A new friendship resulted in a weekend invitation at a Sharon, Ct country home, but I held a soon-to-expire winning auction certificate for one night and dinner at The Emerson. I suggested one night in Mt. Tremper, and one in Connecticut, and suddenly we had an adventure to share!
Arrival and check in was efficient and friendly, 'though the big fireplace lounge off the lobby was off limits, being prepared for an event. Disappointing, as that was the best spot for lobby
hang-out and private conversation. And I love to sit in lobbies, watch people and have conversations.
Our room, however, was lovely and spacious and clean. A fireplace/gas heater was a pleasure to sit by, and provided a nice sound and warmth in the morning. (not quite like sitting by a lobby fireplace, however). Mattresses were excellent, pillows excellent, bathroom large with privacy toilet which I like.
Shortly after arrival, my generous friend invited me to a spa treatment, and they were able to fit us in at short notice: She had a massage (good) and I had a facial (very good). The spa was clean, well run, lovely space, and in warmer / drier weather one can sit outside on a back deck facing trees. There's also a hottub on the deck, and pleasing sculpture and art throughout the entire space--- lots of stonework and wood and sculpture and paintings. I really relaxed with this decor, very peaceful. There was a workout room nearby with good equipment, and at least one yoga/exercise room. NICE PLACE. Staff, friendly and helpful. Spa aetheticians, excellent.
But the bottom line is we won't return: A major drawback was the restaurant which is part of the compound in another building.
Ribs, burgers, fried food, heavy handed attempts at an "interesting menu"--- not a hint of healthy food or artisinal sophistication in an area where good ingredients are bountiful. My friend had ribs (granted a mistake post-massage) and later on felt ill.
We agreed that because of the restaurant and menu--- and mostly the quality of the food--- we wouldn't return to the spa, no matter how good it was. There was some lack of understanding apparently about all the facets of running a spa. And there are many alternatives from which to pick. in the Northeast. We want the whole package. This restaurant is sub par.
But once again, we liked the spa, the main building and the staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Emerson Resort & Spa is comprised of two hotels, three eateries, an Award Winning Spa and an amazing retail component. We are located in the forever Wild Catskill Forest and provide a great escape for all of our guests, especially city dwellers. The Emerson Spa features a menu of Holistic Wellness, both Western Treatment options and Ayurvedic Rituals drawing from Ancient Indian Healing Wisdom. Our Award Winning Spa includes 10 treatment rooms, 1500 square foot Fitness Center, Relaxation Room, Yoga Studio with Instructor led classes, outdoor Jacuzzi, outdoor Pool, well-appointed locker Rooms with Steam, Sauna and Showers. Breakfast is served daily streamside in our beautiful Phoenix Restaurant which is also a stunning event space. The Catamount Restaurant, considered a local landmark offers streamside family dining in a casual setting. Looking for something quick & easy? Our Country Store Cafe offers breakfast and lunch, as well as delicious treats for those with a sweet tooth. Shop at the Emerson and enjoy Catskill Shopping at its best. Our Country Store is a collection of intriguing shops such as The Emerson Outfitter, Ski Shop, Melina's Boutique, Men's Shop, Up Country, Grandma's Boutique, General Store, Velsani Antiques and our Famous Kaleidostore which houses the World's Largest Kaleidoscope. So if you're looking for Ice-skating, Cross Country Skiing, Snow Shoeing, Trout Fishing or Biking the Emerson Resort & Spa is your Mountain Retreat! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Emerson Resort And Spa
- Emerson Hotel Mount Tremper
- Emerson Resort Mount Tremper