This is the second time we’ve been to The Graham & Co, having visited in July last year too, and once again, we absolutely loved it.
Of all the things I could praise it is perhaps the way the hotel/motel manages to reflect the peaceful and laidback surroundings of the Catskills with its own unique, laconic character.
It integrates itself with the beautiful surroundings with a skillful and sensitively handled design approach that strikes the right balance between acknowledging the local history with lots of outdoorsy paraphernalia and a liberal use of wood, wool and old-fashioned kitchenwear, and offering up the kind of hipster comforts and attention to detail that the majority of its city based clientele no doubt seek.
The service too maintains this ethos. Perhaps it’s too laidback for some but for me the guys that work there do a great job of making you feel relaxed and unhurried. Check-in takes less than a minute and comes with the offer of a free beer or water to settle you in. We’ve always found them very helpful and friendly if you want to know where’s good to go exploring or eating too. Perhaps the people who’ve posted here prefer a little more subservience in their service?
Well the pool is a great place to relax – again, no big strict rules are enforced and you are left to lie on huge water cushions or the smart sunbeds with a beer or cup of wine in peace.
The local restaurants are great (Phoenicia Diner a short cycle away is a must) and with the launch of Tavern 214 on its doorstep and what looked like the construction of a smart new restaurant at the end of the main st to come, you no longer even need to travel to Woodstock to get a quality dining experience (which means you don’t need to hire car or book expensive taxis to get around in the evening).
There’s no TVs or hairdryer in the room – not a problem. Wifi was a bit patchy on our stay but no big deal.
The bathrooms are tiny but you’re not going there to hang out by the toilet all day, are you? And with the exception of the Double (i.e. twin) Deluxe rooms, they are right next to the bed so not for those who like to keep the sounds of their ablutions a secret from their loved one ☺
A deluxe (single or twin) room is useful for the extra space and kitchenette which means you can have a fridge – great for storing a bottle of wine or champagne to drink as you enjoy the free film in the large garden on Saturday night (beer is available in town but I’d bring any posher drinks with you).
Talking of the garden, friends of mine saw a baby bear there a couple of weeks ago and apparently there is an adult black bear that makes regular appearances in town. Perhaps they too know what many people have now found out – that the Graham & Co and the cute little town of Phoenicia are the kinds of places that you just want to keep coming back to again and again.
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- Also Known As:
- Cobblestone Hotel Phoenicia
- Cobblestone Motel Phoenicia