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“A Gem in the Catskills!”
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Starlite Motel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Big Indian
Certificate of Excellence
Garfield, New Jersey
1 review
“A Gem in the Catskills!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2010

This motel was a true surprise for my Uncle and I during our hunting trip to the Catskill Mountains of New York State. We've stayed at several lodges in the area over the past 10 years and nothing we've experienced could match the "most bang for your buck" that is the Starlite Motel.

Very clean and well-appointed rooms with fresh towels, bathroom ammenities and comfortable beds. A kitchen with stove, fridge, counter space, sink, cooking utensils, etc. made this hunting trip the most comfortable in a decade.

Michelle, the owner, went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed, and her husband John was equally as accomodating.

We passed the Starlite motel a hundred times over the past decade and we finally decided to stay during our recent 5 night trip. My only regret is not staying here for the last 10 years. We won't make that mistake again.

Bottom line: A real sleeper of a motel with affordability, cleanliness, friendliness and great location in the Big Indian/Olivera valley area. I shall return for the winter sports season.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with family
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modato2, Owner at Starlite Motel, responded to this review, 2 February 2011
Dear Guest
Your appreciation means a lot to us. Our hunting guests have been returning, year after year and often plan a year in advance to return. Most of them have known the Starlite Motel, even before me. We feel a real bond with our hunters, like a family would. You are all gentlemen.
We are happy that you were able to join our family of hunters. And we salute your Uncle for bringing you.
This year we've had hunter's accompanied by their wive's as well.
And that was really cool too!!!
See you soon.
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2010

Yes you get a beautiful basket of goodies, however the place is run down. Knobs are missing
from stove and refrigerator. The shower has no water pressure and the toilet keeps getting stuck. No one came to change sheets or make the bed, though we were only there 2 days.
The one thing good is the owner is friendly. They need to start spending money to fix up the
inside.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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modato2, Owner at Starlite Motel, responded to this review, 27 October 2010
Though we are conscienscous about making sure that all appliances and amenities function as they should, we are an older property, like most lodging here in the Catskills and make no claims to being otherwise. Maintenance and upgrades is an on-going process which we take seriously and respond quickly to any guests problems and recommendations. And will continue to do so.

As an 8 room motel, it stands to reason that housekeeping can only be provided during a small window of opportunity, ours being 11am to 3pm. Guests posting a Do Not Disturb or guests who do not vacate their rooms during that period, still get a courtesy offer of towels or refreshed breakfast basket.

As for value, this guest agrees that we provide a friendly welcome, clean room, good sleep, a hearty breakfast basket, at a great location, with the added bonus of a full kitchen with utensils. At $75-$105 per night in our location, I am confident that we provide GREAT VALUE.
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Island Heights, NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2010

My husband and I stayed for many years at this motel. After a few year absence, we contacted the motel in early September, after visiting the website. I needed to leave a message; however the call was returned promptly and we made a reservation. The reservation was confirmed, via e mail within a day. It was like "coming home, again." Upon registering, we were given a welcome basket that contained home baked muffins, cereal, energy bars, as well as coffee, tea and cocoa. While the motel is older, it is very clean...just as I remembered. We look forward to staying here next time we are in the area.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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modato2, Owner at Starlite Motel, responded to this review, 21 October 2010
Dear Guest
Thank you for this review. The very first day that I took over this special place and my husband asked me what my vision was for the Starlite Motel, the words " Home away from home" is what came to mind. And I'm happy to see that we have managed to create this feeling among our guests.
I too have been away for some time and even to me, returning feels very calming and rejuvenating. It is true we are an older property, but I have returned with a new zest for making guests more and more comfortable and adding some of the modern amenities of today's living. We've recently added Wifi, Cell phone Signal booster and some of our rooms are about to have in-room phones installed. Again, thank you for taking your time to share your kind sentiments.
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Property: Starlite Motel
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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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