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“Excellent spot for hikers!”
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Winter Clove Inn
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Round Top
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 March 2012

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.

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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

The winter clove is an old school catskill inn from days gone by. The inn is different from any place that i have been in. The staff is warm more like a cousin than people working the desk. The meals were country meat vegs potato. If you leave for lunch they pack you a picknick. Some rooms are redone some are not.The hotel is 150 years old.The best part of this inn are the guests,The salt of the earth some have been going there for 40 years. All in all its not the Waldorf but ill bet my last dollar that the waldorf dosent have a porch like this one and people being themself having fun Im going back next year same time to see some new friend we made.

Room Tip: room 14 if you kids its new and it has 2 rooms in one.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank john m
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Reviewed 29 September 2011

Winter Clove is a unique place that is not for everyone. If you are looking for the Waldorf Hotel or an upscale hotel experience, this is not for you. If you want to meet people, relax and enjoy the surroundings in a comfy setting away from it all, Winter Clove is ideal.
Dinner is at 6PM and we arrived from NYC at 8PM due to traffic. We called and related our tale of woe and Gale, our waitress was waiting for us with hot meals put aside for us and a smile on her face!!!! What a welcome relief after a 3 hour trip turned into 5+ and nerves on edge.
Some of our party stayed on the second floor. Large staircase to be considered if you are disabled or have lots of luggage but this was not a problem for us. Comfy rooms and good showers. Our room was over the kitchen which got loud in the morning. Wall A/C was a bit loud but needed in heat. The top floor had two meeting/living rooms surrounded by hotel rooms which would be ideal for larger groups not minding the staircase. No elevators but you wouldn't want to spoil the charm of this 150+ year old inn.
Others in our group stayed in the lodge down the driveway which was IDEAL for the kids in the group. We used this as a gathering place as there was a common living room with a small frig!
Grounds were beautiful and well maintained. Did not use the pools but they appeared fine!
Food at ALL meals was plentiful, tasty, and above par!
For those looking for activities nearby, ask at the desk. They are more than happy to give you ideas. We chose the garlic festival and was happy with the choice. We also went apple picking hearby. Enroute home we stopped at Woodstock and spent a few hours there.
Relaxing front porch with rockers and plenty of room to sit with or without anyone nearby. Ample parking.
German bakery in the area is a MUST ~ the pastery delights are unparralled!
Staff is friendly and accommodating. Gift shop is a must. Plenty of unusual country crafts all reasonably priced. Desk clerk also offered an assortment of her handmade jewelry at the welcome desk which I love to peruse and buy!
Skip the trivia game - questions do NOT run the gamut of trivia games - rather the interests of the presenter.
Second stay there and have booked for next year already.

Room Tip: Rooms above the kitchen tend to be noisy in the morning.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank janetoco
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Reviewed 18 September 2011

My family has been going to winter clove every year for 4 generations. Every year we look forward to our yearly Winter Clove trip for many reasons: the scenic Catskill mountains, the rich history, and the wonderful memories we make every time we go. Winter clove house is comfy and inviting to people of all ages. The many hiking trails are awesome and we always take a trip down to Saugerties for antiquing since its only 20 minutes away. If youre looking for a warm, inviting place to bring your family Winter clove is the place for a low key, laid back vacation in the mountains.

Room Tip: bring snacks for in between meal times for the kids!
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank Sarbear7212
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

I am a frequent business traveler and was surprised by my husband with a weekend at the Winter Clove Inn. My hotel standards are very high and I was truly happy with the accommodations. Being a B & B, the place has a very homey feel. Everything was very clean in my room and the customer service was exceptional. It is an old school Catskill Mountain kind of place that reminded me of the hotel from Dirty Dancing. If you are not someone who likes to be holed away in the mountains with little nearby, this is not for you. However, it is a nature lover and hiker's dream. Simple and relaxing. Hiking maps are available and up to date. Trails are lovely or challenging (depending on your desired level) and well marked and maintained. We also loved the Mountain Brauhaus down the street and had a blast on the SkyRider Zipline Tour at Hunter Mountain! Only negative is they do offer free wifi, but it is not necessarily available in all rooms. If you need to work during your stay, make sure you get internet in your room before you unpack! The family who owns the place does their best to make you feel at home. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Ask for that mountain view!
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Triplethreatnyc
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Reviewed 18 August 2011

We've been vacationing here since I was a child. Now my husband and I bring our children! We love Winter Clove for it's laid back, relaxed, friendly atmosphere. We enjoy the hiking trails - there are many walks that children can do and there are more difficult trails for the enthusiast! We can get away from it all. There are no tv's in the room but there is wifi! It's just a nice place to get away for a while!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank JenKCT
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Reviewed 18 August 2011

This was our first time at the inn and I was a little nervous because of some of the reviews. Stayed the first weekend of August, went with family, kids and adults. Our rooms were very clean, and looked similar in style to the rooms on the website. The food was not gourmet, but very good. Service was great, our waitress was very friendly. Outdoor pool area, playground, and tennis court are lovely. Indoor pool could use some TLC. It rained on Saturday afternoon and through the night, so the bonfire was cancelled. Spent the time in the bowling alley...had to teach the kids how to score on paper the old fashioned way! We went for a hike in the woods before the rain and found the waterfall and swimming hole...the kids loved swimming in it! Played board games with the family on the beautiful front porch both nights until 12am. It was a quiet, relaxing weekend with the family. Will definitely go back next summer.
Tips: If you're going with kids, bring plenty of snacks and drinks, the nearest conv. store is about 10 miles away.

Bring a laptop for the kids incase of rain, there is wi-fi in the house. Also we brought dvd's and a portable dvd player for our room at night. (no tv's in the rooms)

If you get hungry at night (my son didn't eat his dinner) or just want some entertainment, there's a german bar/rest down the block open to the public. Found out about it after we got back home, would have been nice to go especially since it was raining.

Take the kids to Puttin Plus in Saugerties. (exit 20 NYS thruway 1 mile up RT 32) They have the best go cart track we've ever been on. Also played mini golf and used the batting cages. The kids loved this place.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Address: Winter Clove Rd, Round Top, NY 12473-0067
Region: United States > New York > Catskill Region > Round Top
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Round Top
Price Range: £209 - £347 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 48
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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