Just got back from Mohonk Mountain House -- had booked three days over July 4 weekend only a week earlier. Surprised rooms were available.
Thanks in part to perfect weather, my fiancee and I enjoyed one of our greatest weekends together ever. First time for both of us at Mohonk. Even at $500 (479+taxes and tips) per night for the two of us, it's a bargain. Forget what the complainers are saying -- Mohonk has managed to maintain service and quality (the lunch buffet is tremendous -- better than formal dinner, which declined by last night) in the face of an increasingly diverse customer base (including whiney, demanding, low-brow types). The service is consistently excellent for a family resort -- everyone attentive and pleasant. The wine list is limited, low-cost, with a couple of notables.
But the beefs about the rooms -- and specifically, the beds -- are legit. Our room was small, and the bed was advertised as a queen was in fact a full-size bed. Alerted the front-desk to this, and clearly the fellow had heard this before. Being July 4 weekend, didn't even try to ask for a different room. For the record, don't try to have --- on the bed because you'll be performing for more than your immediate neighbors.
But when the weather was as good as this July 4th weekend why stay inside? The trails and views and walking were spectacular. The cross-lake swim was tremendous -- 82 degree water, clean and feeling more than 90 miles from NYC.
Mohonk is a prescious throwback. With its brilliant setting and Quaker sense of tolerance (primarily of spoiled customers), it deserves to outlive the rest of us.
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- Also Known As:
- Mohonk House
- Mohonk Mountain Hotel
- Mohonk New Paltz
- Mohawk Mountain House
- Mohonk Mountain House New Paltz Ny
- Mohonk Mountain House New Paltz New York
- Mohonk Mountain New Paltz
- New Paltz Mohonk Mountain House Resort
- Mohonk Hotel New York
- Mohonk Mountain House New York/New Paltz