My husband and I had been on a 4 day road trip until we arrived at this Inn. We were excited and inspired by the foliage we had seen through the Seneca Wine Trail. Before heading back to our home (NYC) we decided to stop for two nights at the Catskills. I always remember these mountains in one of my favorite childhood movies, good ol' Dirty Dancing. There was some nostalgia added there. We didn't do thorough research on this Inn prior to booking, as we were on this spontaneous kick. We saw it online, reviewed the pictures and booked it! Besides, after all the wonderful experiences we had on all the other Inns (Bed and Breakfast) we had visited in the past, we never thought that we would be received with a cold snare.
We entered the Inn and an older man greeted us. But there definitely was no warm greeting, no smile. The elderly man pointed his finger towards another direction. His finger letting us know we were not at the right place. My husband and I go around through a different door and there is the same elderly man just looking at us, waiting for us to speak. It was extremely condescending. He didn't ask us any questions. I suppose he didn't want to be intrusive, which I can understand, but he was so distant it was more like a coldness was hovering over him. He gave us the keys to our room and that was it. We were on our own. He didn't make any recommendations nor did he give us any insight on the surroundings as most Inn keepers do. Such recommendations would have been even more helpful in a location as secluded as this.
The Inn is in a serene location. You can hear the river perfectly throughout the night if you keep your windows open. It's like a natural sleeping pill! The rooms are clean, very clean, but very much outdated. I felt like I was walking into a 1970's bedroom. With that being said, it was well maintained.
The next morning we went up to have our much anticipated breakfast, where a younger man provided us with a verbal explanation on what was on the "menu." Needless to say my husband and I asked for scrambled eggs, and instead both of us received a very sad, non-appealing looking omelette. It was like the expired version of an omelette. It seems like he just slapped some butter on the pan, threw in two eggs and these massive pieces of mushroom. Tasteless! The coffee was warm to cold. I love my coffee hot in the mornings! Especially if I asked for it that way. However, he did make some french toast which my husband seemed to have enjoyed.
Our last morning there we dreaded going back to have breakfast due to the lack of good service at the very least. I called the front desk, and in spite of it all, I say "Good morning,' as the man picks up the phone on the other end. My greeting received a silent response. He just remained quiet on the other end until I spoke again. I deliberately stayed quiet as well because I was expecting a courteous reply. But wishful thinking on my end!
Over all, my husband and I were eager to check out that morning. We were elated as we drove away and knew we would never return to that Inn. Don't misunderstand me, the Catskills is a must see, and if you love to hike and see the foliage, this is definitely your kind of place. If you are looking for tranquility and want to be among nature, come to the Catskills! But stay away from this place.
Never to Return,
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alpine Inn is in the center of the "forever wild" Catskill Forest Preserve in Oliverea, NY. We're a destination for those who love the outdoors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Alpine Hotel Oliverea