This was our second time at the Blackthorne. We went during Irish Arts Week last year and had a wonderful time. Since I gave the resort a glowing review last year, I had to update with this years’ experience. The one positive thing I can say is that our kids did have a decent time because of all the other kids around and the amount of room they have outside.
This year, when we called, there were no A rooms left so we booked a B room. I am not sure what other B rooms are like but we were booked into Tera Hall. Worst.Room.Ever.
When we arrived and walked into the building, I could not believe that there was such a drastic difference between our accommodations last year and this room. The entire building is extremely dated - think dark wood paneling and paintings on velvet. The entire feeling was something out of the Twilight Zone. Our room was very dark, depressing and looked out onto two trailers.
The morning after we checked in, I asked if it would be possible to move to another building but they were all booked. We went back to our room and found water running down through the ceiling into our bathroom shower. When we complained the staff said they would tell the upstairs people to put the shower curtain into the tub.
Later, when the staff was doing laundry for the resort, I turned the water faucet on to try to take a shower and the room had NO water. This was a common occurrence during the week. Apparently, this is a known issue as other visitors to the resort told us they had heard this for years. I ended up showering in the camper showers for three days while I was staying and I was never so happy to be back in my own house in my life. The owners really need to address the condition of this building as it is atrocious. I would be embarrassed to rent these rooms to anybody in the condition they currently are in – for any price. We could have stayed at a pretty nice hotel for what we paid to stay here, in squalor.
We spent almost all of our time at the pool (when we were at the resort. They did not include horseback riding this year and the food was better last year than it was this year. I registered as a vegetarian and twice they had run out of the vegetarian option by the time I got there. One night I was given a decent vegetable stir fry. The second night, they had nothing so I got the regular sides (spinach and some starch), minus the meat. I was looking forward to another fun family vacation and I was sadly disappointed. The area is beautiful and I would return to East Durham but NOT to the Blackthorne.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether you are just here to relax or out for fun. Blackthorne has all there is to offer. Enjoy everything from Lodging, Dining, Dancing, Top Notch Entertainment to Indoor and Outdoor Recreation. We have it all!Nestled amidst the breathtaking beautyof the Northern Catskills Mountains, The Blackthorne Resort offers all the comfort and luxury you desire.Terrace views to the majestic mountains, air conditioning, heat, television, and privatebaths. Ultra Deluxe rooms with queen sizebeds, refrigerator, and Jacuzzis. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blackthorne Hotel East Durham