14 Cute Luxury Hotels in the Catskills, NY + Boutique Lodges

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The Catskills region of New York has long been a sanctuary for New Yorkers who need a respite from the hustle and bustle of New York City life. In recent years, this special region has experienced a renaissance of hospitality, giving rise to a new breed of special boutique and luxury hotels in the Catskills.

These unique Catskills hotels blend the rustic charm of their natural surroundings with modern luxury, offering a personalized and intimate lodging experience. A number of these hotels are also in some of my favorite small towns in New York, which I strongly recommend visiting. These towns have many activities, hiking trails, dining options, and shops nearby.

1. Foxfire Mountain House

Often booked for weddings, Foxfire Mountain House offers romantic retreats at their beautiful main inn, cabins, and cottages. Tucked within the mountains, this bohemian Catskill hideaway is perfect for creating intimate memories with family and friends. 

Whether you’re planning a summer bonfire or a life-changing private event, their lily pool, bonfire pits, and a rustic outdoor pavilion will welcome you. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy an incredible dinner and happy hour at the Foxfire Bar Room & Restaurant!

2. Bearpen Lodge

Another idyllic retreat, Bearpen Lodge is a tranquil getaway near Belleayre Mountain. Immerse yourself in the charm of spacious accommodations surrounded by the beauty of nature. Here, you can revel in outdoor activities like hiking, or simply relax by the fireplace for a cozy evening.

To make the most of your stay, book the place in fall for a colorful view!

3. Shandaken Inn 

Shandaken Inn is a luxury hotel near the Catskills Mountains that has been open to guests and travelers for over 100 years! The newly renovated bed and breakfast boasts 12 acres of stunning country scenery bordering Esopus Creek and allows guests to choose from 15 uniquely designed rooms and 3 rustic cottages.

You don’t have to travel far to swim, hike, or find relaxing accommodations. Plus, they offer complimentary breakfast every morning! Within 25 minutes, visitors can venture to the small towns of Woodstock and Phonecia, with plenty of hiking trails to stop at along the way. 

4. Bellfire Farm ★

Different from other boutique hotels in the Catskills, Bellfire Farm is known for its glamping sites, off-grid cabins, and tiny house for relaxing between mountain adventures. The property is owned by an artist family who created four unique sites surrounded by forests, hiking trails, and wildflower fields.

When they say off-grid, they mean it – there’s no electrical outlets and running water. Also, there is no Wi-Fi, except from the parking lot. There are camping stoves and charcoal grills for cooking on-site, or guests can visit the town of Roxbury, about 10 minutes away for access to delicious restaurants.

Also nearby are activities such as the Rail Explorers Catskills and Kaaterskill Falls

5. Urban Cowboy Lodge

Urban Cowboy Lodge has everything you’re looking for from a luxury lodge in the Catskills, just 2.5 hours away from New York City. The lodge is settled on 68 acres, with a private swimming hole and soaking tubs to enjoy forest baths and 26 rooms with the option for mountain views.

Guests can pick from amenities like sampling award-winning cuisine at the Public House Bar and Restaurant, relaxing by the fire, or enjoying the Estonian sauna. Urban Cowboy is about a 45-minute drive to Peekamoose Blue Hole, one of our favorite natural swimming holes in New York, with stunning crystalline, emerald blue waters. 

6. Eastwind Hotel – Oliverea Valley

Discover rustic elegance at Eastwind Hotel in Oliverea Valley, a Scandinavian-inspired hidden gem in the Catskills. These stylish, cozy accommodations are surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. The trail, sauna, fire pit, and biking opportunities create an unforgettable retreat. Continental breakfast is available every day here! In the evenings, you can enjoy amazing drinks and dishes at Dandelion, thier on-site rstaurant.

7. The Graham & Co

Experience laid-back getaway at The Graham & Co. in Phoenicia, a chic retreat in the heart of the Catskills. Enjoy stylish, comfortable rooms surrounded by scenic beauty and explore the charming town just steps away.

Here, you have the chance to relax by the fire pit or cool off in the seasonal outdoor pool, both creating the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. You won’t have trouble reaching Hunter Mountain from here since the hotel is located at its base!

8. Full Moon Resort

The idyllic yet enchanting Full Moon Resort boasts a delightful stay experience in the Catskill Mountains. With their lush, scenic landscapes and serene ponds, you’ll find yourself immersed in nature all the time. Whether you choose a simple B&B style lounging or a luxury cottage, the comfort, charm, and positivity of this place make a memorable stay!

9. Twin Gables of Woodstock 

Looking for a small-town luxury hotel in the Catskills within walking distance of lovely town of Woodstock? Twin Gables of Woodstock is right in the town’s center, surrounded by mountains and shops and delicious local eateries, including Bread Alone and live music at Colony.

The hotel is a mix of eclectic and Victorian styles, with cozy rooms and common areas perfect for guests who want to mingle and make new friends. Unlike most hotels, this property does not have a front desk, so guests must contact the hotel prior to arriving for check-in instructions. 

10. Beaverkill Valley Inn 

This gorgeous riverside lodge is right next to Beaverkill Stream and only 6.5 miles from Tompkins Falls, with 60 acres of picturesque mountain valley views. Beaverkill Valley Inn is home to 19 guest rooms and provides free continental breakfast.

Guests can enjoy the indoor swimming pool, indoor games, indoor and outdoor sports, as well as opportunities to hike, bike, and do fly fishing. Guests favorite is the inn’s self-service ice cream parlor, which is open 24/7! In the winter, the inn has a skating rink with rentals available for ice skating or pick-up hockey games. 

11. Scribner’s Catskill Lodge

This is another perfect hotel for travelers who are looking to stay close to Hunter Mountain, only 1 mile away! Scribner’s Catskill Lodge has a warm ambiance with stunning contemporary suites and rooms that feature maple floors and bathrooms with walk-in rain shower. Most of these accommodations have floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces that offer a beautiful view of the mountains.

There’s a beautiful urban rustic restaurant/bar, a library, and a space for yoga sessions. Aside from the outdoor swimming pool, barrel sauna, and beautiful garden, meadow, and lawns, the place also has a seasonal ice skating rink. Hiking is by far one of the best things to do in Upstate New York, and Scribner’s location puts guests close to a variety of trails. 

12. Piaule Catskills

If you’re looking for the perfect mix of nature and luxury, stay at Piaule Catskill, where modern design meets rustic charm. Each of their cozy cabins features not just the coziest bed but a glass wall that shows a unique view of the forest and mountains as well. 

What makes this place stand out is their excellent spa, which has a pool that offers similar views, a sauna, and a space for yoga. After enjoying the onsite hiking trails, treat yourself to a nice meal at their amazing restaurant!

13. Hemlock Neversink

Experience the serene beauty of Hemlock Neversink, the perfect retreat if you’re finding an escape to invigorate your body and spirit. Their all-inclusive rate includes a dedicated “experience guide,” meals and drinks at Bittersweet (their onsite restaurant), and activities.

They have what they call “movement building” and “activity building” where you can join various activities that involve healing, connection, movement, and creation. Examples are candle making and terrarium workshops, goat therapy (with their resident goats!), and mindful movement dance classes.

Aside from their hiking trails and wildflower meadows, you can enjoy relaxation at their indoor pool, hot tubs, sauna, and steam room.

14. Spillian

Spillian is a unique mansion set on 33 acres of forested land, offering a luxurious yet homey experience. The place is known as an event venue, mostly for wedding and family celebrations. Aside from this, it holds bespoke events, workshops, and retreats, emphasizing the joy of celebration and the luxury of experiencing the Catskills’ natural beauty and cultural richness.

If you’re looking for a beautiful mansion to hold your event and a place to stay in afterwards, this place will make your experience more memorable!

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About the Author: Michelle Peterson

Michelle is a freelance and creative writer living in the Hudson Valley with her four children. As an East Coast transplant, Michelle finds every opportunity to explore the region in search of hidden gems, historical buildings and opportunities to get lost in nature. 

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