I would rate this place differently depending on who you are so let me break it down.
Rating One: Me (2 of 5 Stars)
- Near Catskills
- Fireplaces in Room
- Free and working WiFi and TV
- Tolerant of dogs in room
The Inn claims to be on a 250 acre private lake, what they forget to tell you is its actually a private community (think gated private community), which they are a member.
The Inn isn't AT the lake, its NEAR the lake. They need to rename it: "Inn on the other side of the road down a private path from Lake Jospeh" because to our surprise that's what it is.
You have to cross a paved two lane road to access the lake- which is very near the road. At that point you then see they forgot to tell you that the '250 acre private lake' is shared with about 15 other huge houses, all with lake front views/access. Oh and you have to carry with you a guest pass while at the lake (not kidding) and the dog can't swim or be off leash at all.
I think my partner said it best "this place feels like a country club on a golf course'.
The lake also has "Private Community Rules" which you must follow, including only allowing your dog off leash in a small area of the lake which is roped off with hoses and has cameras monitoring you (again, I'm not kidding).
This is not a wilderness, this is suburbia.
Lets move on to the Inn itself, the mattresses are extremely hard and the walls are so thin that at one point I thought someone was in our bathroom and I opened the door to check if it was the housekeepers or a bugler.
They serve 'a full service country breakfast and all day help yourself lunch and snack foods'.
The breakfast was indeed country- I had so much butter of my eggs, I think they were almost just straight butter which is fine, its just not really what I enjoy eating and the help yourself lunch/snacks is sort of a stretch. I found it to be more like help-yourself-coffee-and-old-doritos-and-pay-for-soda-from-our-vending-machine-or-eat-mystery-food-from-unlabeled-tupperware-deal. I was hungry but didn't brave the tupperware stuff and opted for some fruit from the bowl and yogurt with clear expiration dates on it.
As for the area around the Inn- there is none. Expect to drive 30 mins to eat out which is ok, just be prepared that this is not New Platz. There is no cute town center, just a big stretch of 42 North with some convenience stores and a meat market and a kosher super market frequented only by orthodox jews. Bring food if you can and grill so you don't have to brave the highway or get a pizza delivered if you can.
Rating Two: My Grandmother (4 out of 5 stars)
I think for someone over the age of 70, who loves to fish all day, the RV crowd or those who shop at 7-11's for lunch, this would be a great to perfect find assuming their hearing has gone enough that they can't hear the rooms around them and they have a sort of middle america love of wonder bread.
With that being said, I feel they misinterpret a lot on their website and in the description of the Inn. I can tell the owners try hard and they seem extremely nice. I just feel some of the descriptions and information are inaccurate (and extremely overpriced). Had we of paid half what we did for the room, I think I would of felt ok with the experience although for this price I expect higher quality food, beds and location. I'm actually amazed at this price/quality they were as full as they were when we came in.
I also feel for the price per night "a 10% service charge is added to your bill, which covers all gratuities" which is not included in the all-exclusive price just makes you leave feeling completely ripped off if you didn't feel it already.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn, with working fireplaces, whirlpool baths and private sundecks, is located in Upstate New York on a 250-acre private lake. Like resort lodging, Inn at Lake Joseph provides a variety of summer and winter recreational facilities, including access to a health and fitness spa. But unlike larger hotels, with just 18 guestrooms, a luxurious, yet informal, casual country retreat that assures guests a relaxing, private, rustic mountain lake environment awaits. Very much like the Berkshires, White Mountains, Adirondacks and Poconos, the Catskills surrounding the Inn offer spectacular scenes of lakes and rivers, as well as hiking trails with views of majestic peaks and isolated waterfalls. However, unlike these other regions, The Inn is no more than 2 hours from New York City. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn At Lake Joseph Hotel Forestburgh