by Traci L. Suppa
The Catskills is undergoing a renaissance, with chic boutique hotels like this sprouting up all over. Offering views of Hunter Mountain, this 20-room property is open all year round. It’s two blocks from the main street in Phoenicia, a small and sleepy hamlet on the Esopus Creek. The town offers shopping, dining, and outdoor recreation including tubing on the Esopus, enjoying swimming and the beach at Belleayre Lake, riding the Catskill Mountain Railroad and visiting the Empire State Railway Museum.
Other nearby attractions include the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and the Hunter and Belleayre ski mountains. Onsite activities include an outdoor pool, badminton court and bike loans. There are nightly bonfires in the firepit.
For families, the room choices are the standard or deluxe double with two queen beds. These all have private bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi and iPod docks. The larger deluxe rooms also have kitchenettes. Breakfast is complimentary.
Our Editor Loves
- Outdoor pool
- Suites with kitchenettes
- Mountain range location
- Water Sports
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
by Alison S
I booked this room on a friend's recommendation when taking a last minute weekend trip without looking up reviews first, which I realize is my bad, and now I'm left with major regrets, an empty wallet, and a lot of questions for my “friend.”
Sure, this place as a whole is mildly cute and cozy-ish, but they are absolutely milking the crap out of the millennials looking for a weekend in the woods, and it honestly feels like they're taking advantage of people with these outrageous rates.
I stayed in one of their bunk houses, which for some unknown reason cost $155 per night, $170 with tax. I was there during a holiday weekend, but it looks like the room’s regular rate is around $125. There is no en suite bathroom, which I don’t really care about, but didn't realize that in advance and was pretty flabbergasted when I showed up (again, some of this is my bad, but at that rate you should be able to make some base assumptions about what to expect).
Bathroom sharing alone means this room should start under $100 a night. Take off another $20 for the bare-bones decor and lack of in-room conveniences. Take off another $10 for the sad view of the parking lot through the one sad window that’s using a sad piece of fabric as a sad curtain, which does nothing to block out the lights they keep on outside at night nor the early morning sunlight. And take off another $10 cause I’m mad. This room is worth $60. Nah, it’s worth $50.
I feel swindled and deeply regret staying the second night, and wish I had asked for a refund and just slept in the car.
The pool is cute I suppose, and there’s a nice little field which is good for a fire, and there’s a modest breakfast, but those things shouldn’t raise the rate of the room that much. I wasn’t even able to use the pool, because when I was there a loud contingent had taken it over and was blasting music.
I tried to go in to the field to stargaze in the middle of the night, but the bright lights they have up all around prevented that, and also lit up my room to the point I could read in bed without trouble.
Maybe the regular, non-bunk rooms that have en-suites are much better, but I looked at those rates, too, and I can’t imagine they’re worth the price either.
Tbh I should have just gone camping.
The minute I left Graham & Co., I was already planning my next trip, even though I live at the beach in SoCal. It's only two hours away from NYC so you spend more time enjoying your time away from the city and less time in the car. The Catskills scenery is gorgeous and Graham & Co. is located near many amazing hiking trails and a breathtaking waterfall. (I plan to spend an afternoon at the waterfall with a picnic lunch next time I visit.) So you can stay active or just chill—or both, of course! G&Co. has more than a dozen bikes for guests to use. I loved sitting at the pool surrounded by nature. I was prepared to deal with mosquitoes and maybe ticks but there weren't any! The wifi is strong and covers the entire property, even the large fire pit far away from the pool. No TVs but that's on purpose. The rooms are stylish and unique and many have kitchenettes with full-size fridges, which is great for families. Just opened and ready for booking: a stunning house with bedroom, bathroom, bunk room, kitchen, dining room, and living area. There's also a yummy and healthy free breakfast available from 8-11am. The owners genuinely care about their guests' experience and the staff is friendly and have been working there for a long time. If you're looking for a place to escape the city that's soul-nourishing, there's no better place to visit than Graham & Co.