We stayed a weekend at Winterclove for the express purpose of hiking into the Catskill wilderness. Its the best spot we have found. The Winterclove Inn is, well, not for those who want pampering. If you want a spa-go to Mohonk and pay twice the price. If you want the Hampton Inn- go there. This place is different. Its kind of past its prime but still a step up from Motel 6. Actually it feels a bit like summer camp without the chores-and with hot water.
The staff are really all quite wonderful and helpful, although this time of year there are only a few. The room was very clean, although you could tell it had some rough treatment by careless guests. Clearly they did not appreciate the specialness and history. The blankets showed signs of maybe one too many washing- but better than none. And the memory foam bed was quite good.
All the meals are served in a dining room with various size tables. Food choices are mainly "take it or leave it"- not much choice that is. But very tasty and in quantity. This is not a place for dieters or those with special diets -at least without doing some advance planning.
The front desk has instructions on handouts for about seven or eight hikes- and from a couple you can go on and meet other trails. The hikes they list are not in any Catskill guides I have seen. Winterclove Falls is a nice destination, as is North Point.
We did not use the golf course -but it was very interesting as it went up the hill and into the woods. The indoor pool was clean and not overheated like many. We loved the collection of large tropical plants by it- real plants! We did not see the bowling alley. There is a nice looking tennis court also.
My biggest irritation was fellow guests. One evening we were treated to the wails and screams of several small children left to run around the first floor. The screams echoed up to the first floor. Maybe you came here to "relax" but why ruin it for everyone else?
We may seek a higher floor in the future, as I noticed the staircase to the higher levels is behind a door which would block some sounds. But I expect the Inn will never be as quiet as a hotel.
Next time I will also bring my own toiletries as I don't like those little foil packets, and will bring pool towels, since none seemed to be available for us this trip. One thing they could do, a la Hampton Inn, is to add the little retractable closeline in the bathrooms across the tub for the pool towels, as there was limited space to put wet things.
All in all, eager to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on over 300 pristine acres and nestled at the base of North Mountain Winter Clove Inn is an all inclusive family resort offering three delicious meals served daily, indoor/outdoor heated pools, bar/lounge area, bowling alley, 9-hole golf course, miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, fitness center, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and much more. YOU'LL LOVE IT HERE!!! ... more less
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