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Roughly two hours outside of Manhattan, the Catskills offer a scenic outdoor escape. After emerging as a ’70s spiritual retreat attracting everyone from Janis Joplin to Jimi Hendrix to iconic Woodstock and Phoenicia, the Catskills are now seeing a resurgence. Developers have revitalized hotels, opening boutique gems that prove a mountain getaway isn’t all log and timber. 
I’ve been vacationing in the Catskills for over a decade and watched the area not only evolve but reclaim some of its former glory. These rooms are far from standard, designed in the hopes of attracting a new generation of urbanites.
Though if you prefer your own totally private accommodation, consider these affordable Airbnbs in the Catskills.
The best hotels in the Catskills were selected based on the following criteria:
Browse all the best Catskills boutique hotels below, or jump directly to a specific area:
Town: Phoenicia
Typical starting/peak prices: $125/$235
Best for: Families, solo travelers, couples
On-site amenities: Swimming pool, hammocks, badminton court, fire pits, wood-burning stoves, free bikes
Pros: The charming hotel is praised for its excellent service and attention to detail when it comes to accommodations and on-site amenities. They also have some of the best cider donuts in town.
Cons: The property’s rustic decor and the lack of tech are not well suited for anyone looking for an elevated hotel experience.
A 20-room hotel meets trendy motel located at the foot of Hunter Mountain, The Graham & Co. sets the tone for a throwback to the Catskills retro era. The low-key locale is simple but cozy with wooden furniture and free-hanging lightbulbs. Think of it as going back to summer camp with an upgraded hipster twist.
A good spot for everyone from solo travelers to families, room options range from Standard Singles with Queen-size beds to Bunk House rooms with twin bunk beds to roomy Bungalows with a master bedroom, second bedroom with bunk beds, and a full living room and kitchen area. 
Spread across more than three acres, the property is chock full of activities and amenities, though there are no TVs and cell service has been described by past guests as spotty at best. The emphasis is on unplugging and getting away from it all, but for those who find it impossible to live without it, Wi-Fi is available.
COVID-19 procedures are available here.
Town: Roxbury
Typical starting price: $149/$450 
Best for: Families, couples
On-site amenities: Pool and hot tub complex with sauna and spa, breakfast
Pros: Incredibly unique and whimsical design and most rooms include exterior access doors ideal for social distancing. There is also access to a 50-foot waterfall and private nature trails.
Cons: The hotel is remote in terms of its location,  there is a nearby tavern and restaurant, they’re running on limited COVID-19 hours. Also due to COVID, the shared hot tub and pool require scheduled time slots and a $20 fee.
The Roxbury at Stratton Falls is full of imaginative and quirky accommodations including mansion rooms, cottages, and suites. 
Spread across two properties in the Catskills, for those looking for little to no exposure to other guests, the hotel’s new Tower Cottages are just the ticket. The standalone, three-story accommodations have multiple bedrooms, screened-in porches, and private balconies and observation decks.
Each boasts a bespoke theme from a Game of Thrones cottage called the “Crown of Pendragons” to the fairy tale fantasy “Cinderella’s Gown,” which welcomes guests with an 18-foot ball gown doubling as a bedroom canopy. 
Beyond the cottages, there are 43 rooms and suites, 36 of which have exterior access doors, so most travelers won’t ever have to interact with other guests in tight hallways. 
COVID-19 procedures are available here.
Town: High Falls
Typical starting price: $179/$612
Best for: Families with older children, couples
On-site amenities: Animal sanctuary, dining and lounge areas
Pros: Truly a singular stay, this is a great option for animal lovers who also appreciate good design and elegant accommodations.
Cons: While the hotel is set on an active animal sanctuary, pets are not welcome. Additionally, only children over the age of 12 are allowed, which can be a deterrent for some guests.
Opened in 2019, The Gray Barn at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is an elegant, boutique inn with just five modern guest rooms. Each comes with its own private terrace with views of Mohonk Mountain, Rondout Creek, and the property’s garden.
Rooms feature minimalist but chic interiors with sumptuous bedding, built-in wooden shelving, marble bathroom countertops, and large walk-in showers.  
Overlook the breathtaking Shawangunk Ridge and the Sanctuary’s resident goats grazing in their pasture, common rooms gather guests for dining and lounging in spaces flooded with ample natural light. 
Guests here enjoy mouth-watering seasonal and locally-prepared vegan breakfast options. Private tours to meet the 370-rescued animal residents are an immersive experience and a chance to see the work and mission of the sanctuary up close.
COVID-19 procedures are available here.
Town: Forestburgh
Typical starting price: $189/$369
Best for: Families, couples
On-site amenities: Self-serve kitchen, outdoor pool, fitness center, tennis court, lake and mountain activities such as provided ski and snowshoe gear and kayaking
Pros: For those who like the charms of boutique country inns but want all of the offerings you’d expect from a larger resort, this is the best of both worlds. The hotel is also pet-friendly.
Cons: While the hotel does have a delectable country breakfast on the veranda along with a self-service kitchen and fully stocked refrigerator, dinner service is not available at the hotel.
Perched on a 250-acre private lake, Inn at Lake Joseph is a 17-room hotel in a resort-like setting. With a variety of summer and winter activities from kayaking and swimming in the outdoor pool to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, guests even have access to a nearby health and fitness spa. 
This is an ideal option for those who love a classic country bed and breakfast but want all the bells and whistles that come with a more traditional hotel stay. 
Guests range from couples seeking a romantic retreat to families with pets, and there’s truly something to appeal to anyone looking to unwind and embrace the majestic scenery. Some rooms come with full kitchens while others include private hot tubs. Cozy stone fireplaces, deep armchairs, and wooden furnishing complete the look.
The inn is located close to The Bethel Woods Center For Arts, which will encourage music lovers to post up and catch and local show.
COVID-19 procedures are available here.
Town: Shandaken
Typical starting price: $177/$236
Best for: Families, couples
On-site amenities: Pool, tennis court, restaurant, bar
Pros: The on-site restaurant has one of the best complimentary breakfasts I’ve ever experienced at a hotel.
Cons: Due to the communal nature of the inn, social distancing might be a challenge at times in some of the common areas like the bar and main sitting rooms.
Bordered by the Esopus Creek, Shandaken Inn was built in the late 1920s as the clubhouse for the renowned former Rip Van Winkle Golf Course. After a multi-year renovation, the 15-key inn reopened with new amenities including a heated swimming pool and two pet-friendly suites located in an annex on the property.
With rustic-meets-inviting design, every room is uniquely furnished to look and feel like a cozy cabin and each is named after a historic resort found around the Catskills. For those who want the classic history and allure of the region, but with elevated and modern touches added in, it’s tough to find a better stay.
Free breakfast, top-notch service, and the peaceful location along the creek further set this property apart. 
COVID-19 procedures are available here.
Town: Callicoon
Typical starting/peak price: $225/$665
Best for: Couples, families, groups
On-site amenities: Communal living room and parlour kitchen, orchard, cider tasting room, restaurant
Pros: This brand new spot boasts thoughtfully restored apartments that feel out of a bygone era, while still including plenty of modern luxuries. The property also features stunning views.
Cons: Prices soar and there’s a two-night minimum during peak season weekends and holidays. 
The newly opened Boarding House at Seminary Hill is tucked in the foothills of the Catskills, situated within walking distance to the historic town of Callicoon and just a three-minute drive from the Seminary Hill Orchard and Cidery. 
The Boarding House has a classic Catskills feel thanks to the fact that the functional design follows the elegant simplicity of the Shakers. Boasting 100 years of history with original restored elements throughout, each of the hotel’s eight apartments are unique, but all have been meticulously restored and boast features like hard-carved wooden bedframes, clawfoot soaking tubs, antique armoirs and rocking chairs, plus Luxury WRIGHT mattresses, Bodum kettles, and pour over coffee makers. Each unit also comes with its own living room and kitchenette and they sleep from four to eight guests, making this an excellent choice for families or groups.
Just up the road, is the sprawling orchard and the tasting room, a 4,000 square foot space with a gorgeous outdoor patio that overlooks the Delaware River. You can pair your ciders with the rotating seasonal menu serving delicious bites from venison sausages and fresh-baked bread to vegetables prepared on the wood-fired grill.
For groups who want a more secluded experience, Seminary Hill also has a private Mountain House available with five bedrooms, a fireplace, full kitchen, and more. It can be booked on the hotel’s website or via Airbnb.
Town: Windham
Typical starting price: $279/$529
Best for: Couples, solo travelers
On-site amenities: Bar, restaurant, sauna
Pros: When it comes to upscale glamping experiences, the Lushna cabins are tough to beat. Additionally, the on-site bar and cocktail program is exceptional.
Cons: The restaurant is closed during the week leading guests to head off-site for lunch and dinner.
Located in Windham, New York about three hours outside of New York City, Eastwind Hotel & Bar presents vacationers with outdoor-focused experiences. 
Fusing Scandinavian inspiration with midcentury eclectic, the hotel’s design draws upon the property’s history as a bunkhouse for hunters, fly fishermen, and outdoor enthusiasts dating back to the 1920s. 
Guests can choose from 19 accommodation options, ranging from more traditional guest rooms to Lushna cabins that are small, standalone A-frame cabins with picturesque window views. Those looking for even more private space might also enjoy the Lushna Suites, which include lofted bedrooms, lounge space, a writer’s nook, and a private deck complete with fire pit and outdoor shower. 
Ideal for how we have to consciously travel today, the property has numerous ways for guests to immerse themselves in the natural setting, from spaced apart communal firepits to hammocks, picnic tables, and easy hikes.  
COVID-19 procedures are available here.
Town: Woodstock
Typical starting price: $300/$450
Best for: Families, couples
On-site amenities: Hot tub
Pros: Guests love the inn’s privacy while still having close proximity to downtown Woodstock. 
Cons: The hotel is designed around creating communal experiences, but unfortunately some of the public areas including “the commune + shop” are currently closed in an effort to comply with COVID-19 protocols.
Peace, love, and positivity are all at the heart of The Herwood Inn. Set directly on Tinker Street in the heart of Woodstock, this charming boutique hotel opened in 2019 and is the place to come to savor the best of this historic hamlet. At its core, The Herwood strives to build a sense of community while providing a peaceful and relaxing environment for everyone who stays there.
Music aficionados and history buffs will love the fact that each of the four guest rooms are named after iconic female musicians from the King Suite (inspired by Carole King) to Mitchell Manor (named for Joni Mitchell). 
The boho-chic decor draws guests in from the start. Natural wood, hanging plants, pops of colorful pillows, and tiled showers set the tone. Some rooms come with kitchenettes and others have small outdoor patios. In-room amenities include a concierge iPad, yoga mats, and a record player with a curated collection of vinyl. 
Each room is separate from the others, and you can even find and book Mitchell Manor on Airbnb.
The inn’s courtyard is a popular spot and guests like to hang out in the hot tub or by the fire pit.
COVID-19 procedures are available here
Town: Big Indian
Typical starting/peak price: $255/$355
Best for: Families, couples
On-site amenities: Sauna, pool, restaurant, bar
Pros: Uber trendy and dripping in Instagrammable moments at every turn, Urban Cowboy is the ultimate upscale but unplugged stay.
Cons: Past guests have remarked on additional costs and lack of attentiveness when it comes to service.
Nestled on 68 acres in the Big Indian Wilderness, Urban Cowboy Lodge boasts Wild West luxury accommodations. Dating back to 1898, the hotel has been artfully revived by Lyon Porter’s signature design style incorporating bold patterns and hand-picked Americana antiques. With just 28 guestrooms and 12 signature suites, highlights include clawfoot tubs with forest views and private balconies with rocking chairs. 
The lodge features a hand-built Estonian sauna, a 75-foot spring-fed pool, nightly communal bonfires, miles of mountain trails. The Esopus Creek also runs through the property for fishing or taking a cold plunge.
Guests here are encouraged to disconnect, and no cell service is viewed as one of the hotel’s greatest amenities. However, there is complimentary Wi-Fi if you must.
Not to be missed is the live-fire restaurant that focuses on outdoor cooking with foraged ingredients and a seasonal menu intended to bring people together. 
COVID-19 procedures are available here
In addition to the criteria above, I considered the following factors:
My experience: I’ve been visiting the Catskills for a decade and have seen many of these new hotels first-hand and can vouch for their overall experience. Some, we’ve even reviewed too.
Boutique features: The best boutique hotels feature design-forward rooms and common spaces from Scandi-inspired minimalism to vibrant prints and statement wallpaper. These are not run-of-the-mill rooms or hotels, but rather, an experience. They also offer amenities like farm-to-table food, craft cocktails, and perks such as outdoor gear or pools and spa facilities.
COVID-19: We only selected hotels that prioritize the health and safety of their guests with new cleaning policies.
Ratings: We consulted reviews and ratings on sites such as Trip Advisor, Hotels.com, Booking.com, and others to ensure others’ experiences were also overwhelmingly positive.
The Catskills is a region of mountains in New York State that includes 700,000 acres of Catskill Park. It’s located roughly between Albany and New York City.
Yes, experts agree hotels are safe, provided you take the necessary precautions outlined by the CDC. Additionally, the CDC now says fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US.
All the hotels on this list are open and accepting guests, but some smaller properties require a buy-out or minimum stay during set days of the week.
Somewhere from this list! To narrow it down further, choose based on your intended activities. If you wish to ski or snowboard, stay close to your intended mountain in towns like Windham or Phoenicia if you plan to ski at Hunter, Belleayre, or Windham. Otherwise, there are many small, charming towns to discover located amid thickly wooded areas perfect for hiking. 
In winter, come to the Catskills to ski, showshoe, snowboard, and cross-country ski. In warmer weather, go hiking, discover waterfalls, swim in lakes, and admire the fall foliage. There are also many farm stands and breweries to sample.
The Catskills are roughly two to three hours from New York City by car, depending on where you’re going. Amtrak serves the area along the Hudson River, as do bus lines.
If you don’t have a car, car rental deals are always available, and experts say renting one in a pandemic is safe. Additionally, these are the best car rental companies.

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