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“Cozy place to get away from the city life!”

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Hunter Wellness Retreat
Staten Island, New York
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“Cozy place to get away from the city life!”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

I loved how quiet it was in the room especially for a person who is from the city and the distance to the mountain is so convenient! Less than a mile away, you will be able to ski, or to visit the town's famous cheese shop. The owners were very pleasant and we were allowed to check in earlier. The breakfast was so delicious and you simply cannot resist the taste of home-cooked meal. I would definitely stay here again with group of friends next time.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

Ok, so first let me start by saying the staff was very friendly and accommodating. They let us check in early at 9am when we arrived. We bought this through a Groupon deal that included an overnight, 2 lift tickets for Hunter Mountain, and breakfast for 2. The price was right as staying anywhere else would have likely cost us double for the night and it was only about a mile down the road from the mountain. We also were given the option to have a very late check out the following day with no charge to us, which was nice.
With that being said, I felt that we were a little disappointed with the place, and the description online was a tad misleading. For example, to be called a 'hotel & spa' is inaccurate. I would call it more of a motel with an indoor pool. Our room was very cold when we arrived, which was surprising to us, since if the staff knew we were going to be checking into that particular room, why not turn the heat on to make it more comfortable? This is not a huge deal, but the little things that make you more comfortable without having to ask is nice, especially for a so called 'hotel and spa.' Also, no soap in the bathroom. Again, this is another nicety I would expect from a hotel. Next, the parking lot was a sheet of ice. I understand it has been snowing a lot, but it was actually dangerous to walk on and every step we were afraid we were going to fall. This place was fine for a place to sleep after a long day of skiing, but I would probably not recommend others to stay here. The rooms were outdated and furniture appeared old. The rooms were clean, but because it is in need of an upgrade, this can cause it to appear more dingy than it actually is. If you are looking for an actual hotel and spa, this is not your place. I would suggest looking elsewhere and paying a little bit more. Those are the reasons why I have to rate this place as just average.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Staten Island, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2014

Found a groupon for an overnight stay At the Health Retreat with lift tickets included. The grounds were well kept being that it has been snowing the whole winter was easy to walk around and park. The rooms were clean and cozy this is not a it was great for the night we stayed went up with 4 friends and it was a great place to come off the mountain and relax at. The food was great. the Staff was very pleasant. Will definitely stay here again

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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East Rutherford, New Jersey
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

I just returned from a fantastic ski weekend in Hunter. This was a Holiday week and all the other hotels demanded a minimum of 3 night stay at 400.00 per night (without lift tickets). We came here totally last minute - bought a groupon for 269 which included lift tickets for two. The staff was very friendly and let us check in early - 10:00 in the morning. So we were able to drop off our stuff, get ready to hit the slopes and no worries. When we returned we went for a swim in the nicely heated super clean pool. Afterwards we met the owner and he asked if we enjoyed the pool. We did very much, so we asked if we could come back the next day even though were to check out in the morning. He said we not only can come back to swim, but he said we can have a late check out as well...very late - we checked out around dinner time with no extra charges! Oh yeah..the breakfast was great too!

Thanks Darek! We had a great time!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Santa Barbara
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

If you are looking for an affordable weight loss retreat, this is it! As others have mentioned, it is quite rustic. Yes, the rooms and common areas could use some updating, but this would result in paying double or even triple the price. Hunter Mountain Hotel and Spa feels more like an intimate private retreat.The staff and food were outstanding! The exercise instructors were knowledgable personable, fun and dedicated to helping the guests achieve their weight loss goals. The massage therapists were also excellent! Many of the guests were return visitors who had been coming to the place for many years. The setting was beautiful and we were especially lucky to be there for the colorful fall foliage. The beauty of the changing leaves made the daily walks much more enjoyable. Besides losing a few pounds, I made some wonderful new friends.

Room Tip: We upgraded to the only room with a sauna and jacuzzi tub. However, we really didn't use it enou...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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brooklyn
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2013

i was looking for a quick way to get some extra summer weight off. you know too many bbq's/cocktail's to busy to cook. I didn't want to have to think about it. Life is stressful enough. Simply put, this was a great place, great food, great staff , great time & great success, 7lbs in 4days! loved it!!! will definitely go back....

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Middle Village, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2013

This was my third time here.. I must say it was fantastic... I was extremely apprehensive the first time. I didn't know what to expect. Dieting was never my thing. It was such a great experience.. The staff is so warm and accommodating. The food i cant say enough about. Every meal one was better than the next. The guests were all nice and friendly. The instructors were kind and energetic. I lost weight each and every time. I haven't found a negative thing yet.. Eventhough, i worked my but off walking and exercising (the water classes my favorite). The whole experience was wonderful. I cant wait to come back.. Next time it will be a girls weekend. I cant wait to take my friends back to enjoy the experience..

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Hunter Wellness Retreat
Address: 48 Clover Rd, Hunter, NY 12442 (Formerly Hunter Mountain Hotel & Spa)
Region: United States > New York > Catskill Region > Hunter
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Hunter
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The best weight loss & the most affordable spa in the USA! Welcome to Hunter Mountain Hotel And Spa, A Respite for Rejuvenation of Body, Mind, and SpiritWe at Hunter Mountain Hotel And Spa would like to extend to you a warm welcome. While some places may offer more luxuries - we are one of the best-known spas for weight loss in the world. We want you to have a stay here that is pleasurable and rewarding; not only in achieving immediate goals, but setting in motion fundamental ongoing benefits for your lifetime.The Spa, set on 15 acres in the Catskill Mountains, has a calm country atmosphere. The emphasis at the Vatra Mountain Valley Spa is on losing weight sensibly and the guests are encouraged to unwind and try new experiences. Crisp mountain air, sunshine, greenery and sparkling brooks make walking on nature trails an inspiring and exhilarating experience. Add years of fun to your life while participating in fitness and total nutritional programs. Follow your plan in the warmth and comfort of this health resort as you are completely pampered by the professionally trained and experienced staff. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Vatra Natural Weight Loss Hotel Hunter
Vatra Spa Hunter

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