April 2012

I stumbled upon the Starlite Motel while traveling through the Catskills and what a pleasant surprise! The room was perfect!...very comfortable Temperpedic pillow top bed, soft sheets, plush, soft towels, flat screen TV. Additionally, the decore was well above average, colorful and sophisticated. I was also surprised to find a wonderful breakfast basket in our room, complete with muffins, rolls, cereal, coffee, tea and granola bars. There was also a back entrance to our room, which lead to a beautiful back yard, complete with bright colored picnic tables, torch lamps and a weber grill (one for each room). The icing on the cake had to be the gorgeous stand alone screen room, perfect for relaxing with friends. This motel was like something out of a storybook, complete with little white bunnies dancing in the lawn day and night. The motel is very close to many attractions. I will definitely be returning again!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Diane218
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modato2, Owner at Starlite Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2012

I am so glad that your visit with us was so special. We will endeavour to make this the experience of all our guests. Your review is so encouraging to us. Thank you.

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Reviewed 12 March 2012

Let's start with the great service. The proprietor calls you up a few days before arrival to ask what time you plan to arrive, and if you want to get Belleyare tickets. She tells you the room number and you're all set. Just pull up to the room and the key is in the door, the continental breakfast is ready and your tickets are in an envelope. The motel is nicely laid out and very easy to find from the main road - RT 28. A big plus when the weather is bad and you just want to get there. You just pull in the driveway and park the car right in front of your room. The rooms will fit two adults and a child comfortably the kitchen is well sized and the bathroom is warm and stocked with comfortable towels. I can't mention enough how nice it is to have a well heated room and bathroom. It get's cold in the catskills and nothing like a well heated room to take the chill out of the bones after a long day skiing.
We highly recommend this motel. It's just two miles down the road from Belleayre and is our favorite place to stay for a weekend.
A few notes:
Cell phone service is very spotty in the area. If you have gear with Wi-fi bring it
The breakfast is typically a mix of cereal, a couple muffins, nature valley bars, roll or bagel and some butter and jelly.
Whole milk is in the fridge and regular coffee is included. Make sure to ask for decaf if you want it.
There are not a lot of restaurants or stores in the area, if you have special diet needs bring your own food otherwise the hotel stocks some goodies like ramen, etc.
Best restaurant in the area is Peekamoose a mile down the road going east on 28.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Simon K
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modato2, Owner at Starlite Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2012

Thank you for choosing us. And thank you for this great review. Express Check-in and preparing in advance for late arrivals makes life easier for our guests and us too. Turning the heat up just right, breakfast waiting in your room and anything else like ski tickets, menus, movies, extra towels; is our way of making sure you feel at home. In fact, if you let us know 2 days in advance that you have a preference for skim milk and decaf coffee, that's what you'll find in your room. If during your stay you never have a chance to connect with us, feel free to call or email me with your feedback, good or bad. This is how we continue doing what works and improve on what needs work. Thanks again and see you next ski season.

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Address: 8722 State Route 28, Big Indian, NY 12410-5133
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Region: United States > New York > Catskill Region > Big Indian
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Big Indian
Price Range: £80 - £286 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Starlite Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Starlite Motel, your home away from home in the heart of the Catskill Region! The Starlite Motel is located on Route 28 in Big Indian, near famous hiking trails like the Big Indian Slide Mountain Trail and near to many towns and attractions which keeps our small Catskills hotel busy most of the year. Located on 2.5 acres, Starlite Motel is set back from Route 28 and nestled into the postcard setting of Rose Mountain. Our boutique hotel has a mere eight rooms, which shows our commitment to enjoying the Catskills in a relaxed and casual atmosphere while maintaining an outdoor experience. All rooms are newly renovated from a Cabin-like decor to Modern Country decor, which we are calling Premium rooms. All rooms are spacious, comfortable and loaded with amenities such as Kitchens, newly renovated baths, 90+ Cable Channels, Video Streaming and Free Wireless Internet. Visitors open the back door of their kitchen to find a retreat in the backyard; a sprawling wooded area with picnic tables, charcoal grills, a deck to lounge and a screened room for outdoor dining. Staying true to this mission, our hotel continues to be second home to many outdoor enthusiasts, filled with the nostalgia of great family memories built here. From the entire staff here at Starlite Motel, we look forward to having you, your family and friends join us soon! ... more   less 
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