12561 Travel Guide
Hotel can have many pleasantly surprising amenities. Like complimentary bath salts next to a soaking tub or a menu of different pillow types, and of course there's our favorite amenity of free and fast WiFi. But rarely does it happen that you swing open your room door andBOOMin-room fireplace.
Usually associated with 5-star hoighty-toighty hotels most likely in Europe, hotel room fireplaces are super rare these days. We just ran into our very first ourselves, at New York State's 265+ year old Mohonk Mountain House. We'll have more on the hotel for you next week, but for now, let's talk fireplaces.
So what do you thinkare in-room fireplaces cute and homey or space-wasting scary fiery things?
Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
In this episode, Hotel Maven Jennifer Merritt fantasizes about a weekend (not too far) out of the city. Enjoy.
It is just plain gorgeous in New York today, so rather than escape to somewhere warmer or somewhere colder, I just want to stay put. Kind of. I want to rent a car and drive north to New Paltz for a stay at Mohonk Mountain House.
Having stayed there once before, I know this 265-year-old Victorian castle on Lake Mohonk can give me the exact type of getaway I'm looking for: one with peace and quiet. I'd book a room for the weekend facing the lake--important since rooms have no air conditioning, you must rely on the cool air coming off the water--and saddle up on the balcony with a book of crossword puzzles.
Whether we're happy about it or not, the leaves will be changing soon and fall will be in full force. The seasonal change marks different interests in getaways. Driving in the country and checking out the foliage being the major one. But no matter what the season, we still always love a good spa. Yahoo put up a list of 5 hotels in the Historic Hotels of America group and we're liking the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz.
Pushing their spa services, the "Autumn Spa-tacular Package" will get you a spa treatment plus 10% off an additional treatment along with your room and three meals for $279/night. The problem is, this special is only over the midweek so you'll have to find a way to leave the office when most likely you were doing a lot of that over the summer.
But even if you can't take advantage of the spa-pack, you can still make the scenic drive to New Paltz and check out this ancient American hotel:
Mohonk Mountain House has 251 guest rooms, including 28 tower units and suites, each outfitted with fine furnishings that echo the property's turn-of-the-century origins. Guests are invited to choose from a selection of charming rooms, including tower rooms, suites/junior suites, Victorian rooms and traditional rooms. Each is beautifully appointed, presenting the warm welcome that has characterized Mohonk for generations. Many of the rooms feature wood-burning fireplaces and balconies with spectacular views.
But word of the wise, don't swing by for just a visit, if you want to see the place you're going to have to stay there. One past reviewer in the area stopped by to check the historic house out, but was whisked away immediately as the place was booked, not even allowed to step in.