My wife and I (who are in early 40's) just got back from a 2 night / 3 day stay at Skytop. I could not have had a better experience. About this reviewer: I have been to upscale resorts such as Half Moon in Jamaica, Ritz Carlton in Naples, and Elbow Beach Bermuda. I've also been to various Club Meds and Sandals, as well as Motel 6's on the highway - in other words, I've been to all types of places. I am a well off professional from the tri-state NY area who lives in an upscale suburb (think Millburn, Summit, Scarsdale, etc). I also have two kids who were not with us this weekend (which was August 2014). What my wife and I were looking for was a nice place in the mountains away from the hustle and bustle. We also wanted a place where if we chose to, we could be somewhat active. We did not want the Ritz Carlton. We wanted "charm." Well Skytop really did fit the bill. First off, the place is physically beautiful. There is an old "lodge" where many of the rooms are. It's also where the main dining room, game room, pool, etc. are located. As some of the reviewers have pointed out, the lodge is old. But that's what gives it such charm. Could it have been a little bit more freshened and updated? Yes. But then it would be a different place. The property itself is massive. I can't fathom the acreage. There is a golf course that winds around the grounds, a soccer field, plenty of estate like areas with trees and chairs to just sit back and enjoy the surroundings, and a beautiful lake for boating, canoeing, etc. There are also hiking trails that seem out of proportion (in a good way) for any single hotel. Essentially, you can stay there for two and a half days (as we did) and not hike all the trails because they are so plentiful. Personally, I generally prefer tennis and golf to hiking, but these trails were fantastic. Truly a pleasure to walk them with your spouse, significant other or entire family. There are also, separate from the main lodge, small cottages that are divided up between 4 families. We stayed in one of the cottages. They are maybe 100 yards from the lodge. For us, the cottages were perfect. Again, they are not the Ritz Carlton. If you care about having the most upscale room or the freshest looking carpet, this is not the place for you. But then it would make no sense to go to the mountains! While we were there my wife got a massage and I played tennis. My wife claims that the spa itself (in the main lodge) could use a little updating, but that the actual massage was fine and somewhat reasonably priced as far as massages go (I have no clue what they generally go for). My tennis lesson was actually worth writing about. I read some reviews on this site before booking, and a few of them said nice things about "Moe" the tennis instructor. I am a decent (3.5 / 4.0) player and have had some lessons before. Well "Moe" (whose name is actually Mohesh Koregaokar), gave me the best tennis lesson of my life. If you google him you will see that he has worked as a coach for Andy Roddick and the Williams sisters. Who knows what he is doing at Skytop (I won't share the story he told me - nothing too exciting though), but I can't imagine that there are better pros at a similar type hotel. As for the cost of the hotel itself, we opted for the "Family Fun" package, which is essentially the all inclusive - 3 meals a day and the basic activities (excluding golf, private tennis lessons, massages, etc). Moral - it is not cheap. But, while doing my quick research for this trip, I found it cheaper than other somewhat comparable places such as Woodloch Pines (which Skytop blows away in my opinion) and Mohonk Mountain resort (have not been there). But with the price comes a nice crowd. I would describe the crowd as very Waspy and middle American (in a good way). They were all pretty clean cut and well mannered. No loudmouth New Yorkers on cell phones (these are the people I work with so I know them well). And clearly no one came from poverty. People were from all over. Lots from PA, some from Ohio, and of course NY and NJ. If you get the all inclusive, you generally eat in the main dining room (the Windsor room). Breakfast and lunch are buffet style, while dinner was off the menu (which changed each night, and had a chicken, meat, fish, vegetarian, etc.). And yes, YOU MUST WEAR A JACKET TO DINNER! It seemed a bit silly to me, but once I got there it seemed kind of nice. The food was fine. Certainly not four star dining, but better than I thought it would be. The wait staff was nice as well. They actually put you at the same table for every meal, so you may get the same waiter for said meals. We had a very nice and competent waiter named Sergei (from where else, Russia). He was fantastic as a waiter, and also very knowledgeable with respect to the entire hotel. There were a few negatives with the resort. First, the website stinks. Second, I had a tough time communicating with the resort beforehand. I tried to call the restaurant to book dinner in advance to no avail. Same with my wife and the massage. We're still waiting for the callback. But those were mere glitches in an otherwise great stay. Also, I found Skytop via a random internet search. As I previously mentioned, the website is not so great, and as such, I think they do themselves an injustice as far as advertising how great the place really is. Other things that I cannot comment on are the golf (did not play) or the actual rooms in the main lodge (as we stayed in the cottage). My guess is that the rooms in the main hotel would be old. But to me, the idea is to sleep in the rooms and be out during the day. I also can't comment on whether I would want to bring my kids there. My guess would be yes if they are very young, yes if they are old enough to be self sufficient (so they can just do their own thing) and maybe if they are between 7-12. The 7-12 set may get a bit bored, and may prevent the parents from doing some of the things that they might want to do themselves. We also got very lucky with the weather. We had three sunny days. On a side note, because you are in the mountains, it can be high 50's at night and early AM, and then 80 during the day. That's what it was for us and we loved it. My guess is that if the weather was lousy, our trip would have been lousy as well. But that's the same as any other trip where the idea is to be outdoors. So overall we found Skytop to be very charming, relaxing and totally enjoyable. To sum it up I would say that If you enjoy being outside in a physically beautiful setting, and don't mind that it's a bit "old," then Skytop is as good as it gets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Naturally InspiredExperience the ultimate retreat by visiting one of the most esteemed lodges in the country—Skytop. This grand historic estate features the very best in accommodations, fine dining and limitless recreation including the new Adventure Center at Skytop.You and your family can explore 5,500 pristine acres of inspiring natural beauty while enjoying a range of seasonal activities. Choose from the adventurous—like clay shooting and downhill skiing—to the serene—like nature hikes and full spa services. No matter your age, personality or desire, Skytop Lodge can make your next trip an unforgettable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Skytop Hotel Skytop
- Skytop Resort All Inclusive
- Skytop Lodge Skytop
- Resort Skytop Lodge